Stereotypes challenged

A nationally known speaker on homosexuality and morality told an MU audience last week that how people think and talk about gays and lesbians leads to false assumptions about homosexual relationships.

“Heterosexual people have relationships while homosexual people have sex. Heterosexual people have lives while homosexual people have lifestyles,” said John Corvino, a professor of philosophy and ethics at Wayne State University in Detroit. Corvino’s speech Thursday night in Allen Auditorium ended Coming Out Week activities on campus.

Providers collaborate to meet flu shot needs

With the loss of nearly 47 million doses of flu vaccine worldwide after a British government crackdown on a global supplier, health care providers in Boone County are scrambling to meet demand as the winter flu season approaches.

Heather Baer, a spokeswoman for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health, said the agency ordered most of its vaccines from Chiron Corp., the British firm that had its license suspended earlier this month over a failure to comply with the United Kingdom’s manufacturing regulations.

Despite rule change, blood drive a winner

A change in rules designed to reduce competition in donating blood did nothing to reduce community support of the 19th annual Homecoming Blood Drive held last week at the Hearnes Center. This year’s event, which exceeded Red Cross’ expectations, generated 3,783 blood donations, said Jim Williams, communications manager of the Missouri-Illinois Red Cross.

“The students were as anxious to give as they ever have been,” Williams said of the event, which received a national award Tuesday for being the most successful blood drive during the Red Cross’ Save a Life tour last year.

Coming out in Style

For 16 years, National Coming Out Day has been celebrated throughout the country on Oct. 11.

The date commemorates the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights. MU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center extended the celebration with a week’s worth of activities to celebrate and support members of the LGBT community.

Bow hunting takes aim at reducing deer herds

For many mid-Missouri residents, fall is the season for hunting.

Although the majority of hunters uses guns, few Columbians channel their inner Robin Hood with the unique sport of bow hunting.

Devil’s Icebox cave offers mental, physical challenge

As the cool autumn breeze begins to blow, the Devil’s Icebox cave moans and echoes to the visitors of Rock Bridge State Park.

Some visitors hear this call to walk the unbeaten path and enter another dimension of life that exists in the seven-mile Devil’s Icebox cave.

Treasurer faces challenger for first time in 12 years

For the first time since 1992, Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray has an opponent in an election. Republican Fred Evermon has stepped forward to challenge Murray, who has held the office for 28 years.

The Boone County treasurer is responsible for making investment decisions, receiving and disbursing the county’s money, balancing the county checking account with the general ledger and handling all bond issues.

Fishing heats up with cooler weather

Fishing poles are lazily dipped over the sides of boats, painting radiating rings on the surface of the sparkling water.

A gentle breeze stirs the air causing shallow waves to ripple across the still water. This is the tranquil scene found at area lakes.


On race days, Justin Wilson can be found either navigating a course for MU’s solar car or monitoring the car’s performance and analyzing data.

Wilson, president of the Mizzou Solar Car Project, is in charge of communication with the College of Engineering, race officials and others involved. He is in management for a reason.

Orchards provide ‘pick-your-own’ experiences

Will Waterman, 3, rolled over a pumpkin while his brother Wes, 5, pulled on another to break it from the vine.

The brothers, from Columbia, ran back and forth between their parents during a Sunday afternoon picking pumpkins and apples at Huffstutter Orchards in New Franklin.

Trails offer several paths to exercise

On any given day, casual walkers and avid runners trek a highway of dirt and gravel paths through Columbia’s wooded areas.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department maintains 25 trails. These range from the quarter-mile trail in Westwinds Park to 4.7-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail.


Fall ideal time for working on garden

The air is cooling, the nights are getting colder and the plants in the garden are starting to look brown and unattractive.

In other words, it’s time to start winterizing the garden.

West side attracting business

West Columbia is growing, and local businesses want to be a part of it. Broadfield Properties made deals with three more businesses this week that will plan to open in the Broadway Broadfield Shopping Center, next to Hy-Vee, 3120 W. Broadway.

Tuesday, the developer signed leases with Chinese restaurant Mandarin House, Mexican eatery Rio Grande and a new University Hospital MRI center, said Roger Thomas, a partner in Broadfield Properties.

Therapist says trip changed her life

Elisabeth Norton, a massage therapist from Columbia, called the three weeks she spent working at the Paralympic Games “definitely mind-blowing.”

Norton was one of 60 international massage therapists who assisted the athletes during the September games in Athens. The Paralympics, like the summer and winter Olympics that precede them, occur every two years. These games, however, showcase athletes with disabilities.

Senate candidates clash on SMSU name change

Candidates for the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate are embroiled in a debate about whether it’s a good idea to “trade” MU’s name for a bond issue that would pay for construction of a health-sciences research center and other projects.

Democrat Chuck Graham and Republican Mike Ditmore debated the issue at a forum last month at Broadway Christian Church. Moderator and former state senator Joe Moseley asked whether each would support switching the name of Springfield’s Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University in exchange for a life-sciences bond issue.

Spreading Tiger spirit

The spirit of MU’s Homecoming festivities spread to downtown Columbia on Sunday.

Eighteen student organizations participated in Decorate the District, a contest to decorate the storefronts of businesses near the parade route that will weave through downtown Columbia on Saturday.

Tigers cope with tough road loss

AUSTIN, Texas -- One season after failing to win a Big 12 Conference road game, Missouri had its chance to win its second in a row and take the next step toward becoming a high level football team.

No. 8 Texas made enough plays to hold off the Tigers, though, winning 28-20 on Saturday.

War journalists criticize media, advise students

Columbians heard a first-hand perspective of the war in Iraq on Sunday from two seasoned journalists.

Chris Hedges, a former war correspondent for The New York Times, and Octavia Nasr, head of Arab affairs for CNN, spoke on campus to a group of journalism students and faculty. The pair also spoke before a showing of “Control Room,” a movie about Al-Jazeera’s war coverage, at the Missouri Theatre.

Eagles come home

ASHLAND - On Friday, the faithful, about 1,000 in all, sat on the stadium’s stainless steel bleachers, and others flowed over to the ones made of rotting wood.

Dressed in school colors for the Southern Boone Eagles’ first football homecoming, many wore black caps, red sweatshirts, black-and-red beads and face paint. A few upperclassmen known around school as “the cowboys” wore no shirts.

Ashland isn’t a town that appreciates change. People like things the way they are. Families who leave Ashland tend to return. Parents send their kids to the school where many of them also went. Some attended college and graduated; others did not; a few never went.