Deciding on a life path was simple for Eva Szekely, professor of violin and chamber music at MU. She said she always knew she wanted to be a violinist — a great one.

Szekely recalled a walk she took with her mother and the reaction she had when her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up.“I distinctly remember being shocked,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘How could she not know?’ I knew.”

Pizza blitz

Some of the central figures of Super Bowl Sunday had the speed of Terrell Owens and the sure-shot delivery of Tom Brady, but they weren’t on the field. They weren’t cheering in the stands or in front of their TV sets. And they certainly weren’t in Jacksonville.

Still, they managed to deliver some of the most sizzling, memorable moments of the day. They delivered the pizzas — lots of pizzas.

How Do I?

After a semester of taking notes, quizzes and exams, here’s how students find out what letter grade their efforts achieved.

Scholarships support agriculture study

This year, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award four $750 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and two to college juniors.

For some, fear rose with crime in January

Columbia started the new year with the stabbing of two men — one fatally — at a convenience store, the slaying of an MU microbiologist and the shooting of two police officers. Four home invasions, several muggings and incidents of gunshots fired into homes added to January’s flurry of crimes.

Behind the headlines and ongoing investigations are hard numbers that prove Columbia has never had so many homicides this early in the year. Within one month, Columbia’s homicide rate already surpassed the total homicides reported each year from 2002 to 2004, according to Missouri Uniform Crime Report data.

Steinem to receive MU journalism medal

Gloria Steinem, an activist and writer, will be in Columbia on Thursday to receive a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

At the free and public event, four of Steinem’s friends — Mary Kay Blakely, Farai Chideya, Suzanne Levine and Amy Richards — will reflect on her accomplishments and offer recollections. Steinem will follow with remarks.

Stephens alumna, novelist to speak

Columbia is about to get a dose of big-city glamour. Lyah Beth LeFlore, a Stephens College graduate and author of “Cosmopolitan Girls,” is visiting Stephens this week.

“Cosmopolitan Girls” marks her debut as a novelist and has been touted as an African-American woman’s answer to the HBO series “Sex and the City.” On Tuesday, LeFlore will speak about her recent experience with the publishing industry and her work in television as part of Black History Month.

Columbia professor receives state award

Graham Higgs, psychology professor at Columbia College, is not only the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also knows the meaning of campus involvement.

Higgs, who came to Columbia College in 1996, is involved in a variety of academic programs, such as the Psychology Club and the Graduate Council, which creates and enforces policies for the Graduate Studies Program.

Farmers’ Market faces deadline

With its 25th anniversary approaching, the clock is ticking for the Columbia Farmers’ Market to find a permanent home.

The nonprofit group that oversees the market has until April 1 to begin construction or site preparations on such a project. Failure to begin by that date would violate the group’s 30-year lease with the city of Columbia, in which case the city could reclaim control of the land. The City Council must approve alterations to the lease.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dynasty? Definitely. The New England Patriots don’t have to proclaim greatness. The NFL record book does it for them.

The Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years Sunday, 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles, and now they are challenging history.

Students learn ins, outs on energy

Ninth-graders at Columbia’s three junior high schools are learning an important lesson about energy.

The Energy Challenge program, a collaborative effort between the Water and Light Advisory Board and Boone Electric Cooperative, takes place each year as part of the schools’ science curriculum. The program is in its 11th year.

Making the jump

Rachel Witt needed to learn how to dive again.

A broken foot and a case of mononucleosis sidelined her for most of her senior year of high school in Illinois.

New England solid in all facets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New England’s third Super Bowl victory in four years came down to the most basic of football rules: The Patriots ran the ball and made sure the Eagles couldn’t.

So New England won 24-21, established itself as the team of the century (early though it is) and put Bill Belichick ahead of even the great Vince Lombardi with a 10-1 postseason record.

Tigers continue tailspin

There’s something about the Missouri men’s basketball team that seems to bring out the best in its opponents.

That was definitely the case Saturday, as Texas A&M played an impeccable second half to defeat the Tigers 91-63.

MU vet finds new way to treat horse’s tumor

In 2000, Rose Pasch noticed that her American saddle horse, Dixie, was keeping her right eye closed and ooze was coming out of it. At once, Pasch called her local veterinarian, who found Dixie’s eyelid tumor.

“He took the growth off four or five times, but it just kept coming back,” Pasch said.

Extra Points

Missouri’s performance at the Meyo Classic this weekend at Notre Dame featured provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA indoor finals for six Tigers athletes.

Junior Tim Ross set an indoor record for the Tigers in the 3000-meter run at 8:04.86. Ross also holds the 5000-meter indoor record.

New technology presented to farmers

Missouri farmers took a sneak peak at the future of precision agriculture Friday at MU as part of Ag Sciences Week.

“Harnessing the Power of Technology” was the theme for the conference that highlighted experiences and outcomes for precision agriculture in Missouri.

Medicaid cuts would hurt Mo. economy, study says

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt talks a lot about economic development. He also talks a lot about making government more efficient through cuts and cost-saving initiatives.

But a new study suggests those two priorities may conflict.

Columbia man killed in Sunday crash

A Columbia man died in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.

Roy T. Gallemore IV was driving on Creasy Springs Road around 2:20 a.m. Sunday when he attempted a curve at an unsafe speed, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Man hospitalized after I-70 accident

A car spun off the road early Sunday morning after hitting the embankment on westbound I-70 and Stadium Boulevard. The driver was hospitalized, according to a news release by the Columbia Police Department.

Police reports indicate that after successfully passing a commercial bus, Brandon S. Bruce continued his return to the driving lane to the point of hitting the embankment. After impact, Bruce’s vehicle rolled one time, returning to its wheels. Police found Bruce unresponsive. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital and Clinics, where as of Sunday afternoon Bruce, he was listed in critical condition by hospital staff.