Northwest pursues UM membership

MARYVILLE — If all goes as planned, this year’s legislature might consider a proposal that would make Northwest Missouri State University the fifth campus in the University of Missouri system after all.

In September, the presidents of the institutions cited the complexity of negotiations when they said they would delay asking the legislature to consider a merger.

Pulitzer winner to share experiences at MLK celebration

In 1953, Martin Luther King Jr. showed only a glimmer of the influence that would eventually unite communities for a common fight against inequality. Fifty-one years later, the memory of King seems as powerful as the man himself, as evidenced by recent celebrations across the country in honor of his birthday.

In honor of King, MU will sponsor a weeklong celebration, “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on American Public Policy.” The event begins today with a speech by professor and National Public Radio commentator Roger Wilkins and a town hall meeting. Events running through Friday will highlight the continuing impact of King’s civil rights work. They are free and open to all.

Arts center in the works

MU’s Jesse Auditorium might have witnessed one of its most historic performances Friday when Chancellor Richard Wallace took the stage to unveil plans for a new performing arts center.

If MU gets its way, the 28 acres of land on the corner of College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard would slowly be transformed into an arts haven.

Auditorium showing its age

John Murray, the manager of MU’s Jesse Auditorium, points to an empty elevator shaft in the auditorium’s basement.

“The elevator was never installed because of budget cuts,” Murray said. The space is used to store curtains and big bottles of water.

Attorney to ask for delay in climbing wall trial

A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning on whether to delay the court case involving the death of a Jefferson City woman who fell from a climbing wall in July.

Patrick Eng, a lawyer representing Marcus Floyd, owner of the portable climbing wall involved in the death, said he intends to ask for a continuance. Floyd is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Christine Ewing, 22, who died while using the climbing wall at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks game.

Liquor law round-up snags 22

Despite the budget cuts that have forced significant restructuring of the Division of Liquor Control, law enforcement officials say they are finding the resources to continue their fight against underage drinking.

“They (the division) can’t put as many people down here,” said Sgt. Danny Grant of the Columbia Police Department. “So we have to step up and do some more enforcement ourselves.”

MU Health Care hears candidate

When the Hunter Group took control of University of Missouri Health Care in September 2002, it was understood from the beginning that it was only a temporary situation, that when University Hospital was financially stable, the Florida-based management company would step aside.

MU Health Care saw a profit of $8.4 million last fiscal year, so the time might be nearing to turn control back over to University administration.

Colorful discs mark MU storm drains

The stencils painted on Columbian’s storm drains might be replaced with something different come summer.

Aqua and purple discs bearing a purple fish and the white block words “No dumping, drains to stream” have been placed adjacent to storm drains throughout the MU campus. The 79 discs are part of a trial to determine if they will be used by the city to supplement the Storm Drain Stenciling Project.

Migrating worker

The group of 15 immigrant women still were having trouble learning English, despite the efforts of Maria Sanchez de Morales. Knowing the love these ladies had for soap operas, she started telling them about “Days of our Lives.”

After hearing just a basic outline of the show, the women became enthralled. Watching “Days of our Lives” helped them become more fluent in English, and it helped them to develop the confidence and skills to get their citizenship paperwork done.

No fight, but MU handles Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Without throwing any punches, Missouri earned a total knockout against Kansas on Saturday.

The Tigers outhustled and outmuscled the Jayhawks to earn a 76-49 win in front of 2,877 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tigers finally win in laughter

For the first time in a while, Missouri’s play allowed it an opportunity to relax and even crack a smile.

Stressful games and pressure-packed moments have characterized the Tigers’ season, but there was little tension for the Tigers in a 72-51 win against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Laurie making big contribution

If one person is thankful Missouri freshman Spencer Laurie chose not to redshirt his first year as a Tiger, it’s Tigers’ sophomore Jimmy McKinney.

After all, if Laurie hadn’t been there to lighten his load when the Missouri basketball team stormed through Nebraska 72-51 on Saturday, it would have been a long day for McKinney.

Gardner gives Tigers energy

Missouri’s game against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center seemed to be a typical Big 12 Conference game. It was the teams’ first meeting this season and though the schools are in the North Division, the emotion of the rivalry that exists in football has not recently carried over to the basketball court.

For freshman guard Thomas Gardner, though, the game could not come soon enough.

Hickman smothers Patriots

With the shots not falling, Hickman turned to what has been its savior: its defense.

The Kewpies girls’ basketball team used tough defense to beat Parkway South 71-29 on Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Wellston defense frustrates weary Bulldogs

The game lasted one quarter too long for Douglass.

The Bulldogs, playing their second game in two days, faded in the fourth quarter in a 72-54 loss to Wellston on Saturday at Rock Bridge High. Douglass led all the way until the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Ballard, Cougars set school records

It was a record-breaking evening for the Columbia College men’s basketball team, collectively and individually.

The Cougars beat American Midwest Conference rival Harris-Stowe State 109-72 on Saturday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Perkins gives MU noticeable boost vs. KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. — MyEsha Perkins returned to the lineup Saturday and showed Missouri something it had been missing.

Perkins scored 15 points as the MU women’s basketball team defeated Kansas 76-49 at Allen Fieldhouse.

5th straight win earns Cougars practice-free day

Bribery is taboo in most situations, but Mike Davis, the Columbia College women’s basketball coach, used it to his advantage Saturday.

Davis made a deal with his players before the Cougars’ game with Williams Baptist (Ark.) at The Arena of Southwell Complex. He said he would give his players a day off from practice today if they played well.

MU’s Miller has flair for dramatic finish

Missouri’s Neville Miller trailed for the majority of his race, and that is just the way he wanted it.

Miller, a junior from St. Louis, won one of the most exciting races of the day at the annual Missouri-Kansas-Kansas State Triangular on Friday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Kewps disappointed

Saturday was a day of wounded bodies and egos for the Hickman wrestling team.

Although sophomore Tony Pescaglia won his second straight Hickman Invitational title, his brother K.C. Pescaglia injured his wrist and the Kewpies finished seventh out of 12 teams.