A petition full of signatures is taped on the Thomas Jefferson statue

A petition full of signatures is taped on the Thomas Jefferson statue's Declaration of Independence on Tuesday. The counterprotest gathered more than 100 signatures. The Change.org petition to remove the statue had 86 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Thomas Jefferson statue at MU has been at the center of controversy as of late with some students protesting its existence while others have been counter-protesting to protect its place on campus.

These issues fill a large portion of this week's most-read stories. Included are how an incendiary device is disabled in Columbia, two sisters author a children's book, and super waffles.

Here are the past week's 10 most-read articles, according to Google Analytics.

1. MU students protested the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Francis Quadrangle by covering his bronze likeness in messages written on sticky notes, calling him names such as “racist,” “rapist,” “slave owner” and “misogynist.” A petition to remove the statue is circulating on Change.org. The students said historical figures who were slave owners should not be honored on campus. Some students and faculty joined in a counter-protest, and multiple people tried to remove the sticky notes from the statue. (22,768 page views)

2. The Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad found and disabled what was referred to as an "improvised incendiary device" in a car on Stadium Boulevard. Sean David Rogers, 33, of Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of possessing the device, among other charges. (2,667 page views)

3. Two sisters turn childhood memories into "Hoop and Holler," a children's book about growing up in the small Missouri town of Birch Tree. They've had multiple book signings in the past few months, including Barnes & Noble in the Columbia Mall. They will be taking their pens to their hometown Nov. 6 for their next signing at Birch Tree Elementary School. (2,219 page views)

4. The screenplay "Sterling" depicts a family's journey after their loved one, Army Specialist Sterling Wyatt, died in Iraq. Stephens College's master of fine arts program in TV and screenwriting director Ken LaZebnik wrote the piece, which was read at the Writers Guild of America in Los Angeles. (1,679 page views)

5. Friends and partners begin a new Columbia business to make and market "super waffles," a healthy new breakfast option. The Start Right waffles are set to be offered at the Hy-Vee supermarket on Nifong Boulevard later this month. (1,608 page views)

6. This story takes a deep look at the current racial tensions regarding MU and how advocates seek to promote change. Also included is an overview of racial issues throughout the university's history. The overview begins with MU's 1939 establishment when only white males were admitted and ends with student protestors blocking UM Systems President Tim Wolfe's car during the Homecoming parade. (1,424 page views)

7. Three MU nursing students have requested clinical rotations at Planned Parenthood clinics during the spring semester. New agreements will allow nursing students access to clinical experience with Planned Parenthood, two months after MU canceled 10 contracts with the organization. (1,269 page views)

8. Mizzou College Republicans protested efforts to remove MU's bronze Thomas Jefferson by wrapping it in an American Flag and borrowing the sticky-notes method from the former protest to write positive things about the former president. The notes were stuck to the bench where the statue sits rather than on the body. (1,211 page views)

9. It's been a long journey for Missouri assistant women's basketball coach Michael Porter Sr. He's gone from playing at the University of New Orleans, to mentoring kids in Cincinnati, to touring the world as a Christian rapper and finally coming back to basketball with his sister-in-law, Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton. (1,188 page views)

10. Concerned Student 1950 calls for the removal of UM System President Tim Wolfe, along with other demands. The Department of Black Studies issued a supportive statement. Other departments have also offered support for the activist group. (1,075 page views)

Supervising editor is Ashley Szatala.

Allen Fennewald is a page designer at Missourian.

  • Allen Fennewald is a master's student at the University of Missouri, studying convergence and investigative journalism. As an advanced reporter, he covers the community beat for the Columbia Missourian, where he also works as a sports section TA.

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