MU unveils million-dollar donor wall

Campus officials, alumni and friends of MU gathered just inside the north entrance of Jesse Hall Friday to witness the unveiling of a million dollar donor wall. A large black curtain was lowered slowly from the ceiling, revealing in etched glass the names of 70 people and families and 14 companies that have donated at least $1 million during MU’s For All We Call Mizzou campaign. The designer of the cherry-wood and gold wall, Mahima Chowdhury, is an MU graduate student in architectural studies. Chowdhury created her design as part of a class project.

$1 million gift will improve MU Law School library

The MU School of Law has received a $1 million to improve its law library. The latest contribution to the “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign -- which has now raised more than its $600 million goal in private donations -- came from George Ashley, who graduated from the Law School in 1948. “This university has meant a great deal to me all my life, and I’m gratified I’m in a position to do this,” Ashley said Friday at a ceremony to announce the gift.

Reactions to Bush's speech

“I’m glad Bush admitted his faults, and I’m happy to see he’s concerned with the future and preventing this kind of aftermath from happening again and that he’s learning from the government’s mistakes.” Michelle Tanner, 20, a Tulane University student from St. Louis studying at MU for the semester

Critics pounce on new abortion restrictions

Reaction to Missouri’s new abortion law has been swift, with both sides weighing in on what it will mean. Since Gov. Matt Blunt signed the law into effect Thursday afternoon, abortion-rights opponents have been voicing their approval.

Refugee vs. evacuee sparks protests

As the flood waters recede and rescue efforts continue, another type of storm has surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The media’s use of the word “refugee” to describe the largely black and poor New Orleans’ hurricane victims has sparked impassioned discussions about race, poverty and media ethics.

Director of MU Life Sciences Center stepping downMU Life Sciences head leaving to pursue research

After leading the MU Life Sciences Center through its inaugural year, R. Michael Roberts, the first director of the center, is stepping down. The professor of animal sciences will take a research leave that will start Oct. 1 and end in January, and then he will return to MU as a research professor.

Senior preparedness program slated

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the City of Columbia is holding a workshop for senior citizens on how to prepare for a disaster and how to volunteer to prepare for and help recover from disasters. The workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the Activity and Recreation Center on 1701 West Ash St. The free event is open to the public. Reservations are requested; call 442-7238.

Cooper’s Landing concert Saturday

The Missouri River Cultural Conservancy plans to give funds raised at a benefit concert Saturday to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina survivors fund. The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Cooper’s Landing, Musicians include Bob Dyer, Henry Clay and the C3 band. The conservancy group is videotaping the event as part of its efforts to archive the history and culture of the Missouri River in this region. For more information, contact Mike Cooper at 657-2544 or Jeff Wheeler at 673-1329.

Wednesday concert raised hundreds

A benefit concert held Wednesday night at The Blue Note raised $330 that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Sixty people came to the concert, which was organized by Joe Lewis of the local band Soulshine. Five local bands played the free concert to raise money for hurricane victims in the Mississippi area.

Tourism Council to donate $2,000

The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council will donate $2,000 to the Disaster Relocation Center in Columbia to buy $100 Target and Wal-Mart gift cards for evacuees who are staying in Columbia, according to a news release. The MMTC is also collecting donations such as diapers, paper products, dishes, cutlery and other household items at a drop point at the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at the corner of Providence Road and Elm Street.

Professor travels to aid Katrina victims

Syed Arshad Husain, a professor of child psychiatry and child health at MU, traveled to Houston this past weekend to volunteer and observe the conditions at the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now a temporary home to as many as 5,000 Southerners rescued from the hurricane. Husain said his main goal was to meet with Houston’s director of health to discuss the possible need for a program he created through his International Psychosocial Trauma Center called “Teachers as Therapists.” The director was enthusiastic about the proposal, which will help Houston teachers become temporary therapists for child victims and help them cope with post-traumatic feelings.

Report: Fuel prices to hurt farmers

Missouri farmers will be paying more to harvest crops this season because of higher fuel prices, according to a recent report issued by the MU Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. The report said that because of fuel prices, the cost of harvesting will increase $5 per acre for corn, $3.20 per acre for soybeans and $2.75 per acre for wheat from last year, , excluding hauling costs.

‘Leaving Hannibal’ is about Twain’s youth.

Trying to capture the youth of an American icon like Mark Twain is a bold endeavor that, at first glance, might not lend itself to a theatrical performance. But Mary Barile has turned her longtime interest in Twain into a one-act play called “Leaving Hannibal,” which will be performed this weekend at the Corner Playhouse before moving on to New York for a September 24 showcase at the off-Broadway York Theatre.

The program will help build a wall around an Indian mound in Boonville.

BOONVILLE — Even while carrying 80-pound cinder blocks in the Missouri heat, the 12 inmates participating in this year’s Boonslick Area Community Service event were grateful to have the opportunity to be working. The men from the Boonville Correctional Center participate in an annual community service project sponsored by the United Methodist Men of Boonville.

The new law will prevent personal information being posted with harmful intent.

A bill that prohibits posting certain personal information on the Internet with the intent or threat to cause harm or death to a person is officially law. The governor signed it shortly after Senate approval Thursday. The law applies to all persons, not just public officials, as the original bill indicated. The bill’s emergency clause was also approved, which enabled the law to go into immediate effect after the Governor’s signature.

Ride spreads words of encouragement at MU

Sally Ride’s Space Shuttle flights are behind her. Her mission these days is to close the gender gap among scientists. In her lecture at MU on Thursday night, the former astronaut said that although girls and boys have the same interest in science when they are in elementary school, more girls begin to lose that interest in middle school because of societal stereotypes.

Columbia Public Schools join network to improved minorities achievements

The Columbia Public School District is taking another step toward narrowing the gap in academic achievement between black and Latino students and their white and Asian counterparts by joining the national Minority Student Achievement Network. The school board approved the move Monday.

Bush promises solution to restore New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — President Bush promised Thursday night the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen. “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again,” the president said. Standing in Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, Bush acknowledged his administration had failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina, which killed hundreds of people across five states. The government’s costs for rebuilding could be $200 billion or more.

Motion filed in O’Neal lawsuit

An attorney for the 14 MU football administrators, coaches and trainers facing a wrongful-wdeath lawsuit from the family of deceased linebacker Aaron O’Neal has asked a court to dismiss the case. Though the university is not a party in the lawsuit, MU has hired attorney Hamp Ford to defend athletic director Mike Alden, coach Gary Pinkel, team medical director Rex Sharp and 11 other trainers and strength coaches.


An article on page 5A Thursday about winners of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism listed the incorrect location for the KHOU/Channel 11 News Defenders. The station is in Houston; it is owned by Belo Corp., which is based in Dallas. Also, the name of medal winner Alejandro Junco de la Vega was spelled incorrectly. A listing on page 2A Thursday listed the incorrect date for the Mid-Missouri Tackle Collectors Show. It is set for Sept. 24.