Make no mistake

It’s the time of year when high school seniors across the country are sending in their college applications — mistakes and all.

Kim Girse, college and career counselor for Rock Bridge High School, said that some of the most frequent mistakes prospective college students make are in grammar, spelling and legibility.

Clemons’ tapes stir inquiries

In taped telephone

calls, Clemons alleges payments to athletes.

Doctor used faith as tool

Dr. Vincent Paul Gurucharri spent the last two years fighting a rare form of cancer. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, his battle ended at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 58.

Before he was ever diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, Dr. Gurucharri found his faith in God to be an important tool in his career as a surgeon.

Other schools set model for Latino outreach

Changes have been slow in coming to MU compared with other universities in the Midwest, but a new generation of university officials is realizing that MU needs to step up its efforts of diversifying its minority recruitment, and they now are taking measures to do that.

Severe budget cuts have hampered efforts in recent years, but there’s another factor that runs deeper. MU administrators say they are working to overcome a stigma that MU has long held for many minority students and educators. Handy Williamson, vice provost for minority affairs and faculty development, said one of the impediments that MU faces in its recruitment efforts is a reputation among minorities that MU is not minority-friendly.

A flurry of problems

When Columbia Public School officials checked road conditions and the forecast at 6 a.m. Tuesday, they thought they were doing the right thing by keeping classes on schedule for more than 16,000 students. By mid-morning, they were having second thoughts.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Mallory said weather conditions deteriorated quickly and people were caught off guard.

The Ricky Clemons story as it unfolded

Jan. 17: Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons is arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend, Jessica Bunge. Clemons is suspended for a Jan. 18 game against Oklahoma State. The Tigers lose 76-56.

Bruins Kewpies named All-State

Hickman senior Kyle Nuelle said before the season that his team’s only goals were to beat Rock Bridge and win the District 6 title. The Kewpies were successful achieving both, and two of their key players reaped the benefits Wednesday.

Nuelle and Hickman teammate Luke Harper along with Rock Bridge seniors Chase Patton and Van Alexander earned places on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 6A All-State football team.

Scandal taints Georgia’s team

Missouri is not the only major college basketball program dealing with allegations of financial and academic wrongdoing.

While NCAA and Missouri officials check into taped comments from former point guard Ricky Clemons that he and other players received money from assistant coaches, the University of Georgia is embroiled in its own investigations.

FBI releases tapes

Ted Boehm, Boone County Sheriff, said compliance with the state’s Sunshine Law sparked the release of taped phone conversations Ricky Clemons had while in Boone County Jail.

The FBI collected the records from the jail in August.

Groups worry about Philips tract’s size

A rezoning that would accommodate the largest development in Boone County history continues to spark debate among residents.

The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition and Clear Creek Neighborhood Association met Wednesday night to warn Columbia residents about problems they see in plans to develop the 489-acre Philips Farm in southeast Columbia. Developer Elvin Sapp has applied for a rezoning that would put a mix of residential and commercial development in the environmentally sensitive Clear and Gans creeks’ watersheds.

Northwest Snyder’s territory

Quin Snyder hasn’t played in his hometown of Seattle in a while, and he hasn’t coached there either, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about it.

Snyder has created a link between Missouri and the basketball of the Pacific Northwest. Snyder and the No. 3 Tigers will strengthen the connection when they play No. 17 Gonzaga at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle.

Missouri off balance

Missouri was out of sync and it showed.

The Missouri women’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season 79-70 to Southwest Missouri State on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center.

Shades of Heritage

The students who comprise the Latino population at MU are as colorful as the countries they come from. Some are from tropical Puerto Rico, others from spicy South America. Many are several generations removed from their Latino country of origin. With this mixture come many shades of identification with their respective cultures. From Spanish fluency to Christmas tamales, here are a few of the ways Hispanic MU students show their cultural identity.

Missouri opponents filled with top players

Having faced All-Big 12 Conference players, All-Americans and Heisman Trophy candidates, the Missouri football team saw more than its fair share of quality opponents this season.

Although eight of Missouri’s 12 opponents are represented on the Missourian’s All-Opponent team, Oklahoma naturally dominates the defense. Some of the picks were obvious, but others might come as a surprise.

SMS beats Missouri with poise

As Missouri and Southwest Missouri State played a back-and-forth game during the first half Wednesday night at Hearnes Center, it became apparent that the game would be settled by a test of character.

In the end, SMS simply had more poise and executed better in the second half, leading to a 79-70 victory and handing Missouri its first home loss of the season.

Historian touts importance of Louisiana Purchase

When the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase passed earlier this year on April 30, few people took notice, said historian Peter Kastor. But next year’s bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition has already created a major buzz in the Midwest, he said.

Kastor wants to know why people are more interested in the expedition, which he said had much less of an effect on U.S. history.

Floyd says he won't resign over Clemons case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reeling from revelations about his family's dealings with troubled ex-basketball player Ricky Clemons, University of Missouri president Elson Floyd said Thursday he would not resign and said he did nothing wrong.

Floyd, who became president of the four-campus system last January, was in Kansas City for a previously scheduled meeting with the university's Board of Curators which was to include a private discussion of his job performance.

Text of Carmento Floyd's statement

Text of the statement issued Tuesday night by Carmento Floyd, wife of University of Missouri president Elson Floyd, about her friendship with troubled former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons. Some of their telephone conversations were taped when Clemons was serving a sentence during the summer in the Boone County Jail; a standard message on the phone line informs users that calls are subject to being recorded.