Late surge lands Tigers berth

The wait is over and Missouri’s mission is accomplished.

What seemed almost impossible after the Missouri’s 0-4 start in the Big 12 Conference became reality Sunday when Missouri earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

MU women seeded in NCAA

Spring in Arizona is not just for baseball anymore.

The Missouri women’s basketball team is heading to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Stanford on Saturday in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament.

A campaign for kids

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, many not-for-profit organizations have had trouble maintaining an adequate level of financing. But thanks to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” and other programs like it, Big Brothers Big Sisters keeps rolling along.

“This is our biggest fund-raiser for the year,” said Rebecca Gordon, director of development and public relations for the group. “This is the 35th anniversary of our first bowling fund-raiser, and we’re on target to have our best event ever.”

Small-town life has gotten bigger

I was doing a walk-through in my garden the other day, checking for signs of new growth, when my neighbor came over for a visit. Abrupt fellow that he is, he announced right off the bat that now that the robins were signaling spring, he was through sitting around the house, listening to hour after hour of dismal national news. He was ready, he said, to return to the life of a normal, retired mid-Missourian, anxious to pursue his own interests. He was ready to garden, fish, take nature hikes and roam the countryside in search of antique furniture.

I certainly appreciated his attitude. I have a hard time dealing with people who stay glued to the tube year-round and never come up for air. It’s difficult finding a common thread on which to string a conversation. I think the national political polls are right. Eight months prior to the election, most people already have made up their minds about whom they will vote for and why. And while events can radically change the landscape in the meantime, I doubt that many voters will change their minds. Most of the people I know are absolutely polarized. They know exactly where they stand on issues such as joblessness, outsourcing, immigration, the situation in Iraq and the myriad other problems we face. Everything that can be said on both sides of the issues has already been said thousands of times. Most folks would just like to spend a few hours a day renewing their spirit, surrounded by peace and contentment.

Making sense of the merger mystery

Taylor Barnes loved geography so much that he thought his MU bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field were not enough. He would have stayed in Missouri for a doctoral program, but there weren’t any. So he jumped ship to the University of Illinois-Urbana. That was 30 years ago.

Today, Barnes is provost at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and hopes that by merging the school with the University of Missouri system, Northwest will be able to offer some doctoral-level programs not available in the state — including geography.

Changing roles of journalism examined

In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, billowing clouds of smoke and ash rose above New York, then fell on silent streets like dark-gray snow. Across the nation, people gathered around televisions and read newspapers as they attempted to make sense of the chaos.

But by 2002, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s first State of the News Media report, released this morning, the outcry for credible journalism had subsided. The high degree of public trust in journalism inspired by news coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks fell to normal, lower levels, which had begun to decline in 1986 and continue to decline today, the report states.

State aims to stop violence against women

Lanell Younger Jackson of Columbia knows too well the cycle of emotional and physical abuse suffered by victims of domestic violence. It begins with words — “stupid,” “idiot,” “pathetic.” Then, as the words become louder and harsher, the grabbing and pushing starts.

“It got worse after he realized I was afraid of him,” Jackson said. “One thing led to another until he was beating me.”

Guard battalion sent to Utah

Jacqueline Richmond had 30 days to say goodbye to her husband, Maj. Ryon Richmond, who will be gone for at least the next year.

“From a personal point of view, it’s hard, but once I learned about his mission, I’m proud of it, and I’m proud of him,” she said.

NIT not invite Missouri wanted

After a disappointing season that ended with a 16-13 record, Missouri found itself outside of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years and took what remained.

The Tigers are one of five Big 12 Conference teams to accept a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, the postseason tournament that invites teams denied a trip to the NCAA Tournament, on Sunday. Missouri will face Michigan in the first round at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

State program brings owners and lost goods back together

Dan Stookey, an owner of Cooper Travel Service Inc., has just received a nice surprise — $79 he didn’t even know about.

Stookey is one of more than 1.5 million Missourians who own property or are owed money but don’t realize it.

Mistakes hurt Hickman

There were many opportunities, but defensive miscues and poor offensive choices hurt the Kewpies.

The Hickman lacrosse team lost to Parkway South 5-3 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

MU researcher studies alcohol, liver

Alcoholic liver disease affects nearly 2 million people each year and is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Right now, there is no cure, but an MU researcher was recently awarded a $1 million grant to begin searching for one.

Shivendra Shukla has put together a team from the MU School of Medicine to study the effects of alcohol on liver cells. Although Shukla’s goal is to eventually produce a drug that will prevent and treat liver damage from alcohol, the researcher’s first priority is identifying how alcohol damages the liver.

Tigers fall short in spite of late rally

The Missouri tennis team was close and, coach Blake Starkey knew it.

With the match on the line, Starkey took the bleachers at the Green Tennis Center and urged those in attendance to cheer louder.

Fetch, Fido

Pictures of Leo, Carly, Kilts, Socks, Spook and others were lined up on a table for members of First Presbyterian Church to admire Sunday.

This public display of animal affection was all part of “The Pet Event,” one of five New Horizons Dinners where church members 50 and older eat, meet and mingle.

Protesters decry lack of diversity support

Senior Amber Flournoy was one of 100 MU students, faculty, and Columbia citizens gathered in front of Jesse Hall at 6 a.m. this morning to protest the lack of support for diversity on campus.

An article written by student Jenny Marinko in the most recent edition of MU Student News was cited as the "straw that broke the camels back," said many students.