Higher Education

Scholar earns alumni award

In his 33 years after receiving a doctorate in sociology and social psychology from MU, Kjell Tórnblom has become an internationally renowned scholar in social justice. He has built upon theoretical models and carried out studies of justice judgments and reactions to injustice.

For his efforts, Tórnblom, a native of Sweden, was selected by the Department of Sociology as this year’s recipient of the annual Noel P. Gist Distinguished Alumni Award. The presentation Thursday at the Life Sciences Center marked Tórnblom’s first visit to campus since 1971.

Faces: Leonard Riskin

MU law professor Leonard Riskin meditates at least once a day for 30 to 45 minutes. His favorite meditation hours are in the morning or early evening.

Changes: Stephens welcomes two additions to staff

Stephens College recently hired Douglas Lange as vice president for operations and facilities and Beth Climer as director of health information administration, a press release from the Stephens College News Bureau said.

Lange will oversee the Department of Facilities, which manages building maintenance, custodial services, the college grounds and renovation projects, the release said.

Changing with the times

Columbia College is having one of the busiest years in its history. Almost 1,000 men and women attend classes during the day and more than 1,500 at night.

That’s a far cry from its founding 153 years ago. In 1851, the school opened as Columbia Christian College and became the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River, said historian Polly Batterson.

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Nov. 2 election

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Columbia for the Nov. 2 elections.

Registration postcards are available at most grocery stores, the Associated Students of the University of Missouri office at MU, the Boone County Clerk’s office and the city clerk’s office. The cards must be postmarked by Wednesday or dropped off at the Boone County clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday to be valid.

MU takes in $130.6 million

MU set a new record in private fund raising, school officials said Thursday.

The university said it raised $130.6 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The school set its previous record of $121.5 million in fiscal year 2002.

Colleges miss mark on voter registration

Universities across the nation are breaking the law, according to a study conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The crime: not getting students registered to vote.

Faces: Kandace Woods

Kandace Woods is a diva. She knows it, and her friends know it.

“My style is sassy, really sassy, that’s how I got the nickname ‘Diva,’ ” said the Stephens College freshman. “My friends recognized my sassiness and figured the name was appropriate. I even had this jacket in high school that I bleached and stitched the word ‘diva’ on the back.”

Chancellor committee still to be selected

Members of the MU community are waiting for the president of the University of Missouri system to appoint a search committee to find a new chancellor.

Brady Deaton took over as interim chancellor on Sept. 1, after the retirement of Richard Wallace. Deaton served as provost before assuming the position. Wallace himself served as interim before taking the position permanently in 1997, following a local search.

Political potty talk

Washington University in St. Louis is not the only Missouri college hosting a presidential debate this fall. As the Nov. 2 election date draws near, partisan bickering has found an unusual forum here at MU: the bathroom walls.

Privy-poets have long vandalized university bathrooms with vulgar remarks and crude artwork. Keeping up with the times, some graffitists are now using restroom walls to pooh-pooh this year’s presidential candidates.

Biotech skeptic speaks

Ever since the discovery of bacterial enzymes that could cut and join pieces of DNA, biotechnology has held great promise.

Millions of dollars have gone into researching its benefits. In Columbia, biotechnology is a key component of the new $60 million MU Life Sciences Center, which was dedicated last month amid fanfare.

MU Police report: Liquor arrests double

Arrests for liquor law violations more than doubled and drug violations increased in 2003, according to a campus safety and crime report released by the MU Police Department.

Capt. Scott Richardson said more education for the officers may have influenced the increase.

Faces: Angie Vo

MU senior Angie Vo may have had trouble picking an academic major — but not a political cause. Vo, a magazine journalism major with a biology minor, is a strong activist for women’s issues.

She is involved with Columbia organizations such as the Women’s Center, Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom and the Feminist Student Union. In April, she participated in the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C., the largest civil rights march in U.S. history.

Red Cross preps MU for blood drive

American Red Cross staffers held short information sessions this week for MU students and the public, introducing the donor recruitment and blood unit collection policies of the Homecoming Blood Drive on Oct. 12-13.

The Red Cross set up the sessions in the wake of a campus blood donation scandal during Greek Week in April, when an MU sophomore sent an e-mail encouraging her sorority members to donate blood even if it meant lying about their health conditions on donor questionnaires.

Campus in Brief

Fortnightly Club lauded for donations

By Paul Dziuba

Walking tall

Chuck Martin remembers joining William H. Taft for a 100-mile race-walk in Columbia in 1977. Taft, a journalism professor then edging toward retirement, spent his afternoons walking five miles every day in Brewer Fieldhouse, but Martin figured he would be able to keep up because he was roughly 30 years younger than Taft.

“As I recall, I made 30 miles in eight hours before retiring from race-walking permanently,” said Martin, now an editorial writer at the Wisconsin State Journal.


Lawrence Ries is known for his entertaining lectures and his ability to cure students of their aversion toward numerical data.

“I try to keep in mind who my audience is and to design my lectures so that they will be accessible to that audience,” Ries said. “Most of the time that I’m lecturing I’m having fun, and I just think that comes across to the students.”

How do I?

Go to the desk at the entrance of the Student Recreation Center and fill out an application form. Have their Social Security numbers ready.

Your spouse can use facilities at the center for about $40 a semester or $9.99 a month. Children between 16 and 18 years old need a junior membership, which costs $31 per semester.

New e-mail filters at local colleges limit spam

In late August, U.S. law enforcement began a crackdown on unwanted spam e-mail and other questionable online activities with about 100 arrests nationwide. The arrests targeted people who spread viruses, sent large amounts of unsolicited mail and stole other users’ personal information.

Unsolicited commercial messages make up about 65 percent of all e-mail, according to computer security company Symantec Corp. Some spam senders use the bulk messages to spread viruses and trick people into giving credit card numbers and other personal information — a technique called “phishing.”

Cookbook to feature foreign recipes

For one week in November, leaders of MU’s International Center hope that international cuisine will find its way to the hearts of Columbia residents.

During International Education Week, which begins Nov. 14, the center will publish a cookbook titled “From Many Lands.”