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Higher Education

Fundraising with a twist

Similar to a game of Twister, students with financial need feel like they’re being pulled in many directions. They manage financial pressures, work-related stress and college requirements in a delicate balance that can feel like collapse is inevitable at the next spin of the wheel.

‘Superwoman’ falls just short in battle of Twister endurance

Last Wednesday, Beth Scheiding dressed herself as Superwoman and headed to the MU Student Recreation Center to compete in a Twister tournament held by Student Foundation. In green pants, a blue Superwoman T-shirt, a red cape and yellow arm warmers up to her elbows, Scheiding’s outfit mirrored the colors on the Twister mats.

Psychological crises afflict universities

More students are coming to MU in need of counseling center services for problems such as depression, anxiety and stress, said Kathleen Boggs, director of the MU Counseling Center.

MU High takes college off campus

Damian Von Schoenborn is ahead of the game. During his junior year at Rock Bridge High School, Von Schoenborn completed the highest level of math classes available to him.

Staging a recovery

Leon Stevenson III and Bianca Townsend sat onstage in Atkins-Holman Student Commons at Columbia College, singing their hearts out to Alicia Keys’ “Diary.”

A fitting match

As customers search department store aisles for the right manufactured Halloween costume, Savannah Baltazar fastens the buttons of her old Hollywood ballgown in her dorm room. With careful application of makeup, appropriate accessories and an extravagant hairdo, Baltazar transforms into Vivien Leigh. She helps Jessica Perreault, her suite-mate, step into her Princess Leia attire and adds more bobby pins to secure the girl’s hair into side buns. Halloween costumes come easy to Baltazar — just don’t mention the words “store bought” in her presence.

Art in living color

The Minority Artists Association, a new student group at MU, wants to see more color — not only on canvas, but also in the classroom. “I wanted the minorities to have a place to display their work,” said Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, the association’s president and founder.

Video game music links generation

Patrick Dell spent his summer playing video games and analyzing their soundtracks. With a $3,000 grant from MU, Dell dove into the video game world and explored the wide variety of musical genres the games have to offer.

Columbia College to build new labs

Julie Estabrooks said Columbia College’s science labs are less than adequate and are the greatest limitation to the school’s science program — so she is excited by the school’s plan to build a science building. “It will have a tremendous impact because our students will have new labs that can provide them with a state-of-the-art learning experience,” said Estabrooks, Columbia College’s science department chairwoman. “They’ll have the opportunity to work with the type of equipment and in the type of environment they’re likely to encounter in grad school or in the job environment.”

Diversity takes the stage

When audiences watch MU’s Interactive Theatre Troupe, they are required to become part of the performance. The troupe performs pieces involving multicultural issues and then lets the audience take the place of one of the actors and try to solve the problem depicted.

Faces - Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson

In June, Eric Thompson will start a job he had never expected: driving a Wienermobile.

Truman scholar

Annie Morrison has always been interested in health care issues, especially those pertaining to women. Growing up in the Ozark Mountains area of West Plains, southeast of Springfield, Morrison credits her social awareness to her family and the community in which she grew up.

Now an English and biology major in her junior year at MU, Morrison’s interest and involvement in health care and public service are paying off. Morrison was one of only 75 students from across the country to be selected as a Truman Scholar, which recognizes undergraduates’ future dedication to the field of public service. It also comes with a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school.

Stephens archives help the future

Stepping into the Stephens College Archives is a little like stepping into someone’s basement. There are concrete floors, metal shelves swathed in protective plastic and stacked boxes.

Here, the windows are covered by dark shades, and fluorescent lights bouncing off white walls make the room seem stark.

Librarians at MU study romance novels

Rippling biceps, chiseled abs and a steamy love affair can be bought when you purchase your eggs and milk.

Romance novels, commonly found in grocery stores and libraries, comprise 48 percent of all popular paperback fiction sold in North America.

Slang: Is it bunk or tight?

It's not what you say; it's how you say it.

Generation after generation has spoken its mind through slang, and college students are no different.

The stories she hears

Let me tell you about the time Elaine Lawless spent a summer visiting women’s shelters in Missouri. Everywhere she went, she heard story after story after story. A woman would start by saying, “My God, last Thursday …” and Elaine knew that behind “My God, last Thursday” were the words “once upon a time.”

Lawless is an ethnographer — basically, someone who collects stories. She teaches students at MU how to collect the stories of communities, and she goes to academic conferences and speaks about how to listen when people tell their stories.

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.

Faces

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.

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.

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.

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