If what I keep hearing proves to be true, there are going to be lots of people who refuse to vote for either presidential candidate. They are saying there is no appreciable difference between the two political parties. While I agree with them, I doubt if failure to participate will make any impression on the party leaders. I think what they really care about is the electoral votes that will earn one of them the office. And frankly, I don’t know what it will take to break the stronghold the Democrats and Republicans have on our political process short of forming other political parties.
It will obviously take strong will and a true sense of purpose to start another political party. I think that a real grass-roots movement would work, if anyone can remember how to organize such an endeavor. I believe people are tired of money ruling everything. They see the results when monied interests are allowed to control government. I think what they want are sincere people who have nothing personal to gain, who go out on a limb and begin to build a political party that is truly concerned with the welfare of the people.
Referred to by MU students as “the Quad,” the grassy area surrounding the Columns has become a popular, multifunctional location on campus to read, sunbathe, play football or simply relax.
Although posted signs discourage students from cutting across Francis Quadrangle on the way to class, recreational activity is perfectly acceptable.
Ferrets have whiskers, tails and long slender bodies. They can wriggle their way in and out of holes and tight places. They are also illegal in Boone County.
But according to a veterinarian, they’re also pets to at least 80 Columbia and Boone County residents.
First, the brightly colored tent came down. Then, the metal fencing that surrounds it. Frederick Barton, a carnival employee put on his hard hat, splashed through the muddy grass and headed toward his tool box. The horses of the carousel were unmounted on the bottom and swaying gently with the breeze.
“I have been doing this for 10 years. Another fair is done,” Barton said as he adjusted his hard hat with the words “Old Man” written on the top.
It’s not an X that marks the spot at MU — it’s an array of landmarks and traditions, treasured by students and faculty members, that distinguish the campus from others across the nation.
MU legends have been passed on since the school originated in 1839. Now that August marks the start of college for another freshman class, it is time to pass on the traditions that have made MU a one-of-a-kind place.
The Republican and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor say that a prescription drug plan is high on their agenda and are divided on what they see as the role of the lieutenant governor.
Democrats Bekki Cook and Ken Jacob, and Republican Peter Kinder all cited Senate Bill 1160, which establishes the Prescription Drug Repository Program, as legislation they hope to see passed in the next session. The bill, co-sponsored by Kinder and Jacob, describes the program as designed to “accept and dispense donated prescription drugs to eligible Missouri residents.”
Professional signature collector Melva Lewis was standing in the parking lot of the Boone County Fair on Wednesday evening. Wearing short shorts to show off the writing on her legs, she tried to persuade fair attendees to approach her.
On her right thigh she had the words “Sign my petition” written in pen. On her left thigh, she had “Boone Ct. Got Nader?”
Despite accolades for Missouri Saving for Tuition, or MO$T, some state treasurer candidates aren’t satisfied with the 5-year-old program’s performance and want to make changes. MO$T is a state program that manages savings accounts for college education.
“Most funds under MO$T are rated with four stars,” said Will Pundmann, who is running for the Republican nomination and is a former employee of TIAA-CREF, a financial service provider. “I intend to get five-star ratings and improve returns while lowering financial risk by evaluating all the management alternatives.”
Transportation and location weigh heavily on the layout and growth of Columbia.
Being halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis and situated on Interstate 70, the location of Columbia has shaped its growth and development.
JEFFERSON CITY — Challenging an incumbent Democratic governor in a key presidential swing state, Democrat Claire McCaskill thinks she has hit upon a winning message: If Democrats dump Gov. Bob Holden, she can help carry them to victory in the fall.
With Missouri’s Aug. 3 party primaries drawing near, public opinion polls show McCaskill in a dead heat with Holden, and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in a similarly close race against Republican President Bush.
A walk in Columbia’s historical Downtown District reveals buildings with styles ranging from art-deco to classic brick facades, pre-Civil War to modern glass simplicity. While each building has its own history, together they create Columbia’s Downtown District.
“It’s literally the heart of Columbia,” says Arnie Fagan of the buildings that create downtown.
There is an opening in the trees at the corner of Providence and Stewart roads with a small sign designating the entrance to the MKT Nature/Fitness Trail. Down the trail, amid the trees, the sound of the cars traveling by is drowned out by the leaves blowing in the wind and birds chirping. It’s hard to believe that you are in the middle of Columbia.
The MKT Trail is just one of the many recreation opportunities in Columbia. The city park system consists of 2,300 acres, more than 20 miles of trails and an Activity and Recreation Center that opened in December 2002.
The shelves of movies at Ninth Street Video in Columbia look like a miniature model of the city itself. Films from Russia, Vietnam, Africa and Latin America share the space with mainstream blockbusters and works from black and Hispanic directors.
The store’s owners keep up the variety based on what consumers are buying.
A bronze animal “Jamboree” adds character to Courthouse Square and the 10-foot abstract bird “La Colomba” takes flight outside the Columbia Public Library. These sculptures are two examples of how Columbia demonstrates its penchant for art through public efforts designed to bring culture and beauty to the city.
Percent for Art is the program responsible for publicly funded art such as a sculpture at the city Activity and Recreation Center. The program was started in 1997 and allows for 1 percent of the budget of city construction or renovation projects to be set aside for on-site public art. The Columbia City Council made the allowance because it felt that art enriches and improves the city. It also gives artists an opportunity to demonstrate their work in public places, not just in private galleries.
When it came time for Jill Villasana to choose a college, the decision was a no-brainer, she says.
Villasana grew up in Columbia, the daughter of die-hard MU football fans. “My parents had season tickets since before I was born,” she said. Her mother and aunt are both MU alumna. Her family always took part in Homecoming celebrations, which gave her a taste of Greektown traditions years before she would become a Delta Gamma sorority member.
Anne-Marie Foley, MU director of Service-Learning, is a firm believer that the function of institutions of higher education is not only to educate students but to make them into active citizens.
Foley decided to put this belief into action in 1990, when she began discussing with students and colleagues how to increase community involvement. As a result, the Office of Service-Learning at MU was established in 1995 and now supports more than 2,100 students in 92 classes.
For students looking for a spiritual home away from home, campus religious organizations offer a multitude of ways for new students to worship, make friends and get involved. Here’s a sampling of the organizations that are active on or near campus:
The Baptist Student Union, on campus at 812 Hitt St., will host New 2 MU, an annual social event for incoming freshmen, on Aug. 21.
RealLife, the BSU’s weekly student gathering for worship and fellowship, meets Thursdays at 7 and 9 p.m. A special Welcome RealLife at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 will include food and socializing. “We hope to give students a taste of what our community is like,” said Kelly Lewis, associate campus minister.
Sometime during the second heat of the Boone County Fair’s Demolition Derby, Mark Winscott’s disfigured mass of an automobile finally died. Up until that point, Winscott and his spray painted chariot of destruction refused to give up. The first time, he got stuck on a mud barrier that formed the outline of the course. His car still ran, but in a demolition derby, the cars are like sharks. If they’re not mobile, they’re considered dead.
He may be taking on a higher leadership role, but Robert Schnase, the newly appointed bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, has no intention of giving up his commitment to direct involvement at the local level.
“I hope to be able to leave the office and put on the work clothes from time to time,” Schnase said. “I love hands-on work projects. I want to help local congregations to be stronger, more vital and confident in their mission as disciples of Christ.”