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Film festival big business for downtown

The True/False Film Festival proved to be an economic boon for some downtown businesses. Sales increased to as much as double their averages at certain locations.

“Saturday we did what was normal for about two days, at least, and we had two more people working” said Ali Brown of Main Squeeze. “Every time a movie lets out, there’s a line out the door.” Brown expected Sunday to be about the same.

Red, white & green campus

Those sandstone-colored bins you see at MU are the latest in a campus recycling effort.

Campus Facilities distributed 50 recycling bins on campus during the week of Feb. 14. The bins can hold aluminum or steel cans, glass and plastic bottles.

Praying for the pope

On the first Sunday in 26 years that the pope has failed to bestow his traditional weekly blessing, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish remembered him in their prayers.

The congregation of hundreds sang in a soft melody, “Oh Lord, hear our prayer,” in response to a request “for those who exercise authority in the church and the sick, especially Pope John Paul II.”

Harvard speech sparks gender debate in sciences

Think about how your life would change if you woke up tomorrow as a member of the opposite sex.

Virginia Peterson, an associate biochemistry professor at MU, does this exercise in diversity with students. It’s meant to get people thinking and talking about how gender shapes our world.

Columbia NPR show celebrates five years of airtime

The issues on “Global Journalist,” a weekly radio program aired in Columbia on KBIA/91.3 FM, are broad, sophisticated and often complicated. But the studio where the program is recorded is small and narrow in comparison to the vast and fast-moving global news the program’s producers present each Thursday night.

Current producers of the “Global Journalist,” graduate students from the MU School of Journalism, and moderator Stuart Loory, the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, sat down Thursday morning to record a special fifth anniversary broadcast of Global Journalist. Also in the studio was Pat Akers of KBIA, the program’s director.

Filmmakers serve up marriage with a twist

In 1950, the U.S. government produced a documentary on the campuses of MU and Stephens College and the surrounding countryside. The 20-minute film, titled “This Charming Couple,” aimed to curb the rising divorce rate in post-World War II America.

The film was originally about a young, happy couple whose marriage quickly disintegrates because of unresolved personal differences, but local filmmakers were given the chance to make the film about whatever they wanted.

Architects seek student advice

Some students around MU are now wearing “I Love Brady” shirts to show their support for the remodeling of the student center.

Architects from Mackey Mitchell Associates of St. Louis and Holtzman Moss of New York, came to Brady Commons and Eva J’s dining hall on Thursday to present current design plans and get student feedback.

Film director will be at MU screening

Kimberlee Acquaro, co-director of the documentary “God Sleeps in Rwanda,” will be on hand to talk with audience members after a screening of the film from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in MU’s Jesse Wrench Auditorium. The film depicts the lives of women who survived the Rwandan genocide.

Acquaro, a photojournalist and filmmaker, will be joined by genocide survivor Norah Bagirinka in a panel discussion following the film.

Faces

An English teacher at the college for 29 years, Metscher has seen her share of different types of students and has learned a lot about them.

“I’ve taught traditional, nontraditional and international students. I’ve liked aspects of each,” Metscher said. “I like being in the classroom and knowing other educators.”

Go Fish!

MONTAUK — The trout were a little confused.

Wendy McElfresh opened the drains of her truck’s fish tank, releasing the remaining one hundred or so trout she was carrying into the clear, cold water of the Roubidoux.

High-tech boards raise excitement over ABCs

Students in Emily Bloomfield’s first-grade class at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School can hardly sit in their seats when it comes time to work on their reading.

Seven-year-old Michael Harrington couldn’t wait to write the morning message on the classroom’s Smart Board.

‘Model’ schools also suing for funds

JEFFERSON CITY — As state lawmakers work on a new way to fund public schools, they are basing their method on what “successful” school districts spend to educate their students.

But among those being used as a model for the new formula are some districts that have sued the state to get more money.

Bulldogs seeking an upset

Most coaches run through the same list when they address their teams on the eve of a big game.

Eat balanced meals. Get a good night’s rest. Be on time for the team bus.

Tigers cannot face up to Barnes, Longhorns

Forgive Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder if he sees Texas coach Rick Barnes in his nightmares this week.

Snyder saw Barnes everywhere he looked on Saturday at the Erwin Center, literally.

Home run rescues Tigers softball team

The Missouri softball team outlasted Iowa 3-1 in extra innings on Sunday to tie for the best record at the Louisville Red & Black Classic.

Redshirt freshman Micaela Minner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, her sixth of the season. The No. 24 Tigers improved to 11-2.

Viewers come from all over state to see film festival

One ticket to the Missouri Theatre on Saturday afternoon gave you access to a country music show — complete with washboard and gut-bucket — and a Czechoslovakian filmmaker’s commentary on capitalism.

Jamie Barrier, lead singer and guitarist for the Pine Hill Haints, who performed at the theater before some screenings, said he was excited to come to Columbia from Alabama to take part in the True/False Film Festival.

Pursuing the American Dream

When Yang Lei paid black market smugglers to take him from his native village in China’s Fujian province to America in 1992, he wasn’t looking for fame or fortune. He was just looking to be left alone. As part owner in a brick-making cooperative and the father of two young sons in a country that only allowed one, Yang felt harassed by financial pressures, social pressures and political pressures.

Missouri scores season-low 51 in loss

AUSTIN, Texas – The second-half magic that helped Missouri to a four-game winning streak abandoned the Tigers in a 63-51 loss to Texas on Saturday.

The Longhorns hit their first six shots of the second half and used a 13-0 run to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 37-25 lead. Reserve guard Kenny Taylor helped quash any thoughts of a Missouri comeback, scoring 15 of his 20 in the final 20 minutes, including a crucial 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 1:53 left.

Documentaries hit downtown

David Redmon’s best friend while filming “Director of Mardi Gras: Made in China” was a dictionary.

“Making the film was really difficult because I was working alone and didn’t have any kind of crew,” Redmon said. “I didn’t have a translator, so I was communicating through a dictionary.”

Doing a body good

Ken McRae and Kathleen Knipp had the perfect jobs.

They were doing what they loved, had a peace of mind and a feeling of wholeness.

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