Stephens plans to cut faculty and degrees

In an attempt to make the school financially stable, Stephens College will not renew contracts for 15 faculty members and will phase out six degree programs, two of which do not now have any students enrolled, over the next two years.

Although degree programs will be cut, many of the courses in those programs will remain, and provided that enrollment is high enough in these classes, some faculty contracts may be extended beyond the 2004-05 school year.

Memories soothe sorrows of today

When I was growing up, the doors of the little church my family attended were always open. We could pop inside and kneel at the altar and pray at any hour of the day. I treasure that memory as if it were a 10-carat diamond ring. It’s one of a host of memories that I can draw on to remind myself of the special experiences that have enriched my life.

I remember the beautiful park where my siblings and I spent so many leisurely summer afternoons at play. Parents never had to worry that we would be abducted. As children in those days, we were a protected class. That knowledge carried with it a certain carefree attitude. We had the understanding that as long as we obeyed the rules, no one would bother us.

Mo. budget deficit on the decline

JEFFERSON CITY — Increased revenues have shrunk Missouri’s budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, but the state still lags behind others in overall economic recovery.

A February report from the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed 32 states predicted that their deficits would be smaller percentages of their overall budgets than Missouri’s. Overall budget deficits for fiscal year 2005 are down to $35 billion from $78 billion last fiscal year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Plan would use archers to control urban deer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is making a proposal to allow archery hunting during deer season on some city property in an effort to curb the urban deer population in Columbia.

“The bottom line is that we have problems with urban deer, and it’s going to get worse if we don’t take action,” said Lonnie Hansen, a resource scientist with the MDC. “Statewide, their population is probably fairly stable,” he said. “Where it is increasing is in our urban areas, and Columbia is no exception.”

’Huskers rally shocks Tigers

Nebraska coach Mike Anderson decided one of his outfielders might be able to stop the Missouri offense Sunday.

With centerfielder Colin Shockey earning the win, the No. 15 Cornhuskers beat Missouri 11-10 at Taylor Stadium to avoid the sweep in the three-game Big 12 Conference series.

Tigers beat Baylor, sweep home series

Not even back-to-back home runs could help Baylor win at University Field.

In a 4-3 win against the Bears on Sunday, Missouri had to hold off a seventh-inning Baylor rally.

Kewps back on track

After a tough loss on Saturday, Hickman wasted no time in returning to its winning ways.

The Kewpies defeated Hazelwood Central 20-2 at Cosmopolitan Park on Sunday.

Street smarts

After more than a year of discussion and tweaking, a thick revision of Columbia’s street standards — designed to make streets narrower and friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians — is finally before the City Council.

The council will hold a public hearing on the new standards at its meeting tonight but plans to continue to get public input until May 3, when it is scheduled to take a final vote on the matter.

Rock Bridge tips Vianney

Rock Bridge players threw their lacrosse sticks into the air and stormed the field after their victory against Vianney.

The Bruins defeated the Griffins 5-4.

Spring turkey season kicks off today

Spring turkey season begins today, which means hunters will soon find out whether mid-Missouri’s recent run of warm weather benefits the hunter or the hunted.

“I think this recent warm-up will help the hunters,” said Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. “It has caused everything to get green, which should get the turkeys broken up and into their breeding ranges. They had been kind of wadding up into their winter flocks.”

Yearlong learning

With the school year winding down, the Fun City Youth Academy is preparing to shift its focus from its Saturday tutoring academy to its summer academy.

Since September, children ages 5 to 18 have been meeting every Saturday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center. From noon to 4 p.m., they receive mentoring, homework help, entrepreneurial skills and leadership.