Sesay motivated to prove himself

A shortened 2003 season left Victor Sesay with something to prove this year. So far he has made his point.

The senior tight end has had the biggest influence on the team through the first two games and should remain an important receiving option for quarterback Brad Smith throughout the season.

Leading by example

After spending three years working to become a Missouri Tiger, Beau Viehmann earned his teammates’ respect through hard work and determination in his first two seasons as a Tiger.

That work paid off when his teammates named him as a team captain during the spring alongside Brad Smith, James Kinney and Atiyyah Ellison.

Taking time for talent to mature

When Martin Rucker started at tight end for Missouri against Arkansas State, he did so with no previous experience.

Although some might succumb to nervousness in their first college game, Rucker played undaunted, scoring a touchdown on the first pass thrown to him.

Defensive Double Team

When Xzavie Jackson first arrived at Missouri’s 2003 preseason practices, he was a nuisance.

“Almost all freshmen have a big head. I’m not going to lie,” Jackson said. “I had kind of a big head when I came in here, and if you’re already in the program, you’re going to think, ‘This freshman isn’t going to do what he says.’”

Ball State QB part of family

There would have been some tense moments at home if Ball State quarterback Joey Lynch had chosen another school.

Bill Lynch, Joey Lynch’s father and former Ball State coach, recruited his son out of Delta High in Muncie, Ind., to join older brother Billy as the third member of the family to be part of the Cardinals’ football program.

Gifts cut from chancellors’ pay

University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd announced Thursday that chancellors’ salaries in this fiscal year will be paid entirely out of general operating funds. Last year, part of their salaries was paid with private donations.

Under last year’s system, the majority of each chancellor’s $250,000 salary was paid out of the general operating budget. Private donations were used to pay the remainder of the salaries for the chancellors at University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Rolla and University of Missouri-Kansas City. At MU, the remainder of Chancellor Richard Wallace’s salary was paid with gift funds from unspecified sources.

Fusing sciences at MU

The sidewalk in front of the new MU Life Sciences Center is shaped like a DNA helix, an apt symbol of the university’s high hopes to meld scientific inquiry with technological innovation.

For Roger Mitchell, dean emeritus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, today’s dedication ceremony at the center is an event nearly a quarter-century in the making.

The path to reformation

It’s been an uplifting week for eight inmates of Boonville Correctional Center who have found inspiration in their work on a new shelter house for the town park in this Howard County town.

The men’s work is part the 10th annual Boonslick Area Community Service Project, sponsored by the National Organization of Prison Fellowship, to build a shelter house and two new picnic tables for New Franklin City Park. The project, part of the Missouri Department of Corrections’ Restorative Justice Program, is led by members of the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville.

Football preparations a team effort

ASHLAND — Volunteers are working overtime to prepare for Southern Boone High School’s first home varsity football game tonight.

At 7 p.m., the Eagles (0-2) kick off against Missouri Military Academy in the small town 10 miles south of Columbia.

City wants Wal-Mart to pay for spill

City officials expect to recover from Wal-Mart the $4,100 it cost to clean up a sewage spill into Hinkson Creek that happened when grease from the Conley Road store blocked a city sewer line in early August.

The city issued a notice of violation to Wal-Mart in late August, expressing its intent to recover the costs of the cleanup and any fines levied by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said Dennie Pendergrass, chief of operations for the Public Works Department.

New bus routes booming

City buses are running almost 100 percent on time since Columbia Transit changed its bus routes in June, a transit official said. Also, the number of passengers riding the buses continues to surpass figures from last year.

According to transit statistics, 3,388 more riders used the fixed-route bus system through August than the 110,852 riders who rode the buses during the same three-month period last year.

Commission names space-needs group

The Boone County Commission has appointed a Space Needs Task Force to evaluate the commission's $15 million proposal to expand county offices.

The commission wants to finish the third floor of the Boone County Government Center, add two stories to the courthouse and construct a new office building to replace the Johnson Building at 601 E. Walnut St. The proposal, which commissioners hope to fund through a bond issue and property-tax increase, could appear on the April 2005 ballot.

Nobel Prize winner speaks, predicts draft’s reinstatement

Bobby Muller co-founded several internationally prominent organizations, included the Vietnam Veterans of America and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The latter won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. Thursday night he spoke to an audience of 19 at Waters Auditorium at MU under the banner of his most recent creation, the Alliance for Security.

Muller’s speech, the first in his “Tour of Duty” lecture tour of college campuses, predicted the return of the military draft to America.

Beauty Redefined

Therese Pfeifer waves her hand in front of her face.

“Is beauty here?” she asks, then brings her hands to her chest. “Or is it here?”

Tigers stew over loss, look ahead

Because Missouri previously played Thursday, it has had an extra two days to let the sick feeling of loss sink in.

“It won’t be gone for me until I get another win, beat another team,” wide receiver Thomson Omboga said. “I would think about it all week.”

Team looks at how children learn

A peculiar mix of testing tools — ranging from psychology books to Sesame Street character puppets — greets anyone who ventures into David Geary’s lab. This summer Geary, an MU researcher and professor, received the Method to Extend Research in Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division within the National Institutes of Health. The award allows him to research students for whom mathematics is particularly challenging.

“For a long time, we couldn’t get any funds to do research in this area because nobody believed there was a real problem,” Geary said.

Promoting scientific application, literacy

Through a program called “Chemistry is in the News,” MU chemistry professor Rainer Glaser is trying to educate the public about science.

“I want people to see the connection between the abstract chemistry we teach in the classroom and the chemistry that affects their everyday lives,” Glaser said.

Worley, Kewps earn rare win

Hickman pitcher Stefani Worley has learned to appreciate a victory because they haven’t been coming too often.

Hickman entered Tuesday night’s game against Rock Bridge with a 1-10 record, but after a strong offensive outburst, doubled its season win total with a 6-4 victory at Rock Bridge Field.

Law school plans memorial for Heinsz

There will be a memorial service for Timothy Heinsz at the MU School of Law at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hulston Hall, room 7.

Heinsz, who died in July, joined the law school faculty in 1981 and served as dean from 1988 to 2001. He was also an Earl F. Nelson professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.

"Our Town" to open season at Stephens

The Stephens College theater department will open its 2004-05 season today with a 7:30 p.m. production of “Our Town” at Macklanburg Playhouse.

Students and faculty in the department, which was recently ranked fourth in the nation by the Princeton Review, are excited about this season’s plays.