Higher Education

The Origin Debate

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one:

Two scientists are digesting a complicated mathematical sequence on a blackboard when they come across a peculiar link in the proof. The words, “And then a miracle occurred,” bind a hodge-podge of fractions, angles and deltas. The older scientist advises his colleague to be more specific here. After all, science can’t play host to outrageous speculations.

Journalism library squeezes into basement

With a heavy sigh, Cindy Dudenhoffer walked past rows of empty bookshelves in the MU Journalism Library.

Dudenhoffer and Sue Schuermann, information specialists for the library, have been preparing to move the Frank Lee Martin Memorial Library north to its temporary location in the nearby Neff Annex basement.

Faces: Silvia Martinez

Silvia Martinez, who cleans Cramer Residence Hall, is one of those people who is not a teacher or a student but who makes it possible for life at MU to go on.

Martinez, 26, was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and moved to Columbia five years ago. She has a husband and two children, 3-year-old Eduardo and 4-year-old Adilene.

Stretchy yoga threads

Anne Appleby said she thinks fashion has always been in her genes: Her parents met at Macy’s.

Today, the Stephens College alumna has her own company, YogaForce, which sells yoga clothing and gear.

Council to examine MU’s grading policy

MU faculty might be provided with a more flexible grading policy for undergraduate programs if the Faculty Council votes today to rewrite the statement in the Faculty Handbook about plus/minus grading.

Under the current policy, the faculty is “expected” to use plus/minus grading for undergraduate courses.

MU event celebrates service partnership

“Engaged Mizzou” has nothing to do with students wearing diamond rings.

It has everything to do with students giving of themselves.

Another curtain call for costumes

Retired costumes get another chance to shine with “Dressed to Play,” an exhibit of theater clothing and designs coordinated by Patti Doyle, performing arts professor and costume designer for Stephens College, and Robert Friedman, the curator for Stephens’ Davis Art Gallery.

According to Stephens Life, the bimonthly newspaper of Stephens College, “Dressed to Play” contains pieces from performances as far back as 1967. In addition to costumes from Stephens productions, there are also costume renderings, photos and programs from productions across the nation. Placards with information on costume construction and design accompany many of the displays.

Tax program sees success

Tax season doesn’t have to be stressful. Because of MU Extension’s Missouri Taxpayers Education Initiative, known as MoTax, low- to moderate-income families have a way to avoid the expense of hiring experts to file their taxes. The program provides free assistance in Missouri to households that earned less than $40,000 last year, individuals with disabilities and the elderly.

In the Columbia area, the initiative is a partnership with the MU department of personal financial planning, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, the Central Missouri Counties’ Human Development Corporation and the Internal Revenue Service. In the second year of its pilot phase, the program is gaining recognition. With more than 650 tax returns already filed this year, the project is on target to surpass last year’s total of 800. April 14 is the last day to file with the MoTax Volunteer Income Tax Association sites in Columbia.

New UMR chancellor brings experience

The University of Missouri-Rolla’s next chancellor will be John F. Carney III, University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced Thursday. Carney will assume the post Sept. 1 after the retirement of current chancellor Gary Thomas, who announced his plan to retire last year, a press release said.

Carney, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts until last fall, will head the 5,500-student campus and report to Floyd.

Women's progress speech closes week

Martha Burk, author of “Cult of Power,” will speak

about women’s progress to positions of power at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephens College’s Windsor Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway.

Stephens students can enroll at open house

Stephens College will hold a 24-hour open house beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center, 2200

I-70 Drive SW, to provide information about its graduate and continuing studies courses.

Faces: John Uehling

John Uehling likes to work a crowd. In high school, he did it from inside his school’s tiger mascot uniform, but at MU he took center stage in a cheerleader’s black and gold.

“Being a cheerleader, you learn how to talk to people,” Uehling said. “People will just come up to you randomly and ask you questions about what you do. I’m a lot more at ease with talking to people I don’t know.”

Crisis response tested

What was learned: Betty Winfield, MU journalism professor, used different research methods to categorize types of attorneys general during war crises and the way they interpret and enforce laws during such times.

Decline in job sectors affecting business, farmers

Lindsey Scherder, a sophomore in MU’s parks, recreation and tourism department, has witnessed the decline of a job sector.

Scherder grew up on her family’s farm in Bowling Green. She has seen suburban sprawl moving into the area and farmers losing their land.

MU advertising students survey residents for reactor reactions

A class in the advertising department at the MU School of Journalism has created a survey for the Research Reactor Center as part of a semester-long project. The survey raises questions about the community’s perception of the reactor’s safety and necessity.

“To help MU fulfill its teaching mission, (the reactor staff) periodically works with professors in capstone projects such as this one,” said Ken Brooks, associate director at the reactor. “Our most recent capstone experience was with a group of engineering students who designed a piece of equipment to automate part of the shipping process for packages containing active ingredients used in cancer treatments.”


Rarely is traditional Christian writing compared with romance novels, but this is where MU professor Patricia Beckman’s studies have led. During her year-long research leave from religious studies courses, Beckman is finishing “Medieval Mysticism,” which analyzes writings by women during a surge of women’s piety and writing in the Middle Ages.

“It’s like these love stories of this woman and her god, but it’s written in like the romance style of the day,” Beckman said. “Instead of having a king as the absent love or some woman in a tower somewhere, it’s this woman’s longing for her God. It’s very different from what people today think of as traditional, but it was tradition, and it was very popular.”

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.”