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Students get smart about money

Recent college graduate Erica Brooks wasn’t exactly overcome with excitement when she decided to take a course in personal financial planning during her final semester at MU.

Technically teaching

Before Steve Chott’s electronics class at the Columbia Area Career Center, students sit at work stations and build circuits. After taking measurements and applying power to the circuits, Chott and his students discuss the math and physics involved. The experience is part of the career and technical approach to education.

E-mail: Future salary increases

Good news and bad news about UM system salaries comes from Chair of 1% Academic Planning Committee Rex Campbell.

Dean takes year off to plan institute

Dean Mills, dean of the MU School of Journalism, will take a year off to concentrate on planning for the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Discretion focus of UM search meeting

The first meeting of the 19-member committee charged with selecting a successor for University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd was dominated by a discussion of how best to fill the position while abiding by the state’s open-government law.

Details of condom proposal shifting

A proposal to distribute condoms and other sexual health products in MU residence halls is nearing completion, but concerns over the cost, safety and feasibility have led to considerable changes in the plan.

Residence halls suffer second fire in a week

The second fire in less than a week broke out in the Hudson and Gillett residence halls Sunday night, forcing more than 900 students to evacuate the buildings.

Thai students unite in MU adaptation, celebrating culture

Mai Charoentham, a Ph.D. candidate from Thailand, has been at MU for almost a year. When he first arrived, he was overwhelmed by the strangeness of a foreign country. He knew no one, hated the food and found it difficult to communicate.

Heterosexism. Sexism. Racism.

In less than two months, three MU students have turned a half-serious idea into a new sorority.

MU evaluates its security plans

While MU leaders say they are confident that the campus has adequate security measures in place, the deaths of 32 people at the hands of a gunman at Virginia Tech University on Monday has prompted a wide-ranging discussion of safety and communication procedures at the university.

Mock gunman drill tests MU security

One day after a student killed 32 people in a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University, the MU Police Department, along with the city of Columbia and MU officials, tested the university’s Emergency Operation Plan on campus early Tuesday morning.

Residence halls at MU evacuated

A small electrical fire in a transformer forced the evacuation of the Gillett and Hudson residence halls on the MU campus around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Speaker to address Muslim stereotypes

Arsalan Iftikhar, the legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will be speaking about “The Future of Muslims in the West” this afternoon. The event is part of Islam Awareness Week, organized by MU’s Muslim Students Organization.

MU pay disparity found

Full professors at MU earn as much as their peers at comparable research universities, but salaries for assistant professors are significantly lower than the average and below the other three University of Missouri System campuses.

Catching on & up

JEFFERSON CITY — The new interim president of the University of Missouri System on Wednesday received a lesson about the General Assembly from several state legislators, including Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia.

Report blasts school at MSU

The future of the School of Social Work at Missouri State University is in doubt after an external review of the program found a “dysfunctional and hostile” environment where faculty colleagues are disrespectful to one another and students fear voicing their opinions.

Returning to America

One year ago, Lauren Fredman, 19, painted a wall on an army base in Israel. In September, Alex Born, 22, ate borscht and read Alexander Pushkin’s short story “The Snow Storm” in Moscow. Meredith Colgin, 25, brought homeless children into shelters in India. All three returned to Columbia with stories to share. They also came back with new perspectives on American life and culture and felt difficulty in making the transition back. Their experiences were unique.

Top 10 challenges upon returning home from a trip abroad

If you have just returned from a trip abroad, you may experience some of these symptoms, according to Hans Stockton, director of study abroad at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

New twist in fatigue study seeks reactions

Daniel Vinson wants other scientists and researchers to prove that his study of the relationship between fatigue and injury is wrong. After all, it suggests that the sleepier you are, the less likely you are to suffer an injury.

Saving bodies

More than 24,000 American soldiers have been wounded in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Most of the injuries have been to the arms and legs, and hundreds of soldiers have suffered infections that led to the amputation of one or more limbs.

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