Diversity report faults MU leaders

Among The review’s findings:

Management: MU does not have a comprehensive approach to diversity management. African American faculty and staff think that some administrators are indifferent and sometimes hostile to their concerns. Women interviewed believe there are barriers to faculty retention and promotion.

Organizational: Two diversity leaders “do not have a collaborative relationship, and this friction impedes progress in enhancing diversity.” There is significant lack of representation of racial/ethnic minority groups in key positions.

Academics: Black faculty perceive that the administration devalues the academic specialties of black faculty who teach black studies courses. Faculty in the Women’s Studies Program do not believe the administration values their academic activities.

One enough for Cougars

Columbia College’s dormant bats finally came out of hibernation.

The Cougars, scoreless for 21 innings, scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Missouri Baptist 1-0 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Columbia College.

New cafe to open at city airport

It won’t be long before the smell of cinnamon rolls and pot roast will waft through the terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.

Anita Griggs plans to open a restaurant at the airport terminal and bring her catering business along. It will be the first restaurant to operate at the airport in about two years.

Bruins’ balancing act

Marc VanDover hasn’t settled on a goalie, but for now, he has struck a compromise.

Since the start of last season, Emily Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark have competed to become Rock Bridge’s starting soccer goalkeeper.

City critique of Patriot Act unlikely

The USA Patriot Act, which President Bush signed in the aftermath of Sept. 11 to combat terrorism, passed through Congress in just a few short weeks.

Don’t expect a resolution criticizing the act to move so fast through the Columbia City Council.

Flipping over flip-flops

It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, the sun is shining and the flip-flops are flipping.

All through the dreary winter I long for the days when I can slip on a pair of my beloved flip-flops and let my toes enjoy the wonderful weather.

Johnson leads Hickman to district championship

The Hickman boys’ golf team shot a 292 and had the top three finishers to win the Class 4, District 5 Tournament on Tuesday at Sedalia Country Club.

Chris Johnson won with a 71, Josh Brady was second with a 72 and D.J. Chung finished third at 73.

Public seeks jobs for youths

Columbia residents, city representatives and employment program sponsors discussed how to create more jobs for First Ward youths during a town hall meeting organized by First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton on Tuesday night.

“We want to find something for our kids to do this summer,” Crayton said. “The violence picks up when you do not have something for them to do.”

Tour tests campus accessibility

It was an uphill battle behind Pickard Hall on Tuesday afternoon for University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd. Challenged by rainy pavement and a steep incline, Floyd struggled to pull himself up toward the street — in a wheelchair.

His experience on wheels was part of the Accessibility Tour, an event designed to increase awareness about disabilities at MU. As part of the tour, Floyd talked with faculty, staff and students about the status of disability services on campus.

Lapse seen in gun permit law

KANSAS CITY — The police chief of Hallsville issued concealed weapons permits to people who had not yet cleared fingerprint-based background checks, as state law requires him to do if the checks are not done within 45 days.

True to tradition

Brother and sister Michael Vogt and Maria Gilmore know a lot about Mexican restaurants. After all, they grew up working in their mother’s.

When Gloria Santacruz Vogt opened Santacruz in Jefferson City in 1988, Michael Vogt had no idea that 10 years later he would buy the family restaurant from her and later, along with his sister, expand that business to Columbia. But that’s just what happened.

Legislature OKs education funds

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s House and Senate sent Gov. Bob Holden an education budget Tuesday that was higher than he had requested — and without the tax increases Holden said were necessary to fund his recommendations.

The budget increase is more than what Holden requested but is structured differently. The budget gives $55 million more than requested to elementary and secondary education while giving $18 million less than requested to high education.

UM to get about $10 million more

The University of Missouri system will pick up about half the extra $20 million appropriated Tuesday for higher education.

Nikki Krawitz, UM system vice president for finance and administration, said the university is glad the state recognized the need to increase higher education funding.

Plenty are ignorant in U.S. about Cinco de Mayo

Tonight, MU senior Brett Settle plans to head down to a Mexican restaurant for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

“It’s fun and everybody just has a good time with it,” said Settle, who plans to go to Chevy’s Fresh Mex or La Tolteca.

Boone house tuneup

On a recent visit to the downtown office of her friend Clyde Ruffin, Lucille Salerno gazed out the door toward the home of ragtime musician John William “Blind” Boone and admired the restoration in progress at the national historic landmark.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” she asked.