MU homestead

Walking to class where University Avenue meets Ninth Street, MU sophomore Joel Wessel did not recognize the building hidden behind the red brick wall across from Middlebush Hall.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Is it sociology?”

Wrong. It is the Chancellor’s Residence, deserted since 1996.

Eric Sandvol

While many people find gemstones beautiful and minerals useful, Eric Sandvol, an assistant professor of geology at MU, has a special appreciation for one in particular.

“Without olivine, I wouldn’t have had a Ph.D. thesis,” Sandvol said.

Brady Fountain

Brady Fountain Situated among Brady Commons, the Arts and Science Building, the School of Law and the General Classroom Building, Brady Fountain is an unavoidable landmark on the MU campus.

Registrar moved for remodeling at MU

MU’s Office of the University Registrar in 130 Jesse Hall is being renovated through Nov. 25, according to an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students.

Registration services will temporarily be located in 205 Brady Commons, while transcript services will be relocated to 126 Jesse Hall.

City Council thanks volunteer boards

Michael Yoakum is a junior at Rock Bridge High School, and one of more than 200 local residents who serves on the 32 boards and commissions that advise the Columbia City Council. Yoakum recently started a yearlong term on the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission.

Deer hunters start shooting

Saturday’s start of the 11-day firearms deer season brings big business for Missouri and a continued effort to curb the growing overpopulation problem among whitetail deer.

Deer posed no threat 80 years ago when there were only about 400 of them in the state. Conservation efforts in the mid-20th century, however, not only restored the herd but also set in motion a population explosion — taking the number of deer in Missouri to nearly 1 million. About 20,000 of the animals are estimated to live in Boone County alone.

County ready to number crunch

With expensive purchases looming, holiday shoppers aren’t the only ones trying to get their checkbooks in order.

Boone County Auditor June Pitchford on Monday will present her first draft of a budget for fiscal year 2005 to the Boone County Commission.

MU carries high hopes into season

The first step toward an undefeated season for women's basketball this season is tonight. The Tigers will play their first game in the new Paige Arena tonight at 7. The exhibition match against Central Missouri provides the Tigers an opportunity to show what their newcomers, like freshman Kassie Drew, will bring to the court.

Taking careful aim

As the sun creaks over the horizon Saturday morning, scattered gun reports will echo through the hills and valleys of rural Missouri, trumpeting the opening of firearms deer season.

The morning light will find thousands of orange-clad hunters stationed in tree stands and lonely forest hollows, patient and shivering with rifles cold as ice. Many will be in the pursuit of giant bucks.

MU volleyball team unites Wilson sisters

Nebraska native will be joining her sister at Missouri to play for the Women's volleyball team. In gymnastics, two Missouri natives have signed letters of intent to come to Mizzou. Kansas will be retiring five former basketball stars' jerseys as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse.

Double Coverage

Hickman twins Dannon and Devon Coleman have anchored Kewpies' defense and given opponents double vision. The twins bring twice the tenacity to the football field and have a combined 77 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 16 quarterback hurries. Hickman hosts the DeSmet Spartans tonight at 7.

Frolicky fans flock to farewell

The crowd heading into Paige Sports Arena on Thursday for Cher’s farewell tour concert donned black leather chaps without pants, lime green shirts, boas every color of the rainbow and tight, unlaced leather blouses.

Jubilant to be at their first Cher concert, Cindy Mustard, Jennie Griffith and Cherie Campbell — members of the Boone Belles — were convinced that it was the new arena that brought Cher to Columbia. Hardly able to control their laughter, words floated from their lips like bubbles as they lived up to their Red Hat Society motto: Act silly!

Report outlines road tax

A current lack of funding for the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan could mean an increase in the capital improvement sales tax as well as the application of an excise tax on future homes built along the city’s edge. That was the preliminary recommendation of a team of consultants hired by the city during the summer to develop the city’s transportation financing strategy.

In a Tuesday evening presentation to a 16-member citizens’ advisory committee and three members of the public, the consulting team of Stinson Morrison Hecker, TranSystems Corporations and Development Strategies suggested that the city increase the capital improvement sales tax from a ¼ cent to a ½ cent. Such an increase, they said, would provide an extra $6.3 million for city-wide road improvements.

Striving to stay within bounds

Ashland, a town of 2,000 is proud of its inaugural varsity football team, no matter what the outcome of the games may be. Chris Gares, quarterback and kicker for the for the football team, provides the team with quiet determination and strength. He, like the others on his team, has the overwhelming pressure to succeed and to perform well in front of friends and family.

Forum to discuss black image

A group of scholars and residents say a lack of positive black male role models is cause for concern.

“The young men in our community need to see African-American men making positive choices,” said the Rev. James Kimbro, pastor for Fifth Street Christian Church and residential clinical manager of the Phoenix Program.

Veterans Day essays recognized

Sally Fritsche, a West Junior High eighth-grader, got a surprise in the mail earlier this month. It was a letter telling Fritsche that she was a winner in the Truman Veterans Hospital Veterans Day essay contest.

“(Veterans) sacrificed a lot, and I don’t think we recognize them very much,” said Fritsche, the first-place winner in her division. “On Veterans Day, you should thank them and ask them to tell their stories. No one really pays attention. They just see it as another national holiday.”

Bruins soccer coach resigns after record year

This will be the final season for Rock Bridge boys' soccer coach David Graham. The coach, who guided the boys' soccer team to the Class 3 District 10 title and first 20-win season in the school's history, has decided to turn his attention to other things, primarily his wife and working on his master's degree. Graham is a teacher in Rock Bridge's World Studies department.

Ahead of the pack

Tom Ross from Alto, Michigan and a junior at the University of Missouri, has continued to be an impressive runner for Missouri. After struggles earlier this season, he placed sixth at the Big 12 Championships. He and others hopes he performs just as well or even better at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Illinois.