Faces: Peter Byger

By his own admission, Peter Byger is a jack of all trades. For the past three decades and counting, he has served a resident actor-instructor at Stephens College — a director, producer, public relations agent, box office manager, security guard, student advisor, custodian and professional actor.

“I’ve done over 100 plays in my career,” said Byger, who, despite his many hats, considers himself to be an actor above all else. “I can’t live without acting, without teaching people how to live more fully through my craft.”

Harvey gets in his kicks

With its offense struggling to move the ball in its loss to Troy, Missouri had many opportunities to evaluate punter Brock Harvey.

With the exception of a blocked punt in the third quarter, Harvey had an excellent game, averaging 45.3 yards on seven kicks, pinning the Trojans inside their 20-yard line once and kicking his longest punt 53 yards.

Bus drivers’ union settles contract

As the rain poured down last night, bus drivers from Union Local 833 met to vote on the latest contract proposal from First Student Inc., the area’s school bus provider. After two hours of heated debate, local 833 business agent Mark Bruemmer emerged from the closed meeting to announce the contract passed in a 92-33 vote and that bus drivers will get a raise.

“We’ve got a contract,” he said. “It’s done.”

Campus Connections: Columbia exhibit will be in debates

The upcoming presidential debates will feature an exhibit of 67 photographs of U.S. presidents.

The photographs are from the archives of Pictures of the Year International, which conducts a highly respected photojournalism competition.

March of Discipline

MEXICO, Mo. — Andrew Cruzen and Evan Spaulding awake each morning to the sounds of a bugle and footsteps marching in formation to the breakfast table.

Cruzen and Spaulding, both 17, are among a record 272 cadets who began classes last week at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. As seniors, the two say they are excited about their futures and nostalgic about the past three years at the military school. And while their paths to the 116-year-old academy were different, their reasons for staying in school there are the same.

How do I?: Contest a grade

Ask your instructor to review your grade. Instructors can make grading changes within one semester after the grade was assigned. If you discussed your grade and class performance with your instructor to no avail, file a written petition with the department chair. If the instructor holds the position of the department chair, petition the college dean.

Cher’s ‘Farewell’ tour to open MU’s new arena

Paige Sports Arena will host Cher and the Village People as the venue’s first concert, representatives from MU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Wednesday. The show, set for Nov. 11, will kick off a series of big-name acts aimed at bringing diversity and quality entertainment to Mid-Missouri, officials said.

“This is the biggest event in this category in Columbia in a long, long time,” said Mike Alden, director of athletics. He compared the concert to the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994.

Missouri college costs receive failing grade

Students are prepared for college, young people are both attending and finishing with degrees, and Missouri is reaping the rewards of an educated populace. But according to the 2004 Missouri State Report Card on Higher Education, accomplishing all this is just too expensive.

The study, by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, finds Missouri families, whose income level is in the bottom 40 percent of the population, would have a difficult time paying for college — making Missouri one of 36 states to earn an “F” on the biennial report card.

Campus in Brief: Veteran to speak on foreign policy, draft

Tonight, Bobby Muller will conduct “Tour of Duty,” a lecture concerning America’s current foreign policy and the prospect of a draft, at 7:30 p.m. in Waters Auditorium, in Waters Hall on University Avenue across from the University Avenue garage.

Muller, a Vietnam veteran, was paralyzed from the chest down when a bullet severed his spinal column in 1969. He founded the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

Campus in Brief: Overholser opens new lecture series

Columbia residents, journalists and MU students filled Fisher Auditorium to near-capacity Tuesday night to listen to Geneva Overholser, a former chairwoman of the Pulitzer Prize Board, deliver a lecture titled “Toward a New Media Ethic for a New Media Environment.”

Overholser has served on the editorial board of The New York Times and has provided media commentary on National Public Radio and PBS’ “Newshour.” She is also a professor of public policy journalism at MU.

Campus in Brief: After 33 years with UM, Turner to retire

After more than 33 years of service, Ronald Turner, executive vice president for the University of Missouri system, has announced he will retire at the end of the year.

“It has been a special privilege to serve the students, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri since the 1960s,” Turner said in a release.

No lack of motivation for Kewpies and Bruins

Hickman pitcher Stefani Worley has not forgotten what happened the most recent time her team squared off with Rock Bridge, and she hopes her teammates have not forgotten either.

Last season, with the Bruins holding a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning, rain and lightning caused umpires to call the game, leaving Hickman without a chance to make a comeback in the bottom of the inning.

Effort to save lawsuit limits blocked

JEFFERSON CITY — On a near party-line vote, the Missouri Senate sustained Gov. Bob Holden’s veto of a bill to impose restrictions on lawsuits against home builders.

The measure fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary for an override: 21 senators favored the override, 11 opposed it, and two were absent.

Gubernatorial candidate talks to MU Republicans

Matt Blunt described Missouri as a state with “tremendous potential” on Wednesday night, as he addressed a full house of MU College Republicans on the MU campus.

Blunt spoke only briefly about his platform in the gubernatorial race and spent most of his time answering questions from his young supporters. His address was heavily laced with promises of delivering tangible results.

Morris bounces back in Cardinals’ victory

Jim Edmonds’ sacrifice fly snapped an eighth-inning tie and Matt Morris bounced back from one of his worst starts of the season, bringing the St. Louis Cardinals one step closer to the NL Central championship with a 4-2 victory against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Edmonds also hit his 42nd home run, matching his career best set in 2000. The Cardinals have won three of eight, but reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.

Auditor: Private files still on old computers

JEFFERSON CITY — Sensitive materials may be accessible to the public on computers donated by the state government, according to a report released Wednesday by the state auditor’s office.

According to the report, information erased from 37 of 56 computers could be accessed using software easily available. Auditors were able to retrieve sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, bank account information and medical data from 23 of the 37 computers.

Lewis grows into force

Damione Lewis’ statistics in St. Louis’ season-opening victory against Arizona last weekend might not be too telling; six tackles and a sack for an eight-yard loss.

Ask Mike Martz, though, about the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Lewis and the Rams coach smiles much like he did the day St. Louis got the former Miami Hurricanes star with the 12th overall pick of the 2001 draft.

Missourian captures 18 awards in state contest

The Columbia Missourian nabbed 18 awards in this year’s Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspa-per Contest.

The Missourian won first place in general excellence among newspa-pers with similar circulations. The category evaluates the newspaper’s entire package including news and sports content, advertising, photog-raphy and layout.

Beisel’s future unclear

KANSAS CITY — At least one man engaged in a lively competition at middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs is not happy about it.

Monty Beisel went to training camp in July as a former defensive end who had been asked to take off weight and retrain himself as a backup outside linebacker.

‘Miracle workers’ build prayer labyrinth

Volunteers from the Northeast Area of the Christian Church office, as well as from Rock Bridge Christian Church, gathered Saturday to work on repair projects at the church on Green Meadows Road.

Coordinators planned the event, called “Miracle Day,” for the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.