Higher Education

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.

Playing with words

On a recent Thursday afternoon, more than 20 young people filled the cafeteria at The Intersection, a First Ward youth center that hosts an after-school program for children and teenagers. At about 5:30 p.m., after dinner, most of the children headed for the Intersection’s auditorium for an hour of play.

And the envelope says... medical students find futures

The first sight of the white envelopes provoked loud cheers in the atrium outside the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library on Thursday, as 88 MU medical students gathered to find out how they will spend the next three to eight years of their lives.

Investing in the 21st century

In 2005, MU’s College of Business formed a committee of 34 faculty, alumni and students to figure out how to better prepare students for the business world. Over a six-month period, the committee came up with a plan that school officials hope will enhance the school’s research efforts and its collaboration with businesses, alumni and students.

$2.5 million gift received

Tom and Betty Scott are not new to giving gifts to MU. The Kansas City couple contributed more than $2 million and a professorship endowment to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Jan. 2007. In 1999, they funded the business school’s Tom and Betty Scott CEO Forum.

New link: neurotic behavior, alcoholic parents

An 11-year study of the lives of 489 MU students from the freshman class of 1987 suggests that the children of alcoholics suffer from higher rates of neurotic personality traits.

Faces: Shayna Norman

After graduating magna cum laude with a psychology degree from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., Shayna Norman felt at a loss.

TOTAL: $553.55*

With the price of textbooks increasing, MU officials have started looking for ways to reduce those costs. This includes the possibility of a new program that would allow students to rent the books they need.

Are the classrooms truly balanced?

The national debate over intellectual diversity arrives in Jefferson City on Tuesday, when the House Higher Education Committee is scheduled to take up a bill that would require Missouri universities to document efforts to protect students from political bias in the classroom.