Fit for a president

Although she is more likely to appear in The Chronicle of Higher Education than in Vogue, Stephens College President Wendy Libby has become a model for fashion students at Stephens.

The classy designs, created by the students at Libby’s request, will be brought to life when Libby wears them during inauguration festivities April 22-24.

Tigers put minds to it

Rhythm and the right brain helped Missouri get comfortable in the batters’ box Wednesday.

The Tigers defeated Kansas 7-0 at University Field to stay undefeated at home and in the Big 12 Conference. Their unique approach paid off not only in Erin Kalka’s pitching, but also in their six hits.

Movin' on up

Among the hottest items Cool Stuff owner Arnie Fagan sells are the apartments above his store.

“My apartments are on the Times Square of Columbia,” said Fagan, referring to his building’s location at Broadway and Eighth Street. “You can’t get a better location — period.”

Billikens defeat MU, end streak

Saint Louis was happy to see a lengthy streak end Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Billikens beat Missouri 3-1, claiming their first win in 13 meetings to end an eight-year losing streak at Taylor Stadium. The loss extends Missouri’s losing streak to three, after losses Saturday and Sunday to Baylor.

Tip brings hope to missing veteran’s family

Drew Cason lives in Kansas City, but for the past week he’s taken up residence in Columbia while he and his sister, Phyllis Cason, search for their 84-year-old father, Earl Cason.

A call Tuesday morning from the Columbia police offered the family a ray of hope.

Former UM president visits campus

C. Peter Magrath, former president of the UM system, returned to MU on Wednesday to give a lecture entitled “How Rocky is the Road Ahead for America’s Universities?”

Magrath served as UM president from 1985 to 1991, and he made a huge impact during his tenure.

House OKs proposed budget

JEFFERSON CITY — The House passed an $18.6 billion budget Wednesday that provides a bigger increase for education than the governor recommended — without tax increases.

The budget was passed on the same day that the Revenue Department released numbers showing that state revenue collections are up significantly.

Park ends deer hunt

When a helicopter crew surveyed deer in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in December 2001, the count was 53 deer per square mile — more than twice the target population. An overpopulation of deer in the park, which has historically been off-limits to hunting, led the state to sponsor special hunts in the park for the first time in 2001.

After three years of managed hunts in the park, an aerial survey in January 2004 put the number of deer at 16 per square mile, the lowest ever counted. The decline was enough for state officials to recently decide that another hunt won’t be needed this winter.

Ross leads MU hospitals

After sharing his office for a week, James “Jim” Ross, the new executive director of MU Health Care, will have his own workspace, beginning next week.

Ross, who began his new job April 1, is replacing David Coats, the outgoing executive director from the Hunter Group, a consulting firm hired in September 2002 to lift MU Health Care out of the red. Coats is leaving the post April 15.

MU, Columbia departments prepared for rising gas prices

Wise budgeting and buying in bulk has saved the city government, emergency services and MU from negative effects of recent increases in gasoline prices.

Local prices for regular gasoline reached as high as $1.66 per gallon in recent weeks, which was an increase of 7.1 percent in a one-month period.

Intelligent design bill debated at Hickman

The merits of a bill that would change the way Missouri schools teach science were debated at a forum held Wednesday night at Hickman High School.

Richard Blount, a retired pastor representing the First United Methodist Church; Mike Burt, a pastor at Grace Bible Church; Jan Weaver, director of Environmental Studies at MU; and Glen Freirichs, a Westminister College chemistry professor, spoke about Missouri House Bill 911, which requires public schools to teach intelligent design along with evolution. Intelligent design is the theory that the diversity of life on earth was brought about by an intelligent being or beings.

Losing not an option

Jon-Eric Meyer got into tennis long before he became a freshman at Rock Bridge, but staying undefeated against Hickman is important to him.

Meyer started his career when he was about 8 and went with his dad to play with friends.

Officials criticize tax-based funding

JEFFERSON CITY — State education officials said Wednesday that increased local support through property taxes as a result of Tuesday’s statewide voting could increase funding inequities.

Of 114 school districts asking voters to go to the polls Tuesday, 54 approved tax raises and 31 approved bonds for construction. Columbia voters were asked to approve a bond issue only, which they did.