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roots 'n blues 'n bbq
a preview of the music, food and culture of the festival
roots 'n blues Roots ‘N Blues combines music, food, running MAP: ROOTS ‘N BLUES ’N BBQ HALF MARATHON AND 10K RUN
The Ultramax Championship Series will hold its final race at the Roots ‘N Blues ’N BBQ festival Oct. 2. The race begins and ends on Cherry Street downtown. Broadway B
KEY: Start 10K route Half marathon
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The marathon begins and ends at Flat Branch Park on Saturday.
For months, Jodie Hayes has been training diligently. Using “Runner’s World” SmartCoach online as her guide, she is preparing for her first marathon race. Each day spent running a longer distance at a steady pace brings Hayes one step closer to the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Half Marathon & 10K Run. The half marathon will be held Saturday, beginning and ending at Flat Branch Park. Ultramax Events will once again collaborate with the festival to encourage people to live active lifestyles. The money raised will go to Central Missouri Community Action, the primary charity for the event. To help both beginners
and elites feel prepared for the marathon, Amy Livesay from The Starting Block, as well as other groups, have trained with them for a few months. “No one should feel intimidated by the run or the course,” Ultramax Event Manager Kaela Rorvig said. “We attract all sorts of ability levels from beginners to elites and everyone has fun.” With an expected attendance of around 1,200 runners in both the 10K and half marathon combined, plus a new $5,000 cash prize for the 10K winner, the Ultramax staff is looking forward to a very successful portion of the festival. “We are very excited for this event,” Rorvig said. “Especially with the addition of the 10K prize purse, we look for this race to grow more and more each year and begin to attract elite runners from all across the country.” The prize purse is not the only thing runners have to look forward to.
As each participant runs the course, workers, spectators, family and friends will be there to offer support. Five live bands, such as The Wild Cat Daddies, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen and Man in the Ring, will also be performing to set a positive tone and high energy. “This race will have lots of energy surrounding it,” Rorvig said. “From the bands to the support of the community, it’s going to be a fun time.” For beginners like Hayes, the sound of a cheering crowd, on-site results within minutes and a celebratory barbecue will help make crossing the finish line a great experience. “I am especially looking forward to crossing the finish line,” Hayes said. “It will feel great to have that finisher’s medal around my neck. I’ve watched friends and family members complete marathons and half marathons, and I cannot wait to have that feeling of accomplishment.” kristyl hawkins | reporter
Get up, shut up and dance
* Atlanta-based Mudcat refuses musical labels and creates its own.
There is a certain grit found in every band. Each has its resistance to authority, with an ideological view of music and an obligation to its fans. In some cases, like for the Atlantabased band Mudcat, playing music is an integral part of American culture. “Blues is just like America itself,” guitarist and singer Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck said. “It’s a melting pot of all these different cultures.” Although many critics label Mudcat’s sound as blues, Dudeck doesn’t see the music he plays as any type of genre. True, the band does hail from the South (the birthplace of the blues) and will play at this weekend’s Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival. But to Dudeck, there is more to music than labels. “I won’t put a name on it to make it easier for other people,” Dudeck said. “I think all these different genres of music are just kind of made up.” Instead, Dudeck said the band borrows traditions and sounds from all over the world. The result is a type of music that is the same type of melting pot Dudeck as described the blues. “It’s universal,” Dudeck said. “That’s why people love it on every continent.”
Dudeck also knows a thing or two about his country’s passion for the blues. After playing music for 26 years, he has made numerous tour trips to Europe. He said the difference between the audiences in Europe and America are significant. “In Europe, most of the time, people are watching very intently,” Dudeck said. “They are taking it very intellectually.” But, he doesn’t let the audience’s reaction affect the way he likes to play music. He said he wants every one up dancing and having a good time. “In France, I had to tell them that it was OK to dance,” Dudeck said. “Then we became the band that moved all the tables and chairs.” In order to get people energized at Roots ‘N Blues, Dudeck and the rest of his band will play with Music Maker Revue, a non-profit group that centers around finding poverty-stricken blues artists and helping them get on their feet. Dudeck is a board member of the group, and he talked highly about the organization’s efforts to help poor musicians. One story he recalled fondly was the story of Cootie Stark. Music Maker Revue found Stark playing
for $50 a night at a North Carolina pizza parlor and living in a low-rent apartment. “After a couple years (with Music Maker Revue), Cootie Stark was touring the world,” Dudeck said. “He had so many important things to say — not just music things, but things about life.” Music Maker finds musicians all over the country and gives them an outlet to perform. The organizations set at Roots ‘N Blues will feature multiple musicians sharing the stage. Musicians will also get their own time in the limelight. Mudcat, in addition to its own, separate set, will lend a hand (and a guitar) during Music Maker’s performance. Dudeck also said he sees Music Maker as more than just a music preservation society. “(The musicians are) purveyors of human history, but also human culture,” he said. No matter who is on stage with Mudcat, Dudeck admitted Columbia and Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ is one of his favorite places to play. “This is one of my favorite gigs,” Dudeck said. “It feels like a second home because they treat us so good.” pierce courchaine | MOVE editor
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Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck, the front man for the band of the same name, plays guitar. The Georgia-based band will be performing at the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ festival this weekend.
Latin fusion band to add diversity to festival Local Latin fusion band LA MOVIDA’s energetic sound could make any listener swear he or she were in Colombia rather than Columbia. The ensemble, performing at 5 p.m Saturday at the Whole Hog Lounge of Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ, produces an eclectic sound combining influences as varied as Spanish flamenco to Santana-style rock. “Our music is definitely both Latin and fusion,” said Walt Goodman, Spanish guitarist and vocalist for the band. “We don’t have the instrumentation of a traditional salsa band, but we play a lot of salsa. We have a lot of rock guitar and a funk influence.” Accompanying Goodman in the frontline are lead vocalist, flutist and clave player Melania Bruner and lead guitarists and vocalists Tom Williams
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and Ryan McLouth. The rhythm section consists of bass player Ben Phelps and percussionists Ryan Borden on timbales and John Markowitz on congas. With diverse backgrounds in classical, jazz, rock and Latin music, the musicians of LA MOVIDA hold no loyalty to any specific sound. Rather, Goodman said the band holds a loyalty to the fans who come to its gigs and to the passion and energy of all varieties of Latin music. Goodman can recall the first time he heard live salsa music performed at The Blue Note by Del Alma, three of whose members actually play in LA MOVIDA today. The experience encouraged him to perform Latin music. “There was a kind of energy that’s unique,” Goodman said. “The elec-
tricity when you have that combination of (Latin Music) and the people on the dance floor is powerful and invigorating.” The Joplin native has a profound appreciation for such experiences and accredits Columbia for its widespread acceptance of Latin music. “It’s a really wonderful community here that embraces live music and different types of cultures,” Goodman said. “We get a great response from Latinos and no less of a great response from the general public at large. I think Columbia is about as good an incubation place for a band of any kind that you can get.” From The Blue Fugue to Mojo’s, LA MOVIDA has performed at countless Columbia venues during the past two years. Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ is of
special importance to Goodman, who will be performing there for his third time — but his first with LA MOVIDA. “Not everyone thinks of roots as being Latin roots,” Goodman said. “It’s cool to be a bit of an alternative to what most people think of like folk, bluegrass, country and blues.” Despite the band’s unexpected sound, LA MOVIDA plans to perform with as much passion as any other musicians at the festival. “We are trying to evoke life and dancing and good, strong, powerful music that gets people up and dancing,” Goodman said. “It’s nowhere near a ‘movida,’ a movement, until you get that receptivity from the audience.” The band’s usual opener, “Cuarto de Tula,” features a traditional upbeat
rhythm section alongside an unconventional electric guitar riff reminiscent of Los Lonely Boys, whom LA MOVIDA performed with at Columbia’s Summerfest. LA MOVIDA’s passionate attitude also fuels the band’s music. “LA MOVIDA is not so much a band or a word as a way of life,” Goodman said. “All the songs we play are basically a celebration of life. Life is short, and you should really live and savor it.” Wherever life takes the band, LA MOVIDA plans to continue making music. “Viva LA MOVIDA!” Goodman said. angie andera | reporter
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Stewart Road to be closed until fall 2012 Repairs to the MU Power Plant shut down the street. JARED GRAFMAN Senior Staff Writer Stewart Road will be closed between Providence Road and Fourth Street for nearly two years, beginning Oct. 4. Additionally, Stewart Road between Fourth and Fifth streets will be shut down for most of that time. An e-mail was sent to MU students announcing the road closing. “Vehicle traffic that normally enters campus on Stewart
Road will be re-routed south on Providence to Turner Avenue or north to Elm Street,” the e-mail stated. “Pedestrians and bicyclists will be re-routed through parking lots RC16 and RC 15, on the south side of Stewart between Providence and Fifth Street.” The e-mail also stated the road closing is to ensure the safety of pedestrians, and vehicle traffic will be re-directed north and south around the closure. “Workers will replace a coal-fired boiler with a 100 percent biomass boiler and perform other maintenance at the University of Missouri see STEWART, page 6
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Firefighters from the Columbia Fire Department douse a demonstration dorm room fire Wednesday in Speakers Circle as part of the 10th annual Fire Factor. The room burning was accompanied by several other booths and activities to help students become more aware of fire risks.
University Hospital performs 1,000th kidney transplant KATIE CURRID/ASSOCIATE EDITOR
E.Z. Charge could expand to the downtown Columbia area as early as fall 2011, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs said. The expansion would be a product of efforts from the Missouri Students Association and the Department of Student Life.
TRAVIS CORNEJO News Editor University Hospital celebrated is 1,000th kidney transplant at a news conference Wednesday. On Aug. 31, surgeons performed the living-donor transplant, removing the kidney of
Nancy Russell to place in her son, Ethan Russell. The surgery lasted about five hours. “In this case, it was a living donor,” Renal Transplant Program Director Mark Wakefield said. “A very special gift from mother to son that will allow Ethan to have a very normal life.”
Ethan was diagnosed with a rare, progressive congenital disease in Des Moines, Iowa. “It was tough with his autism to know how he was feeling,” Ethan’s father Emmett Russell said. “You never know if he’s feel-
E.Z. charge program could go off campus Hansen, Oxenreider give details AMANDA CAPUA Staff Writer
E.Z. Charge could be a payment option at off-campus locations as early as fall 2011, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs said. “Over the past few years, we’ve said no,” she said. “We don’t see anything stopping it, and we’re going to continue to explore the idea.” Campus Dining Services Director Julaine Kiehn said offcampus E.Z. Charge would work just as the on-campus program does now. “It would be a prepaid E.Z. Charge that would be paid by cred-
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it or debit card, cash or check,” Kiehn said. “It would all be paid ahead of time and never show up on the student bill.” Scroggs said the money would be in a separate pre-paid account, and students would be able to put more money in the account when they wanted to. Students would continue to use their student ID cards for off-campus E.Z. Charge. Student charge would not be a part of this new program. Scroggs also said no vendors have been spoken to at this time, and they are far from talking to them about the new possible program. see E.Z., page 6
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on MSA presidential platform The slate’s platform is based on four key points.
their candidacy. Hansen is the Department of Student Activities director and Oxenreider is the Department of Student Services direcNATHAN DIVERS tor for MSA. Staff Writer Ac c o rd i n g to Hansen, the duo’s comA third slate for the bined executive experi2010 Missouri Students ence within MSA is an Association presidential election was BEN HANSEN asset that could help make their campaign added Tuesday after successful. MSA executive cabinet mem“I’ve already been in the bers Ben Hansen and Kaitlin Oxenreider officially declared executive branch and council
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The Missouri softball team launch took both games of a doubleheader Saturday in their first preseason contests. Sports, page13
for almost a year and half now,” Hansen said. “That’s given me the experience to know what the executive branch is all about and how it’s meant to be the most effective type of leadership in MSA.” Campaign manager Stacey Sobelman said Hansen and Oxenreider have a good idea as to what MU students want to see out of a presidential campaign, as well as an expansive knowledge of the inner workings of student see MSA, page 6
Medians and crosswalks More than a week after the City Council approved the addition of medians to College Avenue, new details emerge. Outlook, page 9
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Events Calendar FRIDAY 1
Mizzou After Dark Presents Dinner and a Movie: “Date Night” 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jesse Auditorium ( Jesse Hall)
Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Missouri Humane Society (616 Big Bear Blvd.)
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Tate Hall renovation to be completed on time Classes in the hall will resume in fall 2011. JARED GRAFMAN Senior Staff Writer Tate Hall renovations are on schedule to be completed on time. Classes will be held in the hall beginning in the fall 2011 semester. “June 2011 construction should be complete, and then the department will begin moving back in,” Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville said in an e-mail. “Classes will resume in the building beginning fall ’11.” College of Arts and Science Dean Michael O’Brien is looking forward to the renovated Tate Hall. “We’ve got a world-class department of English, and it’s nice that we’ll have a worldclass facility for them now,” he said. S o p h o m o re M i c ha e l Marcanik said he isn’t annoyed with the ongoing construction at Tate Hall. “I didn’t really notice much noise before,” Marcanik said.
“The construction doesn’t really bother me. It’s just there.” The connector between the 1959 and 1924 buildings that make up Tate Hall has been demolished, along with all the interior classroom and office walls, Seville said. The new connector will have spaces set aside to allow for more interaction between people in the 1924 and 1959 buildings. The heating and electrical systems have also been removed, and the main stairway of the 1924 building has been removed and will be replaced with a new stair configuration. “The original ground floor of the 1924 building was removed and re-poured with a new concrete floor,” Seville said. New windows have arrived at the renovation site and are being installed, Seville said. The east elevation entrance to the 1924 building is undergoing foundation waterproofing. “Masonry restoration work will be on-going this fall also,” Seville said. “We are installing the new chase at the connector and building the con-
nector frame walls. Framing of new classroom walls and office walls has begun and will continue. Rough-in for electrical work will follow the wall framing installations.” Seville said Tate Hall had been on the list of buildings requiring renovations for many years. “The old heating system ran steam piping within the old floor joist system of the 1924 building,” she said. “This method of distribution would not be allowed in today’s practices.” The heating system will be updated by installing a new mechanical chase at the southwest corner of the connector, allowing for a new air distribution network to be delivered to both the 1924 and 1959 buildings, Seville said. There will be many new upgrades to the renovated Tate Hall that will make students and faculty more comfortable. “The new building should provide for a better environment with the new air conditioning/heating system,” Seville said. “New windows will help with the environment control also.”
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Tate Hall, which housed the English department, is undergoing renovations and additions and will be finished in fall 2011. The windows in the building, as well as all heating and electrical systems, are being replaced. Tate Hall will have new lighting and floor furnishing, new restrooms, a larger elevator and an enclosed stair tower, Seville said. “With the removal of the old library stacks, the area will be better used for private offices or small meeting rooms,” Seville said. “The reading room will gain new life as a large class-
room with at least 70 seats but maintain the historic charm of the two-story space and large windows.” Seville said changes should be more user-friendly for all. The changes, which include making the building brighter and more modern, should not affect the building ’s historic exterior appearance.
Curators discuss law school rankings Carpooling goes digital MICHELLE GAO Reporter The School of Law’s drop in U.S. News & World Report rankings in the spring sparked discussion at last week’s UM system Board of Curators meeting. On Thursday, Chancellor Brady Deaton presented the ranking changes from U.S. News & World Report. Law School Dean R. Lawrence Dessem prepared the information for the presentation. The school’s ranking declined in several categories, such as undergraduate GPA and assessment scores among judges and lawyers. The most noticeable drop was in graduates employed nine months after graduation, with a decline from last year’s ranking of 57th to 150th. Deputy Provost Kenneth Dean said it is more important to view the school as a whole than focus on a few particular numbers. “When you look at everything, you’ll see that our reputation among judges, practitioners and other academics has always been good,” Dean said. “There’s going to be minor little shifts, like a few percentage points drop in the graduates employed nine months after graduation. (The scores of dropped categories) are still good percentages." Dean said another important thing to notice is the ranking is resources-driven, which can only be changed by adding more resources. Dessem said the ranking is an interesting exercise but has limits in many ways. “I think the rankings are problematic because certain parts can-
not be quantified,” Dessem said. “For example, the quality of teaching is very important, yet there’s no numbers they can count. They look at numbers they can count, like the number of books in the library. These factors may have nothing directly to do with the experience of the students.” Dessem said the quality of education and students’ experiences are what the School of Law has been focusing on. “We look at other things,” Dessem said. “We always do quite well in the reputational portion of the ranking. Our alumni have done exceedingly well. We have a lot of governors of the state (of Missouri). We have a graduate at the United States Senate and a couple of House representatives, judges and mayors.” Dessem said the school’s reputation and alumni resources would lead to faculty recommendations and ongoing relationships for law students. New career service coordinators will focus on each individual student to help them with career developments. Paul Ladehoff, interim assistant dean for Admissions, Career Development and Student Services, said the new enhancements are not in response to the ranking drop. Rather, they are designed to help law graduations in the today’s economic environment. “If we are a good law school, we are,” Ladehoff said. “We acknowledge those rankings and we pay attention to them, but we don’t game the system as other law schools. A few number drops do not change anything. We pay atten-
MU’s Law School rankings in US News and World Report were discussed at the September Board of Curators meeting.
Measures that didn’t change: Peer assessment score 59th Volumes and titles available 86th Measures that increased: Acceptance rate 139th to 132nd Employment at graduation 114th to 110th Student-faculty ratio 174th to 148th Measures that decreased: Assessment score among judges and lawyers 47th to 50th Median undergraduate GPA 64th to 66th Graduate employed nine months after graduation 57th to 150th Graduate’s bar passage rate (minus overall bar passage rate in jurisdiction where most graduates take the bar exam) 82nd to 137th Average expenditures per student for last two years – instruction, library and supporting services 167th to 173rd Source: Board of Curators presentation ASHLEY LANE/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
tion to the best of our students.” The presentation also mentioned a September 2010 national study that ranked school faculty 55th in the nation with respect to the impact of their legal scholarship.
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MU has joined the new online program RideShare, a website that provides students who are traveling to the same place an easy way to network with each other. RideShare, a free service, is still in its initial beta testing stage, and MU is only the third school to join this new program. It follows Brigham Young University and the University of South Florida. Student Auxiliary Services spokeswoman Michelle Froese said in an e-mail that because the university is participating in the beta testing program, the service is free of charge to MU. Similar services charge up to $10,000 for campuses to access the software. To access the website, users must create an account and join MU’s online group. Then, all the other users from that area are shown, along with a picture of them, past carpools they have participated in and any pending rides. RideShare also sends students instant notifications through e-mail or their cell phones to let them know when someone has posted a ride going to their home city. Froese said in the past, when campus was smaller, there was an actual ride board in the Brady Commons. The ride board was a large wooden map of the U.S. with pegs where students could leave their names and contact information to see if anyone wanted to share a ride to a certain location.
“Those were the days when we weren’t inundated with stories of serial killers, etc.,” Froese said. “The former program would not meet the safety standards we would want for our students today.” On RideShare, all a student’s personal information is kept private, and there is no spam or sharing information with a third party. Right now, RideShare is an unknown concept to most MU students. “I think RideShare is a good program for people who want to use it, but I would personally rather carpool with my friends,” freshman Kaleigh Whiston said after being informed of how the website works. Former BYU student Matthew Scott said he hasn’t had much luck with the RideShare website. “I first interacted with the ‘Ride Board’ at BYU,” Scott said. “The website seems to be an outgrowth of that concept, because the ride board had so much trust built into it.” Scott said students knew who was posting, and they had more peace of mind when sharing a ride with someone. “I think it sounds like a pretty risky business, if you were to ride with a stranger,” freshman Dylan Macoubrie said. “I’d prefer to text my friends to carpool, not use a website.” According to RideShare’s website, a part of RideShare’s profits are donated to charities, such as Clean Media United, Enterprise Mentors International and United Angels Foundation.
the BLOTTER The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.
MU Police Monday, Sept. 27 Kamren S. Seiling, 19, of 9240 N. Reams Road, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia Tuesday, Sept. 28 Zane L. Womack, 18, of South Hall, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia Caleb M. Krenning, 19, of St. Charles, on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor Seth A. Holt, 19, of 407 Burnam Ave., on suspicion of use or possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday, Sept. 29 Jacob D. Belinski, 19, of Galena Hall, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor -- Ally McEntire, staff writer
Monday, Sept. 27 William D. Birenbaum, 20, of 120 N. Tenth St., on suspicion of disturbing the peace Deshon J. A. Houston, 20, of St. Louis, on suspicion of third-degree assault Michael P. McKeon, 20, of 120 N. Tenth St., on suspicion of disturbing the peace John O. Schust, 20, of 120 N. Tenth St., on suspicion of disturbing the peace Tuesday, Sept. 28 Tatiana L. Diaz, 18, of 2309 E. Broadway, on suspicion of thirddegree domestic assault Dasha D. Williams, 18, of 1924 N. Creasy Springs Rd., on suspicion of stealing Wednesday, Sept. 29 Michael W. Threat, 20, of 3512 Chapel Hill Road, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, resisting or interfering with arrest, stealing and tampering with physical evidence — Allison Prang, 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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Restraining order issued in Quinton’s fall case Kelsi Poe has been released from the hospital. A Boone County Circuit Court judge ruled to extend a restraining order that prevents both Quinton’s Bar and Deli and Harpo’s from destroying security footage showing Kelsi Poe’s Sept. 4 fall. Poe, 19, suffered face, neck and skull injuries after she fell from a staircase at Quinton’s shortly before 5 p.m. Sept. 4. She remained in critical condition at University Hospital for weeks after the incident, but Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Haden said Poe has been released from the hospital. “With injuries of a serious nature like these, the recovery can be very lengthy,” Haden said. “We’d especially like to talk with her, and because of that, there’s no reason to move at lightning speed. We’re taking our time here.” Haden said the department is still actively working on the case. “We’re still investigating the incident,” Haden said. “Our investigation is not only
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dealing with Quinton’s, but also Harpo’s and any of her friends or people associated with her during the chain of events.” Haden said CPD was able to recover footage from Quinton’s, but the tape from Harpo’s was unavailable. “We’re still investigating why that is,” she said. Haden said CPD would like to review all the tapes for various reasons. “We were looking at the tapes to see whether or not foul play was involved, and it clearly shows there was none,” she said. “We also want to see who was in the business at the time, make sure we’ve identified and talked to everyone. We need to see who was drinking and what and how much.” Poe’s attorney Ron Netemeyer said the original restraining order was obtained Sept. 17, and there is a hearing scheduled for Oct. 8 to discuss a permanent injunction. “A restraining order is a temporary order from a judge to tell a respondent not to take a certain action until a full hearing is had,” Netemeyer said. “We’ll have a hearing with a judge for permanent action, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be able
FALL LOCATION A 19-year-old woman fractured her
skull, neck and face after falling off the internal stairwell at Quinton’s Restaurant and Bar on Ninth Street in early September. Cherry Street
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to come to a good agreement between parties.” He said restraining orders are not uncommon in cases like this. Sometimes businesses tape over old surveillance footage as part of normal business practice. The restraining order will make sure he will have access to all the evidence in the case, Netemeyer said. “We’re simply looking for evidence, not looking to implicate any person or any business,” Haden said. “We’re just looking to uncover the truth, and to do that we need as much information as we can get.” —Kelsey Maffett, staff writer
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'Hate Wall' exposes negative stereotypes Garret Ritchie Staff Writer Various religious and social justice student organizations on campus met to identify and break down stereotypical barriers faced by student groups at the Hate Wall event Tuesday night. The Missouri Students Association Multicultural Issues Committee organized the event. MCI Chairwoman Alex Holley said the event was reorganized for more audience participation in order to make it more of a forum than a presentation. “In the past we’d take a wooden wall and people would go throughout the day and write down different stereotypes so students could go by and see it,” Holley said. “The problem was they would see these things but not do anything, so this year we decided to make it a little different.” MSA senator Lindsay Miller said the Hate Wall event was created in order to expose the stereotypes faced by students on campus. “Different organizations or individuals are putting down different stereotypes or things that have hurt them in the past,” Miller said. “Whether it’s because of their
race or sex or their sexual orientation, just things that have offended them or hurt them.” The premise of the event was to allow students to take a cardboard ‘brick’ and write down stereotypes and derogatory language they’ve experienced on them, and then use those bricks to build a hate wall that symbolized the stereotypes faced by students on campus. Five groups and about 40 students were in attendance, including the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, The Triangle Coalition, The Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative, The South Asian Student Association and The Filipino American Student Association. HALO member David Aguayo said the organization participated in the event to clear up misconceptions about Hispanics/Latinos. “This is all about clarifying misconceptions,” Aguayo said. “Particularly for our organization, those that deal with Latinos and Hispanics, so I’m just here to represent our organization and clarify these misconceptions that people may have about Latinos and Hispanics in general.” Triangle Coalition Spokesperson Kayden Prinster said the event was a good opportu-
nity for a variety of student groups to interact and learn about the stereotypes that other people face. “It’s just really important to be here because it’s not just about representing Triangle Coalition,” Prinster said. “It’s also about seeing everybody else that’s involved, and how hate has affected other people and to find that common ground because we don’t get to interact with these other groups very often.” Before the wall was destroyed, students broke up into three small groups to discuss the stereotypes in depth and come up with solutions for eliminating them both on campus and beyond. To end the night, students knocked down the wall to symbolize the elimination of stereotypes and prejudice on campus. Students counted down and let out a cheer as the wall of cardboard boxes was destroyed with a foam sword. Phillip Simpkins from the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative presented for the organization and said he hopes these stereotypes will be a thing of the past in the near future. “I just hope that all these stereotypes that you see here will be nonexistent hopefully within a short
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Sean Nahlik, Multicultural Issues Committee member, speaks during the Hate Wall event Tuesday at Memorial Union. Students spoke against stereotypes before knocking down a cardboard wall covered with them. period of time,” Simpkins said. “It’s going to take a lot of work on
our part and on the part of other groups that are here today.”
IC notes new Celebrate Ability Week law’s importance sees high turnout Lauren Bale Staff Writer
The MU chapter of Invisible Children met with Rep. Gary Marble, D-Mo., on Tuesday to raise awareness about the newly passed LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. The law primarily focuses on stopping Joseph Kony and preventing the violence that has plagued Africa for more than 20 years. Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is comprised mainly of children between the ages of 8 and 12. President Barack Obama signed the bill in late May and has until Nov. 20 to act upon the legislation. The MU chapter of Invisible Children has made it a goal to ensure the law retains its momentum until then. Annie Bastida co-founded the MU chapter as a freshman and has watched the group grow since its creation. “It started out really small with 12 people and has grown into this huge organization where we have a couple hundred people at events,” Bastida said. The group recently met with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., but Bastida said Tuesday’s meeting with Marble was more successful. “The meeting was wonderful,” Bastida said. “It went really, really well, much better than with McCaskill.” Although Bastida is extremely excited about the newly passed legislation, she said the group’s job now is to ensure the law is not forgotten. “We don’t want it to lose momentum,” Bastida said. “We went to thank him for his support and remind him about the pres-
ence of the law.” Co-president Becky Dale stressed the importance of the LRA Disarmament Act because she said all other measures for peace in Uganda have failed. “I think that right now, as far as the situation is today, every other method that can be tried has been tried,” Dale said. Dale also said the Tuesday meeting with Marble was a success. “The meeting was fantastic,” Dale said. “Gary Marble was incredibly responsive and already knew about the situation.” Dale said she hopes as the law raises more awareness, Missouri congressmen will get involved. “I specifically want Sen. McCaskill, Sen. (Kit) Bond, and Rep. (Blaine) Luetkemeyer to become involved,” she said. The group continued to raise awareness about the efforts of Invisible Children on Tuesday night by hosting a movie screening about the life of Emmy, a boy growing up in Northern Uganda. Bastida said she hopes the new LRA Disarmament Act will remove Kony from power and bring safety to Emmy, as well as the thousands of children like him in Africa. “All the people in Uganda have been waiting for peace for so long,” Bastida said. “All they want is peace. I think once he has been removed and the rebel army is gone, peace should be there.” Asimwe Proscovia, 19, grew up in Northern Uganda and said the efforts of Invisible Children helped her, as well as many others in her town. “It is because of Invisible Children that Joseph moved out of Northern Uganda,” Proscovia said. “Everyone in Uganda is proud of Invisible Children.”
Organizers hope the event will continue on an annual basis. Jimmy Hibsch Staff Writer Organizers and attendees alike said they’ve been impressed with the results of Celebrate Ability Week, increasing the chances of it becoming an annual event at MU. The week-long slew of events, which began Monday with a Tiger Wheelchair Basketball open house, was initiated to morph the public’s view disabilities. On Tuesday, a number of participants gathered at the Student Recreation Complex for a Celebrate Accessible Sports fair. Attendees were able to try several sports typically pursued by people with disabilities, ranging from Power Soccer to track. Event Coordinator Troy Balthazor said the event provided a relaxed environment for the public to learn and attempt accessible sports. “A big part of why we’re doing this is to show that when disability occurs, there’s opportunity for all sorts of recreational activities,” he said. “We want to get the word out about these different kinds of sports.” The following day, Mark Zupan, star of the documentary “Murderball,” visited campus. Early in the day, he signed copies of his autobiography, “GIMP,” at University Bookstore followed by a pre-
sentation in Jesse Auditorium in the evening. Zupan has been quadriplegic since a car accident his freshmen year at Florida Atlantic University. “Ever yone makes mistakes, but I don’t regret any of the mistakes I’ve made because they are what makes you who you are,” he said. “You learn from those mistakes. I don’t wish I could change anything or choose a different path, because I’m lucky.” Able to remain candid in his presentation, Zupan elicited a number of laughs from his audience. “My disability, it’s pretty obvious,” he said. “My mom didn’t shoot me out with a chair attached. If she did, then she’s taking some great prenatal vitamins.” When questioned by an audience member about his ability to remain lighthearted about his situation, Zupan laughed. “That’s what makes it even more fun,” Zupan said. “You’re going to have to break the ice sometime. I mean, joking around about it, it piques people’s curiosities. If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the fun?” Being quadriplegic has taken him places spanning the Academy Awards, to the Paralympics, to “Jackass,” so Zupan said he wouldn’t erase the past even if given the chance. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down,” he said. “I’ve done interviews with people and
they try to say ‘No, you’re full of it,’ but I’m not.” Amanda Gastler, senior chairwoman of Missouri Students Association department of student activities speaker’s committee, was responsible for Zupan coming to MU. She said he was a natural fit for Celebrate Ability Week’s theme. “He’s a really awesome guy, just in being around him for the past few hours,” she said. “He’s more of like a friend. It was like a conversation he was having with the audience instead of just lecturing.” Services for Independent Living Director Aimee Wehmeier said she enjoyed Zupan’s presentation. “His speech was amazing,” she said. “He breaks the barriers of a stereotypical person with a disability.” Feedback such as this is why Balthazor considers Celebrate Ability Week a success. “I’m very impressed with the amount of people who came, especially students,” he said. “They’ve been the most amazing turnout. Faculty hasn’t really been here, but students have really stepped up and made this week.” For this reason, he sees Celebrate Ability Week continuing in the future. “It’s starting to look that way,” Balthazor said. “I don’t want to speak for the entire group, but from the feedback I receive from MSA and the other players involved, I think this is going to happen again, and I think it’s going to be even bigger next year.”
STEWART: Coating to be added to towers Continued from page 1 Power Plant,” the e-mail stated. “The closure will extend east on Stewart Road to Fifth Street later this fall.” The boiler should be ready for use in late 2012, according to the news release. Lighting will also be installed for a temporary path that will re-route pedestrians and bicyclists. “Because so many students, faculty and staff walk or ride their bikes to campus from west Stewart Road, we wanted to make sure that we could re-route them along an alternate and safe path,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Gary Ward said in the news release. In another project, a protective coating will be applied to the exterior of the north and south chimneys, according to the release. “The chimneys were built in 1980 and 1981 and have sus-
government. “They have a very strong grasp on what the average student at Mizzou cares about,” Sobelman said. “They have all the qualifications to make them good leaders, but they also have the things that would make them good friends.” Hansen and Oxenreider will run their campaign based around the four platform points of community, scholarship, efficiency and conservation. “All four points are very strong and definitely things that need improvement at Mizzou,” Sobelman said. Boosting student involvement in Homecoming, expanding MU philanthropy efforts, getting students interested in The Jungle, improving campus accessibility for non-traditional students and making MSA a more transparent organization are all ways Hansen and Oxenreider plan to better the MU community, Oxenreider said. “We’re here to improve student involvement by emphasizing the intrinsic value of being a student leader,” Oxenreider said. Oxenreider said the campaign plans to improve students’ academic experience through finding a balance between the expertise of MU faculty and students’ learning styles, as well as improving communication in course evaluations, recommendations and technology. “We really need to work on assessment and communication between students and professors so we can have more of a say in what’s going
KIDNEY: Mother donated kidney
tained damage from repeated freezing and thawing,” the news release stated. “As moisture gets into the cracks and freezes, it expands. The expansion causes pieces of concrete to loosen, a process known as spalling.” MU has been producing heat and electricity using a Combined Heat and Power system, which reduces CO2 emissions by an estimated 107,000 tons per year, according to the news release. That is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 17,900 passenger vehicles. “MU is recognized nationally as a leader in energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy usage by 13 percent per square foot and greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent per square foot since 1990,” the news release stated. “The 20-year emphasis on energy conservation has resulted in a current annual savings of $6.8 million.”
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on in the classroom,” Hansen said. “We know best how we can learn.” Hansen and Oxenreider also plan to evaluate the spending of student fees and MSA’s $1.3 million budget to make sure student money is being spent appropriately. “We’re committed to improving the overall efficiency of the University of Missouri in order to make things more affordable for students,” Oxenreider said. According to Oxenreider, she and Hansen will be running a “green campaign,” printing everything they give to students on recycled paper, as well as looking into the amount of energy used around campus. “We want to conserve our resources and give back to the environment,” Oxenreider said. In addition to Hansen and Oxenreider’s four platform points, the two candidates want to make sure students are aware of what MSA is and what it does. “A lot of students don’t know that they ’re paying money to fund MSA, that they can get involved and have a say in how the money is spent,” Hansen said. “I want to bring this bureaucratic system that is above a lot of people’s heads back down to the base level.” Hansen also said he is excited about the involvement of other campaigns and the level of competition going into the elections. “I’m happy that we have a lot of candidates this year,” Hansen said. “I’m looking forward to the election, because we’ll have some competition and that will motivate all the candidates to do their best.”
Continued from page 1 ing sick. You always have to rely on taking his temperature and watching his actions.” Emmett Russell said his son didn’t communicate much at all when he was younger. “We found out about a year and half ago that Ethan was going through kidney failure and immediately we decided to start with Nancy, to see if she was going to be a donor,” Emmett Russell said. “Thankfully, Nancy was a perfect match.” The family’s doctors were concerned about transplanting an adult kidney into an 8-year-old, and it was a matter they looked at beforehand. “(Ethan’s doctor) made a tiny little incision in Ethan, and the kidney was able to fit in,” Wakefield said. “You have to make sure there is room for it to fit. In this case it was just perfect.” According to an MU Health Care news release, the average lifespan of a transplanted kidney is 12 years. Some University Hospital patients have lived for more than 30 years with their original transplant.
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Kidney transplant recipient Ethan Russel snuggles with his mother Nancy Russell during a press conference Wednesday at University Hospital. Nancy Russell’s donation last month marked University Hospital’s 1,000th kidney transplant. “Our expectation for Ethan is that the kidney could last him 20 or 25 years,” Wakefield said. Wakefield said although there haven’t been many changes in surgery techniques, the likelihood of success has changed dramatically. The first kidney transplant at University Hospital was performed in 1972 by professor emeritus of surgery Gilbert Ross. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has honored University Hospital’s organ donor program for four consecutive years with the Medal of Honor. The hospital ranks with more than 400 hospitals across the country, all of which have organ donation consent rates greater than 75 percent throughout a year. Wakefield said on the national level, living donors represent 35 to 40 percent of kidneys donated. At University Hospital, the numbers are 20 to 25 percent. He said they make sure what they do is safe for the donors.
“In our geographic area, the wait for a deceased donor kidney is shorter than the national average, thanks to our partnership with to our organ procurement organization,” Wakefield said. To have a kidney transplant program, a population of patients with kidney disease is needed, along with a large infrastructure. “Most transplant programs are centered in urban environments and large tertiary care centers, which is a huge disadvantage for patients who live in rural parts of the country,” Wakefield said. “There’s research that says the further you live away from a transplant program, the less likely you are to get a transplant.” Wakefield said University Hospital has provided Columbia with its transplant program and access to advanced treatment options for nearly 40 years. “It’s the only place outside of Kansas City and St. Louis in the state where you can get a kidney transplant,” Wakefield said.
E.Z.: Legal details to be determined Continued from page 1 “They would need to buy the needed equipment, and we’ll need to decide whether vendors with licenses to serve alcohol may participate,” Scroggs said. Kiehn said the restaurants would need to pay MU a percentage of each sale. “The university lawyers will need to approve it and draw up internal procedures,” said Justin Mohn, Missouri Students Association Operations Committee chairman. “We need to figure out how venders can apply for the program.” Scroggs said there are no specifications yet, as they are still in the developmental process.
Mohn said one of the programs that was looked at when thinking of expanding E.Z. Charge was the University of Texas at Austin’s Bevo Bucks. “Bevo Bucks are a benefit to students to use both on-campus and off-campus,” said Nadine Kelley, program coordinator for the Division of Housing and Food Service at UT-Austin. “It provides a cashless and convenient way for students to make purchases both on-campus and locally.” Bevo Bucks has been in place at UT-Austin for approximately seven years, Kelley said, and there are 70 off-campus and 30 on-campus participating vendors. “Each merchant can offer a spe-
cial one week out of the semester for Bevo Bucks,” Kelley said. “Bevo Buck merchants can submit advertisements to our residential cable information channel for no extra charge.” Back at MU, off-campus E.Z. Charge would only be usable at restaurant locations. “UT-Austin has a wider program with restaurants and stores,” Mohn said. Other schools’ off-campus charging systems were researched, including Virginia Tech’s, Scroggs said. But MU’s off-campus E.Z. Charge would be its own entity. “Barring the lawyers, we can’t find a reason not to do it,” Scroggs said.
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Free speech not always popular Next week Fred Phelps, the leader of Westboro Baptist Church, will stand before the highest court in the land and defend his right to free speech. Albert Snyder, the father of a soldier, will stand across the room from him and defend his right to assembly and freedom to practice religion. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral for Snyder’s son, who died in combat in Iraq. They stood a couple hundred yards from the site holding signs that read sentiments such as “Thank God For Dead Soldiers.” Fred Phelps and WBC believe the war in Iraq and the bombing of the Twin Towers are manifestations of God’s displeasure with America’s tolerance of homosexuality. The Snyder funeral was not the first military funeral WBC has picketed: The church has performed numerous similar protests. Most who oppose the picketing feel the same way: WBC’s picketing of military funerals is a violation of the mourners’ right to a peaceful funeral. They consider it part of one’s protected freedom of religion and right to assembly. At the same time, freedom of speech and the same right to assembly would seem to protect the church. Some states have already ruled their funeral protests constitutional. In light of the controversy, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to step in and settle the matter, but there is only one ruling that can uphold the Constitution. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the popular one. The only parts of speech not protected under the Constitution are hate speech and things that immediately incite violence or riot, like yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater. If this rule were what the court ultimately decided to go by, then it would seem the church’s protests would continue. They don’t immediately incite violence or riotous behavior through their protesting. But what if the court decides to disregard that rule and go on the merits of the specific case alone? What if the patriotic appeal of a soldier’s funeral sways its decision? If it rules the WBC cannot continue protesting, it will signal a new era in American political life and really, in American life in general. A ruling like that cracks open a Pandora’s Box, even if only an inch. Admittedly, such an issue might not come up for years or decades. But when it does, how long until the third issue arises? And the fourth? How long until redefining freedom of speech becomes commonplace and what used to be impolite becomes illegal, even a federal crime? The court might rule in favor of protecting military funerals. Remember though, Plato said the tyrant’s entry into society is in his initial role as protector. What is defensible as protection now can evolve into too much government power down the road. This is my conundrum: I don’t think Phelps and his church should be so insensitive as to intrude on the funerals of fallen American soldiers, but I don’t want to enter into any sort of situation where the government has a hand in what I can and cannot say. I think Phelps and friends are wrong and cruel, but I think they have a right to be wrong and cruel, and I don’t think the Constitution or the ideas behind freedom of speech allows the court to say otherwise. Unfortunately for Snyder and other parents mourning their sons who were killed in combat, it looks like WBC will live to picket another funeral.
Dorm room scorched in Fire Factor burn Jessi Turnure Staff Writer Lowry Mall and Speakers Circle were set ablaze with excitement as spectators gathered to learn about fire safety and prevention at the 10th annual Fire Factor on Wednesday. “About 10,000 people came through the event within a six-hour span,” said Lt. Shawn McCollom, assistant fire marshal to the Columbia Fire Department and liaison to MU. Fire Factor was open to the public, with invitations extended to Columbia College and Stephens College. The main attraction was the third annual “Live Room Burn” in Speakers Circle, where a large crowd witnessed a fire engulf an 8-by-12 foot room replica. McCollom said it burned for two minutes and 48 seconds as firefighters extinguished it. “People really don’t realize that there is very little time to get out of a building,” McCollom said. “There is no time even to grab a cell phone. You usually have less than 30 seconds to get out of there.” CFD Fire Marshall Steven Sapp said next year the fire department will add a second replica to the presentation with a built-in sprinkler system to extinguish the fire. “The university has actually been working on a 15-year sprinkler system project, which is about 73 percent complete and will provide all campus buildings with sprinklers,” Sapp said. The Fire Challenge, a timed obstacle course, included dressing in full firefighter gear, dragging a hose 50 feet and towing a 75-pound dummy to safety. Participants also had the opportunity to extinguish a live fire with a portable fire extinguisher and take a ride 100 feet in the air in the ladder truck bucket of a fire truck. Free pizza, soda and t-shirts were available for anyone interested.
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Columbia resident Miranda DeCourley plays inside a Columbia Fire Department fire truck Wednesday on Lowry Mall. CFD burned a demonstration dorm room to show how quickly flames can spread as a part of its annual Fire Factor event. "I was walking back from class and wanted to see what all the commotion was about,” sophomore Kate Doveikis said. “I didn’t even know how to use a fire extinguisher, so I definitely learned something.” Fire Factor took place at the end of Campus Fire Safety Month. According to the website, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,570 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks from 2003 to 2006. “Residential Life has done a fantastic job of banning the use of candles, smoking, etc., but students off campus and in Greek housing need to be taught proper fire safety,” McCollom said. Sapp said cooking accidents are the leading cause of fire nationally and on campus. Students also need to be cautious of cigarettes, candles and portable heating
equipment. “They need to ensure that the place they’re going to live in is safe, especially those off-campus,” Sapp said. “Usually this is the first time students are away from home without their parents. Now they have to understand personal responsibility.” Sapp said one of the best ways for students to practice fire safety is to have fire alarms in their residences and ensure they are working properly on a regular basis. “Too many students ignore fire alarms and don’t take them seriously,” McCollom said. “Fires happen all the time — more than people realize.”
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Mayor forms pro-parks tax group The last parks tax was put in place in 2005. Jade Earle Associate Editor Columbia residents will vote Nov. 2 whether to renew a one-eighth cent sales tax to fund city park improvements. The measure has garnered both criticism and support and has prompted Mayor Bob McDavid to announce a support committee. The tax is used to fund green space renovation, maintenance and improvements for existing parks and new development. Provided that the tax expires March 31, 2011, an extension over the next five years would raise about $12 million for park facilities, trails and park improvements. Columbia’s sales tax rate will remain the same if the measure is passed in November. According to the Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation website, more than half of the projects funded by the 2005 parks tax are completed and a few are under construction or near completion. Tammy Miller, a spokeswoman for the department, said even though no specific project under construction is a top priority, there are various projects that affect students, depending on their interests and activities.
“Any of these projects would benefit students because students use the parks,” she said. Miller said many students who live near Rock Quarry Park, which is surrounded by student housing, are benefiting from the park’s recent completion. In order to build support for the tax, McDavid announced the formation of Friends of Columbia’s Parks this month, which consists of residents and government officials. Committee member Marin Blevins coached sports in Columbia and said he witnessed the benefits of parks for children. “A good solid stable park center is great for kids as an avenue to do things and enjoy themselves and have a nice safe environment,” he said. According to Blevins, the better the park system, the more attractive the parks will be for people in other cities to visit Columbia. He also said more park improvements and maintenance are necessary for the safety of the people in the city. “The parks are good in terms of revenue because people come to Columbia to use our parks,” he said. Although renovation of the parks can increase revenue for the city, members of the Boone County Libertarian Party do not believe it is fair to impose taxes on residents without the consent of the majority. Committee member Gordon Rogers
BREAKDOWN On Nov. 2, Columbia residents will vote whether to renew a one-eighthcent local sales tax to finance improvements to city parks. The renewal would raise an estimated $12 million over five years, which would be used for several purposes.
$2,025,000 Land acquisition
$2,540,000 New facilities
Source: Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation
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said even though he would not be voting as a Libertarian when he votes on the renewal, he does think those who do not vote for the tax should not have to pay. “We shouldn’t have to vote on whether to keep our money or not,” he said.
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Over the Edge raises awareness for Special Olympics Lauren Bale Staff Writer The Columbia Police Department provided an opportunity for thrill seekers to rappel down the Tiger Hotel on Wednesday to raise awareness and money for the Central Area Special Olympics Organization of Missouri. Participants who raised more than $1,000 for the organization qualified to “go over the edge” of Tiger Hotel and rappel down the 10-story building. The proceeds from the event go directly to the Special Olympics organization, which provides sports training and athletic competition to children with mental disabilities. Diane Brimer, director of the Central Area Special Olympics Organization of Missouri, was a special education teacher who first became involved with the organization after chaperoning a ski trip sponsored by SOMO. “I just really fell in love with the whole experience of it,” Brimer said. “I was teaching some of the athletes that were participating, and I got to see them in a different light then I normally get to see.” Brimer said the money raised by the fundraiser would primarily be used to pay for competitions and to cover the cost of uniforms and sporting equipment. “It’s all about raising awareness and money to help support the programs and competitions we do for our athletes,” Brimer said. The Central Area SOMO encompasses 23 counties, and according to Brimer, that
makes it harder to provide opportunities for all who want to participate. “The challenge when you have 23 counties is to get competitions to all parts of the central area so people get the same opportunities to volunteer or come out and witness what our athletes do,” Brimer said. “We have to spread the wealth.” CPD Detective Cyndi McLane has been volunteering at Special Olympics fundraising events since she began working for the police department 10 years ago. “I’m on the committee, so I help with the planning of the event and how, logistically, we’re going to set everything up and how it’s going to flow,” McLane said. Missouri police departments have been involved with the Special Olympics programs for 25 years and volunteer their time at various other SOMO events throughout the year. “We do several fundraising events such as the Polar Bear Plunge in February and the Torch Run in May, where we carry the torch to the games for the Special Olympics,” McLane said. Participant Jeremiah Turner became involved with the Over the Edge fundraiser through a friend, who convinced him to scale the building last minute. “Fortunately I work for a company that was all on board with sponsoring me, so they kicked in the major portion and then I called friends and family,” Turner said. “I basically had 24 hours to raise the money to do this.” Turner said his fear of heights made his descent from the top of Tiger Hotel a thrill
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Grant Bracken of Woodhaven, a center for people with developmental disabilities, rappels down the top of The Tiger Hotel on Wednesday during Over the Edge. The event was part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Missouri. he has never experienced before. “I am terrified of heights, so it took me some convincing to put my feet over the ledge, but once I took that first step I knew there was no turning back,” Turner said. “It was definitely exhilarating.” Volunteer Jan Stephens has experienced first hand, along with her autistic son, the benefits and opportunities SOMO provides mentally challenged children.
“He used to stand in the corner and do things by himself,” she said. “Now he actually talks to strangers and gave a speech in front of 2,000 people one time.” Stephens said the benefits of SOMO go far beyond physical activity. “They do have the sports,” Stephens said. “But, they also get socialization, they get friendship, and they get to feel independent.”
Faculty donations lean left Volunteers teach adult literacy WHERE THE Allison Prang Staff Writer
A recent study from the Center for Responsive Politics shows political endorsements from college professors trend toward Democratic candidates. The CRP tracks where money in all forms at the federal level comes from and divides it into 120 different special interest areas, including education, CRP spokesman Dave Levinthal said. “We basically just looked at all the data we had compiled and tried to make sense of it,” Levinthal said. CRP’s report on college professors’ political donations for the 2009-2010 year is broken down into money donated to Democrats and Republicans and displays the total amount of donations as well. Of the 51 colleges and universities included on the list, only Calvin College, a small college in Michigan, had more money donated to members of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. MU was not was not included in the list. Levinthal said it is not always clear why college professors donate to a specific party. “Oftentimes they were very reluctant to say why,” he said. According to political donor information from the Missouri Ethics Commission, of 128 donors in 2009-10 who listed MU as their employer, one donated $10 to a Republican candidate and 36 donated a total of $3,355.23 to Democratic candidates toward statewide elections in the 20092010 year. Other donations were made to either other political groups or nonpartisan candidates. Donors who financed Democratic candidates included those who specialized in the subjects of sociology, social work, political science, biological engineering, health, education, biochemistry, public affairs and administration. The Republican donor was listed as working with financial aid. The campaign for Kelly Schultz, a candidate in the state’s 21st House district, is one of the main groups benefiting from political donations from MU professors, as seen in the Missouri Ethics Commission’s records. Schultz said this trend is because she
MONEY GOES A study released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that of the money donated to candidates' campaigns by professors in 2009-2010, almost all went to Democratic candidates.
Parties/local candidates/ third parties: $7,890 Republican candidates: $10 Democratic Candidates: $3,355.23 Source: Missouri Ethics Commission SPENCER PEARSON/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
attended MU for her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s degree in public administration and because she is a very strong supporter of the university. Schultz’s husband also teaches food animal medicine at the MU School of Veterinary Medicine. MU political science professor Marvin Overby said overall, Missouri is a “purple” state, with a mix of Democrats and Republicans, but many professors at state universities tend to lean more Democratic because they believe the government should do more for higher education. “As public sector employees, we tend to be more interested in what government does because what government does directly affects our paycheck,” he said. “Higher education has been under something of an assault in recent years, from both Republican and Democratic politicians. What you’re seeing perhaps is faculty becoming more politically involved to put some campaign money behind our interests.” Overby also said political donations by professors could vary by school and department. Young Democrats of Missouri spokesman Thomas Bloom said he also thinks political donations from professors can be impacted by their academic disciplines. “It’s pretty established that professors do tend to lean more to the left more often than not,” he said.
Abby Spudich Reporter
Blanca Arce is one of 12 students who met with tutors for the first time at the Literacy Action Corps meeting Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Columbia. Arce, a Columbia mother of three, came to the United States from Mexico 16 years ago. Arce said she spent most of her time in California, where she did not need to speak English. “I really need somebody to help me to learn English in the right way because I understand a lot, but when I try to speak English I get confused, and I speak in past when I need to speak in present, or something,” Arce said. “In this country you need to learn the language if you want to get a better job, and the people treat you better when they know you speak the language too.” Arce’s tutor, Barbara Michael, said her goal is to help Arce become confident in her English. Tuesday’s meeting was the second of five volunteer-training workshops. Once training is complete, the tutors and students will meet for an hour or more once a week. The LAC was founded in 1968 by a group of First Baptist Church members. The group is part of a national organization called Proliteracy and offers Adult Basic Literacy for native English speakers and English Language Learners program for non-native speakers. Volunteer Carol Miller said the ABL program is much smaller because the students are more reluctant to ask for help. Miller said learning to read books is important even in the digital age. “If literacy and reading and writing are not important in your life, then you might not graduate,” she said. “You might not stick with it throughout your lifetime. Even with all the technological things, like computers, you still have to be able to read, to interact with the computer and with the people.” ELL Student Coordinator Shirley Colbert said the English program includes four components: dialogue, structure and
focus, vocabulary and pronunciation. There is also a literacy program developed by Frank Laubach, a pioneer in adult literacy training. After the volunteers met with their students for the first time Tuesday, Colbert showed them the Literacy Library, a room the church has dedicated to books used by the corps. The collection includes the four-level Laubach Way to Literacy workbook set and books on topics such as culture, citizenship and reading newspapers. The selection also includes student-written books. Colbert first became involved with English literacy 25 years ago after a tragedy illuminated the need for a local program. While working in the International Friends organization, she met a Chinese woman struggling to learn English. Colbert was ill equipped to help the woman, and the student quit out of frustration. The woman planned to move back to China in six months, but after the subsequent Tiananmen Square Massacre, her husband decided he would not return to the hostile political situation. Eventually, the woman became depressed. Before her husband could take her to the hospital for help, she committed suicide. The woman’s death prompted Colbert to find a better way to help students learn the English language. Colbert found the LAC, which at the time only offered ABL, and established the ELL after taking training courses herself in Springfield. At Tuesday’s workshop, Colbert taught her skills to 12 volunteers. The tutors broke into groups to practice teaching techniques involving four components: model, repeat, question and review. Volunteers wrote “survival plans,” dialogues for their students to memorize to help them in everyday situations, such as going to the doctor. “I want to multiply myself,” Colbert said. “I just don’t want to do it one-onone by myself, I want to multiply myself through other people, and get more people involved.”
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VOLUME 9, ISSUE 6
Indie pioneers The Mountain Goats have stood the test of time.
The original blue-collared band IN THIS ISSUE RIDE THE WAVE: rockers + Surf Turbo Fruits
celebrate the open road and rock lifestyle.
THE ORIGINAL CREEPERS:
Stars of "The Social Network" explain why we should "like" the film.
TAKE A WHIFF: your + Use nose and
unleash your creative side at Make Scents.
From boom box to recording studio *
The Mountain Goats will play Oct. 5 at The Blue Note.
Nearly 20 years ago, John Darnielle did the world a favor. He began recording lo-fi, indie rock songs on a department-store boom box under the moniker The Mountain Goats. It was not until 2001 that The Mountain Goats recorded a studio album, Tallahassee . Darnielle teamed up with friend and bassist Peter Hughes for this project, a collaboration that changed the face of the band permanently. “It was a coincidence,” Hughes said. “We were already planning to do some recording when 4AD (the record company) called. After we finished touring on ( Tallahassee) we thought, ‘Wow, this is awesome. Let’s make another record together.’”
The addition of Hughes to the line-up brought about some stylistic changes. “I feel like there was some tension at the beginning,” Hughes said. “I wanted to expand the sonic palate and make a record that would appeal to more people, but there was a little push-pull as to what (Darnielle) was comfortable with.” Another Mountain Goat, drummer Jon Wurster, joined the band in 2007. Prior to adding an actual rhythm section, Darnielle was known for his emphatic guitar playing. His method of performing accomplished what a backing band would normally achieve. Expanding the group allowed Darnielle to shift his focus elsewhere within the music.
“The funniest thing about adding (Wurster) was how natural it was,” Hughes said. “He’s such a versatile and great drummer that he adds a lot even when he’s not doing a lot in terms of color and texture. He adds a dimension that wasn’t there before.” Hughes concedes that even with the two additional members, The Mountain Goats remains the child of Darnielle’s brain. He writes songs with a self-conscious feel but oddly poignant lyrics that shock and awe interchangeably. Just two years after the release of the stylistically different Tallahassee , The Mountain Goats once again underwent a transformation. During the years prior to the album We
Shall All Be Healed, Darnielle would insist his songs were entirely based in fiction. But the 2004 album chronicled Darnielle’s experiences in Portland, Ore., with a group of friends addicted to methamphetamines. In 2005, The Mountain Goats produced another autobiographical album, The Sunset Tree , in which Darnielle focuses on the topic of an abusive stepfather. Two albums later, Wurster joined the crew to create the poppy and accessible rock album, Heretic Pride. The Mountain Goats’ most recent album, The Life of the World to Come, is a compilation of songs based around verses of the Bible. These songs are less religious than
they are an examination of Biblical poetry and images. “I don’t think it alienated anybody,” Hughes said. “It was genius on John’s part. The audience really got it. It also brought us a bit of exposure from places we wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise.” The Mountain Goats create brooding songs that ultimately illuminate the strength of survival that can be found within everyone, even in the darkest of times. In this manner, the band has attained a level of fame they are very comfortable with. “We love what we are doing, but at the end of the day we still get to be normal people,” Hughes said. susan daniels | staff writer
Target Masters offers shooting for stress relief *Follow in Dirty Harry’s footsteps after a test.
“Come on, punk, make my day,” Dirty Harry rumbled in “Sudden Impact,” looking to fire off a few bullets to vent some stress. Students looking to put a few bullets through a target to relieve their own stress can do just that at Target Masters of Columbia. Target Masters is a 10-lane, 25-yard indoor shooting range where customers can take their aim at a variety of targets. The targets are hung on a trolley that goes on a cable any distance up to 25 yards away from the shooter. “We just verify ages,” Target Masters salesman Mike O’Dell said. “In order for someone to shoot on the range, our policy is a 15-year-old can come and shoot so long as they are with a parent or guardian, or if you’re by yourself you have to be 18.” Target Masters will hold a customer’s ID while they are renting at least one of Target Masters’ several guns available, O’Dell said. Target Masters employees will also use their discretion when allowing people to shoot on the range, he said. “Come in sober with a good mindset, you’re good,” O’Dell says. “Not to sound negative or that sort, but we will use our discretion. If somebody comes in and they look like, I don’t know, they’re coming out of a bad relationship and they’ve got a lot weighing on them and they just seem mentally not there, we might not let you on the range. If you come in smelling of alcohol, you’re not going to get a gun.”
Many people who don’t shoot often rent a .22 handgun just to let out their stress, O’Dell said. It costs about $4 for a box of 50 rounds of ammunition. O’Dell said Target Masters hasn’t seen many college student customers this semester because the range was closed for repair when classes began but that the range draws in customers ranging from teenagers to retired adults. “We’ve got the gambit,” O’Dell said. The idea of going to a shooting range to relieve stress had not occurred to junior Daniel Blake, who thinks it would be effective. “It sounds like a good idea, but I don’t have a car so it would be hard for me to get (to Target Masters),” Blake said. “I’ve not thought about a shooting range as a stress reliever, but I think it’d work.” Other students, such as junior Sebastian Martinez, don’t see shooting a gun as a way to relieve stress. “I probably wouldn’t go to a shooting range to relieve stress because I don’t view shooting as a stress-relieving activity,” Martinez said. Target Masters has run special discounts for students in the past but will be changing things up and going online when offering discounts and offers in the future. “Right now, we have a Facebook fan page that, when we get it all together, we’re probably going to post coupons in our photo section that people can just print off and bring in,” O’Dell said. “What we’ve
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Target Masters on Rangeline Road is the only climate-controlled public shooting range available in Columbia. It offers customers $10 handgun rentals for use in its 25-yard range. done in the past for college students, if you came in and you did the range rental and bought the ammo, we’d wave the charge on the gun rental.” O’Dell said he loves seeing college students who come into Target Masters showing an interest in learning more about guns and gun safety. The only thing he would ask is to come in with an open mind. “If you’re interested, come talk to us,” O’Dell said. “We’re going to
teach you that yes, guns are dangerous. They can take someone’s life if used improperly. But if you have an open mind and are willing to learn the proper ways of doing it, it’s just a tool like anything else.” Target Masters also offers various types of pepper sprays, stun guns and Tasers for those who want to protect themselves and don’t want to buy a firearm. Although Target Masters doesn’t
guarantee shooting at the range will relieve a person’s stress, it helps a lot of the time. “Prior to me working here, I was a member here,” O’Dell said. “I used to take my lunch breaks here. If I was having a bad day, I would come in here. This would relieve stress, I would go back, and the rest of the day would go good.” jared grafman | senior staff writer
MOVE HIGHLIGHTS (MOVIE RELEASE) “ANIMAL KINGDOM” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, OCT. 1 LOCATION: RAGTAG CINEMA
After winning Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, “Animal Kingdom” finds itself playing at Ragtag. Guy Pearce plays a detective working to bring down a Melbourne (Australia) crime family headed by Janine, played by the talented Jacki Weaver. Move over, Godfather: Janine orders hits and bank robberies with the best of them. Australians might have funny accents, but there is nothing funny about this.
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(MOVIE RELEASE) “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, OCT. 1
(MOVIE RELEASE) “LET ME IN” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, OCT. 1
Almost every college student has a Facebook. But who knows how it all started? “The Social Network” tells the tale of the betrayal, hatred and dolla bills that went into creating this massive phenomenon. Jesse Eisenberg once again stars as an awkward young adult, this time as the loved and hated creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg. Throw in Justin Timberlake and you got yourself a blockbuster.
As Halloween draws nearer, Hollywood releases more and more hor ror/fantasy films. The industry’s latest scarefest, “Let Me In,” tells the story of a boy that befriends a vampire. As if “True Blood,” “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” weren’t enough vampire-based entertainment, “Let Me In” has decided to get in on the cash grab. The film is actually a remake of the 2008 film “Let the Right One In.” Do you need any more reasons not to see it?
(EVENT) 5TH ANNUAL 24-HOUR COMICS DAY TIME: NOON DATE: SATURDAY, OCT. 2 LOCATION: ARTLANDISH GALLERY, 1019 E. WALNUT ST. TICKETS: FREE
Local Columbia artists come together to celebrate the 5th Annual 24-Hour Comics Day. In celebration of the lost art of comic books, artists will start, write, draw, color, edit and complete a 24-page comic. It might not be the next “Superman” or “Batman,” but coordinating the talent to create a book in one day is pretty impressive. Plus, it will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a comic book.
Outside the box...office
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CHASE KOENEKE movie columnist
‘Wall Street’ a total bear In 1987, director Oliver Stone presented to the world a movie called “Wall Street,” a film in which Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) sets his sights on making it big as a stock trader like his idol, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). After learning his idol is more about making shady insider dealings than making money honestly, Fox then helps to put Gekko behind bars. By all accounts, it wasn’t a bad picture; Douglas even took home an Oscar for his performance. Here in 2010, Stone went back to his golden-egglaying goose to bring us a sequel of sorts in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Unfortunately, Stone’s goose gave him a bronze egg instead. What Stone has made is essentially a movie that not only puts his original work on a pedestal, but throws it under a bus as well. On one hand, everything in “Money Never Sleeps” is practically a reference to the original. Many lines of dialogue are cut and pasted right into the new script. Inconsequential characters, such as an old real estate saleswoman, make inconsequential comebacks. But instead of feeling like a homage, the references feel more like a shameless plugs. Hell, even the title “Money Never Sleeps” is ripped straight from the 1987 script. On the other hand, “Money Never Sleeps” seems to try its review best to undermine any and all EET of the happenings from the first WALL STRSTO NE movie. DIRECTOR: OLIVER Even the whole reason FEATURING: MICHAEL Gekko (still well-played by JOSH F, EOU LAB SHIA S, GLA DOU Michael Douglas) is put behind BROLIN, CAREY MULLIGAN bars — Bud Fox assisting the RATING: PG-13 RS, Feds — has been swept to the RUNNING TIME: 2 HOU side. Instead, the crime is attrib13 MINUTES uted to a new villain who is not of 5 mentioned once in the original film. What’s even worse are the concepts presented in “Money Never Sleeps.” It’s as if Stone focus-tested this thing into the ground, and he tried to rip every semi-current headline he could find and jam it into his picture. I can hear it now: Stone: “What’re people talking about today that we can capitalize on?” Researcher: “Alternative energy and government bailouts are big topics.” Stone: “Perfect. We’ll do both. And let’s throw in some unnecessary computer-generated graphics. People eat that up.” In all fairness, “Money Never Sleeps” is not entirely a bad movie. All the actors put forth a pretty decent performance (even Shia LaBeouf, though my personal opinion is that he should be perpetually on “Even Stevens”), and it does make you think about the instability of money and how easily it can be made or lost. But for every one thing the film does right, it seems it does at least two things wrong, and that’s usually a bad sign. If the trailers for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” looked good to you — I’ll admit, they looked pretty good to me — I’d strongly urge you to watch the original instead. It does everything its sequel does, but better, more succinctly and much less ridiculously.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Make Scents on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. I had walked past the storefront countless times, wondering what they sold. Perfume? Candles? Scented oils to make my own? “We get that a lot,” owner Christina Kelley said. “But we sell a little bit of everything.” Looking around, I saw fancy packaging and decadent products organized into clusters of branded smells covering nearly every surface. There’s something a little mesmerizing about great packaging that you know will smell good. I found myself touching and smelling half the products in the store, most of which I’d never seen before. Kelley prides herself on seeking out the most socially responsible personal care producers. Although not all of the stores’ products are certified fair trade (perfumes and body care products generally aren’t) she said the companies the store works with do know where their ingredients come from. A handful of suppliers are from Missouri. Although I was personally fascinated with the TokyoMilk brand and its snappy perfume names such as “Poe’s Tobacco” and “Dead Sexy,” I wasn’t there to ask what scents were already available. I was interested in how customers create custom scents. “As you can see, we have a lot to work with,” Kelley said, motioning to the wall full of flasks behind her. “So we start by asking what type of scents you usually like.” She explained there are a handful of scent families such as fruity, floral, citrus or aldehydic. Scents not inspired by nature are considered aldehydic scents. Chanel No. 9 is one of the most famous perfumes of that type. Then the fun begins. Scents are combined and created on paper to the customer’s desire. After the paper scent is decidedly perfect, it’s mixed and added to whatever medium the creator chooses. Finally, all scent recipes are kept forever on file with the creator’s name, and if the creator chooses, he
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Make Scents, located on Ninth Street in Columbia, allows you to customize and create your own unique scents. You can use the store’s alcohol-free fragrances to create your own perfume, lotions, soap, bath gels and candles. variety of reasons. They’re either trying to create their own unique scent, recreate a discontinued scent from what Kelley deems fashion scent shops, such as Bath & Body Works, or simply purchase a scent-free product, most likely due to an allergy. The scent business is driven by more than advertising. It’s the way it makes people feel. Our scent is a core part of our identity or our mood. It’s fashionable. It’s a signature or perhaps an extra confidence-boosting ritual for a special night out. Some psychologists even say smell has something to do with attraction. Either way, a visit to Make Scents will create a strong desire to pamper yourself with its array of delicate-looking products.
or she can even name the scent. “It can be fun for people,” Kelley said. “It lets them use their creativity.” It was clear from my store tour that Kelley wants to keep a fun atmosphere. The store was being redecorated for the holidays and both store decorations and seasonal products lay everywhere, either waiting to be looked at by a customer or to be placed on a shelf. I picked up a bottle of Skull and Crossbones liquid hand wash by Primal Elements. “We keep things like that stocked year round,” Kelley said, mentioning the store also carries a men’s line. “I try to keep things in the store for men, too. Most men feel comfortable in here, not like it’s just a girl store.” She said customers come to her shop for a
krissy tripp | senior staff writer
‘Social Network’ invites new points of view It is a bit of an understatement to call “The Social Network” interesting. The movie focuses on the creation of arguably the greatest social phenomenon of the past decade. The abnormally young cast includes the next Spiderman (Andrew Garfield), an actor who plays two characters (Armie Hammer) and a former boy band demigod (Justin Timberlake), not to mention the protagonist, the perennially awkward Jesse Eisenberg in an uncharacteristically powerful, albeit still awkward, role. Yet, the greatest intrigue comes from two of the most basic elements of a movie: the writer and the director. They are Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing” and “A Few Good Men”) and David Fincher (“Se7en” and “Fight Club”), respectively, and they make quite the duo. “David Fincher is known as a real visual master,” Eisenberg said in a conference call with media. “Aaron Sorkin is known for his incredible dialogue. I was really surprised to see that match.” Sorkin uses three perspectives to tell the story of Facebook’s creation and growth: Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) deals with his desire for acceptance by creating Facebook. Eduardo Saverin (Garfield) helps out his friend Zuckerberg, but
ends up suing him for financial betrayal. The Winkelvoss brothers (both played by Hammer) recruit Zuckerberg for help with their social network, but also end up suing him for allegedly stealing their concept. “He (Sorkin) has managed to create this multiperspective, multi-layered story where everyone is right and everyone is wrong,” Garfield said. “That’s not an easy thing to do, and he’s managed to do it.” Fincher, meanwhile, brings visual prowess to the complex script while getting forcibly intimate with the actors in order to bring out the most natural interpretations of their characters. “In the first scene of the movie, which is two people talking in a bar, we did the scene 99 times,” Eisenberg said. “And after each time he still had something valuable to impart to the actors.” Sorkin and Fincher’s merging of styles also produced a surprising amount of laughs for such an intense picture. “When you read Sorkin’s screenplay, it’s like reading a comedy,” Hammer said. “It’s brilliantly written, and it’s so clever and perfect. But then when you have an incredibly capable, visionary director like David Fincher take this project and
adapt it into his own, you get a little bit of that Fincher sense of humor.” This alliance of Sorkin and Fincher allows the viewers to, in Eisenberg’s words, interact with the movie in a different way because they’re not told who is right and who is wrong. And in the midst of all this ambiguity and audience participation is the growth of the monster that is Facebook. “Facebook is so much bigger than any movie about it,” Hammer said. “Facebook is a giant, and we’re just one movie telling a story.” The timing of the movie’s release only adds to its intrigue. “It’s fascinating that all this stuff happened and played out only recently,” Garfield said. “It’s really rare that a subject is tackled so immediately after its conception.” That is not to say the film is simply a product of its time. “The fact that it’s about Facebook is, to me, secondary,” Eisenberg said. “I think it has some sort of cultural significance, but the story and the themes and the characters are timeless.” brandon foster | reporter
MOVE HIGHLIGHTS (EVENT) 102.3 BXR PRESENTS LOCAL NATIVES WITH THE LOVE LANGUAGE AND THE UNION LINE TIME: 7 P.M. DATE: SUNDAY, OCT. 3 LOCATION: THE BLUE NOTE, 17 N. NINTH ST. TICKETS: $12
Blogger favorite Local Natives has captured the hearts of many with its soulful folk. The band is on the rise quickly, too. After releasing its debut album in 2009, Gorilla Manor, the band has already played at indie music meccas such as South by Southwest. The band is also touring with similar-sounding musicians The Love Language and The Union Line.
(ALBUM RELEASE) TIGER SUIT, KT TUNSTALL RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5
One of the UK’s sweethearts, KT Tunstall, will bombard iPods around the world with her latest pop-music songs when Tiger Suit comes out. Tunstall isn’t giving much love to the States, though. The singer hails from Scotland, the album was recorded in Berlin and was only released by English record labels. If you can’t afford to travel abroad this year, buy Tiger Suit and you can pretend you’re backpacking through Europe.
(VIDEO GAME RELEASE) “CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW” RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5 PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 RATING: MATURE
(VIDEO GAME RELEASE) “NBA 2K11” RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5 PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION
The long and storied franchise of “Castlevania” hits consoles again with a return of the series’ Belmont family. Gabriel Belmont, a holy knight, is on a mission to protect the good people in the world. Meanwhile, the Lords of Shadow (they are evil if you couldn’t tell) plan to destroy the world’s alliance with the heavens. In other words, you are good, you bash buttons and you fight bad guys. Except that it’s “Castlevania,” so you know it’s going to look good and be ripe with fantasy lore.
Hoops season is around the corner. Get in the mood by playing Electronic Arts’ latest edition of NBA 2K. Before the season even starts, basketball fans will get a chance to see what the Lebron James/Dwayne Wade/Chris Bosh threeheaded monster will look like on the court. If that sounds too easy, you can always try taking the Los Angeles Clippers to the NBA Finals. Because we all know that will never, ever happen in the real world. Sorry, Clips, LA is the Lakers’ town.
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Freedom by Fashion * awareness about Human trafficking: revealed raised human trafficking.
KRISSY TRIPP food columnist
Fruit benefits students Fruit really is all it’s hyped up to be, and most college students could use a bit more in their diet. What’s not to love about it anyway? It’s sweet like a dessert, so it’ll satisfy your sugary cravings. Plus, it’s made mostly of water, so it’s better for your waistline than carbridden sweet treats. If you’re not yet sold, keep in mind the health benefits. Many fruits fight cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol. Sure, you might not want to start recipe worrying about these things until CHOCOLATE you’re over the hill, but fruit helps BANANA now too. SMOOTHIE A good immune system keeps 1 CUP VANILLA LOW-FAT cold and flu season at bay, and YOGURT nobody wants to be the person 1/4 CUP SKIM MILK coughing in the back of a lecture IT 1 BANANA (SLICING MAKES hall. EASIER TO BLEND) Maybe it’s not your thing to keep 2-3 TABLESPOONS OF apples lying around, but here are a CHOCOLATE SYRUP few ways to start incorporating fruit BLEND UNTIL YOUR DESIRED into your daily diet. CONSISTENCY For starters, buy a pack of apples. It’s less than $3 and will last you well over a week. Apples are also some of the best lasting fruit, so you won’t have to worry about throwing them out the week after you buy them. Keeping fruit in your mini-fridge is completely optional too. Eat one for breakfast or after class, or throw one in your bag to eat between classes and save yourself a dollar at the vending machines. If you’re not counting calories, fruit can make a great addition to breakfast. Throw cranberries into muffins or pancakes. This is a good way to eat pancakes sans syrup, which is great for lowering your sugar intake for the day. Raspberries, strawberries and bananas all make great substitutes if you’re not into cranberry goodness. If cooking in the morning isn’t your thing, try slicing a banana and eating it with your Cheerios. Also, keep a little box of blueberries handy. Blueberries are a college student’s best friends, because they’re known to increase brain function and keep a person sharp and focused. Personally, I think blueberries are good plain, but if they’re a bit too tart for you, try sprinkling a little sugar over them. Got a blender? Instead of spending $5 at the j Café, make your own smoothie. Tip: If you want one for breakfast, make it at night and stick it in the fridge. It’ll still taste great the next morning. Try mixing half a cup of low-fat yogurt with half a cup of skim milk, then adding a few of your favorite fruits. If you like your smoothies thicker or thinner, adjust the yogurt/milk ratio accordingly. If you’re not sure what fruits to mix, start with simple mixtures such as strawberry and banana or berry fusion. Eventually, you’ll get more creative. Not sure how to incorporate fruit into lunch or dinner? Try having an apple as a side. It helps freshen breath and tastes good sliced on its own or in a salad. For brown baggers, try putting banana on a peanut butter sandwich. The possibilities are endless, and the mass of flavors makes it impossible to not find something you like.
krissy tripp | food columnist
Fashion and freedom have little in common besides alliteration and a couple of letters. Fashion and feminism have had a long-standing feud regarding terminology, such as boyfriend jeans and babydoll tops. But sisters Anna and Elizabeth D’Agostino were looking to break those barriers and redefine the term “slaves of fashion” with their Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition runway event, “Freedom by Fashion,” Sunday at Parkade Plaza. “The idea is to show people that fashion is one of the industries that has a lot of slavery in it,” Event Coordinator Anna D’Agostino said. “Fashion in two ways -- one in the sense that people are trafficked through the production side of it, and then also, you have the other side where people are trafficked through the sort of vanity side of it, just the sex side of it.” Anna D’Agostino said she wanted to reconcile the negative and positive aspects of the fashion industry. “We wanted to show that you can do fashion, and you can do runways, and do high class and everything, and it doesn’t have to be in that trashy way,” Anna D’Agostino said. The benefit event, complete with a guest speaker, runway show of local designs, silent auction (including live art pieces), live music, DJs and an interactive human trafficking simulation, packed the corridors of the plaza with folks interested in the art and in the cause. “I’m very excited about the turnout,” Coalition Co-Chair Elizabeth D’Agostino said. “I’m very excited about the response of the community, for the donations that made this event possible, and then to have so many people come and experience it. Somebody told me, ‘Oh, you deserve flowers for all the work that you’ve done.’ But to me, every person in that audience was flowers. I’m so excited that 300 people tonight learned about trafficking enough to where they could actually talk about it.” One of the central messages of the event was not only the concrete reality of human trafficking, but also the proximity of the issue. “I don’t think anybody understood that when we were raising money for the Central
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Sisters Anna and Elizabeth D’Agostino embrace during the “Freedom by Fashion” show Sunday at Parkade Plaza. The event was held to raise awareness of human trafficking. Missouri Coalition because we need the money here in central Missouri because that’s where a lot of the victims are, and I think that blew a lot of people’s minds,” Anna D’Agostino said. CMSHTC brought in human trafficking survivor Margaret Howard to speak before the runway show. Howard brought members of the audience to tears when she spoke about an incident that happened to her almost 40 years ago. When Howard was 13 years old, a car full of men picked her up while she was hitchhiking. The men took her to a house and handed her over to a pimp. Then she was drugged and raped by men who were buying her. Howard estimated it lasted a span of around five days before the men let her go. After a long road of recovery, Howard is speaking out for the cause. Howard said she was attracted to speaking at this event because of CMSHTC’s work, and she thought they pulled the fashion show off well. “I know that some people had questions about sort of the intersection of a human trafficking event and a fashion show, because there
are probably people who feel that fashion shows in general are anti-feminist or exploitative,” Howard said. “But I think that it’s sort of like when we took back the word ‘bitch.’ I think we can take back the fashion show, too.” Howard hopes everyday citizens — particularly men — will take action to stop human trafficking. “Buy fair trade, don’t go to strip clubs, don’t go to prostitutes, don’t watch pornography,” Howard said. “All of these things are modes of sexual exploitation that are not only used for trafficking people, but are a form of the erotic nation of power over women. And we need to change that, so I’m asking men to ask themselves what they really need and what they can let go of — how they can be respectful to women and be good citizens." “Fashion by Freedom,” brought together by a market of talents, achieved its goal of reconciling feminism and its longtime enemy: fashion. natalie cheng | reporter
Road tripping on Turbo Fruits Turbo Fruits’ music is as carefree and unpredictable as its tour. Guitarist Jonas Stein steers a conversion van with chrome wheels across the country while his band mates jam to Motorhead in the back. The Tennessee quartet is promoting its third album, Echo Kid. Turbo Fruits began as a side project for Stein, a former member of Be Your Own Pet. When Be Your Own Pet disbanded in 2008, Turbo Fruits became a full-time project. “I started Turbo Fruits when I was 14, but it was under a different name,” Stein said. “It went on hiatus for a while, and the reincarnation of our original band was Turbo Fruits in 2005. It has evolved since then.” Turbo Fruits’ music is the perfect soundtrack for a road trip. The playful riffs embody the spirit of a lighthearted teenager. Turbo Fruits embraces dumb fun with songs like “Naked With You,” “Lotta Lotta Ladies” and “Get Up Get On Down (Tonight).” These are the types of songs that get stuck in your head. Echo Kid is a stronger album than the band’s
previous work. Turbo Fruits’ first record was a combination of demos that were not intended to be produced together, Stein said. “Our first album is fun, but it is not what I think of when I think of Turbo Fruits,” Stein said. “Echo Kid was recorded a little more seriously with more time put into it. The debut album was mostly random ideas I came up with in my spare time.” Stein said he enjoys the freedom that comes with Turbo Fruits. “I don’t have pressure from anyone else,” Stein said. “Turbo Fruits feels like it is in a pretty harmonious state, and that is something that never really happened in Be Your Own Pet. Turbo Fruits is a lot smoother and I have a lot more fun.” Without the help of a large company, Turbo Fruits is more of a hands-on project that requires more grunt work, Stein said. “In Be Your Own Pet, we had a lot more things done for us,” Stein said. “We would have a hotel room to sleep in every night. Now, we usually find places to sleep when we’re on the road. We will stay with people and take our sleeping bags and sleep on the floor.”
The band combines surf rock and rebellious lyrics.
Turbo Fruits’ lifestyle fits its spirited surfer rock music. The lyrics of “On The Road” croon of life on the road and nights spent on a floor. Stein jokingly boasts of the band’s upgrade from a minivan to a conversion van equipped with comfy seats and a television. Stein begins to explain his creative process and is interrupted by a shouted warning from his band mate. Stein shouted back, “I’m not swerving! You’re swerving!” When Stein finally gets back on track, he finishes his thought about the creative process. “The way we write (the songs) is we get in a room and bash it out until it happens,” Stein said. More than anything else, it seems Turbo Fruits embraces the touring life. “I think we have all kind of fallen in love with a certain world of rock ‘n’ roll music,” Stein said. You can enter Turbo Fruits’ rock ‘n’ roll world Friday, Oct. 1, at Mojo’s. abbey sussell | staff writer
(ALBUM RELEASE) EASY WONDERFUL, GUSTER RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5
(ALBUM RELEASE) BUBBLEGUM, CLINIC RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5
Boston bro rockers Guster have been around for a long time. After 15 years together, though, we are willing to bet fans haven’t seen the entire band in onesie pajamas. Watch the band’s video from its new single “Do You Love Me,” and you can see this beautiful sight. The rest of the band’s newest album, Easy Wonderful, is just as poppy and catchy. Prepare to get these songs stuck in your head while walking to class.
Brit experimental-rockers Clinic’s sixth album, Bubblegum, is a spacey trip through the musical world. The first single off the album, “I’m Aware,” could pass as a Radiohead song without Thom Yorke. The band also uses a variety of instruments and effects. Need an example? They use a heavily distorted organ in multiple songs. If you’re bored with the current art rock in the world, Clinic will satisfy your desires.
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(EVENT) “SIDE BY SIDE BY SOUNDHEIM” TIME: 7:30 P.M. TUESDAY TO SATURDAY, 2:00 P.M. SUNDAY DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 5 TO SUNDAY, OCT. 10 LOCATION: RHYNSBURGER THEATRE, 129 FINE ARTS TICKETS: $10 TO $14
(EVENT) PORTUGAL. THE MAN, CHIEF, MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND TIME: 6:30 P.M. DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 6 LOCATION: MOJO’S, 1013 PARK AVE. TICKETS: $12
MU Theatre Department will honor the work of Stephen Sondheim, an acclaimed musician and lyricist who worked on such works as “West Side Story” and “Gypsy.” Directed by James Miller, “Side by Side by Sondheim” borrows music from about a dozen shows to put on a theater mixtape of sorts. Except this production isn’t something you should give to your significant lover on your one-month anniversary -- instead, take them to see this toe-tapping production.
The longtime experimental alternative rock band Portugal. The Man might have gotten its big break when it signed with Atlantic Records earlier this year. Prior to the label change, the band spent the last four years on Equal Vision and Fearless Records. For most bands, a more mainstream record label would mean a more mainstream sound, but don’t expect a big change from this Alaska band. The band will still weird you out with its progressive lyrics.
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Details on College Ave. medians emerge Abigail Greiger Reporter Last week, the Columbia City Council adopted a plan to make College Avenue safer by installing medians and crosswalks aimed at preventing jaywalking injuries and deaths. A 2009 study by MU researchers, with the goal of finding the best means of safely commuting pedestrians, recorded 11 pedestrian crashes between June 2005 and September 2009. The study concluded that medians and crosswalks were necessary to safely direct the flow of pedestrian and car traffic during busy periods. The proposal in committee used this study to justify its claims for pedestrian safety and control. The proposal also included the suggestion of using specialized traffic lights, called “HAWK” signals, during especially busy hours. One of the peak times is typically when students are switching classes, according the study. “You can see students running across College Avenue and standing in the middle of it, waiting to cross,” said freshman Micaela Toombs, who lives in the College Avenue residence hall. “It’s really dangerous.” The plan, which was proposed by Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins and endorsed by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, would put two extended crosswalks and a landscaped median on College Avenue. The medians and crosswalks would span across College Avenue between University and
Bouchelle avenues, according to the plan. “Columbia will enjoy a safe, interconnected, non-motorized transportation network,” Watkins stated in his report to the City Council. This part of the road is where many fraternity houses are located, and students tend to run across the street at random locations to get onto campus. According to documents received by the City Council, 3,800 student crossings occur daily in this section of the road. The medians would channel people toward crosswalks and could also be decorated with plants or grass to look more appealing. They would take over the left turn lane on the north-facing lane. The crosswalks would be expanded to 15 to 25 feet and painted with brighter street paint to alert drivers when pedestrians are crossing. During heavy traffic times, the HAWK traffic lights would help pedestrians and drivers interact efficiently through various red, green and yellow signals. “We are excited about it because it will definitely be a safer option for students,” Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville said. “Cars and pedestrians will be able to be more aware of each other.” The PedNet Coalition is a local group that advocates for a safer walking environment. The group had no direct comment about the project but supports similar endeavors, spokeswoman Michelle Windmoeller said. “PedNet advocates for a safe, walkable
Missouri lawmakers support Perkins renewal in Congress Ethan Colbert Reporter With the possibility of the Federal Perkins Loan Program expiring in October 2012, congressional representatives from Missouri and elsewhere are already pledging their support for what some call a “vital” financial aid program and a bill to extend the Perkins deadline. “I believe that education is crucial in providing our youth with the skills they need in a competitive global economy,” said William Chapman, spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo. “That’s why (the congressman) has supported vital federal student aid programs, like Perkins, over the years and will continue to support it.” The Perkins Loan program has already been extended once in 2004. At that time it was extended to 2012 and, according to Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., the general consensus of Congress was to let the program expire. Now Spratt is fighting to keep the program alive. On May 27, he introduced a bill to extend Perkins until October of 2013. “By helping these 500,000 students attend college who otherwise might not be able to afford it, we are giving them the opportunity to succeed in today’s economy,” Spratt stated in a recent news release. “Extending it to October of 2013 allows colleges and universities more time to plan how to continue providing assistance to eligible students.” The Federal Perkins Loan has a fixed interest rate of 5 percent and a grace period before repayment that begins after graduation. The loan is federal money, but there have not been any federal appropriations since 2004, because its is a revolving account: As students repay their account, the lending institution has the funds to loan to other applicants. U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., co-sponsored the bill and echoed Spratt in an interview this week. “What we are trying to prevent with H.R. Bill 5448 is colleges and universities raising their cost of tuition and forcing some students to not attend college because of financial stress,” Bishop said. “It is all about opportunity.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has already
AMOUNTS The U.S. Congress is debating the fate of the federal Perkins Loan program, which provides loans up to a certain amount to students at participating schools, including MU. Maximum annual loan amounts: Undergrad students: $5,500 Graduate students: $8,000 0
Maximum annual loan amounts: Undergrad students: $27,500 Graduate students: $60,000 0
Source: Missouri Ethics Commission SPENCER PEARSON/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT pledged her support for the bill. Her spokeswoman said she’s hoping the bill will come to her desk shortly. “Sen. McCaskill is committed to making sure that all students have affordable access to a college education,” spokeswoman Laura Myron said. “That’s why she supports reform of the federal student aid system. When the Senate version of the bill is drafted, she will give it serious consideration.” Sara Howard, a spokeswoman for Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., said the congressman supports the measure. “I would strongly encourage any student who has concerns about this program to contact our office or any of the other Congressional offices,” she said. “This is what we are here for, helping out constituents.” The benefits of the Perkins Loan program are evident here at MU and around the country, said Jim Brooks, MU director of student financial aid. “At MU, 2,267 students borrowed under the federal Perkins Loan program during the 2009-2010 school year,” he said. “MU students are benefiting from the program, and so I would hope that Congress is able to pass legislation to continue it.” Leanne Cardwell, assistant commissioner with Missouri Department of Higher Education, said according to the U.S.
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A woman jaywalks across College Avenue on Thursday. The Columbia City Council approved the building of medians on College Avenue to make it safer for people to cross the street. community to help everyone have access to their destinations,” she said. “We encourage students to bike and walk more to class.” The newly passed fiscal budget granted $2.6 million to District 5, where MU is located, along with $7 million for statewide projects. The total estimated cost of the College Avenue
project would be $425,000, with 80 percent being covered by federal grants if the project is accepted. The proposal also included a walkway connecting Stephens College from southwest to northeast to encourage safe commuting for pedestrians.
Police find ticket after refusing to apologize CPD Chief Ken Burton said an apology was inappropriate because it wasn't misconduct.
made her complaint to the board, she believed the second ticket had a different address,” CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden said. “CSA Townwley had that second ticket. It was the exact same address. There was never any discrepancy. That’s the address she signed her Ally McEntire signature to.” Staff Writer Co-founder of CoMoCitizens Donald Warren said originally, he thought this The Citizens Police Review Board was the first example of the department recently recommended the Columbia dropping the ball. But after the develPolice Department apologize for an inci- opments, he said maybe Chief Burton’s dent that began in April of 2009. decision was correct. The complaint involved an accident “You have to be responsible with your Columbia resident Rose addresses,” Warren Weilbacher caused and said. “That’s on the cit the handling of the izen to at least give the “I think this ticket issued to her. correct address so they demonstrates CPD Chief Ken can reach you.” it is toothless. Burton declined the Burton said in his I would like board’s recommendastatement he believed to see City Council add tion, issuing a statethe complaint by some force to the deciment that said he Weilbacher was not sions the Police Review did not believe it was about misconduct, so appropriate to apolo- Board decides to make.” CPRB did not have the Eapen Thampy gize for what happened authority to issue a because it was a misdecision on the case. take, not misconduct. “He thought it was out of the scope Recent developments show there was of what the board is directed to do,” no mistake with the ticket. Wieneke said. “The (CPRB) did not have Community Service Aide Kyle the authority to review this, not someTownley, who was handling the accident one making a clerical error. In addition, on April 8, 2009, told Weilbacher, after they don’t review cases of someone simleaving the scene, she could discard the ply thinking they should not have been ticket because it was being voided. given a ticket. This is an issue for the CPD spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said court.” Townley had to issue a second ticket CoMoCitizen member Eapen Thampy because the first ticket said the taillights said he thinks this incident could be on the car Weilbacher hit weren’t func- precedent to strengthen the CPRB’s rectioning, information CPD couldn’t verify. ommendations. Weilbacher complained she did not “I think this demonstrates it is toothreceive the second ticket after missing less,” he said. “I would like to see City her court date. A warrant was issued Council add some force to the decifor her arrest, though she was not taken sions the police review board decides to into custody. CPRB asked Burton to make.” apologize for this error. Wieneke said there were things When Townley, who is no longer the CPRB and CPD still need to work working for CPD, heard about this com- through. plaint, he looked for the original ticket, “There are kinks that are still going to which he believed he lost. have to be worked out,” she said. “But we “I guess when Ms. Weilbacher
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LGBT discrimination must end Within the past week, two major scandals have erupted regarding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community in higher education: Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has attacked a gay University of Michigan student through blog postings and public harassment, and a Rutgers student committed suicide after being outed on a live-streaming webcam his roommate set up in their dorm room. Although these situations seem like anomalies, they easily could have happened at any university, even MU. We haven’t seen something as egregious as these two cases, but we don’t stand on particularly stable ground. Nationally, MU lags behind in non-discrimination policies regarding gender identity (as in, we don’t have a policy). According to a report released in September by an LGBT rights group, almost twice as many LGBT student respondents as heterosexual students were subjected to harassment on college campuses. As a campus community, MU students need to make a comprehensive and decisive move toward making everyone feel as safe and comfortable as possible. The core of the improvement process is non-bureaucratic: every individual student needs to be conscious of what they do and see on campus. And we can’t be complacent. Rather than relying on groups to make campus more inclusive, we should be more inclusive ourselves. Stop saying things are “gay.” Stop calling people “fags.” Being aware of discrimination in its most common forms and actively trying to stop it matters more than one would think. The next layer of action relies on our student leaders. The Multicultural Issues Committee of the Missouri Students Association hosted the Hate Wall -- a public event aiming to increase diversity awareness and breakdown stereotypes -- this week, but once again, many of the student leaders, and students in general, outside of MCI did not attend. Because the aforementioned scandals genuinely could have happened anywhere, the university administration should also be advancing policies that actively push for diversity awareness and acknowledge the discrimination members of the LGBTQ community might face as an obstacle to their education. We, as students, should be continuously pushing for better policies regarding gender and the LGBTQ community. We can’t just promote LGBTQ rights and discuss these issues when something radical happens as a result of harassment, as was the case at Rutgers -- and it should never go that far.
Proposing voluntary segregation a step backward for civil rights When we first read Henry J. Waters III’s Wednesday editorial, Suspensions: Racial discrimination?, in the Columbia Daily Tribune, our first thought was: Is he serious? The frightening thing is -- he is. Waters, the Columbia Daily Tribune executive editor, wrote and published an editorial that also insults the reader, advocating the option of voluntarily segregated K-12 schools because Columbia Public Schools suspend a disproportionate number of black students compared to their white counterparts. He first attempts an argument stating that you cannot tell if there is a disciplinary unbalance attributable to racial profiling by examining a total number of cases, but rather by examining each case individually. However, that “I’m not racist” scarecrow aside, his next move stretches ungracefully into a broad, generalizing argument concerning the “unusual difficulty for black students.” His editorial turns into a critique of black students: that they’re in some way prone to crime in a way that white students have been genetically spared and that only black teachers can “deal” with this conundrum. In his opinion, it was better when black students were in a separate school, because there wasn’t the comparison of white disciplinary acts to black disciplinary acts for the predominately white schools. By forcing desegregation, “we have systematically made life harder for many others,” with the silver lining of segregation being his memory of many high-achieving black people coming out of the segregated school. In a city with three higher-education institutions and 28 public K-12 schools, a man with this much power advocating segregation is almost dangerous, primarily because he’s wrong. Diversity has proven, through various academic studies, to be vastly important to the academic, psychological and social growth of students. Another fallacy of his argument is placing the attack on race -- remember, correlation is not causation -- and in a study published by Harvard University, it was found that “segregation by race relates to segregation by poverty and many forms of educational inequality for minority students.” Propagating further segregation is an ignorant “solution” that sends a system struggling with economic divides further into the problem-solving labyrinth. In the end, the biggest problem with Waters’ argument might come down to what it implies for his vision of reality. Our academic lives are intended to prepare us for the real world. If we’re teaching children that it’s OK to segregate people by the color of their skin and they should choose to do that for the success of themselves and their children, we undo decades of progress in civil rights and diversity awareness. By doing so, we make the world a far more dismal place.
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MSA legal adviser position must be filled When John Adams agreed to represent the British soldiers who stood accused of killing several innocent colonists during the Boston Massacre in court, he did so because he believed in the principle that in a free society, no one should be bereft of legal council. However over two hundred years later, here at our own University, students find that they are indeed bereft of legal council when going through the campus disciplinary process. Student Legal Services (an MSA auxiliary) is able to provide legal advice to students on a myriad of legal issues including the campus disciplinary process, and personally (having used their services before) I think they do a spectacular job. However it has been my belief for some time that student government should take it a step further, and give students someone who can actually be present to advise them during the process. To this effect I authored and helped pass legislation last year that created a position, the Amicus Curiae (or AC) that could in fact advise students in the campus disciplinary process on a number of different issues. Students going through this process are faced with a number of difficult questions such as ‘do I want to appeal my case?’ and ‘whom should I bring forward as my witness?’ My vision for this position is an objective third party, who is well versed and well trained on the campus disciplinary process and will always give advice with the best interest of the student in mind. Every student who goes through this process has the right to an advisor, and in my opinion it is our duty as student government to offer an advisor who is as knowledgeable as possible. Unfortunately the AC position is currently unfilled. So I’m calling on any and all students, undergraduates, pre-law students, grad students, law school students and anyone else to step up and apply for this position. Provide your fellow students with the council they deserve. Anyone interested should Contact MSA President Tim Noce or myself for more information. Evan Wood Missouri Students Association Senate Speaker
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Statistics can only say so much Rachel Allred firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re reading this, you’re part of the 82 percent of the world population that is literate. You’re probably one of the 307,212,123 people populating the United States. And there’s a chance you’re part of the roughly 78 percent of MU students who are from Missouri. Statistics play an important role in defining and understanding society as a whole. But their value only goes so far, and individual self-perception shouldn’t be based solely on them. I am not a statistical or mathematical fanatic. In fact, I have a certain disdain for math. And because numbers are the basis of math, I guess you could say I’m not a big fan of those either. It’s not because I don’t think it’s important; it’s because I’m not very good at it. I’ve forgotten pretty much everything beyond fractions and percentages. I see numbers as abstract mathematical representations of amount and quantity and statistics as groups of numbers compiled into data, which illustrates the prevalence of a certain idea, group, practice, etc.
But you don’t have to be a mathematician to know numbers help keep the world in order, and statistics enable us to observe trends and how they change over time. The roles of statistics are seen in many societal aspects. Governments review them when allocating resources. Statistics in crime reports help citizens be more cautious. Lyfe Jennings even themed a hip-hop song around statistics (it’s one of my most-listened-to tracks). University shirts and posters display data about the student body, such as, “Most MU students value friends more than partying.” Statistics provide a clearer view of values and discrepancies and provide indications of what might happen in the future. When trying to get an “umbrella view” of society, statistics can be enlightening and beneficial. But here’s a danger in reading into them too much: The “50 percent of all marriages end in divorce” statistic both wellknown and widely scrutinized. Author and New York Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope said that statistic is inaccurate and believing otherwise is harmful. “All the talk about grim marriage stats becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she wrote. “It makes us ambivalent and more vulnerable to giving up when problems occur.” I began thinking differently about stats after my parents split. I realized my family
had joined the increasing number of families separated by divorce. I was part of the said 50 percent, a group I didn’t want to be in. That realization led me to think about the other statistical categories that applied to me. Some were positive, some didn’t really matter, and many I couldn’t control, but I focused on the negative ones the most. For some reason, those statistics, and knowing I was part of them, upset me. I got so caught up in the numerical data I started to see my life in numbers, something that fit into a statistic. I imagined myself as a dot on a line graph, a slice in a pie chart. It wasn’t too long before I left my phase of statistical bitterness and started believing, “I’m more than just a number, hey, hey, hey.” Drake would be proud. On paper, statistics might seem like a bunch of numbers separated into categories. Off paper, they’re real people, real circumstances. Numerical data can’t graph a society with complete accuracy, and it certainly isn’t an adequate representation of individual people. Statistics can’t account for individual circumstances and experiences. We can learn from them, be proud to be part of some percentages and disappointed to be part of others, but who we are as a society and as people equals a lot more than abstract mathematical representations of amount and quantity.
Keep Internet communication private Merit Myers
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations on the Internet, arguing their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. This week The New York Times reported federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to ask Congress for new regulations requiring all Internet communication services be accessible for wiretapping and surveillance. The regulations would require services such as Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail to allow law enforcement access to private e-mails and communications. That means our beloved Skype would be subject to pervy snooping by Uncle Sam. Apparently, terrorists and criminals have taken advantage of the Internet’s unregulated and hard-to-crack infrastructure. The regulations law enforcement wishes to impose would turn the terrorists’ worldwide speakeasy into a wall between stalls in a men’s room. Currently, e-mail providers encrypt their messages so only the sender and recipient can access the message, making it difficwult for law enforcement and national security officials to monitor criminals and terrorists and their activities. But the new regulations would require all messages to be able to be read or intercepted by law enforcement. Since 1994, phone and broadband networks have been required to have surveillance capabilities under the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act. This act was relevant at a time when copper-wire systems were becoming digital and cellular. But Internet communication services such as Gmail, Facebook and Skype, though subject to wiretap orders, are not written into the 1994 law. Google, Microsoft, Research in Design (makers of Blackberry) and Yahoo! have remained silent on the issue. Facebook released a statement saying it would wait to see the regulations before saying much more. However, rights groups have outwardly declared the proposal is a step too far.
Illustration by Chelsea Myers Jim Dempsey, vice president of the Internet policy group Center for Democracy and Technology, said the proposal had “huge implications” and challenged the decentralized nature of the Internet itself. In Uncle Sam’s defense, FBI general counsel Valerie E. Caproni countered, “We’re talking about lawfully authorized intercepts. We’re not talking expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security.” Government officials have also framed the proposed regulations as a preservation of the surveillance tools the police and FBI already have, not an expansion of those tools. But I certainly think it is an expansion. If cell phone use is diminishing among terrorists and criminals and the only way to intercept their calls is through the Internet, expansion into the Interweb seems to be the next step. I understand law enforcement officials are
losing a foothold in their efforts to intercept terrorist communications, but what they are gaining with these regulations is a large chunk of the nature of the Internet, a considerable trade-off. The decentralized and scattered Internet is not to be harnessed the way landlines were with bugging and wiretapping. To me, that is the romance of the cop films. But to access the alleyways of the Internet, despite it being pervasive and omnipresent, is somehow wrong.w The Internet is a marketplace of ideas that everyone is privy to, but there are still cyber sacred spaces that exist as e-mail accounts, Facebook inboxes and Skype video correspondences. Many might think there is nothing sacred in the age of ‘Me,’ but I still believe words are private when shared in certain digital arenas. If the police, the CIA or the FBI want to find me, they can and will. But they better stay out of my Skype account when I cyber.
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At last, I think I’ve got it! The MN91 personality quiz: one of the latest and leading breakthroughs in human behavioral analysis. This unique test of mankind’s decision-making tendencies has been carefully proven to yield astoundingly accurate results. It’s just so fast and easy! Get those pens out everybody — time to get crackin’. 1. Which American classic catches your eye first (go with your instincts)? a. American Pie, Don McLean b. Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden c. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron 2. If you had to assign yourself one of these animals to represent you as a power animal, which one would you be most likely to choose? a. Wild butterfly b. Piranha c. Panther 3. You have $51, which category will yield the greatest spending of said money? a. Food and life necessities (tomatoes, yogurt, deodorant, etc. b. Drugs (alcohol, marijuana, etc) c. Hobbies (gambling, bowling, etc) 4. Which of these activities seems most pleasing to you? a. Frisbee golf b. Masturbating c. Eating 5. Sue, Tod, Jim and Toby are running a marathon. If Tod finishes after Toby and Toby came in first place, what happened to Sue and Tod? a. They’re taking their sweet, sweet time. b. Someone check the bushes! c. They both said, “Screw it!” and went out for milkshakes. As are worth two points, Bs are worth three points, and Cs are worth four points. Just add up the points that correspond with your answers and get ready to discover your personality. If you scored between 10-13 points, you are a Free Spirit Child. You love taking it easy and going with the flow. Your friends rely on you for creative advice and a whiff of patchouli. You tend to work at your own leisurely pace, but this may be problematic in high-energy environments. Sometimes you lose direction while riding your wild butterfly of hippie freedom, but no worries, man: It’s all good. Things you should avoid: Becoming a stockbroker, metalheads and the WWE. If you scored between 14-16 points, you are a Wild Sun Lover. You are really fun to party with until you throw a steel chair through a nursing home window. Your fiery passion and bangin’ body makes you a highly sought-after lover, but sometimes you go a step too far. Not everybody can handle nipple clamps. Try taking it easy every once in a while and not taking yourself so seriously. Things you should avoid: Peace rallies, craft stores and tennis If you scored between 17-20 points, you are a Funky Fire Starter. You’re a hip and smooth operator. When you walk down the street, you have a definite rhythm. In the future, people you don’t even know will invite you to their weddings to help them start the dance. If you haven’t already done so, you should probably learn to play the bass. Things you should avoid: Country music festivals, Old Country Buffet and falling into the Cosby sweater trap
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Rays pay the price The Tampa Bay Rays had a chance to clinch their second playoff berth in team history Monday night. They were going to put the cherry on top of a landmark season in front of their home fans, a sea of loyal followers clad in blue and gold. The problem was, only 12,446 people showed up. The Rays are arguably the best team in baseball, yet they have averaged only 22,000 fans per game this season in a stadium that holds more than 36,000. The team has virtually no dedicated fan base, and after Monday’s sub par turnout, a few of the players’ frustrations boiled over. Late Monday night 19 game-winner and Cy Young candidate David Price tweeted, “Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands…embarrassing.” The team’s budding superstar and supposed face of the franchise, Evan Longoria, also chipped in, calling the lack of support “disheartening.” Of course, these comments were met with widespread criticism as fans and media jumped on the players for commenting on fan attendance, saying the athletes should focus on the game at hand. Many think these statements are inappropriate in this economic climate and million-dollar athletes should remember what they’re paid for and simply play the game. However, when glancing through history, it is painfully obvious that few teams as successful as the Rays have been so unanimously forgotten. Another team that has recently dealt with these problems is the Florida Marlins, who failed to sell out their stadium during playoff games in both 1997 and 2003. A big problem is, as far as I can see, Florida is a notoriously bad sports state. The state as a whole is filled to the gills with two types of people: aging retirees and tanned partiers (whom you may have seen clubbing it up with Snooki in season two of “The Jersey Shore”). Neither of these groups have even a remote interest in an up-and-coming team with great speed and a dominating pitching staff. It’s sad but true. Another problem plaguing the Rays’ attendance woes is undoubtedly the stadium itself. Tropicana Field, home to the Rays since 1998, is a domed monstrosity unworthy of the team it hosts. Not only is it unattractive, but an espn. com report this spring also deemed it possibly the most unsanitary stadium in any professional sport. The report claimed 100 percent of food vendors at the stadium had “critical violations,” raising questions about the site’s ability to keep its patrons safe. These violations included dirty countertops, utensils and equipment. So, despite all of these negatives, the Rays and their public relations staff are still searching for ways to fill the seats. The team failed to win its aforementioned game Monday night, but proceeded to clinch a playoff berth Tuesday with a 5-0 win over the Orioles in front of 17,891 fans. Now it seems the organization is countering Price and Longoria’s comments by giving away 20,000 free tickets to Wednesday night’s game as part of a promotion to bring a livelier atmosphere to the ballpark. “This is about getting more energy into Tropicana Field, getting this place packed and for the players to thrive off of that emotion,” Team President Matt Silverman said. Whether these public relations strategies will pay off is anybody’s guess. One thing is certain: The Tampa Bay Rays have had a tremendous season. The sad thing is the Tampa Bay area has yet to notice.
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Tiger softball sharp in season opener STEVE CASSIDY Staff Writer The Missouri softball team launched its fall season Sept. 25 with a doubleheader. The Tigers are beginning this exhibition season with high hopes after making their second consecutive trip to the Women’s College World Series in the spring. Morale among players is high after a strong start to the fall season. In its home doubleheader, Missouri swept Maple Woods Community College and North Central Missouri College. The competition consists of all junior and community colleges but coach Ehren Earleywine maintains its usefulness. “Sure, the scores probably won’t be close, but it gives me a chance to see people in different spots,” he said. “The competition really comes from our team. You have another girl breathing down your neck at all times competing for that starting spot.” Earleywine said the team looks good overall. The team is returning 17 players, and junior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann and redshirt sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas are healthy again. Nottelmann sat out the postseason last year with a stress fracture in her throwing hand. This fall she is working to get her hand back to full strength. “The hand is healed 100 percent,” Nottelmann said. “I just need to get used to throwing again. It’s been a while.” The number one problem already plaguing the team is injuries. Several players are suffering from minor injuries. Although not serious enough to keep them off the field, the players are still hindered by them. “All of the injuries we have
are preexisting conditions,” Earleywine said. “None of them have happened in practice.” Among the more seriously injured are freshman outfielder Taylor Duplechain and senior catcher Megan Christopher. Both had surgery and are not expected to be back to full strength until at least 10 games into the spring season. Duplechain and Christopher will be back in plenty of time to make a difference in the spring season, but the fact they have to sit out the fall means they can’t show coaches what they can do. This is detrimental for Duplechain, who is a freshman. In preparation for the spring season, coach Earleywine wants to focus on mechanics and the little things rather than wins. “In the spring, you’ll do anything to get a W,” Earleywine said. “In the fall, we don’t really want to focus on our record, but perfecting things like hitting and throwing.” Another important thing Earleywine stressed was finding the weaknesses in their game and shining a spotlight on them. Senior first baseman Marla Schweisberger echoed his concern. “We need to find each other’s weaknesses and exploit them, so we can fix them,” she said. Nottelmann has a few specific things to work on this season. “My speed on pitches is good, but I want to work on my location, especially on the changeup,” Nottelmann said. “My spin is another thing that needs a little bit of tweaking. I’m putting in the extra time to make sure it’s where I want it come spring time.” When spring does roll around, the team has high expectations after losing its second straight World Series.
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Missouri graduate Jana Hainey delivers a pitch during a game April 18 at University Field. The Tigers opened their season Saturday with a doubleheader, defeating both Maple Woods Community College and North Central Missouri College. The players were asked to put last year’s season into one word, which generated mixed responses. When it came time to pick a word for this season, the consensus among players was obvious: championship. “We feel like the third time’s the charm,” Schweisberger said. “We have returned so many players, and we feel like the chemistry on this team is too much to not win the National Title.”
The players summarized the season appropriately, but none did it better than coach Earleywine. In his mind, the word for this season: redemption. “We’ve got some things to take care of back in Oklahoma City,” he said. The Tigers will continue their fall season with a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday at University Field.
Missouri volleyball falls to Kansas ZACH DISCHIANO Staff Writer The Missouri volleyball team fell to 10-5 on the season and 2-3 in conference play with a loss to Kansas on Wednesday night. Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein led the Tigers with 18 kills on a career-best .445 hitting. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow finished with 50 assists and 12 digs to record her fourth career double-double. The Tigers got off to a sluggish start and lost nine out of the first 12 points. The team was able to rebound with four consecutive points, which shrunk the Kansas lead to two. Missouri was unable to keep its momentum, and Kansas went on another 9-3 run, putting the Jayhawks up 18-10. The Tigers were able to fight back toward the end of the set but couldn’t quite get ahead of the Jayhawks, who won 25-21.
CRUNCH The Tigers are off to a 10-5 start this season, but are 2-3 in conference play. This is how they stack up against past years: through 15 games:
2010 10-5, 2-3 2009 10-5, 2-2 2008 8-7, 1-3 2007 9-6, 3-4 2006 11-4, 5-1
through 15 games: through 15 games: through 15 games: through 15 games:
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“We need to focus on our side of the net,” junior middle blocker Brittney Brimmage said. The second set started out better for the Tigers, who took a 5-3 lead over the Jayhawks. But the team’s playing quickly became inconsistent, and it gave up the next eight points
to Kansas. On the other hand, scoring came fairly easily for the Jayhawks, who hit .350 during the second set. The Tigers rallied again, but the Jayhawks 6 took the second set 25-20. Missouri was finally able to get things going in the third set, and the Tiger never let Kansas build the lead it did during the first two matches. The two teams exchanged points until sophomore middle blocker Lindsey Petrick was substituted in to serve at 16-15. In her first-ever service attempt, Petrick forced an overpass that set up the kill for freshman outside hitter Lisa Henning. The Jayhawks kept it close, but the Tigers would not give up the set. They won 26-24. “I think overall, we hit fairly well as a team,” Klein said. “I think we hit .245, which isn’t too bad. We kind of broke down in the serving and passing game. Our passing game
was just mediocre.” Following the third set, Missouri struggled to stay in system as it quickly fell behind 7-4. Coach Wayne Kreklow again subbed in Petrick to serve, who led the Tigers in a modest three point-scoring streak. Kansas then countered with a pair of service aces that began an 11-4 scoring run. The Jayhawks would go on to take the fourth set, 25-21. “We didn’t play as well as we have been lately,” freshman setter Molly Kreklow said. “We just need to get back to practice and focus on the next thing and forget about this game.” The Tigers will try and bounce back from their rivalry loss when they host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday. The Buffaloes come into the match with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-3 record in Big 12 play. The match starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center.
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'n bbq Slow cooking to success at Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ * The team placed 11th at Roots ‘N Blues in 2008.
An aroma wafted through the air Wednesday afternoon as smoke rose over Tiger Plaza. Upon approaching the scene, a voice called through the haze and enlightened passersbyers. “Get some pulled pork,” Mizzou BBQ Team captain Trevor Nichols said. “Help support the Mizzou BBQ Team.” MU’s premiere barbecue aficionados have been cooking up smoked chicken, pulled pork, spare ribs and beef brisket since the summer of 2006. The BBQ Team competes in a variety of barbecue competitions around Missouri, including the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival this weekend. “We go to Kansas City Barbeque Societysanctioned events around Missouri,” Nichols said. Wednesday was the group’s kick-off barbecue fundraiser at MU for the cost of travel, meat and entry fees to the competitions. “We’ve won a few awards here and there,” Nichols said. He said he earned a sixth place ribbon at another competition last year and hopes to beat that personal best this weekend. Sophomore Natalie Ounanian joined the group this year after reading about it on an MU website. “My friend and I thought it sounded like fun,” Ounanian said. “So, we went to the meeting.” She said the club does not take up much time until it comes down to competitions. “On competition nights, you might spend all night smoking meat to get ready for the next day,” Ounanian said. But, she and Nichols agree the club is rewarding. “After you’ve prepped and are getting the
meat ready for the smoker, you get to meet all the other teams out there,” Nichols said. “It’s just like a big barbecue party, that’s kind of what got me hooked.” Senior Jim Barnish, who is Nichols’ former roommate, bought a pulled pork sandwich at the fundraiser. “This is just as good, if not better, than any other barbecue at Roots ‘N Blues,” he said. Junior Tom Andrews agrees and spoke about the quality of the sandwich. “A multitude of words come to mind: succulent, perfection perhaps,” Andrews said. “It is the perfect blend of traditional pork and barbecue.” He originally heard about the team as a freshman, but this was his first time tasting the product. Junior Nick Wurthmann had never heard of the barbecue club, but agreed his pulled pork sandwich was delicious. “I think this is pretty awesome,” he said. “I guess they have a club for everything these days.” The team, which has 13 members, is looking into holding more events on campus later this year, he said. “We are kind of unknown,” Nichols said. “We’re not exclusive, but we like to keep a small, localized club.” Nichols has been barbecuing for more than two years. The food science major became captain after just two semesters with the team. Students in the food science and hotel and restaurant management fields founded the team with support from MU faculty Jeff Guinn and Andrew Clarke. “We’re not particular about who joins the team,” Nichols said. “You just have to have a passion for barbecue.” tony puricelli | reporter
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Mizzou BBQ Team Captain Trevor Nichols prepares a meal Wednesday on Carnahan Quadrangle. The team raised money to help cover the cost of competing in the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ barbecue competition.
Father and son make judging BBQ a family affair Taking a bite of barbecued chicken, Tim Chancellor can taste the slow preparation and the perfect balance of spices and sauces. He can taste winning barbecue. He lets out a slight moan and is suddenly met with glares from the surrounding judges. Silence is one of the rules and regulations for a competition barbecue judge. “Competition barbecue is a whole different world,” Tim said. “It’s hands down so much more incredible than traditional barbecue.” In order to be certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, judges must pay annual membership fees and take a training class. The class teaches participants about different cuts of meats, proper cooking techniques and other necessary elements to effectively judge competi-
tion entries. Tim owns a special networking business where he works as a private chef and caters tailgating to winery events. Although he loves cooking, Tim decided to become a competition barbecue judge at the suggestion of his father, Rick Chancellor, who decided to become a judge simply because of his love for barbecue. “I like to eat good barbecue, so I thought I might as well judge it and taste the various kinds,” Rick said. The Chancellors are two of 54 judges who will be determining the winner of the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2. The categories include beef brisket, pork, ribs, chicken and baked beans.
Fifty teams will compete to not only win bragging rights but also for $15,000 in cash prizes. “Typically, this festival is the last competition of the year,” said Chris Wolters, member of competing team Zou-B-Que. “It’s almost like a homecoming for all the participants in Columbia.” Judges base their decisions on three factors —- appearance, taste and tenderness. Appearance involves certain regulations that are sanctioned by the certification board about how the meat can be presented. Judges have to be open to all different tastes. Despite what many believe, The ideal tenderness is not necessarily having meat falling off the bone but involves determining if it is overcooked or undercooked. Tim has experienced some of the best and
worst barbecue during his time as a judge. “Some meat tastes like its been cooked in a microwave,” Tim said. “For me, a winning piece of meat has to have good balance. A good flavor, seasoning and sauce.” Most teams prepare their meat about 12 hours in advance to ensure it has the perfect taste and will grab the judges’ attention. Most participants agree it’s not only about the barbecue but about the people involved as well. Rick mentioned his favorite part of the Roots ‘N Blues festival is the comradery of the competitors and the judges. “(Roots ‘N Blues) locally shows off our community,” Rick said. “You can’t drive to Kansas City or St. Louis to have the quality of a weekend like Roots ‘N Blues.” alexis hitt | reporter
BEST OF THE REST TAJ WEEKES AND ADOWA WHEN: 5 P.M. FRIDAY WHERE: MEDIACOM STAGE AT PEACE PARK
Even if you aren’t a blues fan, Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ has something to offer you musically. Taj Weekes and Adowa play classic reggae reminiscent of Bob Marley and The Itals. The group’s uplifting instrumentals get you in a infectous groove while Weekes soothes your mind with laid-back lyrics. The music sounds as good as it makes you feel. So even though we are in the middle of Missouri, you’ll think you’re in a tropical paradise off the coast of Jamaica. Don’t be afraid to let yourself go and dance throughout Taj Weekes and Adowa’s set.
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT WHEN: 11 A.M. SATURDAY WHERE: MEDIACOM STAGE AT PEACE PARK
Trampled Under Foot gives you a damn good reason to get up Saturday morning and get to Peace Park. The Kansas City-based band consists of three siblings: Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen. Danielle plays a mean bass and sings, Kris drums and Nick plays guitar and sings as well. The band’s bluesy feel isn’t at all depressing or lethargic like most blues bands. In fact, its rambunctious live performances will do a better job of waking you up in the morning than any kind of latte.
DEREK TRUCKS & SUSAN TEDESCHI WHEN: 8:45 P.M. SATURDAY WHERE: MEDIACOM STAGE AT PEACE PARK
Trucks and Tedeschi headline this year’s festival. Get to Peace Park early and claim your spot for standing because this set is sure to be packed. After a career of touring with The Allman Brothers Band and gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, Trucks will bring his famous slide guitar to Roots ‘N Blues. He plays with Susan Tedeschi, his wife and fellow blues player. Tedeschi resume is just as impressive. It is filled with Grammy nominations, and she handles her own opposite of Trucks when it comes to guitar playing. Don’t miss these talented spouses.
ANDERS OSBORNE FEATURING THE STANTON MOORE TRIO WHEN: 7 P.M. FRIDAY WHERE: MPIX STAGE AT SEVENTH & LOCUST
Don’t let Osborne’s Swedish background sway you from coming to his set. The Grammywinning artist has called New Orleans home for years, and his gritty blues-rock will get your foot thumpin’. You can’t even tell Osborne is from Sweden judging by the booming blues voice that comes from under his bushy beard. Osborne and the Stanton Moore Trio play music of a different generation. The group fuses the energy of Springsteen with the guitar of Robert Johnson -- if Johnson had known how to play an electric guitar solo. 12.11.10
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