Road funds debate intensifies

JEFFERSON CITY — On Nov. 2, Missouri voters will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would guarantee revenue raised by transportation-related taxes goes directly to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Advocates on each side of the issue, however, agree the measure will be insufficient to significantly improve Missouri’s ailing roads, which federal highway statistics indicate are the third worst in the nation.

One smashing good time

As the cymbal-like sound of a clashing wine filter mixes with the funky rhythms of a Wilco CD, Cory Bomgaars and Jacob Holman weave between large silver tanks, mashing dark red grapes and flushing out slippery white fluid.

For the past six weeks, Bomgaars, 33, and Holman, 27, have devoted their lives to harvesting grapes at Les Bourgeois winery in Rocheport.

Plane with smoking engine returns safely

A Trans States Airlines flight was forced to return to the runway minutes after takeoff from Columbia Regional Airport on Monday morning after a low-oil-pressure warning light activated.

The 21 passengers aboard flight 5505 to St. Louis deplaned safely after the landing and there were no injuries, Trans States Airlines spokesman Bill Mishk said.

Most Big 12 teams take a break

Eight of the Big 12 Conference teams have a bye this week to prepare themselves for the rigors of conference play beginning next week, with Baylor, Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech playing Saturday.

The Jayhawks host the Red Raiders in the conference opener.

$1.3 million Philips purchase OK’d

Despite a long and bitter public debate about the rezoning of the Philips farm, residents were silent Monday as the Columbia City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 77 acres of the 489-acre farm for development of a new city park.

The city will pay $1.3 million for the land and will accept developer Elvin Sapp’s donation of 63 additional acres, including 40-acre Bristol Lake.

Freedom lives in more than fashion

The other day, I read that women’s fashions in the near future will cover more of the body. I certainly hope that is true. In fact, I can hardly wait. I’m really tired of looking at women’s bare midriffs, hip lines, breasts and knees. I just don’t find that kind of information about women’s bodies useful. The main reason I’m fond of old movies is because the women in them are usually well-dressed.

I know a lot of women think getting dressed up is old-fashioned. They prefer casual dress on every occasion. Sometimes I think it’s unfortunate that women’s advocate Amelia Bloomer, who began her campaign to change women’s dress in the 1840s, didn’t live to see women’s attitudes become more in line with her own. Bloomer, who published a temperance newspaper called The Lily, thought women’s garments were too restrictive and favored shorter skirts and knee-length underpants that became known as bloomers. Most women rejected her ideas, however, favoring looking nice over being comfortable and continued to dress in the fashions of the day.

MU alumna named to Mo. high court

Mary Rhodes Russell, an MU School of Law alumna, was named Monday to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Gov. Bob Holden appointed Russell, a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, to fill a vacancy on the seven-member court. Russell said she is considering joining the court in mid-October, although she has not yet made definite plans.

Hickman shows progress

Hickman tennis coach Jerry Price has been preaching improvement all season. On Monday, the Kewpies provided some tangible evidence of their development.

The Kewpies lost 5-4 in a competitive match against Jefferson City at Hickman courts, two weeks after losing an 8-1 road match to the Jays.

Spotting progress

MU’s Tiger Spot mosaic near Ellis Library is an easily recognizable landmark — not because of its artistic value but because of the large red-and-white tent that has covered it for most of its existence.

Weather damage and vandalism destroyed part of the glass mosaic shortly after it was unveiled in October 2001. Reconstructive efforts started soon after, but no specific date is set for completion.

Keeping high intensity level key for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s soccer team opens its American Midwest Conference schedule at 7 p.m. against Missouri Baptist at Owens Soccer Stadium.

The Cougars are the two-time defending conference champions. John Klein, who is in his fifth year as coach, has guided the Cougars to three conference titles. They also won the championship in 2000.

‘Mother’ of photo workshop dies at 96

Vilia “Vi” Edom, co-founder of the internationally known Missouri Photo Workshop and Pictures of the Year contest, died Sept. 9 in Portsmouth, Va. She was 96.

Vilia Edom worked with her husband, Clifton C. Edom, who was the former head of MU’s photojournalism department, to create the workshop and contest.

Walk to pinpoint MU safety concerns

Members of the Missouri Students Association, along with administrators and others from MU departments, will hold the first campus Safety Walk at 9 p.m. Wednesday, beginning at Tiger Plaza on the South Quad by MU’s College of Business.

Students and administrators will split into groups and walk around campus to locate anything that can put a student in an unsafe situation. Groups will look for how well-lit certain areas are, where emergency poles are located, how crowded areas are and how often areas are patrolled by police.

Stars can’t capitalize on home court advantage

Silverthorne Arena didn’t feel like home for the Stephens College volleyball team Monday night. A small, but vocal group of students from visiting Central Christian College made sure their school was the one that felt at home.

The Heralds beat the Stars 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.

Naming ceremony to honor Wallace

MU will honor former Chancellor Richard Wallace with a naming ceremony for the Richard L. Wallace Atrium at the west entrance of Ellis Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. Interim Chancellor Brady Deaton and Wallace will speak, and a plaque will be unveiled. Other dignitaries are expected to attend and give brief tributes to Wallace, who retired in August. After the naming, a black-tie dinner in honor of Wallace and his wife, Patricia, will be at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center for the Library Society and invited guests. Diane Glancy, an MU alumna and poet, playwright and novelist, ...

Growing pains

MILLERSBURG-Quint Huffman recalls a time last year when he and some friends sat outside his auto, truck and tractor repair shop counting the cars that cruised by between 5 and 6 p.m. They stopped counting at 500.

While that would have been unheard of 10 years ago, Huffman said the growth Millersburg has seen in recent years was inevitable.

MU enrollment increase, efforts continue

When MU announced record enrollment on the first day of class last month, the news was familiar: The number of students enrolled at MU was at an all-time high.

The steady climb in enrollment in recent years is not a coincidence. MU has a target growth of 2 percent each year, said Ann Korschgen, vice provost for enrollment management.


Twice a week, 300 MU students crowd in Allen Auditorium to hear Shana Porteen’s lecture on inequalities in sports seen through her sociological lens. Porteen’s Sociology of Sport class is not popular just because of the topic. It’s popular because of the professor, too.

“The class provides a free market of ideas where they are exchanged in a way that helps people to think critically about their past experiences,” said David Pham, a former student. “I really enjoyed applying sociological concepts and theories onto my athletic career.”

Extra Points: Bruins net 10th victory

The Rock Bridge soccer team won its first game in the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis.

How Do I?

Visit Campus Dining Services on the second floor of the Plaza 900 dining hall, 900 Virginia Ave., to fill out an application form. You can pay by check or charge the fees directly to your student or faculty account.

Council approves rise in utility rates

Changing the temperature on your thermostat and running the water while you brush your teeth will cost a bit more next month.

The Columbia City Council on Monday unanimously approved its $277 million budget for fiscal 2005, including rate increases for electric, water and sewer service.