You're not wearing that

The state of teenage fashion today can be described as a “clothes war.” It’s a battle that takes place daily. Starting in the morning and sometimes lasting well into the evening, the battle rages between parents and children about what’s appropriate to wear.

With fashion trends changing every day, it’s hard for parents and children to reach common ground about what is appropriate.

U.S. 63 southbound gets big makeover

Orange and white striped barrels stretch as far as the eye can see on U.S. 63 south of Columbia. Road crews this week were patching the old concrete surface to level the road.

The real work is expected to begin May 1, when 10 miles of the worn, weathered southbound lanes of U.S. 63 will be resurfaced with 5¾ inches of asphalt from shoulder to shoulder.

Nurses without borders

Prepared IV kits, machines that keep track of patient medication and electric beds that move at the touch of a button are new experiences for four student nurses visiting MU from Mexico.

“In Monterrey, they use mercury thermometers. Here they use electronic,” said Claudia Flores, who, along with three other women, is broadening her education in a four-week tour of the American Midwest.

Duo creates ’White Scholarship’ as protest

An MU sophomore says he is offering a $200 “White Scholarship” available only to students of “European-American descent” to express his opposition to minority scholarships.

Colin Kerr said he is protesting “race-based scholarships,” which he would like to see replaced with scholarships based on socio-economic factors. 

Comprende comprenez?

On a Thursday evening at Rock Bridge High School, a group of adults were back in school to learn something they were either rusty at or had never really tried before — the Spanish language.

The students in Mariana Barrenechea-Carver’s beginning Spanish class are adults from different backgrounds and careers and have varying levels of Spanish-speaking experience.

Changes to school spark debate

The atmosphere at West Boulevard Elementary School has changed since an announcement that the school will be revamped into a model school to close achievement gaps between various ethnic and economic groups.

“There is a lot of excitement about the potential of all these ideas,” Pam Conway acting principal, said. “Now the school can pull out all the stops to help these students reach the achievement levels we know they can.”

Colleges to get boost


The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to give an additional $20 million to higher education Wednesday. Of that, the UM system would receive slightly more than $9 million.

Confidence, concern shown in prime time

WASHINGTON — President Bush mixed an expression of concern about violence and lawlessness in Iraq with an absolute certainty that his course of action is the correct one in a prime-time news conference Tuesday night — his first since the war in Iraq began 13 months ago.

He indicated he will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq after what he called “a tough, tough series of weeks for the American people.”

Solutions sought for blood drive ills

MU’s Gamma Phi Beta and the two fraternities in its Greek Week pairing will lose all of the points they earned from the Greek Week blood drive, MU’s Student Life department will investigate sorority member Christie Key, and Greek Week’s rules and point system will be reworked.

All those actions are the result of several meetings held Monday after an e-mail Key sent to sorority members last week urged them to lie on predonation health forms during the blood drive.

Panel says FBI missed Sept. 11 information

WASHINGTON — In a world “blinking red” with terrorist threats against the United States, the FBI missed a last-minute chance to detect a key al-Qaida cell and possibly disrupt the Sept. 11 attacks, the commission investigating the 2001 hijackings said Tuesday.

Delays and missteps in linking terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to al-Qaida in the weeks before the attacks were emblematic of chronic problems within the FBI, including limited intelligence and analysis capabilities, outdated technology, poor information-sharing and floundering attempts at reorganization, the commission said.

Pig tissue could lead to arthritis treatment

A procedure developed by MU researchers could prevent the onset of a form of arthritis and may soon begin its first clinical trials on humans.

A research team headed by James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has created a procedure that can be used to regrow the meniscus in the knee.

Four more given Kemper awards

Bryan Garton gave Chancellor Wallace a simple “thank you” when Wallace interrupted Garton’s agricultural education class Tuesday afternoon. The professor remained calm when more than a dozen members of the media, friends and colleagues crammed into his classroom to hear the reason for Wallace’s intrusion — to announce Garton as a Kemper Fellowship recipient.

The award, a $10,000 gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation honoring outstanding educators, is the eighth in a series of 10 annual awards.

Monks to visit Columbia, raise awareness

Ten Tibetan monks will soon be in Columbia for the third time to share their art, life and faith and to gain support in their quest for freedom from what they call Chinese occupation.

Starting Saturday, the monks from Karnataka, India, will hold events and informational talks that convey their Buddhist faith and culture. Included are lectures at Hickman High School and MU, a cultural pageant and creation of an intricate sand mandala, a symbolic Buddhist artwork made with colored sand that symbolizes the universe.

Miss Missouri is Miss USA

LOS ANGELES — A fast-food- loving beauty queen from Missouri who has two master’s degrees and once wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit was crowned Miss USA 2004.

Shandi Finnessey, 25, of Florissant won the title Monday night over 50 other contestants and will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador, on June 1.

One injured in Audrain County fire

Seventy firefighters from eight stations and five fire departments in Audrain County responded to a grass and structure fire Tuesday afternoon. Officials are unsure of the cause of the fire at McGee Packing Co., two miles north of Mexico, Mo., on Route J, said Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie Fire Protection District chief.

Blunt lays out health platform

Secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor Matt Blunt visited the Family Health Center in Columbia on Tuesday to push his health care platform.

Robert Pund, an occasional patient at the center, was in the building to get his taxes done but took interest in Blunt’s visit.

Enamored with Armor

Brian Romine was born in Kirksville in 1978, but his second identity — Aylwin Ruthwell — hails from 11th-century Northumbria, England.

Surrounded by men and women preparing for fighting practice, Romine unpacked a blue wooden box full of armor, looking over his wares with a perspective colored by modern America and the Middle Ages.

West Elementary to be model

West Boulevard Elementary School will be restructured into a model school for next fall, Superintendent Phyllis Chase announced Monday at the Columbia Board of Education meeting.

Chase also further outlined the goals and ideas of the school, but said the staff and parents of the school would be the ones who ultimately decide West Boulevard’s top priorities.

MU confronts blood drive controversy

In order to discuss changes to the Greek Week blood drive, MU administrators and Greek Week directors began meetings Monday that will continue throughout the week.

The meetings are in response to concerns brought to light by an April 6 e-mail sent by Gamma Phi Beta member Christie Key that encouraged sorority members to lie to Red Cross volunteers about their health history before donating blood during the Greek Week blood drive. The Red Cross does not allow people who have gotten tattoos or piercings in the past year to donate blood because there is a risk of spreading hepatitis B.

Survey: Some groups more accepted

The first thing Khandicia Randolph does on the first day of class at MU each semester is look around to see how many black people are in the room. She’s usually the only one.

“To have to be that one voice against the rest of the class gets annoying, but you get used to it,” said Randolph, president of the MU chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, who intends to get her master’s degree at MU. “I sometimes feel marginalized. It hasn’t been a negative experience per se, but a lot more positives could have taken place.”