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New tower symbolizes city’s boom

During the past two months, commuters on U.S. 63 couldn’t help but notice a change in the landscape just south of Columbia. What started as four columns of gray steel stretching skyward near the junction of Highway 163 has taken shape.

The new water tower, which will stand 192 feet tall with a capacity of 1 million gallons, is a symbol of more than just engineering bravado. It represents the changes to come in the largely undeveloped area not far from the city’s southern borders.

A step Inside

Along with housing the large campus clock that helps MU students keep track of their day, the Memorial Union Tower is also home to a secret society’s tradition. The members of Mystical 7, an honorary society that recognizes students on Tap Day for their leadership, service, integrity and scholarship, climb the stairs inside the tower up to the roof and sign the wooden door that leads outside. Names are also scratched along the inner walls of the stairwell, tracing a path not frequently taken by students.

Legislators respond to community

Five local legislators fielded questions on issues ranging from Medicare cuts to meth labs Thursday night at the Columbia Public Library.

A crowd of about 50 gathered to attend a town meeting held by the League of Women Voters. The legislators took questions from the audience on a variety of subjects. The common topic in all the legislators’ responses was Gov. Matt Blunt’s newly-proposed budget.

Formidable freshmen

When Claire Schaeperkoetter’s team plays Andrea Seabaugh’s team, it is the game to watch.

Seabaugh dribbles circles around her defenders while casually chewing her gum. Schaeperkoetter moves the ball methodically on offense and then flips on the pressure switch on defense.

City flips switch on green power

When Columbians flip on the light switch, brew their morning coffee or turn on their televisions, a small portion of the electricity powering those devices now comes from a renewable-energy source.

Columbia began receiving electricity generated by burning landfill gas, or methane, and turning it into electricity on Tuesday. Three megawatts of renewable electricity — approximately 1 percent of the city’s electric needs — flow from electric turbines at the Milam landfill in East St. Louis, Ill., to Columbia homes and businesses.

HARG expects ruling today

The public will likely learn today the results of Harg residents’ petition to block the voluntary annexation of 1,000 acres east of town owned by developer Billy Sapp.

Harg-Area Residents for Responsible Growth, or HARG, submitted the 260-page petition with 2,739 signatures on Jan. 28. Since then, County Clerk Wendy Noren and her staff have been reviewing the signatures.

Faces

Jonathan Kvanvig structures his philosophy classes at MU on discussion and makes sure he’s not the only one who understands what he’s talking about. He often lets students argue. It’s all part of his goal of helping students actively participate in their world."The alternative to philosophical thinking is simply to adopt the views and attitudes of one’s culture,” Kvanvig said, adding that philosophy helps students avoid “simply adopting the perspective of the culture one happens to find oneself in.”

USDA closes animal supplier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license of an animal dealer that supplied animals to MU and other Missouri research facilities.

The USDA charged C.C. Baird of Martin’s Creek Kennel in Williford, Ark., with numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, such as selling stolen pets and animal abuse and neglect. The department revoked Baird’s license and fined Martin’s Creek Kennel more than $260,000. Penalties also include a five-year probation and a $250,000 penalty if Baird engages in any of the activities for which his license was revoked.

Now You Know

What was learned: James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has developed a method of regenerating removed meniscal cartilage in the knees of surgery patients.

How it works: A common cause of arthritis is the surgical removal of torn meniscus cartilage in the knees that normally acts as a shock absorber to the pressures of physical movement.

New school funding panel created

JEFFERSON CITY — The appointment of a 23-member House committee to examine the state’s formula for funding public schools drew a mix of praise and criticism from legislators Thursday. Some say the committee is necessary if the General Assembly is to succeed in revamping school funding, while others predict it will complicate the search for a solution.

House Speaker Rod Jetton appointed the committee, composed of five representatives from urban districts, eight from suburban districts and 10 from rural districts. The new panel comes after a joint House-Senate committee was named earlier in the legislative session to review education funding.

Tigers hope old room gets results

“Expect to win.”

That is the slogan on the wall of the new wrestling practice facility, which was officially opened Saturday afternoon. The new room is cleaner, with state-of-the-art equipment. It is also about three times the size of the old practice room.

Lawyer offers 10 tips for aspiring attorneys

When Stephen Easton, an associate professor in the MU Law School, took the floor in Hulston Hall on Tuesday, he was there to deliver his “last lecture.”

It was not truly his last lecture, but part of a series begun last year by the Newman Center in which an MU faculty member presents what he or she might say if it were really his or her last shot.

MU recruits rate seventh in Big 12

With 23 official commitments from high school and junior college football players, Missouri ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference and 38th in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Quarterback Chase Daniel from Southlake, Texas is the Tigers’ standout recruit. Rivals.com rates him as the sixth best high school quarterback in the country.

To the moon and beyond

Red lights appear on the control board, indicating there is a simulated emergency on the mock space shuttle at Hickman High School.

The student astronauts find the problem: a water pipe has burst in the floor. Water sporadically sprays students as they try to fix the pipe, but the directions are in German. The group, under the leadership of space commander Hector May, a Hickman senior, decides to send the directions to their control base for translation as they cover nearby electronic equipment.

Watkins stays focused on MU

To Melvin Watkins it’s just another conference game.

Sure, he will see some familiar faces and receive a few more phone calls than normal, but when he arrives at College Station, Texas, this evening he will have one thing on his mind.

Tigers face triple threat

For the Kansas women’s basketball team this season, the formula has been simple.

If Aquanita Burras, Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp play well the Jayhawks usually win. When those three struggle, the whole team struggles.

Tigers in familiar position

For the past two seasons, the Missouri baseball team has been picked ninth in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. MU exceeded expectations both years, finishing fourth in 2002 and reaching the Big 12 title game last year.

Despite reaching the NCAA Regionals both seasons, the Tigers are only gaining marginal respect in the conference. This year, the coaches picked them eighth. Coach Tim Jamieson said he expected another good result this year.

Lutheran church reaches 40 years

The members of Campus Lutheran Church have changed over the years, from a congregation made up of MU students and faculty to its present status as a communitywide house of worship.

The church’s organ, however, has stayed the same.

Cougars, Smith top Trojans

The Columbia College men’s basketball team won 62-54 on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Guard Terrance Smith led the Cougars (15-10) with 11 points. Forward Craig Bryan contributed 10. Every Cougars player except one scored, and the team received 19 points from its reserves.

MU curators start tenures

The next time the three new curators hear the word “foggy,” they might remember their first day as official members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Doug Russell, John Carnahan III and David Wasinger drove through thick fog Thursday morning to reach University Hall on the MU campus for their orientation. After four hours reviewing 165 years of general policy and duties of the board, the weather might not have been the only thing clouding their minds.

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