Arts and Science Week lauds service, leadership

Chancellor Richard Wallace and James Morgan, artistic director for New York’s York Theater Company, are among those being recognized during MU’s annual Arts and Science Week, which began Monday.

Wallace will receive the Honorary Alumni Award for his exceptional leadership at MU. Morgan will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his help in the development of “Mizzou on Broadway,” a literary theatrical showcase that features original work by MU students on the New York City stage.

Biological ‘ink’ used to generate tissue

In the future, organs for transplant may come from a printer, not the operating room.

Gabor Forgacs, a professor of theoretical physics and biological sciences at MU, his colleagues and his research team have successfully created tubes of biological tissue using a modified printer and drops of living ink, the MU News Bureau announced.

Louisiana Purchase focus of conference this week

This week, a conference at MU will look at whether the common understanding of religious history in America changes when viewed through the lens of the Louisiana Purchase.

“We usually tell the story of America and America’s religion from the starting point of New England and the Puritans,” said Richard Callahan, an assistant professor of religious studies at MU. “We forget that there were people to the west (of New England) already.”

Public school cuts lead to protesting

JEFFERSON CITY — Students, teachers, parents and principals converged on the Capitol on Monday to chastise their government leaders for cuts to public school funding and to ask for more money for their schools.

About 2,000 rally participants chanted “S-O-S, save our schools” and raised homemade banners urging elected officials to make children their priority. Several school officials told of how state funding cuts have resulted in fewer teachers, larger classes and program cuts to everything from athletics to tutors to teacher training.

For kids, Capitol rally a holiday well spent

JEFFERSON CITY — Vernieca Kellum of West Plains doesn’t know what the Foundation Formula is. She doesn’t know the mathematical intricacies of Missouri’s education funding. She said she

doesn’t follow state politics.

City Council postpones vote on Philips farm

Last-minute, significant changes in development plans for the Philips farm prompted the Columbia City Council to table its decision on annexation and rezoning for the property Monday night.

At Monday’s pre-council meeting, the council was given a list of proposed changes to plans for the 489-acre farm just southeast of Columbia. Those changes were submitted to the city staff Friday after developer Elvin Sapp learned the city might want to redraw the boundaries of a regional park proposed on the land.

On her own time

“The sky is not the limit, nor are the stars. Wish it... dream it... do it.”

This is the saying scrawled across the back wall of Expressive Outlet, a unique clothing store on Forum Boulevard in Columbia. A few feet away is a picture of the store’s co-owners, Molly Morgan and Michele Towns, on their first buying trip in New York City. Their story is the classic American dream: friends who dream about starting a small business together — and do it.

Not so easy for Cougars

Columbia College had every reason to expect a lopsided victory against Lindenwood on Monday, but the Lions had other expectations.

The Cougars beat the Lions 70-55 at The Arena of Southwell Complex. In their season-opening game on Nov. 6, the Cougars won at Lindenwood 93-54.

Political advisor brings passion

Columbia’s new branch of the political consulting business, Rosman & Associates, can add years of experience to a candidate’s campaign, along with a lot of enthusiasm.

Owner David Rosman, who established himself in Denver over the past 25 years, decided to move to Columbia after being offered a job here. After the potential job fell through, Rosman quickly made local politics a main priority, and he chose to start a business here based on new markets and growth opportunities.

Fulton outscores Rock Bridge

The Fulton Hornets wanted to make a statement.

Did they ever.

Sidewalk sought on Business Loop

The City Council made the first step toward improving what one PedNet Coalition member described as "a black hole" in the city during Monday night’s meeting: a 14,000-foot strip of land running along the north side of Business Loop 70 between Creasy Springs Road and Garth Avenue.

After several residents came forward to request that the proposed 5-foot sidewalk be expanded to 6 feet, the council decided to vote on the motion at a later date.

Tigers gain confidence

For the last 30 seconds of Sunday’s win against UNLV, Missouri point guard Spencer Laurie brought the ball past half-court and dribbled out the clock.

Laurie didn’t flinch as he pounded the ball against the court and looked into the helpless, frustrated eyes of his opponent. Laurie and the Tigers ended Sunday’s 94-60 win with a feeling they haven’t felt all season: control.

Contest draws Hall closer to his calling

At the risk of sounding “utterly cheesy,” Mike Hall will tell you moving people is his true love.

To laugh, to cry, to feel, Hall tries to invoke emotional response through performance, in plays, musicals, improvisational comedy, you name it.

Health Web site will translate documents

Walking through the doors of a hospital can be scary enough for those who know exactly what’s going on around them. But for those who don’t understand the language being spoken, hospital visits can become even more intimidating. With the creation of a new Web site, the Missouri Hospital Association is trying to make visits easier on everyone who walks through the hospital doors — no matter what language they speak.

Since Oct. 1, has been available for local hospitals and paid subscribers. According to Leslie Porth, vice president of health improvement at MHA, the Web site, a link off the MHA’s Web page, helps translate the most important documents needed when a patient enters the hospital.

NPR figure tells of listening to America

National Public Radio’s Linda Wertheimer has talked to American Democrats throughout the country, and one overriding message has come through for the future, still undecided, Democratic candidate.

“American people are saying we don’t care what you do, just do what works,” Wertheimer said.

Pavlovich seeks answers

Under dimmed lights in Silverthorne Arena, a group of women plays to an empty gym. They are the Stars of Stephens College, and this is an intrasquad scrimmage.

One player stands out from the group. The guard is a foot taller than everyone else on the court and, even in the poor light, is easily distinguished by the thick tuft of hair protruding from his chin.

Tigers gain confidence with Bond

When Missouri learned Jan. 5 that LaToya Bond had a broken left foot and would miss 4-6 weeks, it lost more than its starting point guard.

Bond’s injury marked the loss of the Tigers’ floor leader and most athletic player at a bad time.

Lincoln gaining tough reputation

Going to Lincoln, Neb., no longer represents an easy trip.

A recent resurgence has Nebraska playing a crucial role in the Big 12 Conference, and some of the Big 12 coaches discussed the Cornhuskers’ progression in the Big 12’s weekly conference call.After starting 1-6 in the conference, Nebraska (14-7, 4-6) has won three straight, including two wins with margins of more than 16 points.