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Vol. 76, No. 18
Missouri soccer takes the Big 12 crown The regular-season conference title is a program first. VINNIE DUBER Staff Writer The last time a Missouri team won a Big 12 regular season conference championship Bill Clinton was president, Michael Jordan was winning NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, and Gary Pinkel was coming off a 7-4 season as Toledo’s coach. That all changed Sunday when the Tigers women’s soccer team clinched the Big 12 regular season conference title with a dominating 5-0 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Walton Stadium. It is the first such accomplishment in program history and the first regular-season conference championship MU has seen since the softball team
DRAWING BLANKS Sunday, Missouri recorded its fourth shutout in its last six games. W vs. Colorado W vs. Texas Tech W at Baylor W at Oklahoma W vs. Iowa State W vs. Nebraska
1-0 2-1 5-0 1-0 3-1 5-0
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won the Big 12 in 1997. When the final whistle sounded, an excited Tiger team ran onto the field in celebration. A trophy presentation followed the game, and each player reached to touch the hoisted hardware. Athletics Director Mike Alden congratulated coach Bryan Blitz and the team. “This was one of our goals since the beginning of the season,” junior forward Alysha Bonnick said. “We won the Big 12 see SOCCER, page 6
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The women's soccer team holds up its first place Big 12 Conference trophy Sunday afternoon after defeating Nebraska 5-0 at Walton Stadium. The Tigers finished with a 6-0-2 conference record.
Curators approve film KCOU a top five mtvU college station MTVU WOODIE studies major at MU MEGAN DONOHUE Staff Writer
ZACH TOOMBS News Editor The push for a film major at MU came to fruition Friday when the UM system Board of Curators approved a Bachelor of Arts film studies degree program. Film studies Director Roger Cook said a committee of faculty members is in the process
of determining the details of the program. “The next step for the Film Studies Committee is to work out the requirements for the major,” Cook said. “Most of these are laid out in the proposal, but at the moment we are considering a few small changes that will see FILM, page 6
Tibetan monks visit MU RACHEL ALLRED Staff Writer Tibetan monks began their four-day Mystical Arts of Tibet event with chanting, dancing and a mandala creation during and after their opening ceremony Monday at Ellis Library. The monks practice the Buddhist religion, which encourages peace. “What is being taught is the view of interdependence and the behavior of non-violence,” Mystical Arts of Tibet spokesman Thupten Tendhar said. “There comes the karma theory. If you do good, good comes to you.” Tendhar said MU is one of the stops the monks are making on their North American tour. The monks are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, which was see MONK, page 6
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KCOU/88.1 FM made the top five list of competitors for the mtvU College Radio Woodie Awards. The top five college radio stations in the country according to mtvU were announced Monday on its Web site, and will compete for the top slot until the winners are announced on-air Dec. 4 at the Woodie Award Ceremony. Ball State University (WCRD/91.3 FM), California State University, San Bernardino (Coyote Radio),
KCOU is competing against four other schools for the mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. WCRD/91.3 FM KUPS/90.1 FM Coyote Radio WPTS/92.1 FM KCOU/88.1 FM Source: mtvU Web site MAURA HOWARD/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
MU (KCOU), University of Pittsburg (WTPS/92.1 FM) and the University of Puget Sound (KUPS/90.1/FM) will now enter the final round of online voting for the title of top radio station. “It’s pretty awesome that we
are in the top five,” Co-promotions Director Hannah Hayes said. General Manager Jonathan Hutcheson said the station has come as far as it has in the competition due to its large fan base. “Ultimately the award is for the best college radio station, but I think part of it also goes to having the best listeners and best student support, and I think Mizzou has definitely got that in the bag,” Hutcheson said. “So hopefully that will come through and those other schools can take see KCOU, page 6
Homecoming game sets record This was the first time in 25 years more than 71,000 attended a game.
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Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet perform their opening ceremony Monday in Ellis Library to commence the creation of a mandala sand painting. The monks will be in the library working on the painting until Thursday when the dismantling ceremony will occur.
As the Texas Longhorns put big numbers on the scoreboard, MU fans put a big number up for attendance Saturday, filling the 71,004-seat Memorial Stadium to capacity. According to an athletics department news release, the game marked the 10th time in MU’s history and the first time in more than 25 years that a crowd of more than 71,000 attended a game at Memorial Stadium.
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“The last time a crowd of that size saw a game in Columbia was back in 1983, when 72,348 saw the Tigers take on Nebraska,” the news release said. The all-time Memorial Stadium record crowd was set in 1980, when 75,298 fans saw MU host Penn State. According to the news release, the attendance record the athletics department aimed to beat Saturday was 70,049, set in 2007 when the Tigers beat Nebraska 41-6. The news release also stated all 71,004 tickets for Saturday’s game were sold in advance for the first time this season. “MU has averaged 64,281 for see GAME, page 6
Basketball The Tigers took one final look back before their regular season last Friday with the Black and Gold Game. Sports, page 17
TOP 10 ATTENDANCE
Saturday’s football game against the University of Texas marked the 10th highest attendance for a game at Memorial Stadium in MU’s history. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Date Oct. 4, 1980 Sept. 29, 1979 Nov. 3, 1979 Sept. 16, 1978 Oct. 15, 1983 Oct. 18, 1980 Oct. 24, 1981 Nov. 17, 1979 Oct. 28, 1978 Oct. 24, 2009
Opponent Penn State Texas Nebraska Alabama Nebraska Colorado Nebraska Oklahoma Colorado Texas
Crowd 75,298 75,136 74,575 73,655 72,348 72,333 72,001 71,291 71,096 71,004
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Unemployment As the U.S. Senate votes on a new unemployment act this week, The Maneater takes a look at unemployment in Missouri. Outlook, page 9
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No. 1 — Missouri welcomes Texas for Homecoming showdown No. 2 — Guest Column: A message from Tracy Fisher’s roommate No. 3 — Fisher inspired joy, compassion No. 4 — Web Update: Texas slams Missouri in Homecoming game No. 5 — MU Homecoming talent competition presents finals
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High 55, low 46; afternoon showers, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation
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Young women of Columbia pet sheep Friday in Greektown during house decorations for Homecoming. The sheep were a part of the house decorations for Chi Omega and Phi Kappa Theta, who placed third in Homecoming.
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Tan Time, MU argue tanning beds The long-standing battle over the tanning beds at the Student Recreation Complex drew closer to a conclusion Friday when a hearing was held to decide whether The Spa, which is owned by Tan Time LLC, would remain open for the immediate future. Tan Time’s lawyer Thomas Schneider said the hearing would determine the eventual closing date of The Spa. “It was a hearing on a permanent injunction,” Schneider said. “The judge is deciding when the lease can be terminated.” Although the hearing was one of the last steps toward a ruling, MU lawyer Kelly Mescher said it’s hard to determine when that ruling will come in. Mescher said both parties were given 15 days to file their own proposed findings of facts and conclusions, which are summaries of the case’s facts and the legal conclusions to be drawn from those facts. The judge will choose between the two
sides’ findings or, if neither proves to be satisfactory, write his own. “We won’t have a result until the judge files findings of facts and conclusions,” Mescher said. The debate over when the lease can be terminated stems from a contract dispute. Both sides insisted their reading of the contract was accurate. Mescher said a clause in the university’s contract allows for the canceling of the contract with 60 days written notice at the end of any lease year. “The university has maintained that they have the option to terminate the contract with Tan Time, the limited liability company that runs The Spa, with proper notice,” Mescher said. Schneider said the lease could not be terminated until the lease’s first renewal date, which falls at the end of next year. “We are going to propose a finding that the lease can be terminated Dec. 31,
2010,” Schneider said. In addition, Tan Time will be requesting $32,000 from the university in lost profits due to an attempted closure of The Spa in August 2008, Schneider said. The Spa was reopened after the corporation obtained a temporary restraining order against the university. An additional $158,000 from MU will be requested for the money Tan Time has invested into a location it will be forced to vacate early. “We made two claims for damages,” Schneider said. “One is for lost profits stemming from the attempted closing of The Spa in the summer of 2008. The second is for the depreciation of the value of the lease we’re leaving behind.” When a ruling is issued, the debate will not necessarily be settled. Although reluctant to speculate on the future of the case, Mescher said continuing the legal dispute after the judge decides on a result is a possibility. “There would be the opportunity to appeal
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The Spa, owned by Tan Time LLC, is facing possible closing after a legal battle. The tanning company is under discrimination by university health officials because of the negative health effects associated with tanning.
the decision,” Mescher said. “With no ruling in, it’s hard to say what will happen.” — David Conway, staff writer
Shelton fills vacant Koeppel appointed MSA chairperson seats SFCIC chairwoman KAYLEN RALPH Staff Writer
After a three-week review and selection process, all vacant legislative committee chairperson positions in the Missouri Students Association have been filled. Missouri Students Association Senate Speaker Amanda Shelton selected Abhi Sivasailam, who served as the interim chairman of the Campus Dining Issues Ad Hoc Committee, as the permanent chairman for the committee and Ian Krause, previously the vice chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee, as the new chairman in place of senior Erica Zucco. Shelton announced her nomination of Evan Wood, vice chairman of the Operations Committee, to take over for retiring chairman Josh Travis last week. The Senate will vote on the nominations of Wood, Sivasailam and Krause at this week’s full Senate meeting Wednesday. Sivasailam not only has experience leading the ad hoc committee, but he co-authored the bill creating the committee as well. He said the only change in his responsibilities facilitating this committee will be attending MSA Cabinet meetings Tuesday nights. “Abhi worked on the initial legislation to start the Campus Dining Issues Committee, so he was a logical applicant,” Shelton said in an e-mail. “After reviewing his application materials and conducting an interview with him, I felt confident that he not only had the initiative to start the project, but also the long-term vision and work ethic to see his ideas through.” Last week was the committee’s first meeting and Sivasailam said it was mostly a brainstorming session. “We’ve just divvied up the investigative work for right now and we’ll get the concrete plans later,” Sivasailam said. Short-term goals for the committee include looking into expanding vegetarian and vegan options, working with Muslim Students Organization and various Jewish student groups regarding Halal and Kosher options, listing the nutrition information next to meals in the student dining halls and being able to check meal plan points online and transfer meal plan points among peers.
Breakdown of student fees: Undergrad student fees: $157.83 Portion used for capital improvements: $4.46 Total amount of money available to the committee for allocation: $250,000 Source: Student Affairs Fiscal Officer Richard Anderson MAURA HOWARD/GRAPHIC /GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Sivasailam said long-term plans are focused around addressing the issue of carryover in general. One idea he has discussed with his committee is a one-card system. This idea essentially merges the student ID with a debit card system, which could be used to purchase meals for dollar value at campus dining locations as well as participating downtown vendors. “One-card system would introduce competition within CDS locations which would be good because CDS would have to compete for business that is offered downtown,” Sivasailam said. “They would be required to comply with supply and demand in the dining market. If we eliminate the monopoly we can increase options and lower prices.” Krause served as vice chairman of the Academic Affairs for several years, which Zucco said makes his nomination a logical choice. “He’s been involved with MSA and Academic Affairs for a very long time,” Zucco said. “He’s the kind of person that you can go to with any questions about bylaws or how Senate works. I think he has a lot of institutional knowledge about MSA that he can bring to the table.” Both Zucco and Shelton said Krause is capable in interactions with faculty and administration. “Ian is excellent at working and problem-solving with faculty and administration, which is absolutely vital in an Academic Affairs Chair,” Shelton said in an e-mail. Shelton pointed out the need for retention of senators in the Academic Affairs committee, as membership has been decreasing in
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President Sarah Symonds also had a pick for the position, which resulted in the need for resume submission and Senior Anna Koeppel was appoint- interviews with both candidates by ed by Missouri Students Association Paul and Symonds together. This was President Jordan Paul to be the chair- the presidents’ first time making a joint woman of the Student Fee Capital appointment. Improvement Committee last week. “Because I didn’t know Anna and Koeppel, former member of The Jordan didn’t know my candidate I Maneater staff, acquired the position decided it would be a good idea to due in part to her knowledge of student bring them in for an interview just to organizations from her days serving get to know them and see if they would as Student Organizations editor, be a good fit for the position,” Paul said. Symonds said. “I’m pretty sure that the reaAfter this particular appointson that he thought of me was ment, Paul and Symonds decidbecause when I was involved with ed all appointments for standthe paper I got to know students ing committee chairperson groups really well,” Koeppel said. positions should consist of this ANNA “Jordan knew I was familiar with interview process, even if there student groups and what they do KOEPPEL is only one suggested candidate. and I guess he thought I could apply They plan on writing this into the that knowledge to this position.” Articles of Cooperation between MSA Additionally, Paul and Koeppel said and GPC. they are confident she will be able to A quality of Koeppel viewed as keep a strong stance on issues impor- especially impressive by both Paul and tant to students but might not be con- Symonds was the large amount of gruent with certain faculty or adminis- research she had done on the comtrative opinions. mittee before her interview for the “Most of the time they’re interested position. in your input, but sometimes they like “When we asked her questions she to say this is the way we’ve done it in was able to point to different examples the past and go with that,” Paul said. of how things had been handled before,” “Students who aren’t as strong-willed Paul said. “She came into the interview as Anna could just go with the flow very prepared and had done quite a lot instead of saying what they really want of homework on the position.” and think is necessary.” Student Affairs Fiscal Officer Rich The SFCIC is a spring committee Anderson said he doesn’t foresee any and will begin regular meetings next particular challenges for Koeppel this semester. spring. The committee is charged with the “She just needs to lead the committask of recommending how to distrib- tee, it shouldn’t be too much trouble ute the portion of student fees allo- for her,” Anderson said. “A student has cated for capital improvements to Vice always led the committee. There’s a Chancellor of Student Affairs Cathy faculty co-chair but they usually defer Scroggs. Scroggs said in an e-mail she to the student chair since the goal is thought Koeppel was a fine choice and to fund projects that students see as a would do a good job leading the com- priority.” mittee. Anderson and Koeppel met Monday Koeppel’s appointment to this posi- afternoon to discuss some of the spetion was irregular as far as past appoint- cifics of Koeppel’s new position as well ments have gone. attempt to get meeting dates set up for Graduate Professional Council the spring.
the BLOTTER The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.
MU POLICE THURSDAY, OCT. 22 Jessica Yust, 20, of 2804 Clover Way, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Kathryn Swagman, 20, of 2804 Clover Way, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Ryan Coper, 19, of Gillett Hall, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Anthony Hatton, 19, of College Avenue Hall, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia Todd Beelman, 19, of Dogwood Hall, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana FRIDAY, OCT. 23 Thomas Ryan, 19, of 1301 University Ave., on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana Jessica Mustain, 21, of 3512 La Mesa Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Nathan Gartin, 22, of 1301
NEWS University Ave., on suspicion of possession of an open container of alcohol Andrew Holden, 18, of 1307 Wilson Ave., on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and false identification SATURDAY, OCT. 24 Michael Miller, 19, of Wolpers Hall, on suspicion of possession of marijuana Kelly Cronin, 19, of Gillett Hall, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Scott Binz, 17, of St. Louis, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor James Jasper, 19, of Springfield, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Daniel Djuric, 19, of Mizzou Quads, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Joshua Bruce, 20, of 4807 Burbank Loop, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor and resisting arrest Joseph Firestone, 18, of College Avenue hall, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Spencer Cole, 20, of 600 Rollins St., on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana Timothy Bryant, 20, of St. Louis, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Joseph Agnew, 19, of St. Louis, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Rollie Britton, 18, of 305 S. Sixth St., on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Laura Swan, 20, of 390 W. Brookside Lane, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor. Swan is a member
of The Maneater staff. Mark Cea, 19, of 900 S. College Ave., on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Parker Kohlfeld, 19, of 1307 Wilson Ave., on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor, seconddegree property damage and false identification Joshua Hedges, 19, of Mizzou Quads, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor James Hempel, 19, of Mizzou Quads, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Matthew Schmertz, 20, of 1211 Ashland Road, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Stephen Moorkamp, 19, of DefoeGraham Hall, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Aaron Essert, 20, of 2602 Grand Banks, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor SUNDAY, OCT. 25 Brandon M. Wyatt, 21, of 2400 E. Nifong Blvd., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated — Armeen Mistry, staff writer COLUMBIA POLICE THURSDAY, OCT. 22 Charles Cavanah, 17, of 2022 Crestridge Drive, on suspicion of second-degree property damage Janelle Ehret, 20, of St. Louis, on suspicion of theft Taylor O’Brian, 20, of 605 Glenstone Drive, on suspicion of theft
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009 Dwayne Porter, 22, of 1615 Sylvan Lane, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault FRIDAY, OCT. 23 Eric Coates, 22, of St. Louis, on suspicion of assault Cyle Crowley, 22, of 608 Dustin Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of controlled substances Bryan Fahs, 21, of 44 North Cedar Lake Drive West, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Sylvester Franklin, Jr., 24, of 4703 Millbrook Drive, on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license Andrew Hawn, 20, of 1021 Ashland Road, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Beth Hofmann, 21, of Lohman, on suspicion of theft Jason Jones, 22, of 5556 Bethel Church Road, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances Lisa Pratt, 19, of 1906 Juniper Circle, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Scott Ringkamp, 21, of 2400 E. Nifong Blvd, on suspicion of possession of an open container of alcohol Cody Smith, 19, of 4916 Walnut St., on suspicion of second-degree property damage and third-degree assault Jessie Smith, 18, of 2916 Brown Station Road on suspicion of thirddegree assault SATURDAY, OCT. 24 Christin Baker, 18, of 1401 University Ave., on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Michael Bland, III, 19, of 10 Trampe Hills Drive, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Brianna Chavez, 22, of Joplin, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault
William Donaldson, 20, of 9790 Sherrell Court, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Gregory C. Goodrum, 21, of Fenton, on suspicion of possession of an open container of alcohol Darren Hall, 20, of 14 Lillian Drive, on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana Nicole Hietter, 19, of Creve Coeur, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of alcohol by a minor Ryan Leer, 22, of 4811 Clark Lane, on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Edwin Mitchell, 23, of 405 Wabash N. Ave., on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence Frank Moton, III, 18, of Laws Hall, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Michael Wingate, 23, of 6400 Mexico Gravel Road, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault SUNDAY, OCT. 25 Melissa Crowell, 24, of 2405 Garden Drive, on suspicion of second-degree property damage Glen Harris, 21, of Wildwood, on suspicion of littering Uchenna Mbah, 24, of 1508 Sylvan Lane, on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and first-degree property damage — Brook duBois, staff writer If you have information on these crimes, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. All calls are confidential. If a court authority later proves innocence of a charge stated in the Blotter, contact The Maneater to request an updated entry.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
Forsee, Deaton speak on university’s future, fiscal issues RACHEL KRAUSE Staff Writer The UM system Board of Curators ended two days of meetings Friday afternoon at Mizzou Arena after hearing from UM system President Gary Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton and approving proposals for two new degree programs. Forsee opened Friday’s session with the State of the University address. In his speech, Forsee outlined a number of specific actions, including making competitive salaries and benefits for university employees a priority, paying continued attention to budget and costs, creating innovative learning technologies and exploring new private partnerships. Forsee said by the end of this calendar year, he would like each of the system’s four campuses to assess its tuition needs. By doing so, Forsee plans to establish variable tuition rates at each of the campuses. Forsee also emphasized the universities’ challenge of maintaining a commitment to educational excellence, while dealing with economic conditions. “As you would expect in this economic climate, news is not good,” Forsee said. “We could have as much as a 10 percent challenge to our operating budget.” Forsee discussed the university’s need to focus on innovative learning technologies, such as e-learning. It has
been a long process in figuring out what e-learning models will work and how students will perceive them, he said at a news conference after the meeting. “We’ve spent almost a year looking for successful models around the country,” Forsee said. “We are getting pretty well settled into that model, which is to provide the stimulus and focus on the system level, but the know-how has to occur on the campus level.” Following Forsee’s address, each of the four chancellors of the university system presented individual campus reports to the board. Deaton discussed enrollment and diversity numbers for the fall, as well as the economic issues facing MU. Later in his speech, he explained the importance of the five Mizzou Advantage initiatives, which are designed to make the university more competitive on a national scale. “We’re trying to move outside the narrow disciplines of colleges,” Deaton said. The curators also unanimously approved master’s and doctorate programs in clinical and translational science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in film studies. In other business, Harold Williamson, vice chancellor of the UM Health System, presented the annual university health system report. Williamson explained the positive outcomes of the reorganization of the health system, which involved a newly
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UM General Counsel Steve Owens takes notes Friday during the UM system Board of Curators meeting at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena. During the meeting, the board approved new degrees in film studies, clinical and translational science. formed alliance between the School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. “The alignment of those health professions schools and what they bring the university, as well as to health education is a major plus,” Williamson said. The board also approved four amendments to the universities’ Collected Rules and Regulations that would affect
university employees. One of these amendments will allow employees to use sick leave time in smaller than eight-hour increments. The amendment would also require employees to use their personal leave for the first three days of an injury. The board also passed an amendment to temporarily lift the traditional 12-day sick leave limit per year.
Men’s club soccer victorious Coal Free Mizzou begins in regular season final letter writing campaign ZACH MILLER Reporter On a cold, wet Friday night in Columbia, with the sounds of Homecoming festivities in the background, the Missouri men’s club soccer team completed its regular season with a 3-0 victory over Washington University on Stankowski Field. The team finished with a record of 5-12. Senior captain David Menne said he was happy with the team’s performance but said it could have done better. “We’ve done slightly less than we expected to,” Menne said. “We expected to be a bit stronger.” In its first meeting with Washington this season, Missouri won on a dramatic last-second goal. After a scoreless first half, Missouri was able to do what they couldn’t do the first time and break the game wide open by scoring three goals in the second half. Missouri out-shot Washington, and senior Mike Hyde capped the scoring with a resounding goal just before time was called. Shane Rasch, a graduate student who has been a star for the Tigers this season, did what he has done all season with one goal and one assist in the game. Rasch has been with the team for five years and has seen many of the strides it has made since becoming a new club in 2004. “There is much more structure now, and much more commitment to success,” Rasch said. Another player who has been with the team for five years is senior goalie Liam Cremins, who played well in the shutout of Washington. Cremins has high hopes for the team in the postseason. “We have good chemistry,” Cremins said. “We’ve done well and are looking to do better. We are really starting to come together as a team.” Next weekend, the Tigers will play in the regional tournament in Manhattan, Kan. Missouri has historically had a lot of success in the regional tournament, win-
CLUB SOCCER TEAM
Seniors and graduate students helped lead the Missouri Club Soccer team to a 5-1-2 record this season. Goalie Liam Cremins Midfielder Kevin Maurer Midfielder Ryan Burke Midfielder Philip Hof Forward Brandon Butcher Forward Zach Debord
Midfielder Adrien Caye Forward Shane Rasch Defender Jacob Basecke Defender Ricky Hudson Defender Neel Jiwanlal
Source: Missouri Club Soccer Web site KATIE PRINCE/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
ning last year and three of the last four. “We expect to win,” Menne said. After the regional tournament, Missouri hopes to play in the national tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Missouri has never made it past the round of 16 in the national tournament, and a deep run would certainly define this season as a success. Menne said for Missouri to have success this postseason, the offense is going to have to step up. “We haven’t scored a lot of goals, which is a problem,” Menne said. “We’ve been good on defense, but expected to blow some teams out that we didn’t.” A wealth of experience should help Missouri, because the roster is loaded with juniors and seniors. The club soccer team is one of the most popular club teams at Missouri because the Big 12 does not sponsor men’s soccer as a varsity sport. They have been successful and hope to continue that success next season despite losing many players due to graduation. Menne is not concerned and expects a large turnout at tryouts in the fall.
MEGAN DONOHUE Staff Writer Coal Free Mizzou is doing a letter writing campaign to reduce the presence of coal usage at MU. Coal Free Mizzou gathered Wednesday at Lowry Mall to ask students to write letters to Chancellor Brady Deaton asking him to reduce coal usage at MU as part of the National Sierra Club’s campaign, “Campuses Beyond Coal,” which aims to minimize the presence of coal on college campuses across the U.S. “We can do so much better, and by eliminating coal we can help lead the country towards a healthier environment and a cleaner future,” spokeswoman Melissa Vatterott said. MU gains most of its energy from its on-campus power plant, which burns coal. It gains more energy than that from coal, Sierra Club Organizer Ryan Doyle said. “It gets over 80 percent of its energy from the on-campus power plant from coal, and when you factor in the energy bias from off campus as well, it’s 94 percent total energy on a BTU (British Thermal Energy Unit) basis coming from coal fired power,” Doyle said. “So obviously there’s a need to move beyond that.” Faculty Coalitions Leader Tyler Hutcherson said the letters will be a big help. “We’ve seen what they’ve done at other campuses, like some campuses have already heard back from their chancellors in hand written letters,” Hutcherson said. “So I think that they’ve got a big chance of doing something really big for us.” Doyle said the sentiment and personal connection in letter writing is a big factor of what makes these letters effective. Vatterott said they have more than 60 letters written. “I think it’s always incredibly effec-
tive when students take time to write personal letters to decision makers,” Doyle said. “It shows a lot more than a petition or a form e-mail when they actually take time to write out a personal letter to a decision maker.” Vatterott said the wide response Wednesday should influence Deaton’s actions. “We felt that the chancellor would understand better the importance of moving away from coal if he saw that not only a small group of students in Coal Free Mizzou felt it was important, but that students all over campus,” Vatterott said. “We also had non-students write letters.” Although the campus has been rather quick to agree with Coal Free Mizzou’s campaign, which is sponsored by the national Sierra Club, it hasn’t responded with direct action this semester, Doyle said. “The university has done several great things in the last few years, especially with sustainability,” he said. “Specifically a lot of energy efficiency work and also a lot of plans to put in a new biomass boiler for campus, which is supposed to be completed by 2012. But as far as a direct response to our campaign so far, we’ve heard a lot of agreement that it needs to be done, but they haven’t taken any concrete steps.” Hutcherson said the club would prefer any alternative energy source that is more sustainable, eco-friendly, conservation-oriented and efficient, and the biomass boiler, which is supposed to arrive next semester is a great first step. “We’ve seen Mizzou taking steps to move towards more sustainable practices, especially in the last few years,” Doyle said. “We think that they have a really good opportunity to actually become a leader in moving beyond coal and switching to clean energy. But, they need to make this a priority and commit to a plan and concrete actions if we’re going to see the necessary results.”
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Continued from page 1 Tournament last year, and this year was to actually win the (regular season) title. So, next on the list is the Big 12 Tournament.” Missouri controlled the game for the entire 90 minutes of play. The Tigers recorded their sixth shutout of the season, and they extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games. The Tigers have shutout four of their last six opponents. Nebraska entered the game as the Big 12’s fourth place team, and their fabulous freshman forward Morgan Marlborough entered the weekend as the nation’s leading scorer. Those stats didn’t bother the Tigers. Nebraska scored off itself to start the scoring in the first half. Just less than 20 minutes into the game, senior forward Michelle Collins streaked up the sideline to catch up to a pass, flew by her defender and made a crossing pass just before she reached the goalkeeper. The pass, intended to set up a scoring opportunity for Bonnick, ricocheted off the foot of a Cornhusker defender and into the goal to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Neither Collins nor Bonnick
were credited with any points on the play, but they would factor in later scoring. Bonnick scored two goals on the afternoon, and Collins contributed two assists. The other goal scorers for the Tigers were sophomore midfielder Candace Ruff and senior forward Kristin Andrighetto. The Tigers played their brand of physical soccer, out-fouling the Cornhuskers 21-10. They registered more corner kicks, shots and shots on goal than their opponents. The excitement was still there after the festivities, but Blitz and his players already had their focus set squarely on Kansas, their final opponent of the regular season. “We have one more game,” Blitz said. “Certainly to win the Big 12 conference with a week left, we’re proud of our kids. We want to keep this going and win at KU. It’s very important to us. (The coaching staff) told them to enjoy tonight until 12, but after that, it’s over with. We’ll have plenty of time, hopefully some time down the road, to celebrate.” The win boosts Missouri’s record to 12-4-3 overall and 7-02 in the Big 12.
FILM: Faculty working to define curriculum Continued from page 1 be worked into the curriculum for the major. For example, we are restructuring the first two required courses and we are creating a capstone course.” The major will require 30 hours of film studies courses, Cook said. The film minor will continue to require 15 hours. “There will be a couple of new courses offered, but the film studies program has been offering enough courses over the last few years to support a major,” Cook said. “The main change will be in the structuring of the curriculum and the addition of a couple of new core courses.” The film studies minor was established in 2000 and Cook said faculty in the program began the push for a major degree program soon afterward. “The impetus that enabled us to convince the administration that it should add the major, even in times of strict budget control and cutbacks, came from students,” Cook said. “In fall 2005 students formed a group called Mizzou Students for Film whose main goal was to have a film major created at MU. The group grew quickly, contacted me, and then we worked together to created the momentum and initiative needed to start a new program in difficult economic times.” The proposal for the film major received a lot of support from both faculty and students, Vice President of Academic Affairs Steve Graham said at the Board of Curators meeting Friday. “It fits in very well with MU’s strategic plan,” Graham said.
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Film studies Director Roger Cook said the push for a film major began after the film minor was established in 2000. 2000: Film studies minor is established 2004: Computer science associate professor Jeffrey Uhlmann shoots the first of his three films. Fall 2005: The Mizzou Students for Film Facebook group is founded to support a film major. Oct. 23, 2009: The UM system Board of Curators approves a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies program. Source: Film studies Director Roger Cook, Computer science associate professor Jeffrey Uhlmann MAURA HOWARD/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
“There’s a growing focus on new media.” Computer science associate professor Jeffrey Uhlmann, who has shot three movies on campus, said many supporters of the film major have participated in his films. The films, “Mil Mascaras vs. The Aztec Mummy,” “Academy of Doom” and “Mil Mascaras: Aztec Revenge,” started production in 2004. “The films generated a lot of interest in films and filmmaking, and that interest really motivated Roger to propose the film studies degree,” Uhlmann said. “He and I created a course in the film studies program which allowed students to learn about film pre-production and filming as active participants in the last two films.” Cook said film major faculty members are working to define details by the end of the semester.
note of what the whole M-I-Z, ZO-U thing’s all about.” Program Director Greg Winegar said the biggest contributor to KCOU’s success is its increased staff size. “Our biggest one definitely is our huge staff, which is kind of a KCOU fist, having a staff this large,” Winegar said. “So that was huge, we have a lot of support outside of our staff, outside of the university as well.” Hayes said its success has a lot to do with developing a promotions department this semester as well. “We’ve pretty much gone from
zero to 60 in getting the word out about our station and stuff, and I really think that helped a lot,” Hayes said. “We really did a whole bunch of promotions trying to get people to vote for us, and our own staff was really instrumental in that too I think.” Hutcheson said he is confident KCOU will win the College Radio Woodie Award in part because of the booming support the station has garnished this semester, stretching from staff to students to faculty and other supporters off campus. “Obviously votes, we’ve had a lot of people be ardent supporters throughout this process,” Hutcheson said. “As far as I’m
aware it goes back to zero every time that we make another stage.” Hutcheson said he couldn’t think of a better feeling than the strong support shown throughout the voting process. Hutcheson, Winegar and Hayes are very confident in KCOU’s chances at taking the whole competition. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we won,” Hayes said. Hayes said she is grateful for the large numbers supporting the station in the competition so far. “Thank you so much for listening to us and I promise that we will keep giving you good stuff and good music and great sports and news to listen to,” she said.
GAME: Crowd was largest since 2007 Continued from page 1 attendance in its previous three home contests in 2009, including a season-best of 65,826 in a downpour of biblical proportions on Oct. 8 against Nebraska,” the news release stated. Athletics department spokesman Chad Moller said efforts to resolve seating and ticketing issues at football games have improved with each home game. “Things went really smoothly,” Moller said. “We have been able to improve the process every time and there were no MIKE ZIEGLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER major problems.” Fans file into Memorial Stadium for the University of Texas football game Student seating also went Saturday. Saturday's game was the first time in more than 25 years with according to plan, despite the an attendance of 71,004. record attendance numbers, Tiger’s Lair Executive Director Fischer said. “Of course it was all the way down to section AA, Brad Fischer said. crowded, but you have to expect where we weren’t anywhere near “Tiger’s Lair did not have too that at a big game.” Tiger’s Lair,” Meghan Wilson many issues,” he said. Despite this, some students, said. Fischer said Memorial including sophomore Meghan Fischer said he was unaware Stadium’s staff and ushers han- Wilson, said getting into Tiger’s of any problems regarding studled the large attendance well. Lair was a challenge. dents accessing Tiger’s Lair. “The event staff did a great “We got there a little before job keeping non-Tiger’s Lair the game started and Tiger’s Lair — Maggie Nestor, members out of the section,” was too crowded to they sent us staff writer
MONK: Tour shares Tibetan culture Continued from page 1 relocated to southern India after China invaded Tibet in 1950. Tendhar said the monks have three main reasons for the Mystical Arts of Tibet program. “The first one is to share ancient Tibetan culture and traditions to the people worldwide,” Tendhar said. “The second purpose is to raise more awareness of the plight of Tibet and Tibetan culture as we fear extinction. The third purpose is to raise funds for the necessities for the monks and nuns who escape from Tibet and continue studying to preserve the spiritual and traditional arts.” Since the 1980s, groups of monks have been sent around the world to present the Mystical Arts of Tibet. The group that visited MU has been traveling since February 2008 and plans to return to the monastery in December. Tendhar said they have visited most of the states in the U.S. and parts of Mexico and Canada. Soon after the opening ceremony ended, the monks started creating a mandala. Tendhar said
mandalas are important art forms of Tibetan culture. “Mandalas are part of retreat and meditation,” Tendhar said. “It’s believed to bring lots of positive energies, healings and blessings.” The three forms of mandalas are sand painting, woodcarving and canvas painting. The monks began a sand painting mandala called “Avalokiteshvara,” which Tendhar said is meant to bring peace and compassion. “We hope this mandala will bring healing, harmony and great compassion to the people here,” Tendhar said in his opening remarks. The sand mandalas take a total of about 24 hours to complete, Tendhar said. Before work on a mandala can begin, four steps have to be taken. Tendhar said the four steps are to examine the site for the mandala, get permission from the visible and invisible inhabitants of the area, perform chants and meditations to dispel any hindrances and bless the site through chants and meditations. Sophomore Nick Patton
attended the ceremony and said he was impressed by the monks’ presence and energy. “I feel like I’ve been able to contribute my own energy with the mandala,” Patton said. “By being able to contribute my energy I gain something as well.” During the opening ceremony, six monks sang traditional chants and played instruments to prepare for the mandala. One of the monks performed the Black Hat dance, which is usually performed New Year’s Eve in Tibetan communities, Tendhar said. “The Black Hat dance is considered powerful for purification, for clearing out any obstacles or hindrances of spiritual practice and the creation of a mandala,” Tendhar said. Erica West, a religious studies graduate student whose emphasis is Tibetan Buddhism, said seeing the monks benefited her studies. “Being able to see the Black Hat dance was incredible because I’ve read about it in books,” West said. “Having it performed in front of me was good for my research.”
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Jordan Stein Politics Columnist
LGBTQ rights not debatable Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard Act, extending protections against hate crimes to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community by making it a federal crime to assault someone because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Previously, I accused President Barack Obama of abandoning the LGBTQ community. I stand corrected. His speech at the National Equality March earlier this month and the passing of this bill are great efforts on his part. Critics of this bill seem to think it’s either unnecessary or it violates the First Amendment. This bill simply extends protection to the gay community and makes criminals motivated by hatred subject to existing hate crime punishments. It neither makes hateful speech illegal, nor endangers religious ideology in any way. Now, gay-bashing is a federal crime. How can that be bad? Even with this bill, the fight is far from over. Obama is pushing for Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and pass the Domestic Partners Benefit and Obligations Act. This would extend family benefits to lesbian and gay federal workers. I have no idea why this is still a debate. I will not be satisfied until a federal measure extends marriage rights to all citizens. There is no rational or logical argument for keeping citizens from accessing this right. When we talk about whether citizens should be allowed to do something most others can do, it seems we don’t want to extend full citizenship to those excluded people. Some critics say the issue should be left to the states. But what happens when a state, such as California, decides to grant rights then take them away? Under law, states can flip-flop between allowing same-sex marriage by law and taking it away through other avenues. This means couples who enjoy marriage rights can never be certain these rights won’t be taken away. What really happens when states are left to decide this issue is equality is ignored. The federal government needs to step in and keep bigotry out of marriage statutes. That’s what we’re really talking about here: bigotry. When you say you are in favor of civil unions but not same-sex marriage, you’re saying that those commitments are not as good as “regular marriage,” and gay and lesbian couples can’t be a part of it. That is basically the same reasoning as “separate but equal.” Some people make a religious argument against same-sex marriage. Although there’s not enough room in this column to point out how ridiculous those arguments are, laws are not supposed to be dictated by Christian morality. Gay marriage does not violate anyone’s religious freedom and religious arguments have no place in discussions of the practical application of American law. This is a sticky issue but not because there is a hard solution. Instead, it’s hard to admit as a country, we’ve been acting like it’s 1950 instead of 2009 and it’s hard to change the status quo. But, it’s easy to say, “It’s about states’ rights” or “I support civil unions but not gay marriage.” It’s easy to say, so that’s why we say it. You can call it what you want, but denying the LGBTQ community equal rights is a slap in the face to everything America is supposed to be about. Freedom, liberty and equality are the only things gay couples are asking for.
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Samhain subject of Pagan public forum GREGORY ZAJAC Reporter With Halloween less than a week away, several Pagan organizations sponsored an event Sunday afternoon designed to better educate people about Paganism and how Pagans observe it. “In the general public when I say the word, witch, they think of the media stereotype and the literature stereotype,” said Rose Wise, high priestess of the Ozark Avalon Church of Nature. “The first one is the green faced old woman with warts, and who goes around doing evil, and is very scary. So we’re definitely not that kind of a witch.” Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride coordinator Victoria Chance said a Pagan is generally referred to as a person who practices an earth-centered religion or a person who practices a religion that does not fall under Judaism, Christianity or Islam. But Chance said this definition doesn’t necessarily include religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride, a sponsor of the event, and other groups hope through education to promote understanding of their beliefs and to dispel popular stereotypes of Pagans. “Education leads to tolerance, because the more people know about us and what we’re doing, the less afraid of us they’ll be, and the less fear they
have of us, the more tolerant they will be and accepting of us,” Chance said. The discussion, held at the Friends Reading Room of the Daniel Boone Regional Library, covered several Pagan topics, from leprechauns to female empowerment, but centered around Samhain, the ancient Pagan forerunner to today’s Halloween. Steven Galbreath, also known as Uthyr SpiritBear, Columbia resident and a high priest of Wicca, said the holiday is an integral part of being a witch. “Most Pagan traditions practice a seasonal rotation of eight holidays throughout the year, and you really sort of can’t be a witch without celebrating Halloween,” Galbreath said. For Pagans, Samhain is a celebration of the end of summer, the beginning of a new year, and the choice season to practice divination and necromancy. “Because we do believe the veil between the worlds is very thin at that time, it’s an excellent time to communicate with your beloved dead,” Wise said. Galbreath identified the origins of Samhain and most of its customs as Pagan and preChristian. “Regardless of people who believe that it was all started in America by the candy companies in order to sell more candy, there really is a good historical basis for the celebra-
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Boonville resident and high priestess Rose Wise, high priest Steven Galbreath and James Taylor speak to a group about the history and rituals of Paganism Sunday at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. This meeting was meant to familiarize Columbia residents with Wiccan beliefs, as well as explain misconceptions about the religion. tion of Halloween at this time of year,” Galbreath said. Although several Pagan groups are located in Missouri, no organization exists on campus since Sacred Ways, an MU student organization, disappeared in 2006 due to lack of participation. Lisa Kimble, junior and a cocoordinator of Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride, is trying to resurrect the student group, with the help of five other students. The new group, called Spirit Earth, is pending approval. Kimble said she is trying to create the group to offer new experiences to students. “I believe that there should be a place for people who are curious to go and get knowledge about other paths because
sometimes people have just been presented one pathway in life, and it’s never really spoken to them,” Kimble said. A number of religious organizations on campus have also expressed willingness to organize an event to help promote religious unity with Spirit Earth, Kimble said. She did not provide the names of the other organizations, but said it was organized with the MU Multicultural center. She said though some groups are reaching out, not everyone on campus has been so supportive. “With any new group starting anywhere there will be opposition, especially when people hold a lot of pre-conceived notions,” Kimble said.
Chili dinner focuses on upcoming elections VICTORIA GUIDA Senior Staff Writer Missouri Republicans ate chili and discussed upcoming elections at a fundraiser Friday. Most of the speeches centered on campaigning and criticizing how the Democrats have handled political issues since the last election. Sen. Chuck Purgason, RCaulfield, is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. Purgason is running against Democratic candidate and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who was unable to attend the event. Purgason called the Republican Party the last great hope for America, and said Republicans need to get back to their principles. “The No. 1 principle of our party is a balanced budget,” Purgason said. State Rep. Allen Icet, RWildwood, and former UN ambassador Tom Schweich, both candidates for Missouri auditor, each stressed the importance of that race, pointing out of the six state offices, only the auditor is open for
another Republican to win. “This auditor’s race is very, very important and I encourage everyone to get very, very involved in it,” Schweich said. Both candidates are qualified to oppose Democratic incumbent auditor Susan Montee. Icet has considerable experience working with the Missouri budget, and Schweich has experience on the national stage as an ambassador to Afghanistan. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, RColumbia, also said the race is important, and told an anecdote about a program with a budget of $6 million getting $240 million in federal stimulus money. “That is why we absolutely, absolutely have to have a Republican auditor next year,” Schaefer said. Kevin Jackson, an author and radio talk show host, talked about misconceptions when it comes to Democrats and racial issues. He quoted several prominent Democrats throughout the country’s history, highlighting racist remarks. “Liberals are racist whether they’re black or white,” Jackson said. “The liberals have cor-
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Tom Bradley, host of Wake Up Columbia on The Eagle/93.9 FM, auctions off a pie during the Annual Boone County Republicans Chili Supper on Friday night at the Elks Lodge of Columbia. This event, run by the Columbia Pachyderm Club, featured up-and-coming politicians, as well as Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.
rupted the fabric of America and they want to convince you that you are wrong.” He also criticized their performance on other domestic issues, such as education. “Liberals have corrupted the education system, essen-
tially making it a prison,” Jackson said. He also expressed disapproval about the amount of spending by the current administration, and bemoaned President Barack Obama’s health care plan. “When has the government impressed you with its ability to run a program?” Jackson said. “Let me give you a couple examples: Social Security, the U.S. Postal Service, Medicare — they’re all broke.” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., the final speaker of the evening, started his speech with several one-liners fired at Democrats, such as, “Your fair share is not in my wallet,” “Real presidents do not apologize for their country” and “Confuse a liberal: use logic and facts.” He also criticized Obama’s handling of the war in Iraq and the upcoming cap and trade bill. “The cap and trade bill will take over the entire economy and destroy it,” Luetkemeyer said. In addition to the chili, in between speeches, pies were auctioned, including a blueberry pie sold for $35.
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Mo. prison population reaches a high The number of corrections officers is decreasing. ALICIA STICE Staff Writer The Missouri prison population reached an all-time high this September, said Jacqueline Lapine, Missouri Department of Corrections Public Information Officer. The increase in prisoner population comes at a time when the number of corrections officers working in Missouri prisons is declining, said Gary Gross, Missouri Corrections
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Officers Association executive director. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections Web site, the institutional prison population reached 30,608 in August. Lapine said by September the number increased to 30,720. "It's a number that changes on a daily basis," Lapine said. A recent court order required courts in St. Louis to move their backlog cases from its docket at a faster rate. "We don't know for sure if that's contributing to the high numbers of prisoners but it could be a factor," Lapine said. Higher crime and conviction rates could also cause an influx of prisoners. Lapine said at this point, prisonas are not in danger of reaching their capacity. Although the number of prisoners is high, Lapine said there is plenty of space to house offenders and sufficient staff to ensure safety. "Prisoner population is obviously something we keep a close eye on," she said. A special task force with the Department of Corrections is in charge of monitoring the population, Lapine said. The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri has received complaints about overcrowding in St. Louis jails, said
Sex offender arrested for failing to register CAITLIN JONES Reporter A Columbia resident was arrested Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender. According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, in 1991, Mark Fuemmeler was convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. In 1998, 2001 and 2002 Fuemmeler was convicted for failure to register as a sex offender. The news release stated Fuemmeler was a persistent offender. The morning of Oct. 22, a Columbia Police Department officer spotted Fuemmeler, 45, near the intersection of Tenth and Ash streets. The officer detained him until deputies arrived, the news release stated. The arrest was made by officers for suspicion of felony failing to register as a sex offender. Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said the trial date has not been set. "This will probably drag out for a least a few months," O'Sullivan said. "It won't be over in a week or two." O'Sullivan said Fuemmeler is being held at Boone County Jail with bond set at $10,000. "Looks like he will be sitting there a while," O'Sullivan said. "He could hire a bail bondsman but that would cost about $1,000. Bail bondsmen usually charge 10 percent of the bail." O'Sullivan said it is a felony not to register as a sex offender and Fuemmeler is looking at serious prison time. "Any kind of sex crime mandates that you register with Sheriff's Department,"
O'Sullivan said. "What we do is we send our information to the Highway Patrol and the Highway Patrol maintains a statewide registry and they send their information to the national registry. It all starts with the local Sheriff's Department though." According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's sex offender registry Web site, the Missouri state registry was implemented in January of 1995. All 50 states have a registration and tracking system in place. A Missouri requirement allows for the collection of DNA samples from registered sex offenders and stores this information in a DNA database. This collection is performed through the Highway Patrol Crime Lab, the Highway Patrol Web site stated. The Highway Patrol's Web site also shows one in four women and one in six men will experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime. Sixtyseven percent of sexual assaults involve victims under the age of 18. In May 2009, there were 124 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, the Web site for city data stated. The ratio of residents to convicted sex offenders was 812 to 1 in Columbia. The Web site also stated this ratio is near the state average. The Web site provides a list of registered sex offenders in Columbia. The list states an offender's location, the crimes committed and a physical profile. Fuemmeler was not present on the list.
John Chasnoff, ACLU of Eastern Missouri program director. The ACLU has heard reports of two inmates being held in cells designed for one person and three inmates in a cell for two. Chasnoff said in these cases, one inmate has to sleep on a structure on the floor. "We've heard reports about initial holding cells where people are crowded to the point people have to sleep next to the toilet," Chasnoff said. The Boone County Jail has reached its operating capacity of 187, Boone County Sheriff's Department Capt. Keith Hoskins said. "We're out of room here, so we have to house offenders out of county," Hoskins said. There are 210 beds in the prison, but the operating capacity is 187 because prison officials need to operate based on the ability to move prisoners around, Hoskins said. This is to ensure safety in incidents, such as fights. Hoskins said staffing does not change based on the number of inmates. "Our staff is the same whether we have 150 or 100 inmates," Hoskins said. The increased prison population is an issue the Corrections Officers Association is concerned with, Gross said. The statewide inmate population has increased, but the
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A sheriff patrol car sits behind a barbed wire fence at the Boone County Jail on Thursday afternoon. Concern has been raised due to the spike in Missouri's prison population which has reached an all time high. number of corrections officers is decreasing. Gross said Gov. Jay Nixon's budget cuts have affected the number of new corrections officers hired, leading to a gradual decline in the number of corrections officers in Missouri. "I don't know that our prisons are technically overcrowded, but due to the economy, our staffing is down," Gross said. These staffing issues can add to the stress associated with exposure to the prison environment. Gross said corrections officers have to work a lot of overtime. Gross also said safety issues are
always a concern in prisons, and the decline in corrections officers is of concern. "Hardly a week goes by that someone isn't assaulted," Gross said. "Not a year goes by that we don't have people severely assaulted." Upon a report on overcrowding issued by the ACLU, the St. Louis Board of Alderman mandated officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety have sit down meetings with ACLU representatives. "We're not taking any legal action at the moment, but we're doing more than monitoring the situation," Chasnoff said.
Petition offers new state judge selection process VICTORIA GUIDA Senior Staff Writer A petition submitted to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office could change the way Missouri's judges are selected. James Harris, a lobbyist and consultant for Better Courts for Missouri, submitted a petition, which calls for judges to be elected by popular vote. Under the state's system, known as the Missouri Plan, a commission of mostly lawyers selects three candidates for a vacant judicial seat. The names are sent to the governor, who appoints one. After the judge has been in office for a year, the general population votes in a retention election, which decides if the judge stays in office or is removed. Since its adoption in 1940, this plan has been imitated by 23 other states. Harris said mostly personal injury attorneys, who benefit personally from having this power, control the process. "There is an inherent conflict of interest in lawyers having too much influence in selecting judges," Harris said. "It may be good for them, but it's not good for the average Missouri citizen." The petition, which will be put up to a statewide vote, has three goals, Harris said. These goals are to add transparency to the process, to increase citizen input and
control and to reduce the influence of the organized bar. "The courts belong to the people, and they should have the absolute authority," Harris said. Harris submitted another petition calling for judges to be selected by the same process used to choose federal judges, but a lawsuit was filed against it. Since then, people have suggested going further, Harris said. Research shows when judges are elected, they are more in touch with their constituency and can make decisions that are better for the people, Harris said. Law professor Rafael Gely said there is danger in not electing judges for that reason. "You are, at least to some extent, insulating judges from the need to be responsive to an electorate," Gely said. "If they don't have to pay attention to the public, one concern is they might make decisions that make no sense to the public." Justice at Stake, a national, non-partisan organization, opposes moving away from the Missouri Plan. Justice at Stake spokesman Charlie Hall said a poll showed strong public support for the state's system. The main concern, Hall said, is judges will make decisions in favor of those who elected them, not based on the law. "It makes the public uneasy and it makes us uneasy," he
said. "It's one case where people should look hard before they leap." Gely said the Missouri Plan prevents judges from becoming like other politicians because it prevents them from having to make decisions supporting the policies of the groups that elected them. "I'm not sure that we feel comfortable putting judges in that position," he said. "Judges are supposed to be there not necessarily to implement or create policy, but to decide what the law is." Hall said special interest groups could easily change elections. "Judicial elections are easier to gain than others because people don't have a strong sense of who their judges are," Hall said. He also said the system has proved to be as balanced a system as possible. "I'm not sure any process completely keeps politics out of the process," Hall said. "What the Missouri Plan does, it keeps special interest money out of the process, while allowing voters to pass periodic judgment by vote." Gely said there are unavoidable risks in both processes. "Both systems have plusses and minuses," Gely said. "Under both systems there are some advantages and there are some risks, and the question is finding the right balance."
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jobless workaholic Unemployment act could increase assistance.
Christian Losciale, staff writer
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Rita Haralson-Alford goes through a book of puzzles after returning home from volunteering at the Salvation Army on Tuesday, Sept. 29. After losing her job as a custodian with Columbia Public Schools because of a neck injury, Haralson-Alford started volunteering at the Salvation Army and plans to continue until she finds a full-time job.
or the second time in her life, Rita Haralson-Alford is without a permanent job. “I’m out every morning or on the computer, putting in applications,” she said. Haralson-Alford, 50, injured her neck Feb. 28. At the time, she worked as a custodian for Columbia Public Schools and for a custodial company hired by private schools in Columbia. By summer 2009, HaralsonAlford used her sick and vacation days and turned to the state, but the Labor Department told her she did not qualify for unemployment insurance money during the summer. The justification stood if she still had her custodial position, she would not work for the public schools during summer vacation. After a successful surgery on two discs in her neck in June, HaralsonAlford was cleared to work just before the school year started. But Columbia Public Schools did not rehire her. With no source of income, Haralson-Alford started using her savings, with which she planned to buy a condominium. Haralson-Alford volunteered for the Salvation Army until she landed a job as the Christmas carol coordinator in October. The job pays through mid-January. Despite this part-time job, Haralson-Alford still receives $76 a week from the Missouri Unemployment Insurance Trust. Before Oct. 1, she was receiving food stamps and $245 a week. But the state stopped giving her food stamps because those, combined with her UI money, exceeded the limit for her household by $8. Haralson-Alford isn’t alone in budgeting, as thousands of Missourians remain unemployed. This week, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. Although it’s likely to be heavily amended, the bill in its present form extends unemployment benefits by
14 weeks in all states and 20 weeks in states with unemployment rates higher than 8.5 percent. Missouri’s unemployment rate is 9.5 percent. This legislation comes as Missouri’s UI fund continues to be insolvent. The unemployment fund, which serves as income to those who lost their job at no fault of their own, first went into debt in February and has been there since. This led the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to borrow almost $246 million from the federal government to keep the fund afloat. Money for the UI fund comes from employers who pay a tax to the state. “There are more people taking money out of the fund then people putting money into the fund,” Labor Department spokeswoman Amy Susán said. “You’re constantly paying off a deficit and loan to the federal government.” MU professor Joe Haslag likened the fund to a bathtub. “In this case, the drain was wide open,” he said. And Missouri couldn’t stop the damage. The recession’s length — 22 months according to the National Bureau of Economic Research — drained the UI fund. “Missouri got caught off guard,” Haslag said. “This recession seems to be lengthier.” The group that suggests what the weekly rate should be in Missouri is the state’s Unemployment Council, a body of 11 members selected by state officers. “We are purely advisory as far as our so-called powers are concerned,” voting councilman Stephen Carter said. “We might make recommendations to the legislature and the division as to what we think are adequate payouts.” In March, the council opposed Missouri borrowing federal stimulus money for the UI fund. But the tax rates employers pay for the fund are determined by state statutes, not the council.
DEFINING THE UI FUND These key terms will help you get a grasp of the UI Fund. Missouri Unemployment Insurance Trust: The UI fund gives weekly income to those who lost their job for no fault of their own. In February the fund went into debt, prompting the state to borrow federal money. Extended Benefits: When a worker has exhausted regular unemployment insurance, they can apply for more assistance during times of high unemployment. This means they can receive assistance for longer periods of time. Unemployment Compensation Extension Act: This bill, which is now before the U.S. Senate, would extend the time people can claim benefits by 20 weeks in Missouri, where unemployment is at 9.5 percent. AFL-CIO: The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is a federation of 57 national and international labor unions, which represents about 11.5 million members and was created by the 1955 merger of AFL and CIO. Source: The Maneater archives, AFL-CIO Web site, United States Department of Labor KATIE PRINCE/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
Every January, the council submits a report to those three officers, which summarizes the council’s recommendations, Carter said. The council meets every month. “The council’s main role is to meet periodically to review any situation and make recommendations on improving the unemployment system,” Carter said. As for the UI insolvency, he said the council is talking with Missouri’s Chamber of Commerce, Labor Department, Congress, Gov. Jay Nixon and the AFL-CIO. “We don’t know what to decide at this point,” Carter said. “We don’t think we’re going to see the bottom of this recession until about the second quarter of 2010.” From August 2008 to August 2009, Boone County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.7 percent from 4.7 percent, according to the
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Rita Haralson-Alford waits for further directions in the clerical office Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Salvation Army. Each morning before she leaves to volunteer at the Salvation Army, Haralson-Alford fills out online applications and sends off her resume, hoping to land a full-time job and get off unemployment. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. people to be independent of the Mathews said in his region — organization’s services. Columbia and Jefferson City mostly “We don’t want to give people a — Salvation Army has seen a 15 hand out,” he said. “We want to give to 20 percent increase in offering people a hand up. People are still human services this year. unemployed in this community.” There are 157,000 people in Haralson-Alford volunteered Missouri claiming benefits, 11,000 at Salvation Army before getting who are claiming extended ben- a paying job there. Even when she efits, a longer period of unemploy- volunteered for free, it fulfilled her. ment insurance. Since January “I’m a workaholic,” she said. 2009, about 70,000 exhausted regu- “When you work a lot, sitting at lar benefits and 4,200 exhausted home drives you crazy.” Extended Benefits. A single mother of two sons, “They were on their last leg,” Haralson-Alford was used to workSusán said about those 4,200. ing several jobs. She used to tell herSince June 2008, the federal and self that she wouldn’t work multiple Missouri governments have passed jobs once she turned 50, but that legislation to increase extended did not hold true. benefits to UI claimants. A claimMonday through Friday, ant could earn up to 79 weeks of UI Haralson-Alford sends letters to benefits. Should the Unemployment volunteers and reviews their appliCompensation Extension Act pass cations for Christmas caroling. as is, Extended Benefits would Although Haralson-Alford has increase to 99 weeks. taken advantage of working for the Other systems are set up to charitable organization, she still deter people from needing these owes money for rent and medical benefits. In Columbia, Salvation expenses. Despite her debt and lack Army gives unemployed persons a of job security, Haralson-Alford chance to volunteer. Maj. K. Kendall remains in high spirits. Mathews, the region’s coordinator “If you don’t have the right attifor Salvation Army, said he wants tude, all you’ll do is cry,” she said.
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Film studies major gives MU an edge over others In the next few years, MU will make a Bachelor of Arts in film studies degree available. Although a minor in film studies has been available since 2000, the UM system Board of Curators voted Friday to green light the new major. Approving a new degree program might seem like a risky decision with the university’s financial situation, but film studies Director Roger Cook said the department already offers enough courses to offer a major in film studies. The majority of classes offered in film studies right now are cross-listed with other departments, including English, psychology and most of the foreign language departments. This allows more people to take these classes without having to hire additional faculty. The next step in the process to make the subject a major will be to set a curriculum in order to get a degree. Cook said faculty would be revising some of the introductory courses, as well as creating a capstone course. But the university is not in a position right now to throw tons of money at film studies to hire new professors and expand the program. If the department can make a major out of the resources they have now, they should hire a minimal amount of additional staff, if any. The university should build on what the film studies program already offers, but it should keep budget woes in mind. Once the program is implemented and the economy has (hopefully) rebounded a little bit, MU should consider expanding it. This major is a great step in the right direction. Students have been asking for a film studies major for several years. Students began asking for a major soon after a film studies minor was established. It is fantastic that the Board of Curators listened to the students’ desires. Adding a film studies major allows the university to be more competitive with other Big 12 schools. Of the Big 12 schools, six offer a film studies major: University of Colorado, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas and Baylor. We are in constant competition with the Big 12 in just about every area. Having a film studies major will allow us to recruit students who might otherwise rule us out because we could only offer a minor. If KU can offer a film studies degree, MU definitely can.
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Let's move beyond coal It was great to read the recent article “Colleges Are Battlegrounds for Coal Fight” in the New York Times and learn that students, on a national level, are taking acting on coal pollution nationally. However, this is more than just a national predicament, it is happening on a local level, right before our very own eyes. Coal is America’s dirtiest fossil fuel used today and a major contributor to global warming. Yet, it provides over 80 percent of on-campus energy generation here at Mizzou. Yes, coal, containing arsenic, lead and mercury, powers our university but, in the 21st century, why are we exposing our students, families and communities to adverse health affects that these metalloids cause? Arsenic exposure is highly dangerous to the development of an unborn child. As a
hopeful mother someday, I do not want to conceive an infant into a world of harmful chemicals, and watch the child grow up to suffer from asthma and neurological disorders associated with toxins from coal. Further, as a student at Mizzou, I would like to live in a community that didn’t burn coal, thus increasing my own vulnerability to lung cancer, respiratory disease and mercury poisoning. Because Mizzou has its own power plant, it gives us the freedom to choose an alternative to coal energy. Universities should be a place of growth and education where students can flourish, not a place of harmful pollution. Let’s move beyond dirty coal, starting here at Mizzou. — Ashley Frayne, freshman
Public option economically illogical Indulge me in a very simplified thought experiment. You, reader, enjoy beer, and I have deep pockets. We come to an arrangement: you pay me a fixed fee, and I will heavily subsidize each of your purchases of beer over the course of a night. What would we expect to see happen? I expect that your demand for beer will increase toward over-consumption since the more you use this service, the more attractive the deal becomes. Perhaps an astute bartender notices the strength of your demand and decides to react by raising the price of each beer by 25 percent. As far as you are concerned, you continue to pay the same as before. As far as the bartender is concerned, he’s reacting rationally to forces of supply of demand. As far as I’m concerned, I’m going
to have to raise the price of my fee for future nights if I’m going to keep from losing money. The price of beer will balloon and the culprit is an economic wedge — the difference between the price a consumer pays and a producer receives. And here, we apply the thought experiment to health care. In her recent column, Ms. Jordan Stein suggests that a public option is necessary to help keep costs down. I’m puzzled why Ms. Stein and her ilk can assert this as common sense in the face of the logic that the public option would exacerbate the effects of the health care wedge on health care cost inflation. Are they being ignorant or disingenuous? — Abhi Sivasailam, sophomore
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Love all with no questions asked Sami Hall
There is possibly nothing in the world that makes me more upset than the arrogant dismissal of another human being, except maybe the arrogant dismissal of an entire group of human beings. Calling lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people unnatural, pedophilic and disgusting is downright shameful. These terms, and many more I cannot bear to repeat, have been used time and a g a i n a g a i n s t t h e L G B T Q community. LGBTQ people in the United States have reason to celebrate. Last week saw Congress’ passage of new hate crime legislation making it illegal to commit physical crimes against people based on their sexual orientation. Finally, the LGBTQ community has the same protection as other minorities. But because this legislation took more than 11 years to pass, and many Republican congressmen voted against the bill, claiming it would protect pedophiles, this demonstrates just how much work is left. To judge someone on bedtime activities is about as ridiculous as judging
them on how they like their eggs in the morning. Why do so many people think it is not only appropriate, but also necessary, to restrict and restrain two consenting, rational adults whose sexual activities differ from their own? To say homosexuality is unnatural is probably the most degrading of insults. Even if we could prove homosexuality is unnatural (what does that even mean, by the way?), why would it matter? Americans have adapted to unnatural things since the beginning of time: using wheels, driving cars, wearing contacts and checking e-mail. In the words of my anthropology professor, “The naturalistic fallacy is just that: a fallacy.” The idea that something being natural makes it innately more valuable something unnatural simply isn’t true. Personally, I do not know what I would do without my completely unnatural and absolutely wonderful iPhone. There is always the argument gay marriage removes the meaningfulness of heterosexual marriage. If your marriage is so insignificant as to be harmed by gay people getting married, then perhaps you should not be married. Leave marriage to people who marry
for love and not for appearance and validation. The connection of homosexuality to pedophilia is a perfect example of extreme right-wing brainwashing at its best. The majority of pedophiles is heterosexual and commits pedophilic crimes against those of the opposite sex. The thing that bothers me most is the lack of love for our fellow human beings. I have written about this before in my discussion about health care coverage and I stand by everything I wrote. Love people. Love them if you do not understand them, especially so. Love them if you fear them. Love them if they are different than you. Love them for what they have to offer. Love them simply because they are people, too, and want the same thing out of life as you do: love. Choose to love people. It is so much easier to hate. But to choose to love someone demonstrates a humanity and strength so few people possess. Allow love in all forms — gay, straight, bisexual and others — to flourish. The fact love has to be allowed is ludicrous. It might not be your brand of love and it might never be your cup of tea, but it is love. Love those who love, even if their idea of love is different than yours.
Words of advice to annoying gym rats Christina Stiehl firstname.lastname@example.org
As a visiting prospective student at MU, the main attraction of the campus tour was the brand new, multimillion dollar Student Recreation Complex. What the tour leaders do not warn you about is the obnoxious behavior displayed by many of its patrons. Because I am not only a frequent user, but also an employee of the Rec Center, I have to endure this less-thantolerable conduct more than the average person should. My compiled list is much too long to fit in this column, so I have narrowed down my advice to just the top four annoying gym-goers (in no particular order). To the cell phone talker: I hate talking on the phone. And the last thing I want to do when I’m in the middle of my cardio is hold a conversation. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way. Can you really not wait 45 minutes to speak to someone? If you are working out hard enough, you should not have the breath to hold a decipherable, meaningful conversation anyway. Furthermore, the cardio room is pretty loud, so the phone talker needs to raise his or her voice to be heard over all the congestion. Not only does this draw unnecessary attention to you, but also it distracts me from my workout. You don’t look cool. You look like a moron. To the grunter: Fortunately at the Rec Center, there is a separate weight room designed specifically for you guys, the Pump Room. But some of you macho men creep up to the Jungle Gym and really cause
ILLUSTRATION BY CHELSEA MYERS a disruption. Although I’m sure your muscles are burning, I don’t see the need for you to draw extra attention to the fact you can actually lift weights. No one is impressed or turned on, but keep reaching for those 100 pounders, you manly men. I’m sure there’s someone out there who will one day fall for your antics and take off his or her pants midworkout. To the know-it-all: Yes, I can tell by your cut-off shirt and toned muscles you lift weights so frequently, you feel the need to inform me when I’m doing a set wrong. But most of the time, your “tips” don’t make sense. Apparently by not having sixpack abs or a penis, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to weightlifting. To the before-tanner: As a recover-
ing tanorexic, I understand the appeal of using a tanning salon, especially after a long, sweaty work out. Yes, it causes skin cancer and wrinkles, but it’s relaxing and gives you a nice-looking glow. Some people like the idea of tanning before they hit the gym, and I’m not exactly sure how it gets you pumped up for your workout. And that lotion or oil you use while baking is a hard smell to wipe off. Therefore, the mats, equipment and your two-foot radius all end up smelling like melting flesh burnt coconuts. So please, next time you take a trip to the Rec Center, be meaningful of what you are doing. You might not realize it, but other people are taking notice and are not happy. I might even write about it.
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Women not out to steal your sperm Hello frightened male “Details” readers. I am here to hopefully assuage your fears that women are out to steal your sperm. In this month’s sex and relationship section, “Details” posted an article entitled, “That was no ‘Accident’ “ — a slam dunk in terms of promoting male fear around stereotyped female neuroses. Just in time for Halloween: attack of the sperm stealing baby mommas. The article includes a few choice quotes from women who admit to or support the practice of women tricking their long-term partners into an “accidental pregnancy.” They argue this point through the good old ticking time bomb suggestion. I personally like to refer to this as the Picasso argument because if people discuss it long enough someone will always use Pablo Picasso as the reigning example because he had a child when he was 70. This is physically impossible for women, therefore women are always listening to the internal countdown of when we better procreate or lose our value as people. Women are individual people. Some of us want children; some of us don’t. Some of us worry about our fertility; some of us don’t. Some of us realize there are other ways not dependent on your body to have a family, such as in vitro fertilization, adoption and surrogacy, and some of us don’t. But I doubt most of us spend massive amounts of time preoccupied with these thoughts or any “Details”-esque scheming. Point blank: I think it is incredibly immoral to trick someone into such a long-term commitment as having a child. I would never base an important decision on the hope that seeing an ultrasound would miraculously raise my partner from the lows of Apatowian manchildness to an enlightened father. Even writing that doesn’t make sense to me. I also think this happens far less than “Details” would have us believe. The evidence for the argument other than three women and two men is based on faulty birth control data. “Details” argued if women were taking birth control pills correctly, only one in 1,000 would get accidentally pregnant. Because 50 times those numbers are reported, something shady must be going on. Maybe there is a large percentage of women using birth control pills incorrectly. Maybe there is an ignored segment of women for whom the pill is not their preferred use of contraception. Or maybe the man just has magically enduring sperm. OK, maybe the last piece is not part of scientific canon, but you get the point. And where are condoms in this? If you want to take a proactive two-pronged approach, stop complaining about condoms and wear them. Articles like those are merely platforms for “men’s rights” organizations (Isn’t that an oxymoron?) to hock their shrill, you know, reverse sexism (impossible, that would involve a huge shift of the power structure, an article for another day) and their bill of male reproductive rights. My advice for any of you out there worried your girlfriend being deceptive is this. Dump her and in the future don’t sleep with crazies.
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'Issue' a fashion film with style Documentary films seem to have a negative effect on the common moviegoer, with images of Al Gore and his graphs sending some running for the hills. It's a welcome surprise that the glitziest fun to be had at the movies this season is a très glamorous and thoroughly not-stuffy documentary, "The September Issue." This uniquely lighthearted film about the mega-iconic fashion magazine Vogue and its famed elite editors scrambling to publish their equally iconic September edition goes down like a glass of top-shelf bubbly, even if you're not the fiercest of fashionistas. "The September Issue" has a few things to say about the state of the multibillion-dollar fashion industry, but it cleverly narrows its scope to the production of Vogue's gargantuan 2007 September issue and the key players behind it, namely infamous Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Wintour has practically become a household name 22 years into her stint as Vogue editor, her image boosted by a high-profile roasting from former assistant Lauren Weisberger in the 2003 tell-all novel "The Devil Wears Prada." Garnering the nickname "Nuclear Wintour," the first lady of fashion has become synonymous with her allegedly bitchy attitude and cold demeanor. Although "Issue" unsurprisingly markets itself as an up-close-andMovie: 'The September personal look at the legIssue' Director: R.J. Cutler endary Anna Wintour, Featuring: Anna Wintour, it becomes apparent Grace Coddington and early on this is not the André Leon Talley case. Appropriate to her Rating: PG-13 cold and closed-off pubRunning Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes lic image, we are instead treated to a more inti3.5 out of 5 mate portrait of the not-so well-known Grace Coddington, Wintour's antagonistic creative director. We follow Coddington's arduous experiences photographing prospective spreads for the eponymous magazine. Coddington wears her heart on her sleeve discussing her passion for the business and images she photographs. Despite some wonderfully human moments with Coddington and Wintour's daughter, director R.J. Cutler is careful to never take himself too seriously. "Issue" cruises comfortably in the gear of decadence the full 90 minutes; the viewer is constantly bombarded with couture outfits and extravagant location shoots. Chock full of glossy images and beautiful people, the film becomes a living and breathing Vogue, only with less ads. What works best about this dive into the world of Vogue is Cutler makes sure we're never fully immersed. "Issue" is able to provide an interesting, unbiased look at the image-obsessed industry for better or worse. This is best exemplified when Coddington's on-the-fly ingenuity places one of the documentary's cameramen into a shoot, a picture that Wintour demands be touched up in order to remove the camera guy's belly fat. You don't know whether to laugh or cringe at how real the moment is. Of course, that's what's so ruthlessly wonderful about "The September Issue." It's not uncommon to go to the movies and see a slew of skinny girls and excessive fashion, but it has never felt so sincere. Whether audiences flock to the theaters to see the Prada or the devil, they're sure to stay because "Issue" is more than skin deep.
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White Rabbits return to roots The band started at MU in 2004 and will perform at The Blue Note. TOM CARBONE Senior Staff Writer With promises of Shakespeare's Pizza on stage at their upcoming show, rock band White Rabbits knows the ins and outs of Columbia fine dining. This indie-rock band, now based in New York, met while attending MU back in 2004. Guitarist and vocalist Greg Roberts and pianist and vocalist Stephen Patterson formed the band along with guitarist Alex Even and bassist Adam Russell. "I met a few of the guys while they were working at Streetside Records in Columbia and we kind of just started playing in bands together," singer and guitarist Alex Even said. "We kind of grew out of that, though." After relocating to New York, the group recruited more friends and eventually developed a solid chemistry with six members. "We felt it was time to get out of the safety net that is Columbia, Mo., and try to do things on a bigger scale," Even said. They did just that, releasing their debut album, Fort Nightly , on Say Hey Records in 2007. The band was critically acclaimed by the New York Times and Pitchfork and started touring shortly after the album's release. They were even featured on an NPR segment, "World Café," and performed on David Letterman in May 2009. This year they released It's Frightening on TBD Records, making them label-mates with famous rock bands Radiohead and Underworld. After releasing such a successful and
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The White Rabbits contemplate how to build a literal percussion gun. The group, which was founded at MU in 2004, brings its own percussion-heavy musical stylings Thursday to The Blue Note.
acclaimed debut, fans wondered what are finally getting the attention they the band would do with a new label deserve. and a new producer. It's Frightening Next year their latest record will lives up to their catchy debut release be released worldwide and they will and really shows how the band has continue to tour, adding foreign grown since 2007. locales like Australia to "(This record) was a their agenda. lot more off the cuff and Known for their comquick," Even explained. manding stage presence, "We recorded it in four Who: White Rabbits unique instrumentation weeks, where as with Fort Performing with: and creative cover songs, Nightly , we kind of had to Suckers, Glass Ghost White Rabbits put on a 9:30 p.m., sneak in recording time When: great live show. Thursday, Oct. 29 whenever we could." "We like to keep things Where: The Blue Note, Produced more profes- 17 N. Ninth St. interesting for us and for sionally and with clearer Price: $10 the people at the show. intentions than their earWe have a few tricks up lier work, It's Frightening our sleeves," Even said. proved White Rabbits White Rabbits will be could make it as a rock band. performing at The Blue Note this Touring almost non-stop in the Thursday, reinvigorating the venue U.S. and U.K., along with a show at with a certain energy only a homeSouth by Southwest, White Rabbits town band could provide.
MU jazz bands reinvent swing The bands performed at the Missouri Theatre. RACHEL KRAUSE Staff Writer Audience members at the MU Concert and Studio Jazz Bands' concert Friday night at Missouri Theatre could have easily envisioned themselves in a crowded 1950s dance hall listening to the vivacious tunes. But the MU jazz ensembles are not your grandparents' jazz groups. "It may be cold and it may be raining, but it's going to be hot in here tonight," Studio Jazz Band Director Loyd Warden said. Concert Jazz Band guitarist Alex Ispa-Cowan said the general public has a misconception of jazz being for the elderly. "And I think that's sad because jazz is awesome, for all ages," IspaCowan said. In order to change those misconceptions, baritone saxophone player Sarah Carney said the new directors, school of music director Robert Shay and jazz performance studies director Arthur White, have been working to raise awareness about the jazz ensembles. "They started booking this place for the different concerts instead of at Jesse,
so that's kind of neat having a different venue to play in," Carney said. Shay expressed enthusiasm for Columbia's music scene during Friday's concert. "One of the things that pleased me is how fluent the community is in jazz," Shay said. White, who taught at Northeastern State University before arriving at MU, is pleased with how the semester has gone. "It is such a pleasure to teach here and work with students that I consider to be some of most talented student musicians in the region," White said. Loyd Warden, who directs the Studio Jazz Band under his teaching assistantship with the jazz department, has noticed an increased interest in jazz. "The students this semester are very hard working and dedicated to their art," Warden said. "They perform at a high level and continue to inspire me to challenge them with more elaborate musical arrangements." White said he has great hopes for the future of the jazz program. "We want to add a graduate degree in jazz studies, provide more offerings in the undergraduate curriculum and utilize the great jazz resources in Columbia to strengthen the program," White said. "We're going to record our first-ever CD in the spring and this will certainly help
heighten our profile, as well as give a unique professional opportunity to the students." White hopes to implement an annual recording project with the Concert Jazz Band where they will record original student and faculty compositions, as well as new arrangements of existing pieces. Warden said he would also like to see the Studio Jazz Band, which is made up of music and non-music majors, record a CD and tour surrounding schools to promote jazz at MU. Carney, who played with the Studio Jazz Band for two years before joining the Concert Jazz Band, said the best part of being involved in the Concert Jazz Band is getting to interact with a group of skilled performers. "You're more encouraged in the jazz ensemble than the other concert bands to play with what comes into your head, like in improvs and solos," Carney said. "You get more self expression." With a group of talented performers on hand, White said he has confidence in the future of the program. "MU jazz studies has great potential, and can be one of the premiere jazz programs in the country, and I think people will take notice of this very soon," he said. "With the quality of students in the program, and the quality of future students to be recruited, the sky's the limit."
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‘Brutal Legend’ will rock your world Forget ‘Guitar Hero,’ this is a real music game.
to be big. The problems with “Brutal Legend” become apparent when trying to categorize it. The game begins as pretty straightforward brawler. It’s CHASE KOENEKE then supplemented into an MOVE Editor open world action game once I’ll admit, when I first heard you get a hold of the game’s master video game develop- main form of transportation, a er Tim Schafer announce his hot rod called The Deuce. next game would be “Brutal Even then, the game has yet Legend,” I was more than a to show its true colors until little disappointed. you get to your first stage You see, I probably am the battle. world’s biggest fan of Schafer Stage battles are set up as and developer Double Fine’s real-time strategy skirmishes, previous game, “Psychonauts,” except you are still in control an Xbox, PS2 and PC game that of Riggs and can fight alonghad you running around a psy- side your units. chic summer camp If you stick with going into people’s it and take the time brains to fix their to really learn the problems that ended system, “Brutal with a wide open GAME REVIEW Legend” can be Game: 'Brutal Legend' door for a sequel. insanely rewarding. Playstation 3 Giving up on Platforms: Another bright and Xbox 360 “Psychonauts 2” was Genre: Action/Adventure spot is the game’s hard, but after I got Publisher: Electronic Arts soundtrack. I’ve my hands on “Brutal Developer: Double Fine never been a fan of Legend,” I’m eager Productions metal music myself. Release Date: Oct. 13 to shout its praises Score: Sure, I’m aware from the highest of of icons such as 4.5 out of 5 mountains. Lemmy Kilmister “Brutal Legend” follows and Ozzy Osbourne, but I never the story of Eddie Riggs, a really enjoyed listening to any roadie for an awful pop metal of their music. band who, during an inciBut “Brutal Legend” has dent onstage, gets his blood made me a true believer and on his belt buckle/mysterious has consequently expanded my ancient idol and is transported iTunes library’s metal offerthrough time and space to the ings substantially from the two age of metal. songs I had before (those being The story is completely Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My quirky, yet thoroughly enthrall- Heart” and Osbourne’s “Crazy ing, as Riggs helps a ragtag Train,” for your reference). group of humans band togeth“Brutal Legend” is one er to fight the oppressive army of the most fun games I’ve of the Tainted Coil. played all year and deserves The writing and dialogue your attention. is classic Schafer. The words Don’t let it pass you by like spouted are hilarious, but the “Psychonauts” did. I’m still real laughs come at the won- mad at you guys for not buyderful pauses and reactions ing that one. from characters. Delivering these awesome lines is an all-star cast of voice actors, featuring metal gods Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford and Rob Halford, as well as excellent work by Tim Curry as Emperor Doviculus. And we can’t forget the star of the show, Jack Black. Schafer has gone on record saying the part of Eddie Riggs was written with Black in mind, but he never thought Black would be up for the part. When word came around that Black was actually a huge fan of “Psychonauts” and would love to work on the game, the stage was set for “Brutal Legend” ~~~~~~~~~~
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Gameday with Gerstner
Matt Gerstner Sports Columnist
Gabbert needs to sit OK, I know I said I was going to do grades this week, but I’m saying, “Screw it, I’ll just wait until the end of the semester to give final grades.” Instead, I’m going to do something I don’t usually do, and that’s question the coach. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has a lot on his plate — manage the whole team, prepare them for powerhouses like Texas, do seatbelt and motorcycle commercials — most men would go crazy. College coaching is not easy. But Pinkel has to step back, take a deep breath and think about what he’s doing, especially with sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert needs to sit. He needs to let the ankle heal. He needs to be 100 percent when he goes back on the field. I’m not questioning the kid’s toughness. He’s as tough as they come. He just wants his team to win. But when the injury in question is handicapping the entire team, you have to know when to say enough is enough. The injury is obviously hobbling Gabbert. He can’t get any push off of that ankle, completely depleting any accuracy he has in his throws. The only complete passes he threw in the Texas game were screen passes and dump-offs. Nothing downfield. The scrambler we all fell in love with after the Illinois game is dead and gone, at least until he gets his ankle healed up. I don’t blame Pinkel for leaving him in — well, I do — but I see where he’s coming from. The depth at quarterback is almost laughable. But when you’re risking permanent injury to your quarterback of the next two years, you have no choice. Sit him down. Let him heal. Do what you planned to do at the beginning of the year. Run the football. It should work against the cupcake of a schedule we have the rest of the year. If the defense plays the way it should, then sitting Gabbert shouldn’t be a problem. Right now, he doesn’t give you the best chance to win. He can’t make the throws he needs to. With sophomore quarterback Jimmy Costello, the downfield threat is at least a possibility. I think Pinkel is a little flabbergasted right now. His team is in a tailspin. The Big 12 North is still mathematically winnable, but one slip-up and it’s all over. Not that it matters. It’d be ugly even if we won the North. I think you have to start preparing for next season. Groom the players you want for next season. Don’t risk anything. Maybe if things go well, Gabbert can come back for the Border War against Kansas on Nov. 28. But you have to think about what’s best for him in the long run. Just be smart about this. Sit him down.
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Texas slams Missouri in Homecoming EVAN GLANTZ Senior Staff Writer Saturday night was supposed to be an exciting Homecoming game for the Tigers and a sold-out crowd of 71,004. But the Texas Longhorns dominated the Missouri defense, and suffocated its offense on the way to a 41-7 victory. “I can’t be more disappointed,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “There were a lot of mistakes. I’m not taking anything away from (Texas), but I expect my football team to play a lot better than that. I don’t care who we’re playing. I don’t care if it’s the New England Patriots.” Senior quarterback and last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy, who lived up to his billing by completing 26 of his 31 passes and throwing for 269 yards and three touchdowns, led the Longhorns. The Longhorn’s signal caller did not throw an incomplete pass until midway through
ALL LONGHORNS On Saturday’s Homecoming game, the Longhorns dominated the Tigers offensively and kept them in check defensively. Missouri
Rushing yards Passing yards
*Marked Missouri’s fewest total yards of offense since losing 66-0 against Kansas State in 1999. MAURA HOWARD/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
the second quarter. “You’ve got to come out for the big games,” senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. “You’ve got to be fired up against guys like Texas and Oklahoma. You have to match and exceed their intensity. We just didn’t start the game correctly.” Texas scored on each of its first three drives and had a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. McCoy threw two touchdowns, and sophomore running back Fozzy Whittaker ran for another. “We were beating ourselves, and we weren’t communicating well enough on coverages,” sophomore linebacker Will Ebner said. “On most of their scores, we got one side of the field running one coverage, and the other side running another.” The Tigers appeared to find a rhythm in the second quarter. Freshman tailback Kendial Lawrence came in as a change of pace and promptly took off for a 22yard run. Junior tailback Derrick Washington added a 13yard run to set up Missouri’s first and only touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert found senior wide receiver Jared Perry for an 11-yard score. The good feelings would not last. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Longhorns blocked
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Texas sophomore wide reciever Malcolm Williams slides out of the hands of Missouri junior defensive back Carl Gettis on Saturday night on Faurot Field. Missouri's loss left them 0-3 in the conference, at the bottom of the Big 12 North and with a record of 4-3 overall. and recovered a punt in Missouri’s end zone to go up 35-7 and effectively seal the game. Further dampening the mood on Faurot Field was Gabbert’s departure from the game in the middle of the third quarter. He appeared to re-injure his right ankle. Gabbert finished the night eight of 16 for 84 yards and a touchdown. “(Gabbert) is OK,” Pinkel said. “It was just precautionary. He was real upset that we took him out. But if we could have been in a position to score, maybe get back in the game a little bit, then we would have played him.” Gabbert said he rolled
his ankle and irritated the injury he sustained against Nebraska on Oct. 8. But when asked about whether he would play next weekend in Colorado, Gabbert was firm in his answer. “No doubt about it,” Gabbert said. After the loss to Texas, the Tigers find themselves in a hole. The team is 0-3 in Big 12 play and knows in order to compete for the Big 12 North championship, it needs to make the most of the next five games. “There’s no other option,” Ebner said. “What we’re doing right now isn’t Mizzou and we’ve got to get back on track.”
Tigers in hole early in Big 12 North The Tigers haven’t started at 0-3 in the Big 12 since 2002. SEAN LEAHY Sports Editor The Missouri Tigers blazed to a 4-0 start this season, but after three weeks of conference play, they suddenly have some catching up to do. Losses to Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas on Saturday night mean for the first time in seven seasons Missouri has started 0-3 in the Big 12. The Tigers also find themselves only a game above .500 overall. There is little margin for error the rest of the season if the two-time defending Big 12 North champions look to keep the crown in Columbia. “It’s a pivotal point in the season, obviously,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to
figure that out. The sense of urgency has got to be here.” The last time the Tigers dropped their first three conference games was when they fell to then-No. 3 Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas Tech in 2002. That team went on to finish the season with a 57 overall record and a 2-6 conference mark. As for the 2009 team, Pinkel said the time is now for the Tigers to pick things up. “If we don’t start playing better, you’re never going to win a game,” Pinkel said. “You’ve got to play well.” After Saturday’s games, Missouri remains at the bottom of the Big 12 North. Although it is only 5-3 overall, the Kansas State Wildcats stand at the head of the standings with a 3-1 conference record. The rest of the North Division is hovering around the .500 mark in Big 12 play. Iowa State stands at 2-2 and is followed by Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado at 1-2. The good news for
A LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD Apart from Missouri falling to No. 3 Texas on Saturday, here's a look at how the rest of the Big 12 North fared. Game Iowa State vs. Nebraska Kansas State vs. Colorado Oklahoma (22) vs. Kansas
Score 9-7 20-6 35-13
Source: Rankings from the latest AP poll MAURA HOWARD/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Missouri is, except for Nebraska, it plays each of those teams before the season ends. “We got to come out and win these next Big 12 games that we have because, other than that, we have no choice,” junior tailback Derrick Washington said. “We want to get to the Big 12 Championship. It’s hard to bounce back from three losses, but I think we’re capable of doing it.” Missouri looks to get back in the win column against Colorado this Saturday in Boulder, Colo. The Tigers have won the last two games against Colorado by a combined 103 points. Missouri comes home
to play Baylor on Nov. 7 before heading out to play the Wildcats on the road Nov. 14. The Tigers then come home to play the Cyclones on Nov. 21 and are in Kansas City to finish the season against the Jayhawks on Nov. 28. “We’ve got a decision to make,” senior wide receiver Danario Alexander said. “What type of team are we going to be? We got Colorado next week and we’ve got to get focused for it.” For Washington, the goal of getting to the Big 12 Championship game is still within reach. “It’s still possible,” Washington said. “Everybody’s got to get that mind set that we can still do it. Once everybody gets on the same page, then we’ll be fine.” Alexander said the team has to take the season one week at a time. “We can’t look down the road,” Alexander said. “We just got to focus in on the game and get a win.”
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Sophomore guard Miguel Paul drives to the hoop during the Black and Gold Game on Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. Gov. Jay Nixon led the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Gold team, coached by UM system President Gary Forsee.
English shines in Black and Gold Game SEAN LEAHY Sports Editor On Friday night, Missouri took one final look back before the unofficial start of the 2009 basketball season. Prior to tipoff in the Black and Gold Game, coach Mike Anderson handed out rings commemorating last year’s Big 12 Championship to players who participated in the tournament. Then, the first step of the new season began. In an intra-squad affair, the Missouri Black team took down the Gold team, 91-82. “I thought they played with some energy given that they only had limited substitutions,” Anderson said. “We’ll have a weekend of practice. I treat that as a practice as well.” Sophomore guard Kim English led all scorers with 32 points, 12 on 21 from the field and four of 11 from beyond the arc for the Black team. Sophomore guard Miguel Paul led the Gold team in scoring with 19 points on seven of nine shooting, despite battling an illness during the week. UM system President Gary Forsee and Gov. Jay Nixon were honorary coaches for the game. The contest was dominated by quick trigger guards and featured plenty of shots. “We’re back to defense in the morning,” senior guard J.T. Tiller said. “It’s all seriousness getting ready for the season.” The Black team jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. Fans got an early look at freshman guard Michael Dixon as he scored the first two points of the game on the first shot of the game. Dixon ended up with 22 points total and was two of four from
beyond the 3-point line. Dixon was recruited out of Lee’s Summit West in the Kansas City area. “With Mike, you can see why he’s one of the better players in our state,” Anderson said. “He’s got a quick first step. It’s going to be a process just learning what he can and can’t do at this level.” The Gold team held a 58-50 lead over the Black team at halftime. English led all scorers with 18 points in the first half. With 1.1 seconds remaining, Dixon committed his fifth foul. Under normal circumstances, Dixon would have fouled out of the game. But the freshman had a little help from his coach, Nixon. “I pardoned him,” Nixon said. With the special sanction from Nixon, Dixon took the court again in the second half. Anderson said he had no thoughts of defying Nixon’s decision. “If the governor says he got a pardon, he got a pardon,” Anderson said. Dixon came out to play the second half, scoring 11 more points and even accruing another foul. The second half saw the teams trading leads until the Black team pulled away toward the end of the game. The game featured four lead changes and the score was tied three times. The Black got the better of the Gold team by shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. Sophomore forward Laurence Bowers led all players with nine rebounds in the game. Mizzou Arena saw 5,324 come for the contest, one year after 2,529 showed up for last year’s Black and Gold Game. The Tigers open the exhibition season Nov. 6 with Truman State.
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