Higher Education

University Village residents question safety since walkway collapse

After a walkway collapsed at University Village two weeks ago, residents are faced with the decision to stay in their apartments or move elsewhere. Many worry about the safety of the walkways.

Petition in support of relocating day care from University Village has hundreds of signatures

The day-care center for children of students is located at University Village, where a walkway collapsed Feb. 22. A graduate student has created a petition to keep the center open and move it away from University Village. 

MU group promotes Native American interests on campus

"There are only two faculty members and very few students on campus that identify as native," said member Willow Hoxie. "This group is all about establishing an identity for the campus."

MU researchers to study thunderstorms and better predict flash floods

A team of MU researchers will head into elevated convection thunderstorms, which could help to better predict flash floods and save lives.

MU housing plan recommended demolishing University Village in 2011

A 2008 MU housing plan specifically identified the University Village apartment walkways as structurally unsound.

Concrete shear failure caused fatal walkway collapse at University Village, documents show

A report from a structural engineering firm hired by MU to investigate the cause of the accident found that "water and chloride, and expansion from freeze-thaw action" contributed to existing problems.

Author Stephanie Coontz: 'Cookie-cutter marriages' do not work anymore

Novelist Stephanie Coontz spoke at Columbia College for Women's History Month. Coontz is a professor at TheEvergreen State College in Washington.

MU Circle of Sisterhood to build school in Nicaragua

A dozen women from MU will build a school in Nicaragua this summer to ensure that more girls are educated in the rural community.

Kappa Pi Beta is the first Asian interest fraternity in Missouri

The seven members have a range of backgrounds and interests. Phillip Nguyen, 20, the president, was born in California and moved to Kansas City when he was in fourth grade. Nguyen studies civil engineering at MU.

UPDATE: Missouri House budget proposes two-tier school funding

A proposal outlined Wednesday by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream would provide a $122 million increase in basic aid for public school districts — significantly less than the $278 million increase proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

MU panel of Ukrainian scholars explores conflict in their home country

Three graduate students discussed possible futures for their country: a war between Russia and Ukraine, the deployment of observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or the disintegration of Ukraine.

Central Methodist University plans dorm renovations

Central Methodist announces plans to revamp four residence halls.

St. Louis couple commits $2.5 million gift to MU College of Veterinary Medicine

The money will be used for scholarships, provided recipients complete at least 120 hours of animal-related volunteer service each year.

MU buildings not subject to regularly scheduled structural inspections

University buildings such as the MU-owned University Village apartments do not receive formal structural inspections. Instead, maintenance workers make note of problems they spot when they make repairs or improvements inside buildings.

UPDATE: MU Libraries director says many more than 120,000 moldy books can be saved

At least one fifth of the books that were exposed to mold last fall are salvageable, Director of Libraries Jim Cogswell told faculty members Thursday. .

Columbia College introduces Department of Visual Arts and Music

Starting in the fall, the new department will offer a bachelor's degree in music. A minor in music that was housed under the Humanities Department will be transferred to the new department.

Tim Wolfe attends session on sexual assault in Washington, D.C.

Wolfe and 19 other university presidents talked with senior White House officials about how to prevent future assaults on campus.

Chancellor Loftin focuses on making MU a model land-grant university

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discusses MU's land-grant standing, fundraising, building relationships with faculty and more.

Stephens fur exhibit opens with style

The exhibit showcases some of Stephens College's 300 fur pieces, a few dating back to the late 1800s.

MU College of Education suspends admissions to undergraduate art education program

College of Education Dean Daniel Clay cites low graduate numbers as the main reason for the suspension. Some professors in the art education program think the numbers misrepresent the program's success.