Kids make music with computers

Most music artists cannot wait for their first CD release party. On May 3 at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at MU, about 10 children who participate in the mentoring program Moving Ahead attended a party to celebrate the creation of a CD, which featured their own songs.

MU seniors Edward Watson and Andrew Duenke created the CD program for their capstone projects in service learning. Both are scheduled to receive degrees in interdisciplinary studies this weekend.


Noor Azizan-Gardner said it is her duty to educate the community about diversity issues.

Right now, she coordinates the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at MU and is developing an undergraduate multicultural certificate, in which students apply what they have learned in their courses to hands-on experience. This can be completed by participating in a service project or by studying abroad.

Q&A: Mike Jeffers

Mike Jeffers, 44, who will take over as principal at Hickman High School on July 1, is ready to immerse himself in the traditions of another school. He has worked at Truman High School in Independence for his entire 21-year career, most recently as head principal. Andy Kohl, associate principal at Truman and recently hired as principal of Rock Bridge High School, told Jeffers about the opportunity at Hickman. The prospect of change intrigued Jeffers, and the culture and customs at Hickman made it an ideal choice.

Creating better diets

Alberto Maurer wants to ease world hunger by making plants more nutritious. He is a research assistant at MU working toward his doctorate in genetics.

For the past two years, he has worked in the lab of his adviser, Elizabeth Rogers, to better understand how plants acquire iron from soil. In many countries, people depend on plants as their main food source and eat little meat; this leads to many iron deficiency problems around the world.

Cougars alive in regional

The Columbia College softball team lost its first game of the NAIA Region V Tournament on Monday, but won its next two to stay alive in the chase for a title and a berth in the national tournament.

The Cougars managed two hits in a 3-0 loss to McKendree in the opener. Monica Mueller suffered the loss allowing seven hits.

Students earn regional honor

Columbia College members of the Students in Free Enterprise team brought home the first-runner-up trophy from the regional competition in St. Louis on April 7, according to a press release.

Students in Free Enterprise is a nonprofit organization active at more than 1,800 colleges and universities around the world.

Campus Honors

The MU Debate Team was successful in more than one way last month at the National Forensics Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate Championship at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Nick Dudley advanced past about 90 debaters from all over the country, winning the national championship.

Toronto Towers over K.C.

TORONTO — Josh Towers won his third straight start by pitching eight strong innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory against the struggling Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Russ Adams hit a two-run triple for the Blue Jays, swept in three of their previous four home series.

Clear shot

The Hickman girls’ soccer team is on a streak it hopes to ride all the way to the district finals.

After beating Rock Bridge and Jefferson City in the past two games, the Kewpies extended their winning streak to three, routing Smith-Cotton 9-0 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park.

School district refines budget plans

The Columbia Board of Education identified priorities for unused money in the 2005-06 proposed budget Monday night.

Before Monday, the budgeted revenue for the 2005-06 year was $8,513,424, with expenditures totaling $8,315,000, leaving a total of $198,000 left for unidentified use.

Q&A: Andy Kohl

Beginning July 1, Andy Kohl will take over as the new head principal at Rock Bridge High School. Although Kohl enjoys hunting, sports and cars, his real passion is working with students.

Kohl said he realized his fervor for teaching at Central Missouri State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in math and education after attending Truman State. He earned his master’s degree and an educational specialist degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in educational administration. Kohl, his wife, Susan, and their three kids are looking forward to the move to Columbia. Kohl agreed to answer a few questions about his future as Rock Bridge’s new principal.

Kewps caught looking ahead

All the elements of a road upset were in play Monday at Hickman Field, where the No. 1 team in the state hosted an eager district foe.

Although a lackluster Hickman team had trailed all game entering the final inning, no one short of the visitors and their fans believed the Kewpies would lose. But when Smith-Cotton right fielder Andre Smith hauled in a fly ball off the bat of Chris Barrett for the final out, the Tigers had a 6-5 win against Hickman.

Making women more of a workplace force

Patrice Hutton didn’t want to go to college; she wanted to go to cosmetology school and open her own salon — a dream she still has. Yet today, Hutton, a student coordinator for the Network of Female Leaders at MU, is part of the initiative to help women move from college into the workforce.

The number of women attending college is rising. The National Center for Education Statistics reported a 143 percent increase in female enrollment from 1970 to 2000, compared with a 33 percent increase in male enrollment. The Center also reported that female enrollment has increased from 678,977 in 1947 to 8,967,172 in 2001, and has surpassed male enrollment.

Getting time on your side

If there two things any MU student would say they need more of, they would be time and money.

And during finals week, time becomes the more valuable commodity.

MU men’s golf gets NCAA regional invitation

As Mike Hermann, athletic director of Niagara University, read the schools selected for the NCAA Central Regional golf tournament Monday evening, a hushed silence came over the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena.

Members and friends of the Missouri men’s golf team waited eagerly to hear its name read among the 26 schools selected to compete in the tournament.

Mulder aces another test, Pujols helps

ST. LOUIS — Odalis Perez has to be Albert Pujols’ favorite pitcher. Any team Mark Mulder faces these days is his favorite opponent.

Pujols drove in four runs with two home runs off Perez, giving him four long balls against the left-handed Perez in 12 at-bats, and Mulder tied his career best with 12 strikeouts in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

Disasters averted, riding bike proves productive

What could’ve been a disastrous first day on the bike ended up being quite delightful.

I was talking with my parents the night before and explaining to them what I was going to be doing.

“Isn’t it supposed to thunderstorm tomorrow?” my dad asked. Sure enough, I checked the weather, which I never do, and scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast. The thunderstorms held off though, and I awoke to temperatures in the 70s.

Three arrested in Wal-Mart fires

Three arrests were made Sunday in connection with the arson fires at two Columbia Wal-Marts on Thursday night.

Police made the arrests after they received a tip about the suspects from the owner of the pick-up truck borrowed for use in the crime, according to a Columbia Police Department report. The owner was unaware of the crimes that were to be committed.

Neighbors, pastimes change with society

If you can envision summer evenings in your favorite small town with family members laid back on the porch swing watching the fireflies drift by, you probably remember when television was in its infancy and you could pop down to the corner and buy an ice cream cone. But flash forward to 2005 and nighttime across America in big cities and small towns usually feature the same scenario — folks gathered round the television set or the home screen, watching a film.

Neighborhoods everywhere have changed a lot since television became the No. 1 family activity.

Searching for a place of their own

Greg Hasseldahl sees starting a school from the ground up as an act of discovery.

As the founding principal of Good Shepherd Lutheran School, he is scouting a site for a school building that could accommodate what he sees as a great demand in Columbia for Christian education.