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Student Center dining spots boost CDS revenue CDS targeted off-campus students with the Student Center options. CAITLIN SWIECA Staff Writer
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About 8 inches of snow fell on Columbia as part of a snowstorm Wednesday and Thursday. MU typically spends about 2,500 labor hours during a usual winter season cleaning up snow, according to a Campus Facilities spokesperson. SEE PAGE 11 FOR FULL STORY
BOARD OF CURATORS
Tuition freeze likely to thaw
Interim UM system President Steve Owens responded to Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to cut UM funding by 7 percent with gratitude Thursday. The governor released his state budget proposal, which cuts $29.9 million from UM system state funding, as part of his State of the State address Wednesday. “Even with the efficiencies and costs reductions in place, this budget reduction will be significantly felt and necessitate further reductions by our campuses, challenging our ability to provide a quality education,” Owens said in a statement. “Given the state’s projected revenue shortfalls, we appreciate the governor’s support for the state’s higher education needs in this tough economic environment.” In total, Nixon’s proposed budget will cut funding from four-year higher education institutions by $53.6 million. In his State of the State address, Nixon said keeping tuition stable for the past two years was a significant accomplishment for the state.
The governor cut spending to four year higher education institutions but increased funding for scholarships and grants
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NIXON AND EDUCATION
increase to state A+ Scholarships
increase to Bright Flight Scholarships
The UM system Board of Curators will vote on tuition rates next week.
increase to Access Missouri Grants
decrease to 4-year institutions
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“So while tuition soared by double digits around the nation, Missouri schools kept tuition and fees flat for two years running,” Nixon said. “Even if some schools impose modest tuition increases next year, we’ll have protected Missouri families
With the opening of five new dining options in the MU Student Center, Campus Dining Services saw a rise in overall retail business and a 308% increase in business at the student center during the fall semester. The Student Center locations alone took in $684,889 from July 1 to Nov. 30, 2010. That figure is an increase of about $463,000 over what the temporary Student Center locations, The Lunchbox and Truman’s Takeout, took in during the same time period in 2009. Although information about revenue from residential dining locations is not yet available, CDS officials said the new retail operations have had a high volume of transactions and a good response from diners. “Those locations have been pretty well-received and pretty busy,” CDS spokesman Andrew Lough said. “It’s hard to compare to what was there previously because before that opened, it
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from the sharp tuition spikes seen in other states.” Although he reduced funding for higher education, Nixon proposed increased funding for the A+ Scholarship Program and Bright Flight scholarships as well as Access Missouri grants. The state’s cut of roughly $29.8 million coupled with rising expenses will leave the UM system facing a budget funding gap of nearly $72 million. With the numbers in mind, it appears likely tuition will increase at MU for the next academic year. “We strongly feel that if, in light of the projected decrease in state support, we don’t raise tuition and required fees, we will struggle to sustain the quality that we need in order to provide the type of education that we need for the students,” said Nikki Krawitz, UM system vice president of finance and administration. Krawitz said the system does not want to see an increase of
See TUITION, page 6
New year brings crowds to Rec Center
CDS REVENUE The dining locations in the MU Student Center opened ahead of schedule, giving Campus Dining Services a huge boost in visitors.
July 1 to Nov. 30, 2009
visitors dined in the MU Student center’s two CDS locations, Truman’s Takeout and The Lunch Box
Aug. 18 to Nov. 30,
visitors ate at CDS locations in the MU Student Center. The 308% boost came from five new locations opening in the Student Center.
Source: CDS Director Julaine Kiehn SPENCER PEARSON | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
was one small location, Truman’s Takeout, which was a temporary place.” While sales at the new retail locations increased, other campus operations such as Bookmark Café in Ellis Library have seen a drop in revenue. Campus officials said the renewed activity in the MU Student Center could increase sales in the adjacent bookstore. Student Auxiliary Services spokeswoman Michelle Froese
See CDS, page 6
The complex typically sees more than 7,000 students in the first few weeks of the semester. JENNY MODLISZ Reporter
CLIMATE ACTION FROM MU
As students return to MU after winter break, many make a stop at the Student Recreation Complex as part of their New Year’s resolutions. “We see more participation with the spirit of the New Year and also leading up to Spring Break,” said Laura Salerno, Assistant Director of Membership and Events at the Recreation Center. “Typically we have a large number of students who attend within the first few weeks (of the semester) because their schedules aren’t set and they aren’t bogged down with work.” Salerno said, in a typical week, the
See REC, page 6
The university unveiled its five-year climate action plan last week. Along with 650 other higher education institutions, MU plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2015. See page 7 for the article.
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Woods prepares to take oath for MSA presidency Eric Woods and Emily Moon will be sworn in on Jan. 29. AMANDA CAPUA Staff Writer Missouri Students Association President-elect Eric Woods is in the process of transitioning into his new position as he gradually takes the job’s responsibilities from MSA President Tim Noce. “The transition has been surprisingly smooth,” Woods said. “Tim has done a good job acclimating me for the position.” Noce said Woods has a solid handle on his first duties as the leader of MU’s student government. “Eric’s definitely been very responsible,” Noce said. “He’s already started setting up meetings with people and started dealing with the standing committees.” Woods said he has been setting up meetings with admin-
istrators, including Interim System President Steve Owens, Chief Diversity Officer Roger Worthington, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs and Provost Brian Foster. “It was daunting at first when I started to set up meetings and meet people,” Woods said. “It’s been very busy but very exciting.” Starting next week, Woods said he would be representing MSA in whatever capacity he is needed. He will be meeting with auxiliary heads, Deans, Vice Chancellors, heads of Student Organizations and other student leaders. “We are going to discuss the expansion of the STRIPES ‘house’ and how MSA can help fund it,” Woods said in an e-mail. Noce said his role throughout the transitional period is giving Woods advice on how to be president. “I’ve been asking for his opinion on different matters, and I’ve been giving him pointers when-
ever I could,” Noce said. Woods said he is grateful Noce has been available to help him with the transition. Noce said the two will still be able to work together in the future on systemwide issues as Tim serves as the Intercampus Student Council President. Woods said high up administration, specifically Owens, are very concerned about the needs and opinions of students and would like to keep them in mind during the search for a new system president. Woods said he has already made a plan for his new Cabinet members. “I asked them over the break to come up with goals for themselves and for their departments,” Woods said. “We’re going to narrow down what we want to accomplish this year.” Woods said his new Cabinet members would be confirmed next week at the full Senate meeting. The inauguration ceremo-
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Missouri Students Association President-elect Eric Woods stands with running mate Emily Moon outside of Chamber Auditorium, where they talked to supporters Nov. 17 after the results of the MSA election were announced. Woods will be sworn in as MSA president Jan. 29.
ny will take place on Jan. 29. Woods said some of those on the guest list include administrators, faculty and staff members and Chancellor Brady Deaton. “The Chief Justice will swear
us in, and the Cabinet, Emily and I will give speeches,” Woods said. After the inauguration, Woods and Moon will officially be MSA president and vice president.
MBMI puts in community Students pursue reporting job on Oscars’ red carpet service hours during break JIMMY HIBSCH
The organization’s goal was completing 200 hours of community service. JIMMY HIBSCH Associate Editor As many students kicked back to relax and watched television over winter break, members of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative were taking on the Winter Service Challenge. “A big part of what makes MBMI MBMI is our commitment to doing community service,” coordinator Marcus Mayes said. “The guys in the group really enjoy giving back because they understand its importance and the impact that it can have.” Since Dec. 20, MBMI has been volunteering in an effort to achieve its self-imposed goal of 200 service hours over break. “We pride ourselves on doing what others may see as illogical or difficult,” member Phillip Simpkins said. “In order to make a name for yourself in the community and on campus, you have to not only talk a good game, but exactly follow through with actions. We do not follow trends. We set them.” The men have been volunteering at various venues spanning Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. Simpkins was the correspondent for Chicago. “I credit Marc Mayes and the MBMI exec board for putting this event together and electing individuals in different areas as the primary con-
JANUARY Service 23 Worship 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at St.
Paul AME Church 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Russel Chapel CME Church NDUGU MONDAY 6-8 p.m. at Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Welcome to MARS 6:30-8 p.m. at TUESDAY Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Visions for Black Men 7-8:30 p.m. location TBA WEDNESDAY
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Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Blood Brothers: Blood Drive FRIDAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stotler Lounge Community Service 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SATURDAY Mid-Missouri Food Bank Dining with the Brothers 1-3 p.m. at Mississippi Fish Shack
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tacts,” Simpkins said. “I also credit the group as a whole because we set out to make impact on the world, and when this opportunity presented itself every man in the organization answered the call and did whatever they could to achieve the goal.” In Columbia, the men volunteered with MarineParents. com, Inc. on Jan. 6 and 13, unpacking and organizing all 120 boxes of donations. MarineParents.com is an organization that supports Marines and their families. Care Package Project Coordinator Babs Blackmon, who was more than appreciative of the men’s help, said they are coming to volunteer again
Saturday. “They are a great group of guys,” Blackmon said. “They’re so mobile and so fast – God, they went through those boxes so fast – and so wonderful. I called them ‘my angels’ because they did so much so fast. They seemed to enjoy themselves, and we enjoyed having them.” The men ended their initiative Monday at the “Poor Man’s Breakfast” at St. Luke United Methodist Church, where it appeared they accomplished their goal. Simpkins said they are still tallying the hours, but he is confident they broke 200. “I am pleased with our efforts because every member worked extremely hard to reach the goal, and through the process we strengthened the bond amongst ourselves and the bond in our respective communities,” Simpkins said. Each member’s personal goal was to give at least five service hours over break. “College students and organizations in general do a lot of community service when we are at school, but we can’t forget about where we come from,” Mayes said. “For MBMI, the message is ‘just because school is out does not mean that we stop being MBMI.’ We continue to develop as student leaders and strive for excellence no matter where we are.” MBMI will sustain its presence on campus and in the community next week when they host Black Men Rising, a week full of events such as a blood drive, worship, networking and dialogue on issues black men face.
Associate Editor Four MU students are in the running to claim a spot on the red carpet at The 83rd Academy Awards as part of mtvU’s Oscars Correspondent Contest. The contestants, seniors Erica Coghill, Alex Holley and JP Regan said they heard about the opportunity through a KOMU/Channel 8 Listserv e-mail and could not pass it up. “This one kind of caught my eye,” Coghill said. “I’ve always been interested in doing entertainment stuff. How many times do you have the opportunity to go to the Oscars?” The four students are broken up into two student teams — one made up of Coghill and Regan, one consisting of Holley and her friend, sophomore Ryan Brown, who she asked to join her team — and are top 10 finalists in mtvU’s 2011 Oscars Correspondent Contest. Coghill and Holley are reporting on camera for the contest and Regan and Brown serve as cameramen. If voted into the top three student teams, the teams will be flown to Los Angeles to attend pre-Oscar events, and one team will receive the opportunity to cover the red carpet. Holley-Brown and Coghill-Regan are first and third, respectively, in the contest’s “Average Rating” meter. “Pretty much all around it’s going to be a great experience if you’re in the top three,” Holley said. “You’ll be in LA. You’ll get a feel for it. You get to go to all of the pre-Oscar events. It’s still a great experience.” Brown is a member of a rap group, and often films music videos for it. Because of this fact and their friendship, Holley said Brown was a natural choice for her partner for their submission. Holley has interviewed comedians D. L. Hughley and Lavell Crawford in the past, something she said should help
prove her competence. “I’ve always wanted to work with entertainment news,” Holley said. “It’s always been a dream of mine. I’ve always been wondering, especially because I’m a senior now, what kind of opportunities I can have. When I saw this competition, I thought it was the perfect opportunity if not to get myself out there, but at least experience it.” Bogged down by finals and an otherwise busy schedule, Coghill and Regan said they barely had enough time to put together a submission video, yet alone expect to break the top 10. “We ended up throwing something together and submitting it, and I’m glad that we did because obviously the outcome has been great,” Coghill said. “This will definitely open a huge door for us. It’s the Oscars — that’s a huge door right there.” “We came here for journalism, and we’ve really enjoyed working at KOMU,” Regan said. “This was an opportunity for us to really put our skills to use, and an opportunity to represent Mizzou.” Voting is open until Jan. 28, and can be cast on mtvU’s website. “We don’t get to cover really any entertainment news here in Missouri,” Coghill said. “There’s a lot of people out there who say stuff like ‘Oh, I’ve had the opportunity to interview celebrities. I’m experienced at this.’ We’ve never had the opportunity to do this, and this is now our chance. It’s the real deal.” Both teams agreed that this is the opportunity of a lifetime. “A lot of times the people who have that dream or they’ve been training for something just need one opportunity to get them going,” Holley said. “I feel like this could be the opportunity to start everything.”
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The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.
1. FOUR ARRESTED IN ASSAULT CASE Columbia Police officers arrested five people Sunday after they were dispatched to 304 Glenstone Drive in the Richland Heights Trailer Court. In an e-mail, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said the disturbance began when Cesar J. LopezGodinez inappropriately touched a woman. Antonio Arreola then reportedly punched another victim several times in the face and assaulted his wife. Four suspects, Arreola, Jesus Montes, Anna Reyes and a juvenile, went to the victim’s trailer and used golf clubs and other items to smash widows of surrounding cars and a trailer. Wieneke said during the disturbance, the juvenile threatened a 60-year-old with a BB gun. He was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon.
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Reyes and Arreola were arrested on various charges. Police arrested Lopez-Godinez the following day on charges of sexual misconduct. Wieneke said many of the suspects had been drinking that evening. 2.SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED AT DEFOE-GRAHAM HALL Shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday, the MU Police Department was called to Defoe-Graham residence hall. MUPD Capt. Brian Weimer said the caller was a student and reported being sexually assaulted by someone they knew shortly before 11 p.m. in the hall. No arrests have been made in the
case. 3. MALL THEFT LEADS TO KNIFE ASSAULT An employee at the Columbia Mall was assaulted with a knife during a Tuesday robbery. According to a CPD news release, the suspect had stolen multiple items from the store and had been detained by mall security before pulling out a knife and assaulting an employee while attempting to escape. After being chased by employees and police, the suspect ran into a creek, where responding officers managed to stop him and arrest him. The suspect, 15, was charged
ASHLEY LANE | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT with first-degree robbery, armed Schneidecamp where they found criminal action, misdemeanor the victim unconscious. stealing and felony resisting arrest. Gaddy bludgeoned Schneider with the object multiple times 4. TWO ARRESTED IN until he stopped breathing and OCTOBER MURDER then Birkhead stabbed him. Police Tuesday, Columbia police offi- found Schneider’s body in Everett’s cers arrested Ricky L. Gaddy and Restaurant & Lounge parking lot. Travis G. Birkhead in connection — Ally McEntire and Kelsey with the October murder of Jerry Maffett, Schneider. of The Maneater staff According to a CPD news release, Birkhead admitted to If you have information on these police he had been walking with crimes, you may contact Crime Gaddy on Oct. 23 near Rangeline Stoppers at 875-TIPS. All calls are St. and I-70, where Schneider’s !"#$%&'#()*+,% If a court authority later proves innobody was found. Gaddy told cence of a charge stated in the Blotter, Birkhead he was going to kill contact The Maneater to request an Schneider. The two walked to updated entry.
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Lights out for The Spa tanning salon The Spa put up a lengthy legal battle to keep the space, which cost them $180,000 in investments. SALLY FRENCH Staff Writer The Spa, the tanning salon in the Student Recreation Complex, will no longer operate, effective this semester. Operated by Tan Time LLC, The Spa has been in legal battles with MU since 2008, when MU informed the company that its services would no longer be needed by the recreation complex due to health risks posed by tanning beds. In 2010, the case was taken to the Missouri Court of Appeals. “We’ve gotten an opinion back from the Court of Appeals and they uphold the court’s verdict that the lease ended on Dec. 31 of 2010,” MU lawyer Kelly Mescher said. The Spa did not want the contract terminated because they didn’t want to lose the space, which cost them $180,000 in investments. Tan Time LLC decided to accept the court’s decision, rather than take it to the Missouri Supreme Court. “You have a statistical chance of 4 percent for getting to the Missouri Supreme Court, so them taking the case would be very low,” Tan Time LLC’s lawyer Thomas Schneider said. “Frankly, this is just not a case they would even take.”
No type of settlement or compensation was paid to Tan Time LLC. “The transition was professional and proceeded as planned,” Recreation Services and Facilities Director Diane Dahlmann said. “Staff from the spa communicated directly with their clients about the upcoming transition. Team Mizzou staff members have been coached about how to respond to spa inquiries.” The recreation complex has no definite plans about how the space will be filled in the future, but Dahlmann indicated the space might be used for Tiger Training, a personal training program for students. “Tiger Training is a growing program,” she said. “MizzouRec would like to enhance the program space for training and has already joined the two spaces.” Tiger Training offers a variety of personal training packages, including personal fitness assessments, individual personal training, partner training and nutrition planning. Students can also work one-on-one with a personal trainer in the Pump Room and Jungle Gym. Program growth and development is primarily dictated by student interest,” Dahlmann said. “Over the past two years, interest and demand for training has been steadily growing. On average, more than 100 people per semester use Tiger Training. “As a result, MizzouRec is responding MANEATER FILE PHOTO to student voices by dedicating time and effort into enhancing this important pro- Students relax near Truman’s Pond at the Student Recreation Complex on Aug. 22, 2009. The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that Tan Time, a tanning bed facility in the gram and service,” Dahlman said. Student Recreation Complex, may no longer operate in the Rec Center.
SPJ retires Helen Thomas award MU Dems, Republicans condemn attack on Giffords after controversial remarks The groups released a joint statement on violence against politicians.
in tears.” MU Democrats President Matt Tharp said both groups wanted to do an event to recognize the tragedy. “We both were talking about how it’d be nice to do something but because ALLISON PRANG of the timing of the event there wasn’t Associate editor really time to organize,” Tharp said. “It wouldn’t make sense.” The MU Democrats and Mizzou Tharp said instead, he and Mashburn College Republicans issued a joint news decided to issue a statement to echo othrelease condemning the Jan. 8 attack at ers’ statements about not using it as a a meeting for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle political opportunity. Giffords (D), where six people were “It’s definitely upsetting,” he said. “I killed. think it’s also upsetting that it’s been used “The executive boards of both the by people from both sides of the aisle College Democrats as a political opp. and the College It’s something that Republicans would Violence has no place in the doesn’t need to be like to join President political. There’s no Obama, Hou s e realm of civil debate and the reason for politics Speaker B oehner, senseless nature of the attack to have a role in it.” our state legislature, in Arizona and only adds to the Referring to how and countless other strength and magnitude of our she felt some were Americans in their condemnation. using the tragedy as condemnation of MU Democrats and Mizzou College a political opporthe attack that took Republicans tunity, Mashburn place January 8th,” the said politicians news release stated. right and left were “Violence has no place in the realm of throwing daggers at each other. civil debate and the senseless nature of “Recent events are too tragic for the attack in Arizona and only adds to unnecessary partisan bickering, too tragthe strength and magnitude of our con- ic for hurtful accusations, too tragic for demnation.” finger pointing,” the news release stated. Mizzou College Republicans “There are issues we will struggle to agree Chairwoman Sophie Mashburn said both on, however we stand in unity with the groups will probably discuss the event at belief that Christina Green’s America, a their next meetings. better America, is not just desirable. It’s “It’s really tragic,” she said. “I was necessary.”
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The Society of Professional Journalists board of directors voted to retire its “Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement” award on Jan. 14, according to a news release. The retirement of the award, which comes after anti-Semitic remarks from Thomas attracted media attention, will not affect past recipients. “SPJ fully understands the concerns expressed by both sides regarding whether renaming or retiring the award is necessary or improper,” the news release stated. According the release, SPJ’s board of directors and executive committee took into account opinions of SPJ members and from people outside of the organization. “I am disheartened by that decision. I can respect the decision and I know a lot of the people who were involved in making the decision,” said Charles Davis, adviser of MU’s SPJ student chapter and professor at the School of Journalism. Davis said Thomas was one of the first female journalists around and was a United Press International White House correspondent. Thomas is now 91 years old. A Jan. 8 news release from SPJ states “The executive committee meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn., marked the second time in nearly six months the committee has considered removing Thomas’ name, stemming from an incident earlier in 2010 when the longtime White House reporter and columnist commented to a rabbi on video that Jews in Palestine should ‘go home.’” According to the news release, this past December Thomas said, “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall
Street are owned by the Zionists. No question,” at a speech in Dearborn, Mich. SPJ said the controversy surrounding the award has overshadowed the reason it exists in the news release. “To continue offering the award would reignite the controversy each year and take away from its purpose: honoring a lifetime of work in journalism,” the release stated. “No individual worthy of such honor should have to face this controversy. No honoree should have to decide if the possible backlash is worth being recognized for his or her contribution to journalism.” Davis said he disagrees with SPJ’s claim. “I just don’t know how much responsibility a 91-year-old woman must bear for public comments she makes,” Davis said. “Everybody has freedom of speech. I just feel the punishment far exceeds the crime.” The award was first awarded to Thomas herself, in the year 2000, and has since been awarded to ten other journalists, including Tom Brokaw of NBC News. “As I said last week after the executive committee meeting, it’s time we in SPJ stop focusing on this divisive topic and start focusing on what unites us,” SPJ President Hagit Limor said in a news release. “There’s tremendously important work for us, like training our members for our ever-changing industry and fighting to ensure journalists and citizens have access to public records.” Davis said people used to embrace journalists’ personalities similar to Thomas’ and thought “retiring” the award was a cowardly act of SPJ and called it kind of a backdoor way to strip her name off of it.
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greater than 10 percent In order to raise tuition, the system will have to appeal to a provision in Senate Bill 389. The bill restricts Missouri four-year institutions from raising their tuition by more than the increase in the Consumer Pricing Index. Since its enactment in 2007, the bill has not been appealed. “Nobody for sure knows how it all will work out,” Budget Director Tim Rooney said. “We’re in a little bit of uncharted waters.” The UM system Board of Curators will meet Jan. 27 and 28 at MU to make a decision on the impending tuition hike. Historically, the curators, who are also engaged in a search for the next UM system president, make their decision on tuition rate increases or decreases in the January meeting. “Next week, our curators will set tuition rates for FY 2012 with an eye toward balancing the need for quality programs with access and affordability while taking into consideration budget constraints,” Owens said in a statement.
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Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to state representatives and the media during the annual State of the State address Wednesday at the state capitol building in Jefferson City. Nixon proposed a 7 percent cut to the UM system funding as part of his state budget plan for the next fiscal year.
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Students enter the Student Recreation Complex late Thursday afternoon. About 5,000 to 7,000 people visit the complex each week, but during the first few weeks of the spring semester there might be close to 7,000 people each day, a Rec Center spokeswoman said. students, and they have more staff working CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
recreation complex can see anywhere from about 5,000 to 7,000 students, but in the first few weeks of spring semester, the daily number exceeds 7,000. Daily attendance records are set constantly. “I like that there are a lot of machines in the Rec, but New Year resolutions bring in a lot of people,” graduate student Ashley Douglas said. “Luckily it tends to die out by early February.” Not only is there an increase in the number of students using the general recreation complex facilities, but there is also a rise in the number of students buying the Season Ticket Pass for TigerX classes. Salerno said there are at least 2,300 students who purchase the pass, and that number is expected to grow. Although there are a large number of students at the recreation complex, the staff does its best to handle the influx of students. The staff monitors traffic patterns of
accordingly. The extra staff is there to teach students how to use the equipment and about the rules of the recreation complex. “The Rec is really busy in the afternoon, and I just choose not to go then,” medical student Abbie Jensen said. “It is very convenient because I can come in the morning and then head right to class, which is really close to the Rec.” Although one way to avoid the crowd is by going in the morning, there are other times, if permitted by classes, that students should avoid. Salerno said the crowd picks up at 11:00 a.m. because of lunchtime. The number also picks up at about 1:30 p.m. and continues to escalate from there. Even though it might be a larger crowd each day, the recreation complex staff enjoys having all of the students back. “The beginning of the semester is always fun,” Salerno said. “We enjoy seeing all of the students return and get back to the daily grind.”
said students eating in the student center would be more prone to impulse shopping now that the two buildings are adjoined. “I think that it’s going to be very good to have all of that traffic coming in and out,” Froese said. “They’re going to look at their numbers at the end of the fiscal year, but they’ve seen some more walkthrough traffic, and I suspect it will continue to be that way.” CDS officials also said Rollins Dining Hall has seen increased business. “Rollins has really picked back up to where it left off before renovations,” Lough said. “They do good business at breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Rollins’ new late night operation has been particularly popular. “Because Gillett’s still closed, we still don’t have our full customer base at Rollins, but compared to last year’s fall semester, we’re seeing fewer customers at dinner and more at Rollins Late Night,” CDS Director Julaine Kiehn said. With the final phase of the MU Student Center construction finishing ahead of schedule, CDS begins the spring semester with the opening of another dining option, Mort’s, which serves traditional American fare. “We focus on having a wide variety of options in the Student Center,” Kiehn said. “Mort’s brought back the burgers and the chicken that I think people were missing.” The newly opened portions of the MU Student Center include a new Mizzou Market that is larger than the previous Brady Commons location, a US Bank and study rooms, as well as billiards and shuffleboard tables in Mort’s. The study rooms add much-needed space for student meeting areas and are named after
I think students will be re ally pleased because this part of the Student Center wasn’t supposed to be done until later in the semester.
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prominent Missouri cities — Kansas City and St. Louis among them. Froese emphasized the facility’s quicker-than-expected grand opening and completion. “I think students will be really pleased because this part of the Student Center wasn’t supposed to be done until later in the semester,” Froese said. The opening of Mort’s marks the last major change in dining options for the 2010-2011 academic year, but CDS will shift its focus to changes in residential dining options next fall. Eva J’s will be converted into Sabai, which will serve East Asian fare. Sabai will be an á la carte operation patterned after Baja Grill. CDS will use the next semester to determine the menu offerings. “We’ve tested a number of items with students this past semester and will continue to test this semester,” Kiehn said. With the new dining locations, CDS officials said they aim to provide nearby alternatives for those who might normally go off-campus to eat. “Students, faculty and staff began going off-campus just because there were fewer options,” Lough said. “We’re excited to provide more options to students and staff on-campus.”
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
MANEATER FILE PHOTO The MU Power Plant sits at the corner of E. Stewart Road and Fifth Street. MU has agreed to reduce its emissions by 20 percent by the year 2015 along with almost 650 other colleges.
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MU officials submitted the university’s climate action plan to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment last week, pledging MU’s next goal to eliminate its carbon emissions by 20 percent by the year 2015. Chancellor Brady Deaton signed the agreement two years ago, pledging MU to continue the process of eventually becoming climate neutral along with more than 650 other colleges and universities. MU’s 2015 goal is based on emissions data from the year 2008, according to a news release. “Submitting the Climate Action Plan is a major step for Mizzou,” Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville said in an e-mail. “We’re working on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by taking a look at many different areas across campus.” According to the news release, MU’s plan addresses areas defined by the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, including energy, transportation, education, research and financing, along with other areas of sustainability — water, site selection, waste management, purchasing, building design and construction and food. Seville said MU’s first goal is to get a biomass boiler in place. “We are continuing to upgrade the infrastructure to improve utility distribution,” Seville said. “These improvements are expected to decrease our GHG (Greenhouse gas) emissions by 20 percent by 2015.” Seville said MU also wants to work on educating members of the MU community, including students and faculty, about how they can help.
“Sustain Mizzou and other student groups are integral in these efforts,” Seville said. “Mizzou Dashboard is now online in nine residence halls and we will add other halls by 2015. This realtime online energy usage data is designed to educate students about energy usage and conservation and ultimately empower residents to reduce their energy usage.” Students also serve on the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee to offer their own input, Seville said. Kelly Gehringer, Sustain Mizzou vice president of communications, said in an e-mail Sustain Mizzou has not been directly involved with the climate action plan, but Steve Burdic, MU sustainability coordinator and Sustain Mizzou’s unofficial supervisor, has been heading the project. Gehringer said they have received knowledge of the plan and are happy about it, but cannot take any ownership in its process. “The university is committed to becoming climate neutral,” MU sustainability coordinator Steve Burdic said in a news release. “We have set a rolling date to achieve that goal.” According to the signatory list on presidentsclimatecommitment.org, along with MU, UM-Kansas City, UM-St. Louis, University of Central Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology and the UM system have all signed on to eventually become climate neutral as well. ACUPCC was launched in 2007 and now includes schools from every state. It is led by a steering committee of more than 20 presidents from a myriad of colleges and universities according to a Sept. 15, 2009, news release.
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Sophomores Aleshia Varnado, Pamela McClaney and Krystle Jones hand out fliers to advertise SWIPES, the Missouri Students Association Multicultural Issues Committee’s food drive, Feb. 27, 2010, in the Plaza 900 Amphitheater. The Multicultural Issues Committee is trying to increase MSA’s campus presence by having senators visiting various student organizations.
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The Missouri Students Association will aim to make itself more visible to students through a project called MSA Outreach. “We are trying to make sure we are staying in touch with students,” Multicultural Issues Committee Chairwoman Alex Holley said. “We want to be connected with students and make sure they know we are here.” MSA plans to reach as many students as possible by dividing student areas such as residence halls, student organizations and Greek Life, amongst MSA committees. “Committees will go to students and say, ‘Hey this is MSA and this is what we do,” Holley said. “It’s not just going to be (about) MSA Senate, we’ll explain the other braches of MSA as well.” The Student Affairs Committee has taken on every residence hall west of Hitt Street and plans to outreach to each hall council in order to accomplish the visibility MSA seeks. “Each member of our committee will be responsible for contacting about two hall councils to discuss what MSA is, why we’re relevant and how other students can get involved,” Student Affairs Chairman Tyler Ricketts said in an e-mail. Outreach can be a huge area of growth for MSA, Ricketts said. “Based on personal experience,
I’ve discovered that students don’t come to your organization, you have to go to them,” he said. “Ultimately, MSA is only as good as the students it represents. So, it makes sense to increase communication with our constituents.” MSA Senate Speaker Evan Wood said he agrees MSA needs to be going to the students instead of waiting for students to come to MSA. “We (MSA) do an OK job of making ourselves available to students, but students don’t want to come to us,” Wood said. “We need to go out to the students.” “If we put ourselves in front of students they will have a better idea of where to find us if they have questions,” he said. The Outreach project stems from the poor turnout of the MSA SpeakOut event held last semester, Holley said. “(SpeakOut) was right after Homecoming and we should have gotten the word out more,” she said. Because MSA plans to go to students, the Outreach project will give a better turnout than the SpeakOut event and will be good for MSA membership, Wood said. “Once students find out about (MSA), we tend to gain more members,” he said. An increase in MSA membership is also what Ricketts would like to see as a result of the Outreach. “After this project, I hope that more students understand what MSA is and does,” Ricketts said. “Ultimately, I would love it if we can recruit new students to this fantastic organization.”
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