'The Vagina Monologues' takes a stand against violence

Editor's note — This column contains language some readers might find offensive.

True/False Film Festival expands opening night on Thursday

There were 10 documentaries shown on Thursday to acknowledge the growing festival that didn't want to give preference to one of the films over the others. 

MU's Tiller can't help but smile

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller is one of the Tigers' most intense players on the court. Off it, he can be one of the team's most gregarious members.

LETTER: Tell McCaskill to vote against future spending

Citizens are encouraged to contact Sen. Claire McCaskill about the economic stimulus bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009.

Rock Bridge girls basketball claims back-to-back district championships

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team claimed the Class 5, District 9 championship Thursday night with a 45-21 victory over Troy-Buchanan in Wentzville.

Board details upgrade plans for Columbia Regional Airport

The Airport Advisory Board on Thursday outlined its plan for bringing the Columbia Regional Airport up to Federal Aviation Adminstration standards.

Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

Thoughts on basketball, asterisks and other sports

With the recent drop in weekly publishing, the Missourian takes time to beef up on sports reporting and acknowledge even the rarest of topics.

COLUMN: Why not investigate Kenny Hulshof?

In other news this week, outsiders were hired to take control of Columbia's police department and public schools, though it may take some time to evaluate those choices. And there are still questions for new UM President Gary Forsee to answer.

Columbia residents learn to spot tornadoes, help weather service

Columbians, described by Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service in St. Louis as “a room full of Weather Channel junkies,” gathered Thursday night to learn how to become official volunteer severe storm spotters. Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the weather service when radar cannot detect dangerous conditions.

New Rock Bridge point guard means more offense, less defense

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team has seen its offense improve, but itsdefense has taken a step back. A big reason for this is the addition of sophomore point guard Justin Miller, who replaced graduate Mike Petrik.

MU Faculty Council recommends change to future finals schedules

The proposed change would move Reading Day from Friday to Thursday, with finals beginning Friday. Exams would end the following Thursday.

True/False ticket sales: controlled madness, excitement and a little disappointment

Organizers for the True/False Film Festival decided to plan ticket pickup similar to a Southwest Airlines flight. Early birds got the "A" spots in the line to buy tickets.

Stimulus money should go to intercity transportation

The federal stimulus package includes $8 billion for high-speed rail systems. Since the Interstate 70/St. Louis to Kansas City route has already been designated as a rail corridor, the state use a portion of its stimulus money to create a Regional Transportation District in mid-Missouri.

Second Ward council candidate focuses on safety, economy

Second Ward candidate Jason Thornhill kicked off his campaign Thursday night at an event where discussion revolved around the economy and public safety.

Hickman senior set to raise his intensity

Senior captain Eric Franklin, one of only two seniors on the Hickman boys basketball team, says he not ready for the Kewpies' season to end.

Rock Bridge basketball relying on offense, not defense this season

Rock Bridge boys face Hickman in the Class 5, District 9 championship Friday night in Wentzville.

Missouri women's basketball team looking for depth

Coach Cindy Stein said trying to win close games has kept some young players from getting the experience they need.

MU faculty member's cousin tapped for Energy Department

The nomination of Steven Chu last January is special for one Columbian. Clarence Lo, an associate professor of sociology at MU, is Chu's first cousin and is excited about what his nomination will mean for science.

Tigers baseball team loses fifth straight

The Missouri baseball team lost 2-1 to Arizona State on Thursday night at in the ASU DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.