John Uehling likes to work a crowd. In high school, he did it from inside his school’s tiger mascot uniform, but at MU he took center stage in a cheerleader’s black and gold.
“Being a cheerleader, you learn how to talk to people,” Uehling said. “People will just come up to you randomly and ask you questions about what you do. I’m a lot more at ease with talking to people I don’t know.”
What was learned: Betty Winfield, MU journalism professor, used different research methods to categorize types of attorneys general during war crises and the way they interpret and enforce laws during such times.
Lindsey Scherder, a sophomore in MU’s parks, recreation and tourism department, has witnessed the decline of a job sector.
Scherder grew up on her family’s farm in Bowling Green. She has seen suburban sprawl moving into the area and farmers losing their land.
A class in the advertising department at the MU School of Journalism has created a survey for the Research Reactor Center as part of a semester-long project. The survey raises questions about the community’s perception of the reactor’s safety and necessity.
“To help MU fulfill its teaching mission, (the reactor staff) periodically works with professors in capstone projects such as this one,” said Ken Brooks, associate director at the reactor. “Our most recent capstone experience was with a group of engineering students who designed a piece of equipment to automate part of the shipping process for packages containing active ingredients used in cancer treatments.”
Rarely is traditional Christian writing compared with romance novels, but this is where MU professor Patricia Beckman’s studies have led. During her year-long research leave from religious studies courses, Beckman is finishing “Medieval Mysticism,” which analyzes writings by women during a surge of women’s piety and writing in the Middle Ages.
“It’s like these love stories of this woman and her god, but it’s written in like the romance style of the day,” Beckman said. “Instead of having a king as the absent love or some woman in a tower somewhere, it’s this woman’s longing for her God. It’s very different from what people today think of as traditional, but it was tradition, and it was very popular.”
Decorative studs, rings and other lip piercings can seriously damage gums and increase the risk of infections, tooth sensitivity and tooth loss, a new study suggests.
Ohio State University researchers recruited 29 young adults with lower-lip piercings and 29 without and looked for evidence of gingival recession — retraction of the gums that can expose the tooth roots — around the bottom front teeth. Each group had 15 female and 14 male members with an average age of 22.
The Tigers are losing. The crowd’s interest is waning. Mini Mizzou blasts out the fight song anyway.
Win or lose, members of Mini Mizzou love to play. A half-hour before the start of each men’s basketball game, the band begins to entertain the crowd.
As MU students put away their winter jackets and trade the library for a bench on the Francis Quadrangle, it is evident spring is elbowing its way into Columbia.
“I like the warm weather much better than the cold,” sophomore Mike Schroeder said as he watched the MU lacrosse team play Southern Missouri State University on Stankowski Field. “I am watching one of my friends play, and if it was cold out, I probably would not be here,” he said.
Scott Charton, the Associated Press’ first roving reporter for Missouri, will turn his skills toward gathering information from citizens about how the University of Missouri System is communicating.
“I’d like to know how well the university gets its message out about the things it’s doing,” Charton said. “I’m going to listen to Missourians and report back to Dr. Floyd.”
Historic buildings on Columbia campuses will be getting a face-lift soon, thanks to planning projects at Stephens College, Columbia College and MU.
Lela Raney Wood Hall, at Broadway and College Avenue at Stephens, has been undergoing exterior renovation and will continue its transformation on the inside. It will be the home of student services, administrative offices, a renovated ballroom and the school’s Costume Research Library.
Self-expression comes in many forms, and for MU art major Ben Marsh, nothing does the job like photography.
“I don’t think I could express myself another way,” Marsh said. “It is the best way to get things across.”
More than words were expressed on Wednesday when $3,075 were presented to the Columbia Police Foundation board members in honor of Officer Curtis Brown and fallen Officer Molly Bowden.
Jim and Billie Silvey, co-chairs of the Columbia Police Foundation, accepted the money on behalf of the Officer Down Fund. The money was raised Feb. 26 when Columbia College hosted a benefit concert that featured the Hilary Scott Band.
In the market for 12 computer monitors? A medical examination table? A cheap piano? They may not be as hard to find as you think.
The MU Office of Procurement Services has sold university surplus property — including computer and medical equipment — for almost 30 years.
For MU freshman Corey Schneider, studying chemical engineering in college seemed to make sense.
“I always felt I would do something with math and science,” Schneider said. “I really liked chemistry in high school.”
Michael Porter said he thinks he has one of the best jobs at MU. As a communications professor and director of special degree programs, Porter has the opportunity to get to know the person behind the student number.
“I have one of the best jobs on campus because I get paid to sit around and talk to students all day,” Porter said. “The reason I enjoy that is because I make myself consciously aware that every student has a very interesting story.
Caroline Sicht, a sixth-grader at Gentry Middle School, isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but she has started saving for her college education.
Caroline, 12, exhibits show steers for her beef project in the Englewood Hustlers 4-H Club.
It’s never too early to start planning — even when you don’t know what to expect.
That’s what Anne Hoylman is doing when it comes to her son, Alex Gompper, 8, and his college education.
With the growing popularity of the Web log, commonly known as a blog, as a source of news and political commentary, traditional media outlets are beginning to recognize the need for blogs to have access to information —even to have a White House press pass.
On Monday Garrett Graff, editor of FishbowlDC (www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc), a blog published by Mediabistro.com, became the first blogger to receive a permanent White House press pass.
As a young student about to enter college, Peter Miyamoto found himself torn between great programs.
As a high school student in San Francisco, he had a variety of interests, including playing piano, competing in local tennis tournaments and participating in student government at his school. Miyamoto described his upbringing and education as “normal.”
As if college entrance exams were not stressful enough, the two biggest ones are being changed.
Both the SAT and the ACT will now include a written essay portion to help colleges make admissions decisions and determine at which level of English a student will be placed.