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Words of encouragement

Freezing rain didn’t stop them, nor did the steadily falling snow.

Braving Tuesday evening’s inclement weather, about 50 people attended Lyah Beth LeFlore’s lecture, book reading and signing at Stephens College.

Students value college, but many don’t go

Young adults value college, but many haven’t enrolled because of money woes, poor preparation, low expectations at home or sheer laziness, a survey found.

The result is that seven in 10 young workers without college degrees say they are in their jobs by chance, not by choice. Fewer than two in 10 view their jobs as likely careers.

Places: Simmons Field

Simmons Field in Taylor Stadium is the home of MU baseball. The stadium is on Research Park Drive off Providence Road behind the Daniel Devine Pavilion.

In 1959, the team moved from Rollins Field to a new field, named in honor of John Simmons, who coached the Tigers for 34 years. During this time, the team won 11 conference titles and went to the College World Series six times. They won once in 1954 and placed second three times.

Now You Know: GMOs not deterrent

What was learned: Labeling food that contains ingredients from genetically modified organisms will not deter European consumers from buying the products. This is contrary to the popular belief that spurred several large grocery chains to ban these modified ingredients in their store-brand products in 1998 and the European Union to mandate such labeling in 1997.

How we found out: European attitude surveys, such as the Eurobarometer, have consistently shown a widespread skepticism to GMO among Europeans.

Now You Know: Military backed here

Columbia College has been providing educational opportunity for service members and their families for more than 30 years.

The college is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, which serves all active and reserve armed forces members and their families.

Faces: Monica Miller

A saxophone wails in a nearby room, immediately followed by the pounding of a piano. Monica Miller — sitting in a cubicle cluttered with papers, folders, envelopes and her Beta fish, Alastair — doesn’t look up at the noise.

“The first hour of the day I sit in silence because it’s my only hour of quiet,” Miller said. “Sometimes, I don’t even get that hour.”

Vietnam War sparked protests on MU campus

In May 1970, the United States was experiencing a dramatic period of unrest. The Vietnam War, entering its sixth year, was spawning disorder and protest, especially on college campuses. Demonstrations were occurring across the nation, including at MU.

MU emeritus professor of rural sociology Daryl Hobbs, who was chairman of the combined sociology/ rural sociology department from 1967 to 1971, said that a meeting of the department in May of 1970 addressed the impact of anti-war activities at MU and the response the faculty should give. Some faculty members announced they would discuss in class the causes of local and national outrage, while others announced their intention to dismiss class for two days as a means of protest.

Student success rising at AP tests

WASHINGTON — More students are passing Advanced Placement exams in every part of the country as college-level work in high school becomes increasingly common — and competitive.

In every state and in the District of Columbia, the percentage of public school students who passed at least one AP test was up in 2004, compared with the graduating class of 2000. The Bush administration, which has been pushing to increase high school rigor, embraced the news, which followed other reports that have underscored how unprepared many graduates are for college or work.

Researchers study terror management

MU psychology professors and colleagues from around the country have gained national attention for their research on Terror Management Theory, which proposes that people cling closer to their cultural beliefs and leaders when reminded of their own mortality.

Jamie Arndt of MU is part of a group of professors who had an article printed in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin about their research on TMT. The group has been working on this research since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Faces

Deciding on a life path was simple for Eva Szekely, professor of violin and chamber music at MU. She said she always knew she wanted to be a violinist — a great one.

Szekely recalled a walk she took with her mother and the reaction she had when her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up.“I distinctly remember being shocked,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘How could she not know?’ I knew.”

How Do I?

After a semester of taking notes, quizzes and exams, here’s how students find out what letter grade their efforts achieved.

Scholarships support agriculture study

This year, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award four $750 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and two to college juniors.

Steinem to receive MU journalism medal

Gloria Steinem, an activist and writer, will be in Columbia on Thursday to receive a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

At the free and public event, four of Steinem’s friends — Mary Kay Blakely, Farai Chideya, Suzanne Levine and Amy Richards — will reflect on her accomplishments and offer recollections. Steinem will follow with remarks.

Stephens alumna, novelist to speak

Columbia is about to get a dose of big-city glamour. Lyah Beth LeFlore, a Stephens College graduate and author of “Cosmopolitan Girls,” is visiting Stephens this week.

“Cosmopolitan Girls” marks her debut as a novelist and has been touted as an African-American woman’s answer to the HBO series “Sex and the City.” On Tuesday, LeFlore will speak about her recent experience with the publishing industry and her work in television as part of Black History Month.

Columbia professor receives state award

Graham Higgs, psychology professor at Columbia College, is not only the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also knows the meaning of campus involvement.

Higgs, who came to Columbia College in 1996, is involved in a variety of academic programs, such as the Psychology Club and the Graduate Council, which creates and enforces policies for the Graduate Studies Program.

A step Inside

Along with housing the large campus clock that helps MU students keep track of their day, the Memorial Union Tower is also home to a secret society’s tradition. The members of Mystical 7, an honorary society that recognizes students on Tap Day for their leadership, service, integrity and scholarship, climb the stairs inside the tower up to the roof and sign the wooden door that leads outside. Names are also scratched along the inner walls of the stairwell, tracing a path not frequently taken by students.

Faces

Jonathan Kvanvig structures his philosophy classes at MU on discussion and makes sure he’s not the only one who understands what he’s talking about. He often lets students argue. It’s all part of his goal of helping students actively participate in their world."The alternative to philosophical thinking is simply to adopt the views and attitudes of one’s culture,” Kvanvig said, adding that philosophy helps students avoid “simply adopting the perspective of the culture one happens to find oneself in.”

Now You Know

What was learned: James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has developed a method of regenerating removed meniscal cartilage in the knees of surgery patients.

How it works: A common cause of arthritis is the surgical removal of torn meniscus cartilage in the knees that normally acts as a shock absorber to the pressures of physical movement.

Lawyer offers 10 tips for aspiring attorneys

When Stephen Easton, an associate professor in the MU Law School, took the floor in Hulston Hall on Tuesday, he was there to deliver his “last lecture.”

It was not truly his last lecture, but part of a series begun last year by the Newman Center in which an MU faculty member presents what he or she might say if it were really his or her last shot.

More than a field trip

One of the latest education opportunities at Columbia College allows students to travel to foreign countries with professors who teach courses about the places they visit.

Professors and students have traveled to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ireland and will make an excursion to Greece this year.

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