One-man show on Twain performed at MU

On Wednesday night, Hal Holbrook brought his masterpiece, the one-man-show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” to a crowded Jesse Auditorium.

The show features 79-year-old Holbrook playing humorist and author Mark Twain. The show was written by Holbrook as a college honors project and began playing off-Broadway in 1959.

Libertarian: Campus diversity ‘disaster’ for blacks

Diversity training on college campuses and the potential addition of “diversity” as MU’s fifth core value were among the topics addressed by Reginald Jones on Wednesday night in Hulston Hall.

Jones, an African-American Libertarian, spoke to a crowd of about 50 students about how the growing movement toward diversity on college campuses has, in his opinion, “been a disaster” for blacks.

Kicker takes on new role

With less than three minutes left in the third quarter against Kansas State on Nov. 6, Adam Crossett, the Missouri football team’s third punter of the season, got off his best punt of the afternoon.

Crossett’s 58-yard, booming punt backed the Wildcats’ Yamon Figurs to his own 4-yard line to set up a return. However, despite Crossett’s big punt, Figurs weaved through the Tigers’ punt coverage unit, returning the ball 54 yards to the Missouri 42.

Oral stories keep river history alive

Rich with stories about growing up in Overton, Fred Oerly gushed with memories that seemed almost like yesterday.

“My family is all dead but me,” Oerly said during an oral history interview with Meredith Ludwig. “You would think that I would be dead a long time by now. I don’t know why I am still here.”

Intimidating Cornhuskers sweep Tigers

For the first 37 points of Wednesday night’s volleyball match, nothing was going according to plan. No. 3 Nebraska looked flustered, and No. 25 Missouri controlled play.

Owner of G&D in Mexico mourned

Police are searching for two individuals in connection with the robbery and death of Komninos “Gus” Karellas, 60, owner of G&D Steak House in Mexico, Mo.

Lance Lee Berry and Quinton O’Neal Canton Jr., were identified as “persons of interest” by Lt. Bob Welliver, who is in charge of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.

Student’s research wins spot

Hickman High School senior Anand Palaniappan hasn’t had much sleep lately. This is not because he fears an asteroid might destroy the planet, but because of the work he has done to make sure that doesn’t happen.

This weekend, Palaniappan will compete in the Midwestern Regional Finals of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The event, which will take place at the University of Notre Dame, is a science research competition for high school students. Palaniappan helped develop a project in connection with the University of Hawaii’s Pan-Starrs Project, which studies asteroids and comets. Palaniappan created a new computational algorithm that automatically tracks dangerous comets and asteroids.

Television station to offer public orientations

Every regular television viewer has an opinion about what ought to be on the tube. For the next two days, people in the Columbia area can actually turn opinion into action.

Columbia Access Television, the month-old community access channel, is inviting people who think they’ve got some bright ideas for television shows and those interested in the technical side of making them to attend the first monthly orientation on creating a TV show.

Ceramic Sparky scooped off street

Scott Southwick, manager of Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, was at home Tuesday night at 8:30 when his phone rang.

“It was the phone call every parent dreads,” Southwick said.

The caller, one of the ice cream parlor’s staffers, told Southwick that the shop’s mascot, Sparky the bulldog, had been kidnapped.

Exceeding expectations

Gray, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound sophomore surpassed those of his coach and himself when he led a young Rock Bridge team to a 6-4 record this year and completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,029 yards and 16 touchdowns. The numbers are staggering considering that when former Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton was the same age, he completed 42 percent of his passes for 949 yards and five touchdowns. Patton started the final eight games of his sophomore season after splitting time in the first two with senior Andrew St. John.

Putting on a new face

It was once a place where high school proms and dances were held. Built in 1938, Lela Raney Wood Hall was named for the wife of James Madison Wood, the president of Stephens College at the time. It also used to serve as a residence hall.

By 1995, the hall was in such a state of detoration that it was forced to close even as students protested.

Faces: Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston is a man divided. As half professor of counseling, half director of MU’s Career Center in the Student Success Center, his “lifetime commitment to making students into service providers” seems to take up much of his time.

The Student Success Center, on Lowry Mall, is dedicated to helping students create and accomplish personal and academic goals. But when given time to himself, the 68-year-old father of four likes to return to more peaceful surroundings — the small, 2½ -acre plot south of town that is his home.

Campus Updates

Two MU faculty members were honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Activity at the annual Faculty Recognition Awards this month.

Laura King, a professor of psychological sciences, received the behavioral and social sciences award. Her research focuses on the stories people tell about their life experiences; she is working on a project examining how students negotiate identity changes from high school to college.