MU junior wins Truman Scholar service award

Dylan Sullivan, a junior at MU, received some unexpected good news after opening an e-mail from MU Chancellor Richard Wallace on March 19.

“I re-read it a few times to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me,” Sullivan said. “I was incredibly surprised to get the award.”

Living with Autism

Four-year-old Thomas Cleek has a toothy grin and bright blue eyes that peer from underneath his tousled blond bowl cut — a sunniness that wasn’t there nine months ago when Thomas was plagued by aggressive, potentially dangerous tantrums and could hardly talk.

Thomas’ outbursts led him to be diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder — Not Otherwise Specified, a mild degree of autism, in February 2002.

Panel approves center’s location

Rick Wells stood before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday evening and spoke about his struggle to overcome alcohol abuse.

“Recovery is not an event,” he said. “It is a process which continues until we die.”

Fostering assistance for alopecia sufferers

There is a group of people that gathers in room 3003 at the University Physicians Medical Building five times a year. Sometimes they come wearing hats, other times scarves, but most of the time, they wear wigs in a bid to mask their baldness.

Together, they make up the Mid-Missouri Support Group for Alopecia Areata. Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and on the body. The group of 20 members was founded in January 2001 by Kathleen Lively. She believes there are people out there with the disease who might not know of this group.

Source this!

Namaste, readers. This week Sockdolager’s been bit by the latest craze sweeping the country: Outsourcing! Yes, we’ve been temporarily outsourced to Bangalore, India. Fear not, however, as this is not the death knell it may seem. Don’t get us wrong — losing your job is never a good thing. But as with most things, the outsourcing issue is a bit more complex than the view that a bunch of low-paid foreigners are stealing our jobs. In many ways, it is about America finally finding itself on the short end of a practice — brain drain — that this country has been perfecting for years.

The truth about churning

Fit for a president

Although she is more likely to appear in The Chronicle of Higher Education than in Vogue, Stephens College President Wendy Libby has become a model for fashion students at Stephens.

The classy designs, created by the students at Libby’s request, will be brought to life when Libby wears them during inauguration festivities April 22-24.

Movin' on up

Among the hottest items Cool Stuff owner Arnie Fagan sells are the apartments above his store.

“My apartments are on the Times Square of Columbia,” said Fagan, referring to his building’s location at Broadway and Eighth Street. “You can’t get a better location — period.”

Tip brings hope to missing veteran’s family

Drew Cason lives in Kansas City, but for the past week he’s taken up residence in Columbia while he and his sister, Phyllis Cason, search for their 84-year-old father, Earl Cason.

A call Tuesday morning from the Columbia police offered the family a ray of hope.

Former UM president visits campus

C. Peter Magrath, former president of the UM system, returned to MU on Wednesday to give a lecture entitled “How Rocky is the Road Ahead for America’s Universities?”

Magrath served as UM president from 1985 to 1991, and he made a huge impact during his tenure.

House OKs proposed budget

JEFFERSON CITY — The House passed an $18.6 billion budget Wednesday that provides a bigger increase for education than the governor recommended — without tax increases.

The budget was passed on the same day that the Revenue Department released numbers showing that state revenue collections are up significantly.

Park ends deer hunt

When a helicopter crew surveyed deer in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in December 2001, the count was 53 deer per square mile — more than twice the target population. An overpopulation of deer in the park, which has historically been off-limits to hunting, led the state to sponsor special hunts in the park for the first time in 2001.

After three years of managed hunts in the park, an aerial survey in January 2004 put the number of deer at 16 per square mile, the lowest ever counted. The decline was enough for state officials to recently decide that another hunt won’t be needed this winter.

Ross leads MU hospitals

After sharing his office for a week, James “Jim” Ross, the new executive director of MU Health Care, will have his own workspace, beginning next week.

Ross, who began his new job April 1, is replacing David Coats, the outgoing executive director from the Hunter Group, a consulting firm hired in September 2002 to lift MU Health Care out of the red. Coats is leaving the post April 15.

MU, Columbia departments prepared for rising gas prices

Wise budgeting and buying in bulk has saved the city government, emergency services and MU from negative effects of recent increases in gasoline prices.

Local prices for regular gasoline reached as high as $1.66 per gallon in recent weeks, which was an increase of 7.1 percent in a one-month period.

Intelligent design bill debated at Hickman

The merits of a bill that would change the way Missouri schools teach science were debated at a forum held Wednesday night at Hickman High School.

Richard Blount, a retired pastor representing the First United Methodist Church; Mike Burt, a pastor at Grace Bible Church; Jan Weaver, director of Environmental Studies at MU; and Glen Freirichs, a Westminister College chemistry professor, spoke about Missouri House Bill 911, which requires public schools to teach intelligent design along with evolution. Intelligent design is the theory that the diversity of life on earth was brought about by an intelligent being or beings.

Officials criticize tax-based funding

JEFFERSON CITY — State education officials said Wednesday that increased local support through property taxes as a result of Tuesday’s statewide voting could increase funding inequities.

Of 114 school districts asking voters to go to the polls Tuesday, 54 approved tax raises and 31 approved bonds for construction. Columbia voters were asked to approve a bond issue only, which they did.

Filmmaker Spike Lee visits MU, shows film

Spike Lee came for his first visit to Columbia on Tuesday, when he spoke to an audience at MU’s Jesse Auditorium and showed his 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing."

Lee talked about the state of NCAA sports, rap artist 50 Cent, the portrayal of blacks in the media, and his life of directing and producing movies.

It’s Hindman by a landslide

For the first time in Columbia’s history, Columbia voters Tuesday elected the same person to Columbia’s top position for a fourth consecutive term.

Darwin Hindman defeated newcomers John Clark and Arch Brooks to win another three-year term. Of the 11,376 votes cast in the race, Hindman garnered 8,052, good for more than 70 percent of the total. Clark finished second with 2,946, or nearly 26 percent, while Brooks received 378, or just more than 3 percent.

Kemper Fellows honored

Armed with a pizza joke and a big announcement, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace interrupted four classes Tuesday to present professors with William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

The Kemper Fellowships award $10,000 to each educator in recognition of their teaching skills, no strings attached. Six more teachers will be surprised with the honor by April 16. The fellowship winners are not announced in advance.

Columbia schools gain funds

Leaky roofs and other maintenance problems will begin to be repaired right away in the Columbia Public School District with the passage of a $22.5 million bond issue in Tuesday’s election.

The bond issue required 57 percent of the vote to approve extending the district’s debt payment for another three years to fund construction, maintenance and equipment. The bond issue received 10,181 votes, or 69.6 percent of the vote.

Historic house to be moved

The relocation of the historic Pop Collins Log Cabin, which sits behind a security fence at Stephens Lake Park, will begin within the next few weeks.

By the end of May, every beam, rafter and log of the Pop Collins cabin will be moved to Nifong Park.