Hickman students discuss Schiavo case at forum

After watching broadcast reporters ask questions about the Terri Schiavo case for weeks, Hickman High School students got their chance to ask questions on Thursday night.

A Speak Your Mind student forum was held in Hickman Commons with a panel of experts in the fields of law, medical ethics and religion on hand to answer questions about the Schiavo case. The forum attracted about 150 students.

Hickman seniors join Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Two Hickman High School seniors are one step away from receiving one of the nation’s top academic honors.

Gov. Matt Blunt announced on Thursday that Vellore Arthi and Benjamin Shelton are among Missouri’s 10 Presidential Scholar Semifinalists.

House passes $19 billion budget

JEFFERSON CITY — Funding cuts to social services and several state departments fueled increases to education in a $19 billion state budget passed through the House on Thursday.

With most of the contentious discussion engulfing the lower chamber earlier in the week, debate remained low-key until Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, went beyond the standard Democratic critique of the Republican budget.

Kewpies’ left-handed ace has right stuff vs. Bruins

This type of pitching will get you noticed.

Hickman starter Steven Boyer pounded the strike zone relentlessly Thursday against Rock Bridge for an 8-0 Kewpies victory at Hickman Field.

Students stand close to Sting

An MU athletics van waited on Hitt Street on Thursday to whisk away more than the usual players.

Sting, an international pop star, gave an exclusive performance to 30 hand-picked students, five faculty and several staff members from the MU School of Music before being quickly escorted to the waiting vehicle to prepare for his concert at Mizzou Arena on Thursday evening.

Children in car during police chase

A brief police chase involving a car with a man and two children ended when the man crashed the car, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Police Capt. Zim Schwartze said a man fled the scene of a domestic-violence call on Thursday.

Rarefied Air

Austra Skujyte could break a world record today.

Skujyte, the silver medalist for Lithuania in the women’s heptathlon at the 2004 Olympics and a Kansas State graduate, is one of four women competing in the first official women’s decathlon held in the United States.

Rush to beat the deadline

Les McMillen already knows he won’t get out of the office until midnight tonight.

The tax consultant’s latest appointment is set for 10 p.m. with one of his longtime clients, who said she always procrastinates when it comes to taxes.

Four more surprised

A big teaching award had its own big day on Thursday. Surprising the teachers in their classrooms, Chancellor Brady Deaton and Jim Schatz, chairman of Commerce Bank, handed out four 2005 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence — numbers six through nine out of 10 awards given each year.

Kemper fellowships, which come with a $10,000 award, started in 1991, when the William T. Kemper Foundation donated $500,000 to honor 10 teachers for five years. The award has been extended twice since then. After this year, 150 awards will have been given out.

MU gets look at nation’s elite pitcher

Missouri softball coach Ty Singleton has a philosophy he has preached to his Tigers from the start of the year.

“One thing I ask them to do is, ‘I want you to put a curtain in front of that pitcher,’” he told his team after the Tigers’ game against Drake on March 13. “You can’t see the pitcher. All you see is the arm and the ball being released.”

Gymnasts end year too early

In February, the outlook of Missouri’s gymnastic team wasn’t so hot.

Coach Rob Drass said his team wasn’t performing at the level it should be. His challenge was to make the Tigers believe how good they were and force them to stop coasting at an average level.

Team play boosts MU tennis players

The key to the Missouri women’s tennis team’s recent success has been its team play.

In their 5-2 home victory against Kansas on Saturday, every Tiger that played scored a victory for the team. Although Charlotte Bellis and Hana Kraftova did not win their singles matches, they teamed up to win the doubles match and get the Tigers that point.

Hickman hosts rummage fundraiser

The Hickman baseball players are taking out the trash to raise money.

The team, with assistance from the Hickman parents’ dugout club, is hosting a rummage sale and a waffle breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at Hickman High School.

Stephens students apply for AOL internship

The best and brightest future event planners just might be at Stephens College right now — at least America Online Inc. thinks so.

Rachel Gross, the director of corporate events for America Online, has arranged for a Stephens student to spend 12 weeks or more interning with her department this summer.

Columbia College receives top-tier rank

Columbia College has been ranked in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive colleges in the category of bachelor’s degrees by U.S. News & World Report.

“We have been ranked in the past, but this is the first time in the top tier,” Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said.

Students approve Brady renovations

In MU’s largest election, students approved increasing fees to renovate and expand Brady Student Commons. More than 6,000 students voted this week — more than one-fourth of the student body — with 64 percent supporting the fee increase.

The fees will increase by no more than $35 a semester per student. That money will cover about 52 percent of the project, the final cost of which has not been determined.

Events overlap in more ways than one

It’s normally no big deal when a softball player fouls a pitch behind home plate or over the press box on the third base side of University Field.

The ball makes a loud “clang” on the metal bleachers of adjoining Audrey J. Walton Stadium, home to Missouri soccer and track.

Advancement opportunities

Ten stolen bases.

Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney had a feeling the number was up there.


Many people may not know who Shannon Fry is, but those who have attended a MU athletic game have witnessed her hard work.

Since 1998, Fry has been the head coach for the Golden Girls, MU’s dance team, and works behind the scenes to ensure performances go smoothly.

Rock Bridge keeps ball in Quincy zone

Rock Bridge’s Lauren Kelly was finally part of a goal.

Kelly fired a shot that clipped the top of the crossbar in the first half and missed a shot wide right in the second half. She made up for those misses with a centering pass to an uncovered Rachel Mends, who scored in the 19th minute of the second half.