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Despite improved retention rates, the distribution of MSA senators per committee is skewed.

Eighteen games into the Frank Haith tenure, the Missouri Tigers sit as No. 5 in the nation.






Nixon proposes 12.5 percent cut to higher education the budget proposes a reduction of about $55 million total. MU spokesman Christian Basi said right now it is too early to comment on the proposed budget and things could change between now and April, when the budget comes to an official vote. “Our institutions promote access and affordability, but resources can only stretch so far,” Department of Higher Education Commissioner David Russell said in a news release. Like Nixon, Russell said they need to look for more innovative ways to meet the funding needs of higher education. The governor’s proposed budget allocates the same amount of money as it did last year toward scholarship programs. The Access Missouri scholarship program, which was funded from a one-time appropriation of $30 million from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority

Higher education is sitting on the chopping block once again in Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. Compared to the 2012 budget, funding could be cut as much as 12.5 percent if the proposed budget is passed in April by the state legislature. The money allocated toward higher education comes from a variety of statewide funds, but the potential decrease in funding for colleges and universities is due to less money being allocated to public universities from the general revenue fund. The budget also proposes that less funding come from areas including federal funding, the Guaranty Agency Operating Fund and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Fund. Additional funding for higher education would come from the Advantage Missouri Trust Fund, the Institution Gift Trust Fund and the AP Incentive Grant Fund. For the UM System specifically,



See BUDGET, page 6 The amount requested is from the Department of Higher Education and the amount appropriated is decided by the governor and state legislature.

Requested Recommended FY2011 Department Total $1,265,591,491 $1,252,062,111 $932,016,690 General Revenue $1,025,901,561 FY2012 Department Total $1,178,453,510 $1,112,786,057 $893,209,823 $821,542,370 General Revenue


Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State address Tuesday in the Missouri State Capitol. The proposed budget would cut 12.5 percent of funding for higher education compared to the last fiscal year.

FY2013 Department Total $1,139,373,634 $819,083,783 General Revenue

The week of basketball hasn’t been different at all for Kim English. On Thursday, the Missouri men’s basketball team practiced at Mizzou Arena. The senior guard could be seen alone on one half of the court

Baylor (17-1, 4-1) in a top-five collision. Never has such a matchup occurred inside the conference that wasn’t between Kansas and Texas. Missouri is ranked higher than it has ever been this late in January since 1990. It’s the kind of game that could lift the program to a ranking it hasn’t

seen since ’90, when it was once first in the country, the kind English and his four senior teammates haven’t played during their years in Columbia. Yet English, known for his preparation and study habits, said he views

See BAYLOR, page 6


International student population grows JIMMY HIBSCH Senior Staff Writer International students are becoming an increasingly more common facet of MU’s campus, with this semester’s population larger than ever.

International Center Director James Scott said in his six years at the university, he has never seen a greater number of international students studying at MU. So far this semester, 2,016 international students have enrolled at MU, and Scott said this number will likely increase as time

passes. “That number may go up because not everybody has checked in yet,” he said. “It could be air travel or delays, which is typical for the spring semester. I think it will go up.” Of the 2,016 students, about 450 are undergraduate students. Scott

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$1,032,398,908 -$106,974,726 $740,933,358 -$78,150,425 CASEY PURCELLA | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT

Missouri, Baylor to clash in top five battle shooting free throws in his typical, delicate way. He took a breath, bent his knees into the form of ‘Z’s’ and his shooting arm into an ‘L’ before extending, letting the ball up and through the net. Tomorrow, English and the fifthranked Tigers (17-1, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) will tangle with No. 3

-$13,529,380 -$93,884,871

Source: Missouri Office of Administration


SETH BOSTER Staff Writer


said the growth in overall international students is at the undergraduate level. The increase is most prevalent in the Chinese student community, Scott said. Since 2006, the international student population from

See GROWTH, page 6

INSIDE THE MELTING POT: SWIMMERS MAKE WAVES Foreign athletes are playing a major role in the success of MU's swimming team. PG. 21, SPORTS

ASB CROSSES BORDERS The group traveled to the Dominican Republic. PG. 5, CAMPUS

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Artrageous Friday 6 to 9 p.m., Downtown Columbia

Weekend Movie: 50/50 7 p.m., Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Student Union South

“We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents Ravi Coltrane 2:30 p.m., Murry’s Restaurant

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Students come together at fling CIERA VELARDE Staff Writer


Daniel Myers, Alyx Marema and Dakota Botts play Apples to Apples at the Queer Spring Fling on Thursday. The event was a chance for students to hang out, eat and play games at the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Student government boosts senator retention MOLLY DUFFY Staff Writer After a few years of dwindling attendance, the Missouri Students Association’s retention rate is finally looking up. MSA Senate Speaker Jake Sloan said in an email that regular attendance at this time last year was much lower than it is now. MSA Outreach Chairman Nick Droege gave credit for the improved retention rate to the leaders of MSA. The Outreach committee was created to recruit new members for MSA. “They are spicing things up, doing things differently and making it not only beneficial to everyone on campus, but I think it’s more fun for the people that are involved in MSA,” Droege said. “I think they’re starting to enjoy the work that they’re doing.” Although attendance is up, the distribution of MSA senators per committee is skewed. The Operations committee has five steady members, while the Student Affairs committee usually has more than 10 students. The Academic Affairs committee typically has two to three members. Operations chairman Logan Borgsmiller said his committee typically has a lower number of senators because it deals with drier content. He said he is able to delegate projects easier and projects flow more smoothly with a more-tight knit group. “I know on larger committees, (and) it’s not necessarily their fault, but I know committee chairs struggle


to get to know their committee members,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to (get to know my committee members) because I have a smaller committee.” Tyler Ricketts is chairman of one of MSA’s largest committees, Student Affairs. Ricketts said his committee attracts students because of the number of issues that can fall under his committee. “Really, anything can be boiled down to a student affairs issue,” he said. “(It) has a track record of really working for students.” Although Student Affairs’ manpower can be a benefit, Ricketts said it sometimes hinders the committee. “I think that the amount of students I have helps us find projects to work on, but that can also mean that we’re stretched a little bit thin sometimes and we can’t devote as much of our energy to one specific project,” he said. The Senate Speaker is the only person who has the power to force a committee member to switch to another committee. Ricketts said that rarely happens, and a better way would be to educate senators on each committee. “In terms of getting members to go to other committees organically, I think it will involve a little bit more information on what committees do so students understand when they’re coming in as senators that they have a lot of opportunities, even with other committees, to tackle issues that aren’t specific to just that committee,” he said.

Available seat percentage during the fall semester

of NUMBERS UP 13 percent seats not filled

During the fall semester MSA saw a total of

65 SENATORS 53 SENATORS remained at the end of the fall semester

of seats filled 87 percent

Source: Senate Speaker Jake Sloan JESSIE LUECK | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

The annual Queer Spring Fling, organized by the LGBTQ Resource Center, was held Thursday night to welcome students back from break. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Resource Center, formerly housed in the Center for Social Justice, has had its own location in the lower level of the MU Student Center for a year. Queer Spring Fling is held at the start of each spring semester, and the Fall Fling introduces students to the center at the beginning of the school year. Both events provide food, games and fun to create a friendly environment where everyone can feel welcome. “Seeing new people is great at this event,” said junior Taylor Dukes, an LGBTQ Resource Center volunteer. “A lot of people don’t have time every week to make commitments to all their organizations. It’s great that at least one night everyone can make time out of their schedules to come together.” The center’s most important

mission is to provide a welcoming place for students, while also creating a safe haven for people looking for acceptance. “My favorite part of the event is community bonding,” Triangle Coalition President Emily Colvin said. “I love seeing people meet new friends that last their whole entire college experience.” Each year, the center works to improve the event from the year before to raise awareness about its resources and hopefully attract more people. By adding more signage and instructions during the event, MU LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Struby Struble hopes to inform and create a better sense of knowledge about the event for students. “There’s always been a great turnout, but sometimes people didn’t know what to do, and it could look like an intimidating social situation with a room stuffed full of people,” Struble said. “With the addition of signs, (students) are more likely to participate in something like playing a board game with strangers.” The center provides many different organizations for students to help everyone find what they are most comfortable

with. Some examples include a weekly discussion group called Inside Out, an outreach program that trains students to become panelists at events and talk about their experience coming out, and the student group Triangle Coalition. “Triangle Coalition derives its name from community, advocacy and education,” Colvin said. “We bring speakers to campus and organize events to make a community for everyone while educating at the same time.” Struble said a good portion of people in the LGBTQ community do not have a great relationship with their families. The center hopes the event will give students the acceptance and community feeling they missed while becoming home for winter break. “Going home for a break can be a very tough and emotional experience,” Struble said. “Some students aren’t welcome to be themselves, even if they have come out, and some students aren’t welcome at home at all. This event can hopefully be a positive homecoming back to Mizzou, to show that this campus is a place who loves and welcomes all Tigers, no matter what.”

Application numbers on the rise for fall 2012 HANNA JACUNSKI Staff Writer At the 2011 Tiger Walk, the class of 2015 was congratulated on being the largest class MU has ever had. With the climbing application numbers for this year, the distinction might be passed on sooner than expected. Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Ann Korschgen said as of January 9, the application numbers for this upcoming semester are higher than the numbers from last year at the same time in three main categories: undergraduate, graduate and professional students. These are not necessarily the enrollment numbers for the fall semester, but the chances are high that the enrollment numbers will be higher than last fall. “In addition, we have more applications from African American and Hispanic students, as well as international students,” Korschgen said. “Given this, we are predicting a slightly larger freshmen class for this fall.” At the start of the spring semester, there were 1,031 more applicants than the beginning of last spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate applications have increased almost 4 percent and professional applicant numbers have gone up 2.4 percent. The 3.7 percent more undergraduate applications comes out to 843 additional students. Mark

Twain residence hall closed for renovations during winter break, and renovations on Johnston residence hall start next semester. MU will continue to allow new college students to live on campus, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs said in an email. “It is true we have a finite number of spaces in our residence halls, but we are committed to providing university housing for first-time college students,” Scroggs said. With this shortage of fullyfunctioning residence halls, room will inevitably be tight on campus. “We have responded to the increase in FTCs (first-time college students) each year by limiting the number of returning students we allow to return to the residence halls for a second year and by housing students at extended campus/Tiger Diggs,” Scroggs said. Students of last year’s incoming class are divided on the potential of even more students coming to campus. Some said they are worried about practical ramifications of possibly overbooking the university, and others said an even bigger incoming class would be a benefit. Freshman PJ St. Ann said she thinks the increase of undergraduate students could pose a problem on campus. “(Large incoming numbers) affected us this year, with fresh-

men being housed off-campus, and that number would only increase with more incoming freshmen,” St. Ann said. Freshman Morgan Uber said greater numbers would enhance the university. “I think it will have a positive effect on the university as a whole,” Uber said. “More students will create more diversity. Part of the college experience is not only learning from our professors, but also learning from the other students. It will also create more competition, which will most likely make students work harder.”


FALL 2012

Although undergraduate, graduate and professional application numbers are on the rise, transfer applicants are decreasing.

undergraduate and graduate numbers have increased almost

4 PERCENT professional applicant numbers have gone up


transfer student applications have gone down, dropping from

527 to 466 between last year and this year.

Source: Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Ann Korschgen JESSIE LUECK | GRAPHIC DESIGNER



A MU student was arrested Monday on suspicion of domestic assault and possession of controlled substances, among others. At 12:42 a.m., Columbia Police Department officers responded to a gun disturbance in the area of 2241 Grindstone Parkway. Matthew Greaver, a 21-yearold sophomore, was being restrained on the ground in front of a residence. The female victim said Greaver tried to keep her from leaving the residence, slapping her hand away from her phone and keeping her away from the door. Greaver’s roommates attempted to intervene and he threatened them with a rifle. They disarmed Greaver and subdued him before the police arrived. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon. He was also charged with possession of controlled substances because the officers found marijuana and pills in plain view among his possessions.

3. ONE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF MANUFACTURING METH A Columbia resident was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of meth possession. At 4:44 a.m., a Columbia Police Department officer patrolling a parking lot in front of the Walmart at 3001 W. Broadway saw a vehicle that had no frost on its windows, despite the cold of the night. The officer approached the vehicle and noticed what looked



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A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of cocaine possession and unlawful use of a weapon, among other charges. At 4:47 a.m., Columbia Police Department officers patrolling near the intersection of Pecan and Fourth streets witnessed a vehicle driving without headlights. The officers contacted the driver, Derrick McKinzie, 44, who appeared to be impaired. After he was asked to perform a sobriety test, McKinzie took off running. The officers stopped and searched him, finding a loaded gun and crack cocaine in his possession. McKinzie was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, felony possession of controlled substance and resisting arrest.



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The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.


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like someone passed out inside. The officer contacted the man, Edward Hann, 51, and noticed syringes and bloody towels inside the car. There was also a bag in plain view that tested positive for methamphetamines and items associated with meth use. Hann was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

4. 51-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULT A man was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicion of third-degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched at 8:26 p.m. to the 300 block of McBaine Avenue in response to a call about an assault. A female victim and her daughter, both adults, said Gregory Clay, 51, had assaulted

them with a folding pocketknife during an argument. Neither woman was inured. While searching Clay, the officers found a pipe on his person used to smoke crack cocaine. Clay was arrested on charges of third-degree domestic assault, third-degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. -Kelsey Maffett and Turner Johnson, of the Maneater staff

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Mark Twain residents move out of hall for second semester MEGAN LEWIS Reporter The beginning of the spring semester has brought changes for all students on campus, and none are more aware of this than the former residents of the Mark Twain residence hall. Beginning this semester, the building will be undergoing renovations, which forced approximately 395 students to relocate. Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said the plans were initially scheduled to take place two years ago and were deferred due to a record-setting amount of students enrolled as freshmen. By working in the spring rather than in the fall, renovations can be completed in three semesters rather than four, making the residence hall available to students for an additional semester. The renovation of Mark Twain residence hall is the fourth phase in the Residential Life Master Plan developed by the UM System Board of Curators in 2001. The cumulative plan involves provid-

ing major attention to revitalizing living spaces across campus and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2018. “Students who lived there could begin moving as soon as we allowed room changes in early September,” Minor said. Moving students so early in the year was a challenge, as MU is currently facing some of its largest enrollment numbers to date, according to a previous Maneater article. “There were more options for them at the end of the semester,” Minor said. “Plus, we moved their stuff for them.” Minor said roughly 8 to 10 percent of students move out of residence halls at the end of each semester, relocating to Greek Life or off-campus housing, dropping out or transferring. Students were given a preference sheet and allowed to indicate their choices in regard to which residence hall to move to, whether to keep the same roommate and what style of living they desire. “It was sort of like going to

Which Wich and marking down the different things that you want on your sandwich,” freshman Jessie Greer said in an email. Greer said she was satisfied with the way the move was handled. “As for being split up from people I knew, yeah, it was kind of sucky, but almost everyone has a phone or Facebook, so really all you have to do is shoot them a text or message saying you want to hang out,” Greer said. “I also look at it as a way to make even more friends, which is always a good thing.” Freshman Allyssa Bunner said she was content with where Residential Life placed her on campus after the move from Mark Twain. Bunner said she did face problems with a broken moving box and a parking ticket, which stemmed from getting a new parking spot closer to her new dorm, but she was content with the outcome. “I thought, for the most part, everything went really smooth and easy on us,” Bunner said. “Everything was sort of done for us.”

With the assistance of volunteer organization Outreach 360, the group spent the eight days splitting their time between volunteering at a medical clinic in Jaibon and teaching children at a school in the nearby town of Laguna Salada. One of senior Cole Donelson’s tasks included translating Spanish to English and vice versa for patients and medical personnel in the clinic. “I had to tell the doctors what the patient said and then tell the patient the diagnosis,” Donelson said. “Anytime I had to tell a patient, ‘You really have to take this medicine or your diabetes is going to kill you,’ or, ‘You have to stop eating this type of food because blood pressure is really dangerous,’ that type of stuff was really difficult.” Others focused their time creating lesson plans to teach their pupils English and Spanish. “We taught some third graders and fourth graders in the morning, then we switched to a different school and taught preschoolers and kindergartners,” Goers said. “In terms of preschoolers, we didn’t teach them English, we just taught them Spanish, which was kind of a cool little twist.” Donelson, a three-time ASB veteran, said the experience was well worth the cost. “I felt like I was able to make the most impact in the community because we were working directly with school children and people who visited the clinic,” Donelson said. “I felt like you could really make a difference on this trip and see it right in front of you. Also, the educa-

tion we experienced was really impactful.” The culture and history of the location gave students a different experience, senior Lucas Moore said. “They have much more simple lives, not as distracted,” Moore said. “The children didn’t have iPhones or Xboxes. They’re really different kids. They climb trees and run around and bang on drums. I liked it a lot. It was different.” The success of the first crossing of international lines holds promise for additional trips in the future, Goers said. “I think we are going to work really hard to try and send another trip next year back with the same organization,” he said. “Our goal will be to send more students and to try and bring a medical team down with some medical students and possibly Spanish students as well. We just want to expand.”

ASB travels to the Dominican Republic LIZZIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

Members of ASB spent part of winter break volunteering at an orphanage and medical clinic in the Dominican Republic. Members of Alternative Spring Break forged new territories — literally — during winter break with the completion of the organization’s first international trip. The group of 11 students and ASB Venture Out Coordinator Bryan Goers departed Jan. 7 for the Dominican Republic. The choice of location was finalized after weighing student input and deciding which volunteer organization to work through. “We had it down between two countries, either the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua,” Goers said. “Originally we looked at Haiti, but (it) is on a travel warning list from the State Department, so we didn’t feel completely comfortable going on to work there. Ultimately, it was the students’ decision.” At about $1,000 per student, outside donations and personal funds were necessary to make the trip possible. It was funded through a grant given to ASB, fundraising letters, caroling and church donations. “The bulk was actually the individuals themselves paying for it,” Goers said.

VOLUNTEERING INTERNATIONALLY Alternative Spring Break went on an international service trip over winter break.

• $1,000 per student to go on this trip • 11 students attended this trip

The students • volunteered at a medical clinic in Jaibon • taught children English and Spanish at school Dominican in the town of Laguna Salada Alternative Spring Break CASEY PURCELLA | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT


Freshman Jessie Greer studies in her new room in Defoe-Graham residence hall. Greer moved from the Mark Twain residence hall in preparation for building renovations.

Hospice patient watches bald eagle’s release into wild

JULIE LARSEN Reporter Ruth Payton, 82, loves birds and has always wished to see a bald eagle. Payton, a hospice patient with terminal hemolytic anemia, had her dream fulfilled earlier this month with the help of Randi Petre, a social worker at Hospice Compassus, and the Raptor Rehabilitation Project at MU. “I learned about her wish when she told her nurse, Martha, that she always wanted to see a bald eagle in person,” Petre said. “Then, her nurse mentioned to me, you know, just in passing how Ruth had this dream to see a bald eagle. So, in sort of a roundabout way, I brought it up with Ruth to confirm that she really did want to see a bald eagle.” From there, Petre got on the internet to see if there was any way she could help Payton. “I got in contact with Tracey Brown who put me in touch with the Raptor Rehabilitation Project at the University of Missouri, and I told them Ruth’s story,” Petre said. “They were really helpful and told me they had a bird, but they were not sure if he would be ready in time. They were great, though, because they kept me informed and really got the ball rolling.” Raptor Rehabilitation Project President Elizabeth Groth said the bird’s name was Watson, and he came to the project with lead poisoning. “We got a call about Watson from a conservation agent in the Moberly area,” Groth said. “He had lead poising. We see lead poisoning a lot in the birds that we get. It is most commonly due to contaminated fish and prey.” With Watson in the rehabilitation’s care, they worked tirelessly to get him ready in time for Payton to see him fly.

“To treat Watson, we use medication injection, and it is just a matter of putting a little time into letting him recover,” Groth said. “We also make sure that his intestinal tact is working well. We had to make it happen (for Payton). We had an eagle who was going to recover. It was only a matter of trying to make sure it happens in time (for her to see him).” In early January, Petre received an email from the Raptor Rehabilitation Project informing her Watson was ready to be released Jan. 8. “Up until this point, I had not told Ruth about all this, and then I got to tell her four days before he was released that she was going to see a bald eagle,” Petre said. “She was so excited, and her whole family was so excited. They even got her a bald eagle statue to put on her desk. They couldn’t believe that someone would do this for them.” On the day Watson was released back into the wild, Petre went with Payton and her family to watch and was amazed by the lengths Raptor Rehabilitation went to make it a memorable experience. “The (Raptor Rehabilitation Project) let people get really close to the (eagle) as he was being released so that people could really see him,” Petre said. “The cool part was they actually rigged the cage so Ruth could open it. At first he didn’t want to come out. Then he shot out of the cage and circled the crowd.” Once Watson was released, Payton’s family told Petre that another elderly person thanked Payton for being brave enough telling others her dream. “She thanked her for opening up about her dream and being brave enough to talk to the press,” Petre said.




BUDGET: Final budget plan to be voted on in April Continued from page 1 last year, will continue to be funded in 2013, but from the state this time. Paul Wagner, deputy commissioner for the Department for Higher Education, said he was pleasantly surprised by Nixon’s decision to continue funding the Access Missouri scholarship program in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, since the state wasn’t its source of funding last year.

Wagner said the 12.5 percent cut to higher education institutions is still difficult. “On the other side of that, with the institutions being cut 12.5 percent, it’s just devastating,” he said. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it. It’s bad news.” Wagner said he thinks the governor didn’t want to have to cut higher education, but he had a lot of distasteful choices to make. “The university can either make

cuts or raise tuition,” said Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia. “It’s probably going to be a combination of both.” The final budget will go to the legislature for a vote at the end of April, toward the end of the spring session. — Allison Prang, news editor — Reporter Michael Shaw contributed to this report.

BAYLOR: Game to decide No. 2 in Big 12 Conference Continued from page 1 the test of the Bears like any other. “My independent preparation on my iPad, when I’m home, on the bus, in here, it’s all the same,” he said. “The process doesn’t change.” Coach Frank Haith, entering the first top-five meeting of his head coaching career, has carried the philosophy of the next-game approach with him in his debut year with the program. Throughout the season, Haith has shown no signs of looking beyond the next tip-off in his schedule. After putting down Texas A&M on Monday, Haith said he had not watched Baylor all season. “I know they’re playing extremely well,” he said Monday, having nothing more to offer. Soon enough, he would see Baylor was “extremely talented” and “as good as any team in the country,” he said Thursday. On paper, the clearest difference between the Big 12’s top two scoring teams is size. Perry Jones III, a 6-foot11-inch sophomore forward capa-

ble of scoring in a variety of ways, stretches the floor with freshman Quincy Miller and senior Quincy Acy, who stand 6 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet, 7 inches, respectively. All average double-digits and combine to form the league’s best shot-blocking squad. “We don’t focus in on the size,” sophomore point guard Phil Pressey said, the pocket-sized commander of Missouri’s offense and a Texas native expecting to see family and friends in the stands. “We know we’re quick, so we try to use that as an advantage. If they’re going be bigger, we have to use what we can to our advantage.” The Tigers will rely on senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe, the tallest of Missouri’s starters at 6 feet, 9 inches, for muscle. Ratliffe, who leads the nation in field goal percentage, said he recognizes the height difference, but trusts all the things assistant coach Ernie Nester has worked with him on during the season. He also recognizes the amount of hype entering the game. “It’s probably going to be the most memorable game of my career up to this point,” he said.

English wasn’t able to say if tomorrow would be a fond memory of his college career, but he recalled one.

11 students from Brazil’s Science Without Borders this semester. The program is an effort of the Brazilian government to send its students to the world’s best universities, and Scott said it reflects MU’s strong relationship with universities in Brazil. MU has relationships with universities not only in Brazil, but around the world as well. “Engineering, for instance, has several agreements that students who had two years in China could come here to finish their degrees,” Scott said. “A lot of colleges have things like this. That builds the ties between the universities and draws in a lot of students.” Numbers will likely continue to climb in coming years, partially because of the Admissions Office’s addition of an international recruiter. John Wilkerson has held the position since its creation at the beginning of the fall semester. “Good recruiting practice involves smart, managed growth,” Wilkerson said in an email. “The research focus and strong reputation of the university have made

Mizzou a very attractive destination for international students, and that’s been the primary means of recruitment in the past. This position will take the next step in recruiting international students from parts of the world where we haven’t traditionally received a great number of students.” Wilkerson said MU is recruiting in Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.


Missouri sophomore point guard Phil Pressey goes up for a dunk in a game against Navy earlier this season at Mizzou Arena. No. 5 Missouri enters the game against No. 3 Baylor tied with the Bears for second place in the Big 12 Conference.

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China has increased from 350 to 900. “I think, for the most part, the growth is from families in China,” he said. “Most of those students are funded by their family or self-funded. The economic growth in China is such that more and more people are in the middle class, so they can afford to send their children to the U.S. to study.” Ten years ago, 1,400 international students were at MU. Scott said this number has steadily grown since, and he accredits the growth to many different factors. “First of all, the number of people in the age group of traditional students is really growing,” he said. “There is an explosion of young people around the world, and there just isn’t enough space in their home countries’ universities.” In addition to this, Scott said many of MU’s colleges have become more international. He said the faculty has become increasingly more international, which in turn attracts more international students. MU received its first batch of


STUDENT ENROLLMENT The international student population from China has increased from 350 to 900 since 2006. Ten years ago Currently MU had

1,400 international students


international students are enrolled at MU, including about 450 undergraduate students


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Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative member Nic Smith works on the roof of a home at the Columbia Habitat for Humanity site during the organization’s Winter Service Challenge. Participants in the challenge logged more than 300 hours of community service.

Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative gives back KATIE YAEGER Associate Editor Between spending time with family and friends, members of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative embraced the generosity of the holiday season by giving back to their communities. The organization’s annual Winter Service Challenge encourages students to complete at least five hours of service during the four-week break in their home communities. This year, MBMI focused on bringing family and friends to volunteer by publicizing the events on Facebook and other websites. MBMI coordinator Marcus Mayes said though the majority of last year’s participants were MBMI members, about half of participants at each of this year’s events were non-members. Together, the participants logged more than 300 hours of community service. Volunteers completed individual service projects across the country, but those in cities such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia collaborated on group projects. MBMI sergeant-at-arms Zachary McGowan and three others served Christmas dinner to more than 350 homeless and financially needy community members at Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious Restaurant in Kansas City. Volunteers helped guests feel comfortable by not only making sure each person had enough to eat, but also engaging in conversation with them. “As students, we got a lot of questions about MU and the SEC, so we just chatted with them and had a really nice time,” McGowan said. In St. Louis, 16 people sorted diapers and packaged food items for underprivileged families at Operation Food Search, a food bank. Eight others painted walls and installed wooden floors in a house through the Solomon Project, an organization created by the North Grand Neighborhood Services that renovates houses to sell to lowincome residents. MBMI member Jake Mitchell said working with the Solomon Project is personal for some members from St. Louis. “The houses we build in that area are similar to (ones in) neighborhoods and areas where some of our brothers come from, so it’s like giving back to the area where you come

from,” Mitchell said. “It feels really good to do it.” Students from Columbia worked multiple times at Marine Parents, a support system for serving Marines. They sorted through donated items and thank-you notes and helped prepare for Care Package Project Pack Day, an event that sends care packages overseas. “You get the opportunity to help impact lives overseas with care packages with lovely items that may not be accessible where they’re stationed,” Mayes said. “You often have opportunities to interact with Marine parents. It’s always good to connect.” Sixteen students volunteered Jan. 14 at Columbia’s Habitat for Humanity, where they assisted with the construction of one house and put finishing touches on another. Mayes said this year marked the first MBMI has been involved with Habitat for Humanity. “We’ve done things to help renovate, but you hear so much about Habitat,” Mayes said. “It makes you want to get involved.” MBMI concluded the break’s service by preparing and serving food Monday at the St. Luke United Methodist Church’s Poor Man’s Breakfast. The organization has volunteered there for three years. “It’s something really special,” Mayes said. “One, to see community members coming together for a cause and celebrate MLK, but also to see the students help out. Students are able to (have) fellowship and talk with community members and develop relationships.” Mayes said he is excited about the positive feedback he has received about this year’s Winter Service Challenge and is looking forward to expanding next year’s event. “We’re going to try to reach out to other programs to expand, to get as many people involved and give back to the community as possible,” Mayes said. MBMI will participate in other service activities around Columbia this semester. As an organization promoting leadership and personal development, MBMI encourages its members to be leaders in the community by serving it. “(Volunteering) can transfer skills, abilities, thoughts, ideas, whatever you’re able to grow from,” Mayes said. “It’s a beautiful thing, giving back.”

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OU focuses marketing campaign on diversity OHIO UNIVERSITY - A Facebook “like” is the first step for Ohio University admittance for many students, but in the future, OU officials hope to see more diverse students clicking. OU’s marketing team — Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management, and University Communications and Marketing — is responsible for responding to students, bringing them to campus and convincing them to stay. The team works to target diverse students, but compared to other state universities, OU is one of the least racially diverse. “If we had unlimited time and an unlimited budget, our numbers might be different,” OU’s director of Undergraduate Admissions Candace Boeninger said. “We’ve had moderate success with the resources and time that we’ve had to work with.” OU’s Multicultural Center hosts visiting programs for incoming freshmen to encourage ethnic diversity and markets to high schools in urban and suburban areas, Boeninger said. The university also runs an advertisement in Winds of Change, a quarterly magazine published “with a single-minded focus on career and education advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples,” according to its website. The majority of the marketing team’s media is distributed throughout Ohio, in places deemed by an outside company as potentially beneficial to reach students. However, Morris said one way to improve campus diversity could be to attract more students from across state lines. -The Post By Sara Jerde

Saving Face: OU buying .xxx domain names UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA - In an effort to protect its online reputation and trademarks, OU administrators have begun to purchase .xxx domain names that would otherwise be open to companies and individuals involved in the adult entertainment industry. These new domain names became available in March, after the not-for-profit corporation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers authorized their sale solely by a Florida-based company named ICM Registry. Since that time, departments on all three OU campuses have purchased .xxx domain names, including,, and “domain names registered with select coaches’ names,” university spokesman Michael Nash said in an email. “We’ve taken steps to protect our trademarks by registering select domain names so they are not used inappropriately by third parties,” Nash said. The university paid between $179 and $300 to secure each domain name for a 10-year period because of the legal fees incurred while clarifying existence of the university’s trademark, ICM Registry spokeswoman Jocelyn Johnson said. -The Oklahoma Daily By Sean Lawson — Compiled by Caroline Bauman, staff writer


ABOVE: Jeong Im

The MU Police Department shouldered perhaps its biggest mystery when MU microbiologist Jeong Im was murdered on campus in 2005. Seven years later, Im’s family and MUPD are still left scratching their heads and looking for closure. “It’s something that’s on the mind of investigators every time they come to work,” MUPD Capt. Brian Weimer said. “The case information is up on their wall to remind them of it.” Im, a microbiologist in MU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was stabbed in Maryland Avenue Parking Garage in 2005, and the suspect then placed his body in a car and lit it on fire. Earlier this month, MUPD sent that information to the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center to help solve the 7-year-old homicide. MOCIC is one of six Regional Information Sharing System centers spread throughout the Midwest to help solve crimes. The Springfield-based center will be doing nothing more than providing another review of the case, Weimer said. After the center reviews the case report, it might be able to suggest a new route for MUPD to take the investigation. “They will be reviewing the case reports to give us other potential angles that we maybe hadn’t considered before,” Weimer said. “This has absolutely been done before.” On Jan. 7, 2005, an unidentified

individual contacted MUPD via the garage’s emergency phone to report the fire. These phones are a major factor in the university’s efforts to keep parking garages safe, Weimer said. Since Im’s murder, MUPD has installed surveillance cameras in all garages to enhance safety efforts. Weimer named several methods students and staff can exercise to ensure their safety when in a parking garage. First and foremost, he said, it is important to travel in pairs. If walking unaccompanied, he said be sure to stay attentive. “You always want to make sure you’re not distracted when walking to your vehicle,” Weimer said. “You don’t want to have headphones on listening to music or reading something. Keep your keys in your hand with the key ready to get into the vehicle so you’re not unnecessarily delayed.” Police continue to offer a $25,000 reward for any information that results in an arrest, and Weimer encourages anyone with information to come forward. Information can be given in confidence through CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-8477 or to MUPD at (573) 882-7203. “We want to solve all cases very badly, and clearly this is a homicide, so it’s a major one,” Weimer said. “It’s something that we think about all the time.” — Jimmy Hibsch, senior staff writer

ABOVE: Composite sketch RIGHT: MUPD releases photo of knife involved in the homicide.

New technology steps up policing Sean na Staff Writer Police departments around the country have been testing out new police programs to make law enforcement more efficient. In July, Southern California’s Santa Cruz Police Department introduced a program that analyzes past crime data and is able to predict where and when the city is at highest risk for future crimes, according to a Santa Cruz Police Department news release. “Based on models for predicting aftershocks from earthquakes, it generates projections about which areas and windows of time are at highest risk for future crimes by analyzing and detecting patterns in years of past crime data,” according to a New York Times article. “The projections are re-calibrated daily, as new crimes occur and updated data is fed into the program.” Police departments across the nation have adopted CompStat, a program in which officers regularly meet to analyze data where crimes have been reported. The Columbia Police Department

has been running its own form of geographic policing since 2009, allocating the police forces to defined geographic areas. “CPD’s geographic policing program is intended to balance allocation of police service and to reduce crime and substance abuse throughout the city as well as to build a system of an accountability with citizens,” CPD Chief Ken Burton said in a news release. Still, other college towns in Missouri, such as Kirksville, home of Truman State University, have maintained a more old-fashioned form of policing. Geographic policing divides the city into nine areas of service, and the allocation is decided based on the number of calls that occur in a specific area. “CPD identifies problem locations and responds by starting long term or short term Problem Oriented Policing projects in the specified problem area,” CPD Lieutenant Chris Kelley said. “We evaluate the P.O.P. projects and if we are not seeing a percent change, we re-tool and go at the problem in another way.”

There is no statistical way to prove that geographic policing is effective in diminishing crime rates, but Kelley said the program has proven useful. “The geographic model and P.O.P. does enhance the quality of customer service to the citizens, and it helps to foster relationships with citizens as we work with community stakeholders to solve problems in different locations of the city,” Kelley said. In a college town like Columbia where 30,000 students move in and out for winter and summer breaks, the police department still operates on a consistent schedule. The allocation of officers is not affected by the inflow and outflow of college students as allocation is solely based on number of calls rather than population. In addition, students generally do not have a major impact on city crime rates, said CPD Capt. Brad Nelson in an email. “The primary problems created by the 30,000+ students are generally traffic related, not calls that use a lot of our resources,” the email stated.




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MU students react to Internet blackout day Sites such as Wikipedia, Google and Twitter are all protesting anti-piracy bills. ANDREW GIBSON Reporter Amanda Macias was one of several MU students who learned the hard way Wednesday that Wikipedia, Craigslist and thousands of other websites had gone dark for the day to protest federal anti-piracy legislation. When MU School of Journalism associate professor Sandy Davidson asked her communications law class to search for the breed of her new dog on Wikipedia, Macias and her classmates ran into a black curtain. The entry on her computer screen was blocked. Macias was one of millions of web surfers whose browsing was temporarily stymied by the encyclopedia’s 24-hour show of solidarity against the Stop Online Piracy Act. Internet giants Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook have all allied against SOPA, which is currently pending in the United States House of Representatives, warning it could lead to online censorship. They are also protesting the Protect Intellectual Property Act, a similar bill in the Senate. SOPA would grant the attor-

ney general power to issue court orders mandating Internet providers to block foreign websites selling pirated goods or services. The attorney general could also order search engines, advertisers and payment processors to cut all ties with offending sites. According to CNN Money, SOPA targets foreign websites that dodge current copyright laws established in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Under this, content creators can submit “takedown notices” to websites, then forward them to users who posted the infringing content. “That user has the right to file a counter-motion demonstrating that the content doesn’t infringe on any copyrights,” CNN Money writer Julianne Pepitone said in the article. “SOPA tackles that by moving up the chain,” Pepitone said. “If you can’t force overseas sites to take down copyrighted work, you can at least stop U.S. companies from providing their services to those sites. You can also make it harder for U.S. Internet users to find and access the sites.” Going one step further, SOPA would put the legal power of the website into the hands of the government. With SOPA, the government would be able to issue a court order to remove copyrighted material. If the website didn’t comply, the government could block the website. Supporters of the bill, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America,

say foreigners profiting from copyright-infringing goods are stealing jobs from Americans. But opponents worry websites that allow user-created content could face shutdowns if users link to pirated products. This could have a chilling effect if websites are required to scrutinize what people post, opponents said. Many of the websites, including Wikipedia, announced in advance they were pulling the plug. But the move still reverberated across the digital sphere. “It really hasn’t gotten much attention until the websites started getting politically active,” sophomore Evan Schroeder said. David Cawthon, a secondyear journalism graduate student, said he added his name to an anti-SOPA petition that several of his friends shared on Facebook.

“Passing these laws would definitely be a detriment to online freedom of expression,” Cawthon said. The blackout seemed to have had an effect on lawmakers. The Wikimedia Foundation reported more than 8 million Americans found their Congressional representatives through Wikipedia during its blackout. According to ProPublica, at least six co-sponsors renounced their support Wednesday for either SOPA or PIPA, including Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who removed his name as a PIPA co-sponsor. Davidson, also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Law, said it’s difficult to predict how the attorney general might interpret the bills if they pass. But the government does need to address copyright infringement, she said. “It’s somehow coming up

projects, McNeil said. “The problem is the $30,000 in the statute was just not enough for the researchers to develop their project to the point where they can expand it,” she said. McNeil also said by receiving grant money, researchers have been able to leverage additional grant money on the federal level. Raising the current grant will allow faculty and students in Missouri to begin researching some aspect of Alzheimer’s disease so, depending on their progress, they will be able to apply to get more funding to continue their research. “For every dollar of grant money the Board of Curators is able to give out, the average amount of additional grant money they’re able to get is $10,” she said. “It’s quite important to have this initial feed money here in Missouri.” Bill co-sponsor Rep. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, said this money could also benefit college students who could work under the guidance of a professor, understand how research is done and learn how to think critically. “Breakthrough drugs are found on universities all the time, so it’s good to get a new set of eyes in

there,” he said. McNeil said her motivation to sponsor the bill came from personal experience with a family member who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and passed away at age 60. She said Alzheimer’s research is going to be particularly necessary given the demographics of the younger generation. “There are going to be more and more seniors that sadly will be developing Alzheimer’s because of percentage increases,” she said. Wallingford has worked in support of the passing of this bill because of his experiences with close friends diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The predicted threefold increase in the percentage of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by 2050 concerns him. “It’s very tragic and that’s why we need to make a bold statement to get this out in the public,” he said. McNeil said if the bill does pass, it would be enacted Aug. 28. “This is getting ahead of the curve by doing research that will be of aid and help us to better service those individuals that get Alzheimer’s so the progression of the disease can be slowed down,” McNeil said.

A Columbia man was arrested Wednesday after breaking into the Boone County Fairgrounds Coliseum and attempting to burglarize the MFA Incorporated Trade Show. An off-duty deputy providing overnight security heard suspicious noises coming from an exterior door around 2:35 a.m. No source was initially located, according to a news release. The deputy apprehended Steven Babcock Jr. inside the dimly lit building about an hour later. He was clothed in camouflage from head to toe and had a pair of metal shears in his possession. Babcock’s vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of a nearby building, according to a news release. “He illegally entered the building,” Boone County Sheriff ’s Department Deputy Tom O’Sullivan said. “The reasonable person would conclude that stealing was his intent. There was a trade show going on. There were quite a number of items of value in the building worth hundreds or thousands


Wikipedia blacked out its English website Wednesday. It was one of several websites protesting the antipiracy bills Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act.


In protest of a new internet censorship laws in Congress, many popular websites blacked out Jan. 18.




with a solution that will leave, you know, the lines of communication free that won’t be too onerous on online service providers,” she said. “Yet, it needs to protect the valid copyright rights that, right now, clearly are being ignored.”

Bill could help Curators One apprehended allocate more grants in Coliseum theft Both of the bill’s sponsors said it could give more money for medical research. AMANDA SVOBODA Staff Writer A new bill proposed by Rep. Margo McNeil, D-St. Louis, could potentially raise the maximum annual grant allowance for Alzheimer’s disease research funding by the UM Board of Curators per year from $30,000 to $50,000, according to the bill. McNeil said after speaking to members of the Alzheimer’s Association, she discovered $30,000 is not an adequate grant for researchers to do the necessary research to potentially find a cure for the disease. “There’s a large number of people affected by the disease either themselves or because one of their loved ones is afflicted,” she said. House Bill 1216 would repeal and revise the current amount of money the Board of Curators is allowed to make available on an annual basis for different research

of dollars.” The building contained valuable merchandise, personal property, tools and farm equipment. Babcock was charged with burglary and possession of burglar’s tools. His bond has not yet been set. No suspects have been arrested in a second, unrelated theft. An investigation of a stolen cigarette boat and trailer reported Jan. 14 in the 8300 block of Interstate 70 Drive Southeast is also still underway. The red, white and gray 1985 Chris Craft Stinger 312, named “Guilty as Sin,” was last seen on a white triple axle trailer, according to a news release. The items, valued at $26,000, might have been stolen by a suspect driving an early 1990s white Chevrolet dual-rear-wheel pickup truck with a black steel flatbed, according to a news release. No arrests have been made for that theft. — Lizzie Johnson, staff writer



Columbia resident turns himself in following shootings No one was injured in the shooting on Monday night.

at her. After returning to his driveway, he fired two shots in the air. No one was injured in the shooting. Jones then left in his vehicle. Officers found the vehicle later in a parking lot just south of 2001 Newton Drive with the gun that was believed to be used in the shooting. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jones turned himself in. He was ar re ste d on suspicion of firstdegree assault and armed criminal action. “I think he found out that we were looking for him, so he thought it was best to come in,” Stroer said.

A Columbia man turned himself in to the Columbia Police Department following shootings Monday night. A parking dispute in the driveway of 805 N. Garth Ave. began between the suspect, Edward C. Jones, and a female victim, according to a news release. C P D spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said it was Jones’ driveway. The female victim exited her vehicle and walked away from the scene toward Garth and Fourth avenues. According to the news release, Jones Edward C. Jones followed the victim, pulled a gun and fired one shot

-Dani Kass senior staff writer

Residential Life, CPD share fire safety tips Residential Life does safety inspections to prevent fires in residence halls. The United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association recently reported that winter is the season in which the most house fires occur, according to a link on the Columbia Fire Department’s website. Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said though fires are not common in residence halls, the preventative measures in place by the Department of Residential Life contribute to the safety of students. “Safety is our utmost priority and concern for students,” Minor said. Residential Life works closely with the CFD and was a primary sponsor of Fire Factor, the controlled burn of a simulated student room on Speakers Circle. Other precautions Residential Life takes include limitations on certain

appliances, fire drills, regular safety inspections and the banning of candles. “If you burn a candle, there’s a good chance you’ll get removed from the residence halls,” Minor said. “That’s a pretty standard policy because we don’t allow anything with an open flame.” MU has not allowed candles in residence halls since they started two fires more than 10 years ago, Minor said. “Candles are one of the biggest fire hazards nationally that we see,” CFD assistant fire marshal Shawn McCollom said He said other potential hazards are space heaters, large microwaves and overloaded outlets. Minor said Residential Life looks for certain things during regular safety inspections. “One of the things we’re looking for is overloaded circuits with too may things plugged in,” Minor said. “Occasionally, sometimes students will inadvertently create dangerous situations.” Minor said residence halls run emergency drills each

semester at a convenient time for students. He said students should take these fire drills seriously and assume a real fire is occurring, so they know how to evacuate in an emergency situation. “We’re not going to run a fire drill at 3 o’clock in the morning or when it’s 10 degrees outside,” Minor said. “We’re going to do these at more reasonable times.” Minor said the easiest thing students can do is follow the guidelines, rules and policies because they are set up to protect them from a variety of situations. “We ask students to follow those because it’s intended for their safety and the safety of their fellow residents,” Minor said. “That’s one of the things we try to emphasize. It’s not just about you, it’s about the people around you and your sense of duty and responsibility to them.” - Amanda Svoboda staff writer


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Electronic recycling stresses importance of proper recycling When many MU students were busy driving down I-70 to come back to MU on Jan. 14, Columbia held an electronic waste recycling program sponsored by the Mid-MO Recycling Center, the city and Home Depot. Most electronic items were accepted for no charge, including CPU’s, printers, keyboards, laptops, cables and cell phones. Some items, such as monitors, portable televisions, console televisions and microwaves were accepted for a fee anywhere between $5 to $25, according to a news release. Refrigerators and other hazardous materials were not able to be recycled. This event started two years ago and since has been held three or four times per year when the recycling center has a truck available. Public Works Department spokeswoman Jill Stedem said it is intended not only to keep electronic items out of the landfill and let them be reused by others to save landfill space, but also to provide an easy way for citizens to recycle electronic items. Last Saturday’s electronic recycling program brought in the most recyclables yet this year. Stedem said about 70 percent of the items currently in the landfill could have been recycled. “We have collected about 46,694 pounds of electronic items,” said Layli Terrill, Solid Waste Division waste minimization supervisor. Stedem said the timing of the event had nothing to do with the college schedule, and students are also encouraged to recycle their old electronic items. “Boone County has a population



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Columbia’s Best Buy location features an electronic recycling bin. the city has co-sponsored electronic recycling events for the past few years.

of close to 200,000 people, many of whom are concerned about the environment, proper disposal and proper recycling,” she said. “The event is open to everyone, not just Columbia

residents.” Freshman Nicole Groves said the reason she thinks not many MU students participated is because some items cannot be recycled.

“Most of the time, I just take things home to my parents when they break or I do not use them anymore,” Groves said. “At the same time, I think a lot of students would not participate

either because nobody wants to drag extra stuff back to the dorms or apartments when they don’t have to.” — Sean Na, staff writer



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Cut to funding is necessary sacrifice

Gov. Jay Nixon made some very difficult choices when he proposed a 12.5 percent cut in funding for higher education. In our present economic state, the ability to make difficult choices is a necessity. Obviously, as college students, the phrase “cuts to higher education” make us cringe, and a possible tuition increase to make up for those gaps in funding isn’t exactly music to our ears. Yet with the current economic conditions, being able to tighten your belt is a valuable skill and one our university should continue to improve on with the proposed budget cuts. We understand the university might raise tuition to help offset the funding gap, but this is a good opportunity for school entities to cut back in other areas, like decreasing student fees for extra-curricular programs or events that place too much emphasis on being extras. A Jason Derulo concert isn’t an inherent component to a quality higher education. However, what is vital to the continuation and success of higher education in Missouri is affordability. Although a tuition increase will affect the price of attending MU, our university is pretty affordable as it is. This is especially true for in-state students since Nixon has kept the funding for the Access Missouri scholarship program, which rewards scholarships such as the Bright Flight award, intact. Last year the program was funded from a one-time appropriation of $30 million from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, an independent organization. The one-time loan left the possibility open that the scholarship program wouldn’t be funded this year, but Nixon ensured the important program would continue. These scholarships will be given to students who truly deserve higher education anyway, which is more important than ensuring everyone can go to college, when college isn’t for everyone. Additionally, Nixon is conscientious about K-12 education, which provides a foundation for higher education to succeed. The proposed budget provides a $5 million net increase in aid, according to the St. Louis PostDispatch. Students won’t make it to college if they don’t learn the skills necessary beforehand. Nixon is working to keep a balanced budget without raising taxes or government debt in a time where other states are struggling to do so. The cuts to funding are a source of pain, but are also an opportunity for our university to create a leaner, more efficient way of operating.

Anti-SOPA protestors rally when convenient Within the past two days, virtually any United States resident with Internet access has heard about the controversial legislation Stop Online Piracy Act or the Protect IP Act thanks to Wikipedia and Google. Everyone heard about the issue, but it’s not at all clear whether anyone really learned about it. SOPA and its Senate counterpart PIPA are legislative acts aimed at eliminating internet piracy. The bills, however, include language that may be too broad to have the intended effect, and critics of the bills say the acts will limit free speech on the Internet while entire websites could incur punishment for one small unintentional copyright infringement. Scrolling through any Facebook or Twitter feed, one would think the majority of Internet users are passionate defenders of public freedoms, actively staying informed on important political issues affecting the nation. If this were the case, we would have seen our Facebook friends sharing the link to the petition against SOPA a long time ago: it was introduced in the House of Representatives on Oct. 26 of last year. It’s easy for our generation to get riled up when people can’t access their beloved Reddit content, Tumblr blog or Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, it seems as if it’s difficult for our generation to act when other possibly controversial legislation, like the National Defense Authorization Act clause that allows for indefinite detention of anyone suspected of terrorist affiliations or acts without trial, are in motion. Let’s say this first — the possible limitation of freedom of speech is not something any U.S. citizen should ever support. Ever. We’re glad people have unified to protect their rights. With that said, it’s preferable these kind of decisions are made after careful time-invested education on a topic as complex as internet piracy and copyright, not after five minutes of scrolling through a Facebook feed and clicking the “Like” or “Share” button because, well, everyone else is doing it. This is especially true because there’s a lot of irony in reacting so vehemently against bill that was brought about because of something most (all) of us have done: pirating. Piracy is not a black-and-white issue, and we don’t want to brush a wide stroke by saying piracy is bad and no one should do it. But pausing to think before clicking “download” might be good once in a while. It’s hypocritical to complain about the government taking away our right to download copyrighted content when we’re taking away an artist’s right to make a living. Fortunately, President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill. But other issues also need more attention than a retweet: issues that need a call to your local representative or a live protest. Let’s just hope that next time we’re not so concerned with our Tumblr blog that Wikipedia has to take the lead.


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Steve Refuses a Favor Robert Langellier My stories with Steve are ones of trial, aggravation and simple social bafflement. Here is the first of my encounters. MEANDERING STEVE: (Walks casually up to the door behind me.) ROBERT: Hey, Steve. I see you are coming up behind me. Let me get this door for you. MEANDERING STEVE: Wow, thanks! Let me run to it to save you time! ROBERT: No, man, you really don’t have to. MEANDERING STEVE: (Runs.) ROBERT: No, seriously, man, don’t waste the energy. MEANDERING STEVE: It’s the least I can do, friend! You’re so nice! All right, Steve. Let’s talk about what you’ve just done here. I’ve just taken many aching seconds out of my day to hold this door open for you and convenience your life in a minor but really kind of uplifting way, depending on your mood. You’ve responded in what you think is reciprocated kindness. All you’ve actually done is inconvenience yourself by forcing yourself into some awkward running maneuver. Your worst quality right now is you expect me to feel gracious that you’ve caused us both to be burdened. Neither of us is better off than we were before. I’ve lost those aching seconds I was talking about, and you’ve lost crucial energy in your legs and core. Don’t you feel silly now? And let’s talk about the social repercussions. If millions of people are sitting around all the time opening doors for unappreciative Steves, those are countless hours of productivity we lose as a country. Think of the technological and social advances we’re losing because of you, Steve. Possibly flying cars and the end of racism. What if Pheidippides hadn’t the endurance to run his marathon to Sparta because he’d been wearing himself out bounding through doors all day? That’s some heavy stuff. You can see, then, the far-reaching effects of your inconsiderate nature. The close-reaching effect of it is I’m annoyed with you. Stop it. Take the kind gesture and walk into the building in peaceful repose. The thought of your rising blood pressure pains me. Metaphors. Let’s talk about metaphors. Those are easy to understand. What if I worked really hard to do all your homework for you like you asked because you were so sick? What a nice thing. Then you decided you didn’t want to plagiarize, so you went and redid all of my work anyway. No one thinks that’s a cool move, man. Maybe the university provost does. I don’t know. Or how about this, it’s like if I was a duck, and I built you an airplane, and you were so grateful that you refused to accept my gift. What am I going to do with an airplane, Steve? I can already fly. Your running is also the least impressive thing I’ve seen today. It’s not really even running — more of a hopping walk, some kind of prance. You kind of look like you’re dancing. You’re not even moving any faster than before, I can plainly see. You are fooling no one. You are making me look like a fool, though. I can feel the sneers of passersby laughing at those two inept buffoons and their embarrassing inefficiency. It shatters me, and it’s all because of you. I was having a good day before you ran into it. Walk through the next door and we will salvage this precious dignity of ours. Do that jogging thing again, and there will be no future for the doorway aspect of our relationship. I mean it.


The Charade of Regulating Campaign Finance A.J. Feather

One of the biggest charades in politics today is the regulation of campaign contributions, which some in government believe can decrease the impact and flow of money in the electoral process. These misguided attempts to reduce the impact of money on the political process began in the late 1960s. The first successful attempt occurred in 1972 when Congress passed the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), limiting donations to a specific campaign otherwise known as “hard money” donations. In 2002, Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), which placed a restriction on contributions to a political party, otherwise known as “soft money” donations. Both of these laws went into effect, but neither law did very much to slow the flow of money into politics. The problem with campaign finance regulations is not only that they do not work, but also that they attempt to restrict free speech, which is one of America’s most sacred values. Sure, proponents of these regulations can claim that limiting the influence of corporations and the wealthy will reduce corruption, but that simply does not pass the laugh test. However, by restricting political speech to a certain amount of money, you are restricting a person’s right to do as they wish with their own property. What’s next? Will the

government restrict the number of hours that you can volunteer for a candidate? They might as well. There is no difference in principle between volunteering and monetary contributions. Consider this — it is legal for an individual to volunteer an entire summer for a candidate. However, under current law, if the same person used the same summer to do the same amount of work for a grocery store and then tried to donate his salary to the candidate, he could only donate $2,500 per election cycle. Why that makes sense to our politicians and judges, I have no idea. Thanks to constitutional challenges and the court cases that upheld them, parts of both FECA and BCRA were overturned. Campaign donations continue to be regulated, but they certainly have not stopped flowing, nor should they. The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling of 2010 is probably the most important of the rulings. Citizens United overturned several key pieces of the BCRA, which restricted expenditures on political speech by corporations, non-profits and unions. According to a New York Times article, in a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned these provisions by stating they may blur the line between media corporations and other corporations, which may suppress political speech within newspapers, television, blogs and other formats. This means that as long as the money is spent on independent expenditures, rather than by or

through a campaign, the government cannot regulate the spending of unions and corporations. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “By definition, an independent expenditure is political speech presented to the electorate that is not coordinated with a candidate.” This ruling ignited a blaze of outrage from individuals in the opposition, including Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote an ardent 90-page dissent, according to a New York Times article. Soon after Citizens United, the D.C. Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals ruled on v. FEC, in which the court established that contributions to groups which only make independent expenditures could not be limited, according to CBS News. These rulings sparked the creation of a new type of political action committee (PAC), a Super PAC. Super PACs are unlike PACs because they can receive and spend unlimited amounts of money. However, they are not allowed to coordinate with any candidate or candidate’s committee. It’s another workaround! Who would have guessed? This workaround was so ridiculous that even comedian Stephen Colbert started his own Super PAC, which, according to its website, is “Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” Colbert’s PAC is currently accepting unlimited amounts of money and running ads in South Carolina urging voters to vote for “Not Mitt Romney” and Herman Cain.


Dear 2012, You’ve Been Warned Sean Nahlik As the campus issues columnist, it’s my job to interpret current events relevant to the MU community and offer my semi-informed opinion, throwing in my own solutions to problems when applicable. The new year provides a fresh start, but also opens the door for new and creative ways for things to go awry. There are many opportunities for making mistakes, and I outline those below. Consider this a preventative measure. But even more, consider this a warning to all: I don’t want to have to write a column about you. Regarding the new MSA President: Xavier Billingsley, the latest commander-in-chief of the Missouri Students Association, the undergraduate government that is purportedly “committed to representing the interests and advocating for issues facing the student body,” is the student with the most power at MU. As most superhero movies tell us, with great power comes the great probability of fucking it up. I’m not suggesting I think Xavier will sink MSA like the Titanic, I’m just entertaining the idea so I have

prepared material if disaster strikes. My greatest advice for Xavier is to avoid the all-too-common political gaffe. The last president, Eric Woods, was a rather reserved guy and avoided being cornered like a cautious gazelle, but look back two years ago when the MSA President Tim Noce embarrassed us all by rambling about his dream of acquiring a live tiger for MU. This blew up, was even mentioned on ESPN and is now best forgotten about. I’d rather not have to write an entire column about an earnest, yet idiotic MSA President. It’s been done. Regarding campus administration: In 2011, we were horrified respected leaders in athletics could disappoint us so much. Penn State’s Joe Paterno and our own Gary Pinkel both did their part to fail as role models due to dubious behavior. I hope it’s obvious I’m not comparing knowledge of underage sexual abuse to a DUI, but both represent that awkward moment when the curtain is drawn back and we realize the Wizard of Oz is a twit. If Brady Deaton gets toasted and wrecks his car on the quad, my job will be too easy. This goes to professors, deans and curators too. We’re watching you. Regarding public racist incidents: For the last two years, we have gained national attention for racially charged displays in prominent campus locale.

These symbolic and overt attacks aimed at African American members of the MU community have illuminated the enormous racial divide that exists at this university and in the country as a whole. Why is this an issue, other than the fact it should be obvious by now that it’s an atrocious subset of fuckery to perpetuate racism? Let’s think about it: in fall 2011, white enrollment at MU was at 78.6 percent, and African American at 6.7 percent. I focus on this dichotomy alone due to the nature of race relations in the U.S. and because whites and African Americans represent the two highest race/ethnic groups at MU. The drastic population difference, compounded with public attacks and an awkward history of MU (see: Lloyd Gaines’ story), highlights a serious social issue. As the numbers I mentioned earlier show, MU doesn’t need help driving racial divides. If you or a friend are so inclined to do something to assert your majority privilege, to attempt to be funny, to make a name for yourself, or whatever twisted logic you have developed, listen up. Stay home, stay offline and play The Sims or something. The only place where your sense of social order is acceptable is... oh wait, that place doesn’t exist and it certainly isn’t MU. Happy 2012.

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Alex Smith

Don’t get too excited, Tiger basketball fans

In case you haven’t noticed, the Missouri men’s basketball team is playing great right now. Not just kind of great. We’re talking possibly the greatest team to ever trot the floor in Columbia. Right now, these Tigers might even have enough pieces in place to make a run at immortality. The key phrase is right now. Currently, the team’s record stands at 17-1, the best start for the Tigers since the 1981-1982 season. Forward Ricardo Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage, point guard Phil Pressey leads the conference in assists and steals and guard Marcus Denmon is a frontrunner for Big 12 Conference player of the year award . The accolades go on and on when you take a good look at first-year coach Frank Haith’s roster, but the problem spots lurk below the surface. This Missouri team lacks any kind of depth whatsoever, with only seven players seeing minutes in a typical game. When February and March roll around, the odds of staying completely healthy while maintaining enough energy to make a run in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments are very low, given the current state of the depth chart. Height is also a major concern. 6-foot-8inch Ratliffe and 6-foot-9-inch senior post Steve Moore are very average in terms of vertical abundance, and the next tallest player — benchwarmers excluded — is 6-foot-6-inch guard Kim English. Needless to say, the Tigers will have a bit of trouble when either of their two big guys gets into foul trouble or goes down with even a minor injury. A team with a great post presence (squads in Lawrence, Kans., and Waco, Texas, come to mind) will most likely dominate in the paint, forcing matchup issues that could doom Missouri. In fact, Kansas State already exposed the Tigers with a deeper and taller roster, outrebounding them 42-28 in a 75-59 win a couple weeks ago. The Wildcats don’t even come close to being the best team in a talented Big 12. We’ll get a chance to see what these Tigers are made of when they visit No. 3 Baylor, whose roster boasts three post players over 6 feet 10 inches, Saturday night. Archrival Kansas looks like the favorite to win the conference this year, which doesn’t come as a surprise: the Jayhawks have won either the regular season or postseason Big 12 championship every year since 2001. The Tigers will face the No. 7 Jayhawks twice in the next two months, and they still have a rematch against Kansas State. To put it simply, the Tigers have an unbelievably tough run coming up, seeing as they’ve only played one team currently ranked in the Top 25 (Illinois). The Tigers have not won a regular season conference championship since 1993-1994, when the Big 12 was only the Big Eight. The team’s Elite Eight appearance in 2009 was only its third since 1976. In fact, the Tigers are the winningest team in the history of college basketball to have not made an appearance in the Final Four. It takes more than talent and a strong start to cement a team’s place in history and achieve something that has not been done in 95 years of basketball in Columbia. Don’t expect anything to change this March.



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The MU Tiger tag team CONNOR CASEY Staff Writer When the lights go out, the searchlights flash and AC/DC’s Back in Black starts blaring from the speakers above the scoreboard, every fan in Mizzou Arena knows what’s coming next: Missouri women’s basketball is in the building. The Tigers are ready for action. Leading the charge for every game is none other than the explosive combination of senior forwards Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. After the departure of 12-year coach Cindy Stein in 2010, Robin Pingeton took over, and though her first season wasn’t perfect (12-15 in 2010-11), there were signs the program was successfully rebuilding its foundation. Midway through this season, the Tigers are at 10-6, and their early-season success can be traced back to Flores and Brock. Dominating the stats It’s nearly impossible to look at the Tigers’ statistics for this season and not see both Flores and Brock at the top of the board. Of the 16 games this season, Brock and Flores have been the leaders in scoring and rebounding in all but two. They have a combined 563 points, both averaging more than 15 points per game. “I know that they understand that they need to be consistent for a chance for us to be in games,” Pingeton said. “They have really done a tremendous job for us and with that. They have come a long way.” Brock is currently leading the team in rebounds, field goal percentage and field goals made, and Flores leads in points, steals and blocked shots. The two combine for six combined double-double games (including Flores’ triple-double against Eastern Illinois) and eleven 20-point games. Both players rank in the top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in nine different categories. Nationally, Flores is No. 6 in blocks and No. 26 in scoring and Brock ranks No. 20 in blocks and No. 31 in field goal percentage. “When you have two post players that can consistently play well and play together, it opens up three-point shots for one of the best threepoint shooters in the nation (teammate Morgan Eye),” Flores said. “We need three-point shots, and when we can play consistently inside, it is going to open up those shots.” In short, these two seniors have been as successful on the court as they have been leading their teammates off it. That leadership was on full display when the Tigers hosted Eastern Illinois back in early December. The Tigers trailed the Panthers for 36 of the 40 minutes of play, at one point by as many as 15 points. But Flores was able to rally the team and score the team’s final 8 points (25 points in total, along with 14 rebounds and 10 blocks) as the Tigers pulled off a 56-54 win. The duo’s dominance shined during winter break when the Evansville Purple Aces came to Columbia. Thanks to 50 combined points along with leading the team in rebounds, steals and blocks, Flores and Brock led the Tigers to a 74-51 victory.


Missouri senior forward BreAnna Brock goes up for a rebound against Northwestern in a game earlier this season at Mizzou Arena. Brock has embraced a leadership role for the Tigers this season as one of two starting seniors.


Missouri senior forward Christine Flores moves into position against Eastern Illinois in a game earlier this season at Mizzou Arena. Flores earned her first career triple-double against the Panthers.

High school history The history between Flores and Brock can be traced back to their high school days in Texas. The two faced off in the 2007 Texas 5A Regional Championship, with Flores at Winston Churchill High School and Brock at Wagner High School. Flores ended up the victorious one, not knowing she had just beaten someone who would be her teammate five years later. When the two both enrolled at MU two years later, neither was very welcoming to the other because of the high school rivalry. “Coach P. worked on our relationship since we got here,” Flores said. “It’s done nothing but help us out, she has worked so hard and deserves all the credit. (It’s) gotten a lot better over the years. It’s only getting better. (It) helps out to have that chemistry of knowing each other’s moves. Its easier to play with each other. I would consider her one of my close friends.” Brock said she views the relationship the same way. “We just knew each other as opponents back then,” Brock said. “Now we’re teammates.” Pingeton has encouraged both to work together on the court. “I think they both just have toughness to them and their relationship has continued to grow,” Pingeton said. “I think they respect each other. You know they both bring something completely different to the court for us with their skill set.” Leading the charge From the start of the season, it has been apparent that Brock and Flores would be lead-

ing the younger talent. “Just from a leadership standpoint, Christine (and I) have all worked on that and just learned that it is not going to be the seniors that are going to be the mouth,” Brock said. “Everyone is going to work together and it comes collectively that we have to say, ‘Hey, keep your head up,’ because if we let one person come down, the whole team is going to come down.” Although Brock and Flores both lead the team, their leadership styles are different. But that appears to be just what the team needs. “But I’m not just here for myself,” Flores said. “I’m here for my teammates.”

TAG TEAM Missouri senior forwards Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock have served as the team's centerpieces this season, both literally and figuratively. The two combine for better than 40 percent of the team's contributions in the areas of scoring, blocks and rebounds.

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New era,


new records

Behind a fiery first-year coach, a system change, a four-guard lineup and a re-energized senior class, the Missouri Tigers have silenced doubts while emerging as one of the nation’s elite teams.


(Left) Phil Pressey walks out of the tunnel at Scottrade Center in St. Louis in the Braggin’ Rights rivalry game against Illinois. The Tigers are 4-0 this season when playing on neutral courts. MANEATER FILE PHOTO

(Right) First-year coach Frank Haith calls a play earlier this season at Mizzou Arena. Haith came to Missouri from Miami, where his 129-101 record failed to ignite initial excitement among fans.


(Above) Missouri senior guard Matt Pressey takes a shot against Texas on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Pressey represents one of four guards in first-year coach Frank Haith’s four-guard lineup. NICK EHRHARD/PHOTO EDITOR

(Left) Missouri basketball players celebrate a 78-74 rivalry win over Illinois with the Braggin’ Rights Trophy at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The win marked the program’s third straight victory in the rivalry.


The Tigers roared into coach Frank Haith’s first season at MU, opening with a record 16-0 that signifies the program’s best start since the 1981-1982 season.


Despite a negative initial welcome from the Missouri fan base, Haith quickly proved doubters wrong by winning his first 16 games. It marks the best start for a first-year Tigers coach since Craig Ruby’s 1920 team started 17-0.


At 17-1, the Tigers are not only winning games but winning them handily. Missouri ranks fifth nationally in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 20.8 points per game.


(Above) Missouri senior forward Kim English drives the ball up the court against Texas A&M on Monday at Mizzou Arena. English’s play has improved noticeably since his switch from shooting guard to power forward in place of senior forward Laurence Bowers, who will miss the year with a torn ACL. BEN WALTON/SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

(Left) Missouri senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe attempts a shot against Texas A&M on Monday at Mizzou Arena. Ratliffe has assumed responsibility in the paint for the Tigers this season as one of only two post players in firstyear coach Frank Haith’s four-guard lineup.


(Above) Missouri junior guard Michael Dixon takes enthusiasm in his defense against Texas A&M on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Dixon has provided a boost off the bench this season as the sixth man of the Tigers. BEN WALTON/SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

(Right) Missouri senior forward Marcus Denmon dives for a loose ball against Texas on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Denmon has been the Tigers’ leader from day one this season after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring last year.

When all-Big 12 Conference senior forward Laurence Bowers went down with a season-ending ACL injury in the preseason, Haith boldly moved senior 1,000-point scorer Kim English from guard to starting forward. The move has reenergized English, as he has improved his field goal percentage from 37 percent in 2010-2011 to 52 percent this season. He also leads the Big 12 Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 51 percent.


With a transition from former coach Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes” system, the Tigers have shown immense defensive improvement under Haith. The Tigers allow just 63.1 points per game this season, down from 71.6 last season.

With the departure of former coach Mike Anderson to Arkansas, rumors swirled that the Pressey brothers, guards Matt and Phil Pressey, would depart just like their godfather. Both stayed and have started every game for the Tigers, with Phil Pressey leading the Big 12 in assists as the team’s point guard.


Senior forward Marcus Denmon has been the Tigers’ leader all season. As the Big 12’s second-leading scorer at 17.8 points per game, Denmon was named to the John R. Wooden Midseason Top 25, which lists contenders for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

Bowers’ absence forced senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe into the spotlight as the Tigers’ lone starter in the post. Ratliffe currently leads the nation in field goal percentage at 77 percent.



The view from the sideline: Bowers' ACL recovery ahead of schedule The All-Big 12 Conference forward's ACL tear has brought forth a season of recovery and reflection. Ryan Hood Senior Staff Writer On Tuesday, Oct. 4, senior power forward Laurence Bowers' senior season ended before it even began. The returning All-Big 12 defensive team selection had torn an ACL in one of his knees during a pickup game the previous day. That morning, the news was grim: He would be lost for the season. Just hours later, Bowers was reading to elementary school children at Columbia Public Library. The benevolent act was a quintessential example of the 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior's character, and set the tone for his entire recovery process. Three and a half months later, Bowers' recovery is well ahead of schedule. Bowers is eligible to play at MU next season, and after spending time on crutches, he recently began to shoot around and do some light leg lifting. His mindset and work ethic throughout the recovery process have coaches and teammates marveling. "He's really been upbeat about it," guard Marcus Denmon said of his fellow senior teammate. "I don't know if I can say I could handle it any better than he's handling it." The injury struck MU players in other ways. It casted a gripping reminder that every player, like Bowers, is merely one play away from disaster. "The injury was an eye-open-

Ben Walton/Senior Staff PhotograPher

Senior forward laurence Bowers watches the tigers from the sidelines after suffering a season-ending aCl injury. Bowers is on his way to full recovery and will be eligible to play next season.

er to all of us," Denmon said. "(Basketball) could be here one day then the next day it can be taken away from you, so you just have to cherish it." Although unable to play, Bowers has found ways to make his presence felt around the team. He has been quite animated during games on the sidelines, as senior Kim English referred to him as the team's "biggest cheerleader." "I worry about him tearing his other ACL during games," coach Frank Haith said of Bowers' sideline antics. "He's

been a great leader. He's been a guy that's picking guys up, and it's a true testament to the kind of guy Laurence is." Sophomore point guard Phil Pressey sees Bowers as more than just a cheerleader on the sidelines. Pressey said having Bowers there to assist during timeouts is like having another coach. "He's been very supportive," Pressey said. "Yeah we lost him, but he took it in stride and he's tried to help us out on the court by telling us what's going on and what he thinks we can do to

improve the team, and we listen to him." As for a timetable for the rest of his recovery, Bowers hopes to fully resume basketball activities by the end of the season. "I'm taking it day by day, working as hard as I can, hopefully all this hard work pays off," Bowers said. In spite of Bowers' absence, the team, currently ranked No. 5 in the country with a record of 17-1, is off to the best start the program has seen in 30 years. That success, while somewhat bittersweet, has assisted Bowers

in his recovery. "It helps you not think about the negatives," Bowers said. "The team winning — it helps me because if the team wasn't doing so well, and I was hurt, I'd feel that much worse." For Bowers, the winning is fun. Different, but fun. "You think selfishly sometimes when you're out," he said. "You think, man, I didn't play, I didn't do nothing, even though I know my cheering on the sideline helps, but the further this team goes, the happier I am."

within such a driven team. Missouri has become the latest beneficiary in a trend that has been slowly overtaking the country: foreign athletes coming to the United States for their training. “A lot of foreigners want to come over here and train,” MU men’s swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said. “When you look at the Olympics, in the top 16 at the Olympics, probably three-quarters of them came to the United States, and that’s where they got their training. It’s amazing.” The Tigers boast a total of eight foreign swimmers, five of which reside on the men’s side. Rhodenbaugh said the impact they have had on the team’s overall success has been tremendous, putting the team in contention with larger swimming schools such as Texas and Texas A&M.

Individually, the foreign ath- “We jump rope, we run and we letes themselves are reaping the do a lot of lifting weights. Then benefits of training abroad in when we get into the pool we the U.S. Last year, English soph- work on a lot of power. There’s a omore Mark Conroy wound up lot more power drills here than being the fastest breaststroke I have ever done before.” Schnaider said the practices swimmer on the team, and Israeli senior Yaniv Schnaider are also more specialized here, in order to taiwas just off lor to individmaking the cut for the NCAA The way we train here, ual swimmers’ Championships. especially the last few years, strengths and L i t h u a n i a n has been way different from weaknesses. “The way freshman Igor anything I’ve ever done. we train here, Kozlovskij com- Yaniv Schnaider especially the pounded on Israeli senior last few years, such successes this season, setting the school has been way different from record in the 100-yard breast- anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I’m used to just mindstroke. The swimmers attribute the less swimming back and forth. mutual improvement to the Once (Rhodenbaugh) came, it intensity of the practice philoso- became much more specific, phy they have found in the U.S. more what I’m specialized in, “There’s a lot more focus on, and it’s helped.” This specialization was a as well as being a swimmer, being an athlete,” Conroy said. major reason why Kozlovskij

wound up wearing the MU logo on his suit. As an accomplished breaststroke swimmer, he was looking for a team that could help him with his area of expertise. “I was searching for a team full of breaststrokers and IMers,” Kozlovskij said. “When I saw the roster that Mizzou had, and especially when I saw that coach Rhodenbaugh was here, I knew I had to come here. Racing all these guys in practice everyday has been much better than training alone back home.” The one undeniable trait that every foreign swimmer has in common is a sense of appreciation, Rhodenbaugh said. Rhodenbaugh said he feels swimming in the U.S., and at MU in particular, presents an incredible opportunity to aspiring athletes, and it’s one they all intend to take full advantage of.

A melting pot: foreign swimmers make their splash Foreign athletes are playing a major role in the success of Missouri’s swimming and diving teams. BRandon GRammeR Staff Writer Every member of MU’s swimming and diving team practices together. They watch each other race, lift weights and even go running together, pushing each other to the extreme day in and day out. Watching through the glass windows of the Student Recreation Complex, one would see the team performing each task as a single, cohesive unit. As an outsider looking in, most people would not recognize the underlying diversity that lies






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