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Higher Education

Picking MU’s provost

At a campus forum Monday, MU provost-hopeful Raymond Alden was pointedly questioned about academic freedom as it related to an incident last year at his campus, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

There, a professor did not support a remark made in class that homosexuals are less likely to plan financially for the future. A student took offense; and, ultimately, Alden, who is provost at UNLV, placed a “non-disciplinary letter of instruction” in the professor’s file.

Colleges wrap up plans for graduation

This weekend and next, Columbia will host proud parents, grandparents and keynote speakers as three of the city’s higher education institutions prepare to say goodbye to their graduating students.

Stephens College is scheduled to kick off the ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, with about 110 students graduating in Silverthorne Arena on campus, Stephens’ news releases said.

How Do I?

The MU Counseling Center provides MU students with many services, including individual, couples and group counseling; biofeedback and stress management; testing services and consultation; and outreach presentations. All counseling, outreach and consultation services are provided, free.

Service providers include licensed psychologists, psychology interns and master’s and doctoral students from the MU Department of

Faces

Tiffany Blake grew up in California with a “dairy lifestyle” and said that her interest in opera, which she has had most of her life, seems random and mysterious to her family.

In her first year at MU, Blake, an assistant visiting professor of voice and the director of Show-Me Opera, is working to dispel the idea that opera is boring.

Business school aims for diversity

The students in marketing 4185 at MU might soon change the demographics of corporate America. The class, more commonly known as the Vasey Academy, serves to introduce minority students to business and economics and provide them with academic opportunities in preparation for a career in business.

“The program enables a far greater number of minority students to become exposed to and involved in the business world,” program founder Roger Vasey says. “What better way to increase diversity in the business world and provide it with a greater supply of talented people?”

Getting a fair shot

The Internet has opened new doors for today’s technology-savvy college students.

A new option for measuring equality in sports, however, has people concerned the Internet could close doors for female athletes. Others say it could help re-evaluate the division of money in college athletics.

Don’t call them ‘male nurses’

When an accident brought Drew Brown to the emergency room in January 2000, hospital workers took on new importance to him. The nurses who attended to Brown became critical players in a moment of trauma and uncertainty.

The first nurse’s indifference evoked feelings of distrust and fear. A second nurse developed a relationship with Brown that comforted him and made him feel empowered to make decisions. The impact of these differences helped Brown decide to become a nurse.

Challenging cultural norms

Feminism is a word — and movement — usually associated with women.

Some men are tired of continuing to define things based on gender. They are tired of most men never considering themselves feminists, of being part of a culture that perpetuates inequality in gender.

Finding an audience

Oprah Winfrey, watch out. Another Chicagoan has her eye on your job.

Tyra Hughley, originally from Naperville, Ill., a suburb of the Windy City, believes she has what it takes to be the next media queen.

MU plans to add to anatomy morgue

MU’s School of Medicine plans to renovate its anatomy morgue, spending $1.5 million to add about 1,000 square feet to the 1,700-square-foot facility.

The Boone County medical examiner’s office on St. Charles Road and the school’s anatomy morgue on campus each have two autopsy tables. The newly renovated space would have six autopsy tables.

Mind the meter man

Although parking enforcement can be a thankless job, somebody has to do it.

Steve Bartel, a sophomore photojournalism major at MU, spends about 25 hours a week walking around, checking parking passes and meters and doing other small jobs related to campus parking.

Now you know: Treating macular degeneration

What happened: Dean Hainsworth, an MU ophthalmologist, has found a nonsurgical approach to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, a progressive eye condition that occurs when vessels form under the retinal tissue in the eye. The condition could reduce the sharpness of vision and lead to legal blindness.

How it works: Hainsworth, a physician at University Hospital’s Mason Eye Institute, injects Macugen, a type of ophthalmic drug, into the eye every six weeks. The drug then sets off a protein called the vascular endothelial growth factor that controls abnormal blood-vessel growth and leakage. By doing so, the treatment prevents advanced degeneration.

Faces: Irene Wolf

Irene Wolf is an active woman. When she’s not performing her duties as the administrative assistant at the Student Success Center reception desk, she occupies her time with one of her many hobbies and interests. Reading, enjoying eclectic and foreign cinema and researching and decorating different types of architecture are all things she enjoys.

Wolf lives on a 40-acre farm called Misty Hollow Farm, which has small nurseries where she tends to flowers and herbs and grows vegetables she uses for her creative vegetarian cooking.

Hands-on competition

The two men faced each other, palms outstretched and fists at the ready. One, two, three primes and then the shot.

One man threw scissors, the other paper.

Mike Hall returns for Comedy Wars

MU’s Comedy Wars audience was treated to a special performance by comedian Tim Schwartzman on Wednesday night.

Introduced as an exchange student from Comedy Battles at another Missouri college, Schwartzman said he was at Memorial Union to check out MU’s weekly improv event.

Faces

When Don Fullington retired from MU in October, he left with the best wishes of his co-workers.

Fullington worked in the Missouri Unions — the Memorial Union and Brady Commons — for 22 years. His job as maintenance custodian included making the floors of Memorial Union shine. Now at age 50, health problems have forced him to retire.

Now You Know

What was learned: The Contracting and Organizations Research Institute at MU has revamped its database of contracts by designing a Web interface for easy use. The database, called the CORI K-Base, is available to legal and business researchers, as well as the public. It includes more than 25,000 contracts and agreements that were gathered by corporate security filings and other public and private entities, said Michael Sykuta, director of CORI and founder of the database.

How it works: The CORI K-Base can be easily navigated and allows users to search the collection by full-text or keyword searches. Users also have the option of searching by filing date, company name, industry classifications and contract type. The results are displayed in HTML format.

How Rock, Paper, Scissors works

The game of rock, paper, scissors (which has, believe it or not, a variety of similar names) is often used to settle disputes or make decisions. According to the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Player's Responsibility Code, it's necessary to determine beforehand what is being decided. The code also states that safety comes first and all jewelry should be removed before play, and advises against using rock, paper, scissors to make life-threatening decisions.

Rural doctors trained

Jennifer Marcellus has spent the past seven years working toward becoming a doctor so that, one day, she can be one in her hometown of Branson.

Marcellus, who graduates next month from MU’s School of Medicine, is a Bryant scholar. She was identified as a student at a rural high school and encouraged to apply for early admission into the school’s rural track program, which recruits, trains and places medical students in small Missouri communities.

FACES: Abraham Lueth

In 1987, Abraham Lueth says he was out playing with friends when he heard the gunfire that started an attack on his village during the Sudanese civil war.

At age 7, he was forced to flee to Ethiopia, without going home to find his parents or his four brothers first. The journey ahead of him was dangerous and gruesome.

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