Bruins shaving heads for AIDS

At Rock Bridge High School, students are trying to create awareness of global issues by shaving a teacher’s head.

In its first year at Rock Bridge, the Global Issues Club is trying to raise $5,000 for organizations fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Lectures to examine Bingham’s Missouri life

George Caleb Bingham, the realist painter famous for his portrayals of Missouri frontier life, will be the subject of a lecture series in April by Paul C. Nagel, a former University of Missouri administrator.

The Missouri Folklore Society received a $2,500 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council for the program. “George Caleb Bingham and His Missouri” is a biographical study of the artist’s life, artwork and politics and will feature reproductions of his work from museums in Missouri, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

Mizzou sticks it to campaigns using its name

Democrats and Republicans attempting to rally support for their presidential picks last week found themselves in a sticky situation.

MU’s licensing office said bumper stickers reading “Mizzou is Bush Country” and lapel stickers that read “Mizzou for Kerry” distributed on campus and at university events violated trademark laws. The licensing office ordered the end of their production and distribution.

Aiming to thin city’s herd

Mary Nirmaier has seen the nuisance deer can pose to road safety if allowed to run amok. She lives off Rock Quarry Road in Columbia, a meandering stretch of asphalt notorious for its hairpin curves and plentiful deer.

“Not long ago, a driver struck a deer, flipped over and ended up in my yard,” she said. “These deer have gotten out of hand. That wreck was the third of its kind in the last two years. I’ve warned the City Council that if something isn’t done soon I’m afraid that one of these accidents will result in someone being killed.”

Rucker thrives near goal line

Quarterback Brad Smith has found a reliable, big target down around the goal line in tight end Martin Rucker.

Rucker, a 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman from St. Joseph, helped jumpstart the Missouri offense, catching two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 30-10 win at Baylor on Saturday night. Rucker has caught nine passes this season, three of them for touchdowns.

Bad aim limiting Tigers’ scoring

The Missouri women’s soccer team fired 21 shots at the Iowa State goal, only to watch them hit the posts, hit the crossbar or fail to elude Iowa State goalkeeper Jo Haig. It was a frustrating end to a frustrating weekend for the Tigers, who fell to Iowa State 2-0 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.

The brainy bunch

What do an avid reader, a sailor, a drummer and a runner have in common?

They are just four of sixteen Columbia students who were recently named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.


MU English professor Ray Ronci’s class “The Journey of the Hero” explores what he calls “the hero cycle.” The journey takes students from classical literature, such as “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” to modern works such as the Harry Potter series and “Star Wars.”

What Ronci likes most about the class is the moment students start to see parallels between the stories and their lives.

International enrollment rising

When Japan’s Kinjo College stopped sending students to Columbia College to study English, it had a big impact on enrollment in the college’s English as a Second Language program.

Enrollment in Columbia’s international programs shrank almost 50 percent as a result of that change — from 59 students in 2000 to 30 students in 2001.

LGBT Center’s week will include lecture

“Coming Out Week 2004,” sponsored by MU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, offers a number of events on campus for students, staff, faculty and community members this week.

The Triangle Coalition will sponsor an amateur drag show at 6 p.m. Monday in the Mark Twain Ballroom in Memorial Union.

MU team has eyes on national title

The Mizzou Debate Team continued its quest for a national championship over the weekend of Oct. 2-3 at the William Jewell Invitational in Liberty.

The tournament had 14 of the top 16 debate teams in the nation, including University of California-Berkeley, Truman State University, Arkansas State and others.

Board of Curators honors 4 professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators awarded four MU professors an annual award of $10,000 for as long as they hold their appointed positions.

Peter Markie, professor of philosophy, was named a distinguished teaching professor.

Reading Aloud

At Field Elementary School, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” was the book of the week. But during a reading session Thursday, something different — something awesome — happened.

For the first time, first-grader Breonna Brown read the entire book on her own to her partner in reading, Stacey Hawkins.

Young & Restless

It was a key match for the Missouri volleyball team. After the Tigers easily won the first two games against No. 23 Colorado on Oct. 2, the Buffaloes made the third-game close.

MU had a match point at 32-31, but it looked like the Tigers wouldn’t capitalize. Colorado’s best outside hitter, Allie Griffin, leaped for a set on the right side and spiked the ball.

Missouri’s electors get ready to vote

Bruce Bredeman received so many messages urging him to switch his vote during the last presidential election that his e-mail service practically shut down.

“I was getting about 1,400 e-mails a day for several weeks asking me to switch my vote from George W. Bush to Al Gore until I had to call my e-mail service provider to filter them out,” Bredeman said.

Electoral College Trivia

1) How much are Missouri's electors paid per day?

a) $5

Farmer, editor face rematch over state rep seat

When people ask Jeff Hedberg why he decided to get into politics, he gives them three reasons: Rachael, Greg and Suzanne.

“Those are my children,” said Hedberg, who is the Republican candidate for 9th District state representative. He is also managing editor of the Centralia Fireside Guard newspaper. “I want to make Missouri a better place to raise our children, our grandchildren and our families.”