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Study: Piercing can harm gums

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.

Mini Mizzou, major morale

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.

Stepping into Spring

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.

Reporter to become consultant on UM system’s messages

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.”

Local colleges get a face-lift

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.

Faces: Ben Marsh

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.”

Police chief gives coins as thank you

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.

The Extras

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.

In-demand positions expected to change

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.”

Faces: Michael Porter

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.

Planning ahead for college costs

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.

Future costs hard to predict

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.

Blogger given pass to White House

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.

Faces

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.”

ACT, SAT update features new essay-writing section

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.

Faces

Lauren Palmer knows what she wants to do with her life — if only she could choose between the two.

Palmer recently played Celia, the naive cousin of the play’s protagonist, Rosalind, in MU’s Western-themed production of “As You Like It.” Palmer performed in her first show as a freshman at her Wichita, Kan., high school. “As You Like It” was her seventh show at MU.

Faces

Steve Paxton, the head coach of Tiger Wheelchair Basketball, is in the process of building a team.

MU to emphasize grants

MU is looking for ways to help students use resources already on campus to compete for grants, scholarships and awards outside the university.

Former state legislator Vicky Riback-Wilson, recently hired at MU in the Office of Service-Learning, was asked by interim Provost Lori Franz to help students attain more of these scholarships.

Fitting in Fitness

At 19, Jessica Pollard has learned the hard way how important regular exercise is.

In her first semester at MU last year, Pollard gained 15 pounds from all-you-can-eat dorm dining and by not keeping up the exercise she got as a high school athlete growing up on a farm.

Author speaks on 21st century ethics

The United States needs to be more ethically fit, author and law professor Anita L. Allen said Monday.

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