From Readers

FROM READERS: The Missouri-Kansas rivalry is still alive

Sports enthusiast and journalism student at Arizona State University Jeff Vinton writes about the history and continuation of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry, despite switching conferences.

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FROM READERS: Health specialist busts a few myths

We get enough fluid in the foods we normally eat, especially when we eat more foods like fruits and vegetables, which are mostly water. There’s no scientific basis for the “eight glasses” myth.

FROM READERS: Coal Free Mizzou more than a club for one student

Coal Free Mizzou meets with administrators and energy processionals on a monthly basis,and talks of energy transitions are promising, Kelsey Wingo says.

FROM READERS: Columbia student raises awareness about Syrian relief efforts

In late June, Radhia Khenissi and some friends held a fundraiser to help people affected by the unrest in Syria. They raised $23,000.

FROM READERS: For mother, 'inspiration' has a deeper meaning

Jordan, 7, and her mom, Jen Reeves, watched Aimee Mullins speak Wednesday at MU. Reeves and Mullins grappled with the word "inspirational" and when it should be used as a compliment.

FROM READERS: You're invited to celebrate Grandma Janet's life and spirit

Help celebrate the life and legacy of my mother, Janet Barnes, and her unsinkable, unstoppable, fighting spirit.

Where: Riechmann Pavilion
 at Stephens Lake Park
, 2300 E. Walnut Street 
Columbia, MO 65201

When: Oct. 17 from 4:30 p.m. until around 7:30 p.m.


FROM READERS: Rodents are more than pests, they're animals

Angel Becker raises hamsters, gerbils and rats. Some she has purchased and others she has rescued. Each of them have special significance to her.

FROM READERS: HB 253 has costly effects for students

Higher education tuition would become less affordable to students under House Bill 253.

FROM READERS: Les Bourgeois Vineyards celebrates annual grape harvest

Activities included pumpkin painting, wine-cork crafts and grape stomping.

FROM READERS: Stephens College starts news blog highlighting campus happenings

SC-Scene will inform people "about events, student successes, performances and other campus happenings" and may also serve as an outlet for Stephens to comment on community issues.

FROM READERS: MU students create successful startup business

MU students Kyle McCarthy and Connor Hall share their journey to making Hall Exchange, a website for students to safely buy, sell and trade items.

FROM READERS: Father of Ashland teen describes events leading up to son's death

John Meadows, father of Ashland teen Jacob Meadows, remembers his son as talented and loving person and writes about the senseless nature of his death.

FROM READERS: Columbia educator shares memories of favorite teacher

Megan Pursifull, a Columbia teacher, remembers how her favorite teacher taught and how she took those memories to heart in her own career.

FROM READERS: Woman creates group for parents of children with food allergies

Amy Pope's daughter, Nola, suffers from a slew of food allergies. She has formed a support group in which parents in similar situations can share recipes, plan allergy-friendly play dates and lean on one another.

FROM READERS: Act as renaissance-era royalty in Kingdom City fair

Boster Castle offers a chance for people to sing with pirates and play with swords, as the Central Missouri Renaissance Fair will be in Kingdom City this weekend.

FROM READERS: Project shatters student's stereotypes on homelessness

MU student Megan Schultz writes about how she stopped complaining about insignificant inconveniences and started thinking differently about her advantages.

FROM READERS: Boone County firefighters participate in 9/11 memorial stair climb

Fourteen Boone County firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs while carrying pictures of some of the fallen. Lindsey Chandler was there to photograph the event.

FROM READERS: Panhellenic organization raises money to build school in Central America

Fourteen women in MU sororities will be selected to travel to help build a school in Nicaragua in June 2014.

FROM READERS: Dissing fear and moving forward

Author Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares her experiences with overcoming fear to become the woman she imagined.