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Report slates 5 MU degree programs for elimination JIMMY HIBSCH Staff Writer Five MU degree programs have been slated for elimination, according to a report from Chancellor Brady Deaton. The report documenting MU’s low-producing programs

was given to the Missouri Department of Higher Education on Friday. The report cuts two programs immediately, with three more likely to be cut in the near future and 34 others to be reconfigured. The education specialist degrees offered through the spe-

cial education program and the Career and Technical Education program, respectively, were the first to be removed from the list of active degree options. Students pursuing the three degrees projected to be cut will be permitted to finish their programs before they are phased

out. The Natural Resources master’s degree, the Communication and Science Disorders doctoral degree and the Environmental Geology baccalaureate degree are affected. Geological S ciences Department Chairman Kevin Shelton said he was caught off

guard by the Environmental Geology baccalaureate degree’s inclusion in the “projected close” category. He said the report did not combine the Geological Sciences and Environment degrees, though it should have. see CUTS, page 6

Mizzou Dashboard tracks energy use

India-Nite showcases cultural fusion

MEGAN SWIECA Staff Writer The third Mizzou Dashboard competition between residence halls, a contest to reduce energy use, began Monday and will continue until Nov. 19. Last year Hatch, Schurz and College Avenue residence halls competed in the challenge. An overall average of 6 percent energy use reduction was made. “It’s not really hard to conserve,” Project Co-Leader Dave Guinta said. “Students don’t have the incentive now because they aren’t paying the bills, hopefully the competition will give them incentive.” Six more halls are compet-

ing this year: Lathrop, Laws, Jones, Galena, Hawthorn and Dogwood. Information from electricity meters turns into quantifiable information to be displayed on the website. The newly renovated halls might have a slight advantage in decreased energy usage because of better insulation and other factors, Co-Leader Jarod Abel said. MU is one of 40 campuses nationwide participating in this competition through Lucid Design Group. Mizzou Dashboard received support from Lucid Design Group for organizing the competition and adding the new buildings to the see ENERGY, page 6

MU student athlete graduation rate increasing MARIE MANDELBERG Staff Writer

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Nila Palaniappan and Suryanshi Rawat perform the Radha Krishna invocation dance at India Nite on Saturday. The dance is supposed to take place in a peacock garden under the moonlight. See PAGE 7. MSA Presidential Election 2010: MSA Campus Visibility

Candidates focus on MSA visibility BY AMANDA CAPUA, NATHAN DIVERS AND KELLY OLEJNIK of The Maneater staff This is the sixth part in a series looking at the Missouri Students Association presidential slates and their platform positions. This arti-

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cle focuses on the candidates’ positions on increasing MSA’s visibility on campus. TRAVIS-HORAN Josh Travis and Michelle Horan plan to bring MSA to students by campaigning for 10,000 student votes in this election.

According to their platform, making MSA known to students starts with getting 10,000 student votes in the upcoming election. “10,000 student voters may or may not be possible, but Josh felt that it was important to set

MU’s graduation rate for student athletes sits at 80 percent, just above the national Division I average of 79 percent, according to an National Collegiate Athletics Association report released last week. The rates apply to students that entered the school in 2003. The NCAA calculates the Graduation Success Rate by measuring graduation in a six-year time frame from initial enrollment. Whereas the federal graduation rate tracks students from when they originally started college, the Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said this factor is important to accurately represent graduation rates. see RATES, page 6

see MSA, page 6

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The Mizzou Alumni Association opened an online coffee shop, selling various brews with an MU-themed twist. News, page 5

MU GRADUATION

SUCCESS RATES The NCAA calculates a GSR for MU student-athletes in each individual sport. Overall GSR:

Men’s Basketball:

80

percent

Women’s Basketball:

100 percent

Softball:

89

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Baseball:

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Halloween 2010 From pop stars to superheroes, costumed Columbians took to the streets this weekend seeking treats and adventures. Arts, page 17


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Curators still undecided on retirement benefits Travis Cornejo and Kaitlyn Gibson Of The Maneater staff With a vote on retirement benefits for employees quickly approaching, the UM system is in the midst of a series of meetings to gather input on their options. In the past week, both the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the UM system Board of Curators and the Intercampus Faculty Council met to further discuss retirement benefits. They are currently faced with the option to keep their current plan, switch to a new one or integrate aspects of a new one into the existing plan. No votes were taken in either meeting.  IFC, who met Thursday, does not have the power to approve or veto any change in the policy, but is the voice of faculty from all four UM system campuses to the Board of Curators, which will vote on a reevaluated policy in December. “This is about looking forward and understanding the risk factors that are important for the university to understand financially as it looks about its overall benefits and compensation plans for the future,” UM system President Gary Forsee said Monday at the beginning of the Board of Curators meeting.  The UM system currently adheres to a defined benefit plan, which involves the university invest-

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ing money into stock and bonds to ensure employees will receive a certain percentage of their former salary after they retire. “Principle number one is that a retirement plan should focus on providing adequate and secure income throughout retirement,” said Rich Hiller, a representative from financial advisors TIAA-CREF. “This is a bedrock principle.” Rocaton Investment Advisors LLC said the current Retirement Fund policy calls for broad diversification among a wide variety of global capital markets — a good thing, given the instability inherent in investing in capital markets. “When we talk about risk in the portfolio, we’re primarily talking about the uncertainty of capital market returns,” CEO Robin Pellish said.

One proposed change to the retirement plan is a defined contribution plan in which the university would instead entrust faculty and staff to invest a percentage of their salaries at their own risk. IFC member Leona Rubin said the latter plan appeals mostly to younger staff members. “So in one case, the university does the investment and in the other the individual does,” Rubin said. “Senior members like the defined benefit plan while younger faculty like the defined contribution plan because it is more portable. You can take it when you leave. But that’s a generality and not always true.” For Monday’s meeting, Towers Watson senior consultant Mary Ann Dutemple and The Segal Company Vice President Howard Rog each put together a study, evaluating the impact if the UM system implemented a defined contribution plan for new employees. In Rog’s projection, 50 percent of active employee payroll would be covered under the defined contribution plan by 2019. Total payroll would increase to more than $2 billion by 2034. Of that, 85 percent would be covered by the defined contribution plan. Although changes to the current retirement plan would not directly affect current UM employees, IFC member for MU Clyde Bentley said a reduction of benefits might not entice new faculty.

MSA candidates meet with RHA The discussion covered conservation, TigerWatch and communication. Ana Stock Staff Writer All three Missouri Students Association presidential candidates and their vice presidential candidates visited with 15 members of the Residence Halls Association to answer questions about their platforms Monday night. Taylor Dukes, RHA Director of Services and Sustainability, directed questions to presidential candidate Ben Hansen and his running-mate Kaitlin Oxenreider about the sustainability aspect of their platform. One of the slate’s primary focuses is on conservation. “In the new Student Center, during the day, there are tons of windows to let in light, we don’t need to keep the lights on,” Hansen said. “There are places on campus where it is a safety precaution to keep the lights on all of the time, but I feel that where it is possible we should keep the lights off in buildings where they are not necessary.” MSA presidential candidate Eric Woods said his conserva-

tion efforts focused on campus dining halls. “Dobbs has had a great success with using locally-grown beef in the dining hall,” he said. “And I hear they have the best burgers on campus.” Another topic of discussion was TigerWatch, a campus safety program developed by MSA presidential candidate Josh Travis last semester. Horan aimed to refute any suggestion TigerWatch was a political move on Travis’ part. “TigerWatch was slated last semester, and this semester is the first semester that it has been in use,” she said. “Josh cares so much about this campus, and his number one concern is people’s safety, and all of the people who are involved with TigerWatch do not see it as a political move at all.” RHA President Lauren Thomas brought up issues with communication between RHA and MSA. “Fingers have been pointed at RHA in the past for lack of communication with MSA,” Thomas said. “We want our voice projected all over campus, and I would like to hear an expansion on the ideas of how MSA and RHA can communicate better.” Horan expressed her opinion on how new leadership will

come into play. “With new leadership coming in on both sides, what happened in the past is now in the past,” Horan said. Woods said he felt that in order for RHA and MSA to communicate most effectively, having liaisons would be ideal. “I think getting RHA and MSA liaisons at each other’s meetings is definitely important,” Woods said. “I also think getting students involved with both organizations at once would be great.” Ben Hansen felt similar on the idea of having liaisons at MSA and RHA meetings. “Meetings should already be taking place,” Hansen said. “We send a liaison to the City Council meetings, but not to RHA, I think that is odd. I feel like the liaison is a start, but I also think the direct connection between the executive branch and RHA’s leadership is important so that we do not bring up the same issues.” The candidates felt student involvement in decision-making was essential. “I am a big proponent of student assessment, so I think the leaders of the four student governments should meet to find a way to get all students’ input and find out what is most important to them,” Hansen said.

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Curator Bo Fraser speaks about UM system retirement benefits via telepresence. The Board of Curators Compensation and Human Resources committee held a special meeting Monday about the matter before its scheduled December meeting. “If our salaries are already low, that could be pretty tough for lower paid staff,” Bentley said. Betsy Rodriguez, UM system vice president of Human Resources, compared the UM system’s retirement plan to other plans in the Big 12 and Big 10. The second half of Rodriguez’s presentation included feedback from faculty and staff. “We did hold informational meetings August, September and October,” Rodriguez said. “I was on the road quite a bit.” From those meetings, Rodriguez said challenges the UM system has faced include a belief among fac-

ulty and staff that a decision about retirement benefits has already been made and some perceive the timeline for a decision is too fast. “The faculty would like to see more time to consider this than to push it right through to December,” Bentley said. “If we had a couple more months to look at it, it would be better.” Faculty can learn more about the different retirement plans and voice their opinions at an open town hall meeting 10 a.m. Tuesday in Jesse Auditorium. Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton will host the forum and allow for questions from the audience.

Ballot to gauge support for voting student curator Along with the names of the three Missouri Students Association presidential slates, students will find a separate referendum on the MSA ballot next week, a vote for or against a voting student curator. As it stands, the student curator has a seat on the board, but does not have a vote on the issues the board deals with. In order to gauge student opinion on this matter, MSA is putting this issue on the MSA presidential election ballot. According to the referendum, the fall election has historically had a higher voter turnout than the spring election. “This is not a controversial topic,” MSA President Tim Noce said. “We’ll hopefully get some good student voice on this issue.” If the student population votes in favor of the student curator having an official say in campus issues, it will not go into effect immediately. The Missouri State Senate must give approval for to this happen. “This change would need to be approved at the state-wide level,” MSA Senate Speaker Evan Wood said. “It must go through the Missouri Legislature.” The legislative session begins in January, so MSA would use

the time to organize what they would present to Senate in order to make the bill official. “After we have the results from the students, we can organize for people to talk to lawmakers,” Woods said. To strengthen the argument for the Missouri State Senate, MSA presidential candidate Josh Travis is enlisting more support for the issue, should students show support for the initiative. “I’ll be talking to the three other UM system schools so they can have their students vote on this issue as well,” Travis said. “This is going to take a coordinated effort.” MSA itself will not be able to promote the issue to the students. This means it will not be able to publicize what it feels will be the best choice to vote for. “We are not legally allowed to push our own agenda,” Wood said. “We can just advertise that there will be a referendum on the ballot.” Voting on this issue, and on the 2011 president and vice president, will begin Nov. 8 and go through Nov. 10. ­—Amanda Capua, staff writer


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MU POLICE THURSDAY, OCT. 28 Harison J. Pitchford, 19, of 3901 Watts Court, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor and resisting arrest Evan M. King, 19, of Schurz Hall, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor and resisting arrest FRIDAY, OCT. 29 Daniel J. Sheehan, 20, of 607 S. Fifth St., on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Ryan S. Holtwick, 22, of 411 Central Methodist Square, on suspicion of disturbing the peace Kendal D. Brown, 19, of 1004 S. Vermont Street, on suspicion of disturbing the peace Jeffrey A. Schweig, 19, of 101 Burnam Ave., on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor

Dominic D. Caldarello, 19, of 101 Burnam Ave., on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Shahda R. Lee, 25, of 715 W. Worley St., on suspicion of driving under a suspended license John H. Merriman, 20, of 916 S. Providence Road, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana Elliott J. Conner, 18, of 916 S. Providence Road, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana SATURDAY, OCT. 30 Erin M. McGaugh, 18, of 903 S. College Ave., on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor Randall J. Wilson, 23, of 23500 N. Sappington Raod, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana Mady L. Bleyer, 17, of 14713 Mill Spring Drive, on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor and second-degree domestic assault SUNDAY, OCT 31 Zachary B. Smith, 18, of 1000 Towers Circle, on suspicion of disturbing the peace and possession of alcohol by a minor — Amanda Del Buono, staff writer

COLUMBIA POLICE THURSDAY, OCT. 28 William B. Brubaker, 19, of 5390 S. Route K, on suspicion of possession or sale of certain

weapons prohibited Gregory T. Harper, 18, of 204 W. Thurman St., on suspicion of first-degree trespassing William L. Hart III, 30, of St. Louis, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Kelsey McGinnis, 19, of 1001 Rogers St., on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia John P. O’Connor, 26, of 1211 Vandiver Drive, on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia April D. Poe, 23, of 2904 Range Line St., on suspicion of thirddegree domestic assault Michael S. Wycoff, 31, of 5339 E. Trikalla Drive, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault John C. Brown, 22, of 203 Anita Court, on suspicion of resisting or interfering with arrest and third-degree assault of law enforcement officer Ryan C. Lionberger, 20, of 3238 Jenne Hill Drive, on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and purchase or possession by minors Harold G. Sexauer, 23, of 1309 S. West Lexington Circle, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Bronson B. Shaver, 20, of 4481 W. Bainbridge Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor Marko Vulovic, 23, of Marshall, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated FRIDAY, OCT. 29 Katie M. Anderson, 21, of

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 410 Duncan St., on suspicion of stealing Melonea R. Holloway, 29, of Fulton, on suspicion of stealing Christian P. Lett, 26, of 2501 S. Providence Road, on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia Terry S. Reno II, 21, of 7104 E. I70 Drive Southeast, on suspicion of stealing Ahmed O. Salau, 26, of 2607 Eastwood Drive, on suspicion of forcible rape Alexander H. Wells, 18, of 2400 Ballenger Lane, on suspicion of second-degree burglary, obstructing government operations and stealing Ralph Shannon Carper, 21, of 301 Tiger Lane, on suspicion of unlawful use of weapons Bruce C. Mason, 17, of 2806 Mulberry Road, on suspicion of purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor and disturbing the peace SATURDAY, OCT. 30 Kevin D. Pape, 17, of 800 W. Worley St., on suspicion of thirddegree domestic assault Desalegne Alemu, 19, of 3536 Prescott Drive, on suspicion of consumption by minors and driving while intoxicated Clint P. Mertens, 36, of 204 Elderbrook Drive, on suspicion of nuisance parties prohibited John L. Piazza, 19, of 3904 Buttonwood Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and purchase or possession by minors Daniel P. Rice, 29, of 5717 Fallow Court, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

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Alumni Association offers MU-themed coffee Part of the proceeds from the coffee go toward the Mizzou Alumni Association. Sally French Staff Writer U.S. Army soldier and longtime MU fan Brian Dick used to drink coffee every day back in Washington, Mo. But since he’s been serving in northern Iraq for almost two months, he has found coffee is hard to come by. That was until he discovered the Mizzou Alumni Association’s online coffee shop. Last week, the Mizzou Alumni Association launched the Mizzou Alumni Coffee Store, a website selling more than 25 varieties of coffee beans, all with an MU-themed twist. “I am a big Mizzou fan and couldn’t see having any other coffee sent to me,” Dick said in a Facebook interview. “It is another way for me to support Mizzou.” The coffee is packaged in an MU-inspired bag, which features an image of Tiger Plaza on the front. “It’s themed very black and gold so as people buy it, they’ll buy it for the flavor, for the spirit or maybe they’ll dis-

play the packaging,” Alumni Association Marketing Director David Roloff said. Dick was one of the first to contact the Alumni Association on the launch date, asking for the coffee to be shipped to his station in Iraq so he can rekindle his routine of drinking coffee as well as share MU with his fellow soldiers. “As far as drinking all the coffee right away, well, that might be a different story,” he said. “I plan on conserving the coffee to make sure that we do not run out quickly, but at the same time making sure that we get at least one cup of the coffee a day.” Proceeds from the coffee sold at the Mizzou Alumni Coffee store go directly back to the Alumni Association. According to their website, 20 percent of online purchases benefit the Mizzou Alumni Association’s programs and services such as Homecoming, student scholarships, reunions, faculty research incentive grants and alumni events. Although the store just launched this week, the idea has been brewing for a few months. “I picked up the idea at an annual conference for membership and marketing professionals this summer,” Roloff said. “The vendors were there and they had had a couple of schools already take advantage

of this and we thought it was a great idea.” The coffee store is a collaboration between the Mizzou Alumni Association and Beanbank Coffee Company, based out of Williamsburg, Va. Beanbank creates 25 varieties of ground or whole bean coffee including dark roast, breakfast blend, fair trade, organic and specialty teas and ships it within three to five days. A single bag of coffee costs $8.95. “We’ve been brewing samples of it since we’ve been testing it,” Roloff said. “Everyone who has tasted it really likes it.” Roloff said he expects the coffee store will be a success. The association is already planting ads in the alumni magazine, which goes out to 165,000 alumni, and a member calendar, which goes out to 28,000 alumni. “I think as the following winter goes on, it will only get more popular,” he said. Beanbank Coffee is still figuring out the logistics of getting the coffee shipped to Iraq and Dick anticipates its arrival. “Drinking Mizzou coffee while deployed will give me a sense of motivation and support that isn’t shown very much,” Dick said. “Showing my support for anything that has to do with Mizzou just makes any day a good day.”

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The Mizzou Alumni Association launched its own line of MU brand coffee last week. The coffee is sold through an online store, and 20 percent of the purchases benefit the Alumni Association’s programs, including Homecoming and student scholarships.

Successful football season MU New Venture Idea Competition leads to more donations announces contest's winners Jimmy Hibsch Staff Writer

In addition to heightening the spirits of dedicated Tiger fans, the football team’s successful season will likely result in increased alumni donations. “As much as we’d like to see donations be a function of necessity here on campus, the reality is the most important factor in alumni giving is pride in their alma mater,” Mizzou Student Foundation spokesman Zach Wade said. Wade said the Mizzou Student Foundation is an organization designed to educate the student body on the importance of giving back to MU. He said most students are unaware only about 15 percent of their tuition goes to the expense of their education, with the remainder being funded through private donors, and to a lesser extent, taxpayers. “To instill that feeling of pride and charitable behavior, the best thing to do is get students as connected to the university as possible, in hopes that they will be charitable givers in the future,” Wade said. Although she said it is extremely difficult to predict whether donations will rise, Director of Development Catey Terry guesses there will be a minimal increase. “In general, I think there is usually a small up kick after a season like what we’ve had, but nothing huge,” Terry said. Donors are divided into several tiers, correlating with the amount they donate. The Jefferson Club denotes MU supporters who have contributed at least $25,000. Tiger Calling Club supervisor Beverly Smith said though most

donators tend to contribute to MU regardless of the team’s season, a successful one never hurts. The Tiger Calling Club is a group of more than 100 students who phone alumni, friends and family throughout the school year about the importance of giving back. In spite of the economy, she said many alumni have put MU in their budget, which she said is admirable. “Anytime our team is doing well, it seems to put alumni into a much better frame of mind about the school in general,” she said. “They’re all fans of the Tigers.” Smith said she has not seen specific statistics on how much the group has raised thus far, but she predicts it has been a good year. Despite Saturday’s loss to Nebraska, he expects the quantity of donations from this group to grow the most because of the Tiger’s overall successful season, specifically Homecoming. He said he expects donations resulting from Homecoming to be high in quantity, but low in quantity. “It was the perfect storm on Homecoming," Wade said. "The stars were aligned. We’re going to see larger numbers of smaller donations, which is great because it might get people into the spirit of continuing to give afterwards, regardless of our football successes in the future.” Wade said the number of applications received by Friday’s due date for the Mizzou Student Foundation has exactly doubled from last year. Although he couldn’t provide specific numbers because of selectionprocess secrecy reasons, he cites team’s success as the reason for the 100 percent increase in membership applications.

Award recipients earn $2,000 for their product ideas. Michelle Gao Staff Writer Six student teams competed at the final presentation of the 6th Annual MU New Venture Idea Competition on Friday at Cornell Hall. The $2,000 top prize for the undergraduate category was awarded to an idea for TigerCab from junior Mallory Waarde and senior Will Metscher’s team. By offering students cart services that take them to far away classes, TigerCab is designed to attract advertisers with low prices. Kyalid Alam and Jonathan Morrand won the top prize in the graduate category. Their idea is promoting an economical and convenient HIV test. The six finalist teams at the final presentation were selected from 10 undergraduate teams and seven graduate teams that participated in the first round of the competition Oct. 27. The presentations were scored according to the viability of the idea, clearly defined market niche, products or services, skills and resources, presentation skills and question responses. One of the judges, MO.com CEO Brian Null said the exciting idea and serious attitude set the winners apart. “They are very enthusiastic

about their product,” Null said. “They do have markets. You will find challenges for each one and strengths for each one.” Null said the competition enables students to get involved in business at an early stage. “I’m very impressed with their enthusiasm,” Null said. “They balance school and these activities, try to found their business, do the research and marketing.” Null said some of the business ideas are already further along with profitable values. They all have a decent understanding of what it will take in terms of capital. Null offered his suggestions for the future entrepreneurs. “Keep going even if the business fails,” Null said. “Learn from it. Grow from it. You need the persistence until the right time to succeed.” The three other judges invited for the final presentation were Landmark Bank Vice President Jay Alexander, Commerce Bank Vice President Valerie Shaw and School of Journalism professor Randy Smith. Director of the competition Gregory Bier said the College of Business is outstanding in taking the students out of the classrooms to get close to the community. He said this year’s ideas in the competition were mostly based on intellectual property. With the purpose to encourage MU entrepreneurial spirit and promote idea creation, Flegel Academy of

Aspiring Entrepreneurs sponsored the competition. AAE is a student group interested in future entrepreneurship in the Trulaske College of Business. AAE President Meghan Orbe, who won the fourth annual contest, said the competition enables the students to start their own companies, which benefits the economy in encouraging small and medium businesses. “We work on developing business plans and help students start their own business and save money,” Orbe said. Orbe said the nonprofit and for-profit ideas are equally important. “I think in the business schools, we always think about the for-profit ventures,” Orbe said. “Actually they are equally important, and many of our applicants were doing non-profits. We would like to show both of them in the competition.” Orbe said although there are only 20 members in AAE, it plays an important role at the College of Business in encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship. She said it is practical for the participants to put their ideas into reality. “We don’t have an entrepreneurship major like a lot of business schools do,” Orbe said. “AAE is a great outlet for students who are interested in entrepreneurship to still pursue their passions and learn more outside the classroom. I think I’ve learned more in AAE than I have learned in any classes.”


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CUTS: Faculty to discuss issue Nov. 12 Continued from page 1 “I have no idea why the BA degree in the Department of Geological Sciences is listed under the ‘Projected Close, Active Students’ category,” Shelton said. “No administrator at MU has informed me of any reason for the listing. Until told otherwise, I will assume it is a mistake.” School of Natural Resources Director Mark Ryan said the degree in question in his department was instated in 2008 and required no new courses, faculty or staff. “It is a small degree program for early to moderate career professionals to upgrade their skills credentials,” Ryan said. “Cutting it will save no money.” The report grants faculty and students a chance to salvage their programs, showing evidence as to why it should not be cut. If their pleas are unsuccessful and administrators decide the program will remain closed, no more students will be able to pursue the degrees. According to the report, the remaining 34 programs listed in the report are not meeting state criteria for productivity, though they are still important. Although they will not be cut, they are being reconfigured. MU spokesman Christian Basi said program cuts such as these are nothing new. “From a general viewpoint, this review is not something that is only happening now,” Basi said. “We’re constantly reviewing programs, because the programs

and the field of discipline are constantly evolving.” He said the actions being proposed are more a result of savings and actions MU has taken in the recent past, such as hiring freezes and discovering inefficiencies within departments. “As we’ve progressed in that area, we’ve looked and said, ‘Maybe we need a professor in this area or a faculty member in this area, but maybe we don’t need one in this area because we don’t have a high demand for it,’” Basi said. A faculty discussion on the report will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 12. The dialogue will give faculty an outlet to discuss the report’s outlines. The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education will submit a final report to Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 11.

ENERGY: Dashboard contest adds 6 res halls Continued from page 1 program. The national winners will receive additional support from Lucid Design Group to go toward campus energy saving and other smaller prizes. Energy consumption information is directed to the Lucid Design Group’s Mizzou Dashboard website. There is also a new tab for campus weather, the information for which is streamed from the wind turbine on the engineering building. “We hope to take advantage of the large scale of the competition by educating more students and saving more energy,” Student Sustainability Advisor Ben Datema said. The Lucid Design Group’s website informs students about campus energy use along with the Mizzou Dashboard Facebook which often provides tips on saving energy. “We try to educate students on how much energy their using and give them easy ways to start saving,” Abel said. Mizzou Dashboard saved 14 times the amount of energy from the first competition to the second.

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“I think it will go really well,” Datema said. “We’ve learned a lot from the first two competitions that have helped us in organizing the third competition.” This year, Mizzou Dashboard is focusing on marketing the competition more through things like floor stickers in the residential halls and “potty papers,” flyers posted in bathroom stalls. “A higher volume of students involved will make a larger impact,” Guinta said. The competition will also be tied into the Blackout football game Nov. 13. Mizzou Dashboard is turning it into “blackout week” by dimming lights in residential and dining halls by 50 percent. They are also working on an announcement about the competition to be made during the football game. “There’s not as much emphasis about winning the competition, it’s more about conserving energy,” Guinta said. Although this is a national competition, it is the first of two taking place on campus this year. Another Mizzou Dashboard competition will take place later in the year for MU students only.

RATES: Division I rates highest ever Continued from page 1 “Because there is a fair amount of mobility among college students today, including student-athletes, we needed something that measured more accurately the movement among student-athletes before they graduate,” Christianson said. “We’ve been collecting data among nine years. We’ve been collecting data among nine years. What it shows is that student athletes are graduating at the highest rates we’ve ever seen. Even to the federal rate, student athletes are graduating at a higher percentage than the entire student body.” Joseph Scogin, assistant athletic director of Academic Services, said MU is happy with the current rate and the 11-point improvement from just a few years ago. “I think what we have seen is a cultural change in the freshmen coming in,” Scogin said. “They now have seen the leadership of our seniors and the expectation that the students are taking care of their academic responsibilities.” Identical to the past two years, the national Graduation Success Rate is 79 percent, the highest ever for Division I schools. The federal graduation rate is 64 percent. The federal rate has stayed the same for the past two years, but is still the highest federal rate ever and is one point higher than the general student body. “In many ways, our work has just begun,” said Walter Harrison, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance, in a news release. Scogin said there are two main programs to help ensure the success of student athletes at MU. The Freshmen Transition Program helps new students make the dif-

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Then-MU redshirt senior guard Zaire Taylor, who graduated in the spring, reaches for the ball before Texas senior guard Damion James on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Mizzou Arena. MU ranks near the top in studentathlete graduate rates on a national level in Division I. ficult transition from high school to college while balancing a full-time job working for their sport and their academic responsibilities. The Athletics Department also has a program called Tigers for Tomorrow that focuses on the transition from college to the business world. Scogin said students learn how to best utilize their skills and be prepared for the real world when their athletic careers end. Scogin said these two programs are important for student athletes’ success. The two schools with the highest Graduation Success Rate are Colgate University and the University of Notre Dame, who graduate 100 percent and 99 percent of their student athletes, respectively. “What we’ve really seen over time is a dramatic shift in the culture within intercollegiate athlet-

ics,” Christianson said. “There is a broad and widely accepted recognition that academics are vitally important.” The rate makes schools accountable for transfer students and includes those numbers as part of the calculation, but Scogin said MU is unable to control when a student athlete leaves the university — whether for personal reasons or to play in a professional league. Scogin said MU calculates a slightly different number, called the exhausted eligibility graduation rate. This number only follows the student athletes who remain at MU for all four years of eligibility. Scogin said this rate is 95 percent and the ultimate goal is to raise the number to 100 percent. “As you continue to see us get farther along in our process, I think you’ll see our graduation rates continue to increase,” Scogin said.

MSA: Slates plan to use social media Continued from page 1 a high bar for ourselves,” TravisHoran campaign Manager Abhi Sivasailam said in an e-mail. “If we can increase awareness and excite students enough to get a 10,000-strong turnout, then we will have helped to change the student culture in ways that will make MSA a more powerful tool for student advocacy.” Outreach and empowerment are the main goals of the TravisHoran platform, Sivasailam said. According to the platform, Travis and Horan plan to reconnect the Mizzou family with its student government through various means of engagement. “They (Travis and Horan) are committed to making student government work for students again as soon as they enter office,” Sivasailam said. Travis and Horan plan to hold presidential town hall meetings and create a State of the College address on a regular schedule. Woods-Moon Eric Woods and Emily Moon intend to make themselves and MSA visible to students by actively seeking out students and using technology to keep closer contact with the students. “I want MSA visibility and communication to be about the Association itself and most importantly about the students, and not Emily and myself,” Woods said in

an e-mail. Woods said their personalized campaign will actively engage students on their terms by visiting various student groups, residence halls, Greek houses, dining halls, food courts and more. Giving everyone in MSA a speaking assignment to explain what MSA does and how students can get involved is something Woods would like to do if elected to office. He said he would do this to also gather feedback on what issues students feel are important on campus. Although the MSA website has recently been redone, Woods said he feels more can be done to improve the technology aspect of communicating to students. “We need to build a more organized presence on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and make sure our online communication with students is interesting to them,” Woods said in an e-mail. Woods said he and Moon would like to add an MSA section to the goMizzou iPhone app so students have easy access to what MSA is up to and what events it has planned. “The bottom line is that we are students too, and therefore we want to be leaders for students, and not leaders of students,” Woods said in an e-mail. Hansen-Oxenreider Ben Hansen and Kaitlin Oxenreider plan to reach their goal

of every MU student knowing what MSA is through speaking with organizations and individual students. “Students should know what MSA is because they are voting members of the Association and pay good money for the services and activities that MSA provides,” Hansen said. Hansen said he and Oxenreider want students to be aware of their representation within MSA and what the organization has to offer them. “MSA is the undergraduate student government that represents student issues and provides services and activities for students including STRIPES, KCOU, the Craft Studio, the MSA/GPC Box Office and events including comedians, concerts, speakers, film screenings and cultural events,” Hansen said. Hansen and Oxenreider have been speaking with student organizations about what MSA is and how the slate plans to improve it, as well as utilizing Facebook and launching a campaign website to promote their slate and encourage students to look up information about MSA, Hansen said. Hansen also said he plans to find out what individual MU students know about MSA. “If elected, I would like to undergo an MSA survey to see how many students know about MSA and learn what students believe a student government should offer them,” Hansen said.


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India-Nite showcases cultural fusion through music, dance, performances The night included Indian dancing and humorous skits about the culture. Jimmy Hibsch Staff Writer As cameras flashed and the audience roared, local performers of all ages danced, sang and acted Saturday at Jesse Auditorium for the 19th annual India-Nite. “It’s about showcasing Columbia’s talent, music and dance,” said Anmol Sethi, an Ann Hawkinds Gentry Middle School eighth grader. Sethi and MU seniors Ayaaz Habibullah, Asim Choudhary and Deepika Parmar were the night’s emcees. Between each act, the emcees mocked the disparities between American and Indian cultures in a short series of skits. For their skits, Habibullah played a stereotypical Indian male, the son of a stereotypical Indian mother played by Parmar. Decked out in clothes spanning from a Lakers jersey to a purple button-up and sporting a “bro” demeanor, Choudhary encouraged Habibullah’s Americanization. “Last year I emceed with one of the grad students,

and we just really played off of that,” Habibullah said. “Usually in Indian culture there’s this thing with girls and guys and not talking very much. We kind of just played around the life of an Indian who just came to America versus an Indian who was born here in the states.” Habibullah said the slang term for Indians who were born in America, such as himself, is ABCD, or American-Born Confused Desi. Indians who were born in India but later immigrated to America, however, are referred to in slang as FOBs, or Fresh Off the Boat, he said. The emcees’ skits played off of the differences between these two groups. Much to the audience’s approval, the emcees poked fun at the rift between the two culture’s clothing choices, shopping habits and womanizing techniques, to name just a few. Several of the dances featured folk characteristics; many others drew influences from Bollywood. Some dances were eastern in theme; others were western. Many dances intertwined the two cultures. A portion of the audience was adorned in traditional Indian attire, another portion in casual street clothes.

The night was a true fusion of Indian culture, program adviser Ajab Taj said. “Hopefully next year we’ll be doing it a lot bigger and better,” Habibullah said. About 600 people filled the theater for the night’s festivities. “This is the one thing to bring all the Indian people in the whole Columbia and near vicinity together once a year,” Taj said. “For MU, this is the best multicultural showcase.” The show culminated with a dance performance called “It’s Masti Time,” which featured an array of MU students from the South Asian Student Association. This group consists mostly of ABCDs, Habibullah said. The Cultural Association of India, which sponsored the night, consists of mainly Indian students who have come to America for their studies. “I think everybody enjoyed the night,” Habibullah said. “It catered to all age groups. Everybody had a lot of fun. Aside from the emcee stuff, the dances and the different performances, there was always a lot of diversity in the performances.” While the audience rushed toward the front of the auditorium for an on-stage dance party after the final performance, Taj stood and watched with a smile.

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Suryanshi Rawat performs the Radha Krishna invocation dance at India Nite on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Cultural Association of India, featured typical Indian music and dance.

MU alumni Mort Walker reminisces College Republicans launch conservative blog at dedication of Mort’s Grill Tony Puricelli Staff Writer Mort Walker, creator of the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip, took a trip down memory lane with the opening of MU’s $63 million student center in late October. One new attraction of the MU Student Center is Mort’s Grill, a burger-style restaurant named after the “Beetle Bailey” creator. The grill includes a lounge area reminiscent of The Shack, the a popular hangout for students until the 1980s. “Planners for the student center were responsible for incorporating Shack memorabilia into the new student center,” Student & Auxiliary Services spokeswoman Michelle Froese said in an e-mail. “We contacted Mr. Walker, knowing that he had spent time in the Shack as a student during the 1940s.” Walker said The Shack was the only student hangout at that time. “You’d go to a sorority or fraternity house or something like that, or The Shack,” Walker said. “That’s where we used to congregate. It was very small and smelly, but I used to have staff meetings there.” During his time at MU, Walker was a straight-A student and served as editor for the Showme, a humor magazine, turning a profit for the first time in its history, much

to the chagrin of then School of Journalism Dean Frank Mott. Walker told the story of his own expulsion from the J school. “After the war was over, I came back to finish my journalism training and went to talk to my adviser,” Walker said. “He told me that before going directly to journalism I had to take the prerequisite course. Dean Mott had a course called the History and Principles of Journalism, and you have to take that before going into journalism.” Walker, having already earned a degree from Saint Louis University, did not want to postpone his schooling another year for an introductory course and entered the J school without taking it. Walker said when Dean Mott asked him why he hadn’t taken History and Principles of Journalism, he responded he was too busy saving the world for democracy. The next day Walker discovered his office at the Showme had been cleared out. “They threw everything out in the hallway, all of my pencils and typewriters,” Walker said. “So I just gathered everything up in a basket and took it over to The Shack.” Despite his abrupt departure, the cartoonist said he is still grateful for the honor from the university.

“It’s nice to be remembered,” Walker said. “It’s amazing how somebody gets kicked out of school and later on gets honored.” The author said the comic strip industry has changed throughout the years and he works to evolve with it. “I try to remain relevant,” Walker said. “I try to get a lot of my ideas right from the newspapers. We’re all trying to get comics on the Internet and sell advertising around them. It has been partially successful.” Walker said he grew up knowing he wanted to be a comic strip artist. “When I was three years old, my father used to send me down to get the Sunday paper and I would lie there in his arms and he’d read me Moon Mullins,” Walker said. “It was a great experience.” Walker saw his first comic strip, The Lime Juicers, published in the Kansas City Journal at age 11. He began sending cartoons all over the country and sold about 350 before college. “I had my own way of educating myself,” Walker said. “Classes didn’t mean anything to me. I learned by dealing with people and drawing my cartoons. I don’t think I suffered for it. I had an ambition to be a cartoonist, draw a famous comic strip and make a million dollars and I did it.”

The Mizzou College Republicans have started a conservative blog with a goal to spread the idea of more conservative politics on a campus they believe is predominately liberal. Sophomore Adam Smith said the group got the idea from something the College Libertarians had done in the past and decided last spring to start a conservative blog. As of now, there are two members working to produce content. No posts have been put up yet. Smith said there is a post in the works about conservative viewpoints on affirmative action. “We want to try to get the conservative side out there,” Smith said. “Conservatives are few on this campus.” Smith said the Mizzou College Republicans are still working on how to advertise the blog and hope to get the help of some strategic communications majors in the School of Journalism. Smith said for journalism students especially, they can avoid using bylines in order to protect their privacy. “It’s not so much that we want to hide what they’re talking about, but so they can get the experience,” Smith said. Smith said the blog is still a work in progress and can be found at equitus.wordpress.com. “We are setting up a blog that will hopefully allow for our members that are interested in journal-

ism or even those that enjoy blogging have an outlet to post stories or videos or audio or pictures that they found entertaining,” College Republicans President Brett Dinkins said. Greg Young, MU College Democrats treasurer, said Republicans can express their ideas in any way, but they still tend to have conservative stances. “We think that college students are liberal for a good reason,” Young said. Young also said he feels a blog will not change whether students support Democrats or Republicans, but that either way, the Democrats support the Republicans’ views and freedom of expression. Dinkins said he would describe the MU campus as not just veering to the left, but as dramatically liberal. He said the point of the blog is to get conservative viewpoints out there for people to see. “The campus does lean to the left,” Dinkins said. “It’s a good way for us to (show) opinions from the conservative perspective.” The College Republicans describe their blog on wordpress. com with this: “We stand firm on a platform including, but not limited to, limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, personal responsibility and states’ rights.” — Allison Prang, staff writer


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Countries should slash spending fast Really, World? Really? I opened up The New York Times a few months ago, and the first story that caught my eye was regarding the “debt aid package” extended to Greece to help support its failing economy. One phrase in particular grabbed my attention: “Greece admitted that its level of debt was much higher than previously reported, due to bad management and prevarication.” So, let me get this straight: Greece lied about tons of unmanageable debt, so the European Union gets together and agrees to lend them roughly 500 billion Euros to prop up their economy? Since when is excessive debt cured by more debt? Since when are liars rewarded? The situation with Greece is only a reflection of the cancer that is taking over the world markets: absolutely insane, boundless spending. I know this seems like a common topic for conservatives to rant about, but I seriously cannot get over how much money has been spent and is continuing to be spent. Here is a quick summary of some major spending that simply boggles my mind: the Bush administration bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, AIG, and the auto industry, and began TARP. Then the Obama administration proceeded to bail out Citigroup and Bank of America, along with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the recent overhaul of the healthcare system, and not to mention a whole plethora of new “reforms” that are about to come our way. The federal budget for the 2011 fiscal year is $3.834 trillion, an amount that I can’t even wrap my head around. Europe is at it, too, bailing out whole countries that, because of their poor financial decisions, face economic collapse. I simply do not understand what has happened to the world. Since when are institutions that make horrible financial decisions allowed to continue surviving? Since when is excessive debt cured by more debt? It is as though the whole world has gone upside-down, and basic financial sense has been thrown out the window. Companies and countries that lie are rewarded with vast loans, and our national debt continues to balloon while spending continues to increase. It is just insane. As a history major obsessed with former president Calvin Coolidge, I cannot help but wish that Silent Cal was still around, or at least somebody like him. I would like to see leaders in Washington who not only cut taxes (that is the easy part — thank you George W. Bush), but also cut spending and services, and do so on a large scale. It is irresponsible and immoral to continue racking up massive, unbearable debt that will never be repaid, even by our grandchildren. We need a balanced budget, and we need one now. It is true for every household in America, and it is true for the United States government.

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Students seek parking solutions Kaitlyn Gibson Staff Writer Open-mic night at The Blue Fugue took a political turn Monday night, as junior Dagmawi Mekonen attempted to mobilize students and Columbia residents to protest the MU and downtown public parking systems. The night involved live music, hip-hop dancing, informative speaking and the opportunity to sign a petition. Mekonen said he hoped to garner support against what he believes is an unjust system of parking. “It’s a major injustice to get charged and put in jail for a parking ticket,” Mekonen said. “It’s not about social welfare anymore, it’s about the money. The university is dependent on ticketing, and it’s fueling their whole system. It’s disingenuous. There’s no place downtown to park and access campus.” Mekonen advertised the event by speaking in lecture classes and distributing fliers around campus. His passion for the issue stems from the lack of free, available parking for students despite a transportation fee incorporated into student tuition, he said. “What I feel is wrong is that they triple your fine if you pay late, or they tow you and take away your personal property,” Mekonen said. “There is no free parking, even though each student pays a transportation fee. This is not the same case for the Student Center, which every student can use all the time. If we had put that money towards transportation, we would have parking and eco-friendly trolleys and buses.”

Mekonen argued that though only 6,000 students voted to raise tuition for the new Student Center in 2005, a majority of students were not involved in the process. Student involvement is imperative to any major changes in campus activities, Mekonen said. “We can’t do anything about the Student Center, but in the future we need a referendum,” Mekonen said. “We also need a majority of students to be informed and vote on the issue, not just 6,000. I want to be on a committee to address this issue and get students involved. Just doubling the student transportation fee to $34 would be a positive direction to go. It’s a top priority.” Columbia resident John Locke-Jaw supported the event by playing the guitar and performing at The Blue Fugue. He was invited by Mekonen to voice his frustration with the current parking situation. “As a citizen of Columbia, I am affected by the parking situation,” Locke-Jaw said. “I get parking tickets from MU, and I don’t even go there. I don’t pay them; in fact, I refuse to pay them.” Locke-Jaw works at The Heidelberg and is often forced to park in MU garages during work due to high levels of traffic. Although he recognizes the need for the Columbia Police Department to ticket traffic violators, he said he disagrees with the need for campus police patrol. “Don’t give people jobs to give tickets to students and people near campus,” Locke-Jaw said. “Let the CPD do it, but don’t give MU students the job.” Junior Emilia Bellknap

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Columbia resident John Lock-Jaw performs Monday night at The Blue Fugue. The gathering was meant to raise awareness for students who are dissatisfied with the parking systems on campus. also voiced her frustration Director Jim Joy and has with the lack of student reviewed the transportainitiative. tion budget. He hopes to “I’ve gotten an insane speak to Missouri Student amount of tickets for ridic- Association President Tim ulous reasons, like park- Noce and create a permaing a little too far from nent group to meet reguthe curb,” Bellknap said. larly, he said. “There are other things to “Maybe this will become enforce other than charging a weekly thing,” Mekonen students $25 for parking a said. “When I started talklittle too far from the curb. ing and I got heated about People complain all the it in my classes, people time, but no one does any- started clapping. Even thing. I think this is going to if they didn’t come out, shake things up a bit.” I’m still representing the In an attempt to legiti- majority. Getting students mize the effort, Mekonen involved will bring about has met with MU Parking class consciousness and and Transportation self-actualization.”

October sees rise in Columbia burglaries The Columbia Police Department has seen an unusually high number of local burglaries in the past month, especially since Oct. 23, spokeswoman Jessie Haden said. According to a CPD news release, between Oct. 23 and Saturday, 33 residential burglaries were reported in Columbia. Local residents reported nearly 90 burglaries in October. Haden said the past two months have shown an upswing in Columbia burglaries. “The number is definitely up,” Haden said. “September and October have been hard for residential burglaries.” Haden said some student housing sites have been targeted, including apartments on Old 63 South, Ross Street and the Southridge neighborhood. Most burglaries happen during the daytime Monday through Friday when people are at work, school or running errands, Haden said. However, she said Oct. 23 saw

an unusually high number of burglaries because of the Homecoming festivities. “We know at least one person took advantage of game day when people were at the game, socializing or partying,” Haden said. The most popular stolen items are small electronics, including laptops, iPhones, iPods and gaming systems. Haden said flat screen television thefts have also been fairly common. CPD has brought in a crime analyst to investigate the burglary trends from July 1 to the present, Haden said. She said CPD will most likely increase neighborhood police presence and assign Street Crimes officers to investigate the burglaries. Since Oct. 23, CPD has arrested three men in connection to robberies on West Broadway and West Thurman Street. “We have a big job ahead,” Haden said. “We have to look at the people arrested

so far and figure out how many burglaries they were responsible for and how many people are still out there.” Haden said she urges students to do everything they can to secure their residences, especially if going out of town for the Thanksgiving break. “Don’t make it easy for burglars,” she said. “Keep the doors and windows locked. If there are any gaps in security, talk to your property manager.” CPD offers free engraving services, and Haden said she has seen cases in which engraved items were left behind by burglars. “Be mindful of vehicles in the area and don’t hesitate to call the police if you notice something,” Haden said. “There’s nothing too small. It could all be a piece of the puzzle.” ­— Kelsey Maffett, staff writer


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Heroes large and small unite for public schools Attendees attempted to break a Guinness record but fell short. Ally McEntire Staff Writer A large cast of superheroes and supervillains gathered Saturday at Hickman High School in support of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation with the hopes of breaking a world record. The fundraiser was organized by Columbia resident Sean Spence, who helped come up with the idea for the event’s theme, as well as getting the word out to the community. “Somebody suggested it would be fun to break a world record,” Spence said. “So we started looking for a ‘most people doing something’ record.” Columbia resident Rick Sachder said the chance to be in the Guinness Book of World Records also inspired him. He was disappointed though to find out the crowd fell short, with a total of only 762 people dressed as superheroes. “Today we have a huge number of people but we don’t quite have 1,580, we’re more at about 700,” Spence said as he spoke to the crowd. Spence said his inspiration came from the hard work teachers and school faculty put in to children’s education every day.

“I started thinking about who the real superheroes were, and I thought of the educators,” he said. The record Columbia Public Schools set out to break was 1,580 people dressed as a superhero. Actor Will Ferrell and California movie studio Dreamworks Studios set the record earlier this month at a movie premier in Los Angeles. “It was done as a publicity stunt for the movie Mega Mind,” Spence said. Volunteers from all over Columbia and even Kansas City and St. Louis came in support of the event. “We’ve got lots of volunteers who’ve come from all over the community,” Spence said. Spence said the foundation had earned more than $3,200 in sponsor donations. This didn’t include the revenue brought in from vendors like Jimmy John’s and an Italian ice stand present at the event. Some sponsors included Focus on Learning, Boone Electric Satellite Systems Inc., Children’s Orchard as well as game, comic and costume shops. Spence said getting the word out in the community about the event was an important part. “We partnered with radio stations and TV stations,” he said. “We sent out mail and e-mail. We communicated with Columbia in every way possible. We sent flyers to everyone in the district two separate times.” Columbia resident Emily Imhoff

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Natalia Groshong, 12, makes her dog, Gracie, sit during a gathering of all Supermen, Supergirls and Superwomen at Superhero Day for Columbia Public Schools on Sunday at Rock Bridge High School. Attendees attempted to break the world record for most people dressed as superheros in the same place, but only gathered about half the required number. said she heard about the event would be easy to make,” she said. and family friend Sachder said they came to the event mainly for from The Columbia Daily Tribune. “And I like purple.” Three generations of the their kids. “I was already dressing up for “And it’s Halloween weekend,” my friend’s birthday,” Imhoff said. Dierker family attended the event, “Supporting the Columbia schools, from daughter Sophie Dierker, all Dierker said. the way to her grandparents. Pictures of all different groups what could be better?” “My grandma and grandpa of superheroes were taken on the Imhoff was dressed as Starfire, from the television show Teen came here in their superhero cos- track at Hickman, with different tumes and my friend Mira,” Sophie comic book villains and heroes Titans. “I wanted to do something said. “I think it was a really good paired, including those from the Spiderman, Superman, X-Men and unique, and I like to make cos- idea to do this.” Sophie’s father, Philip Dierker, Batman series. tumes, so I picked something that


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City Council discusses transportation, art Steven Dickherber Staff Writer Columbia City Council members met Monday to discuss bills on transportation, artwork for City Hall and future plans for development of East Boone County. A report detailing the Windsor-Ash Bicycle Boulevard was presented to the Council after a citizen reported that the new bicycle-friendly street was not being constructed in line with what City Council Members promised earlier this year. The original memo incorrectly stated right turns from College Avenue onto Ash Street would be eliminated; it should have said right turns onto Windsor Street, not Ash Street, would be prohibited. Essentially, a bicycle boulevard discourages through-traffic from using the road, which makes it friendlier to cyclists. In another report provided to the Council, staff asked for council members to consider allowing motorcycles to park in City parking garages. The City recognized MU’s practice of allowing both bicycles and motorcycles to utilize otherwise wasted space within parking structures. The report did not ask for council action at this time, but suggested it was “for information only.” The Council voted to withdraw an ordinance limiting traffic on the Scenic Route of Rock Quarry; they referred it to Energy and Environment Commission of Planning and

Zoning to gather more information before making a decision. The proposed ordinance would have prohibited trucks with more than four axles from driving on Rock Quarry Road between Stadium Boulevard and Grindstone Parkway. “A lot of commercial through-truck-traffic degrades that scenic quality of the road, which all Columbia residents, I think, cherish,” Columbia resident Fred Young said. “It’s not a great truck route anyway.” Mayor Bob McDavid said he didn’t believe truck traffic on Rock Quarry Road was even a problem. “I think what we’re asking is not really enforceable, and I’m not sure it’s in the best interest of the city,” McDavid said. Six th Ward City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe disagreed. She said she thought large truck traffic, even some trucks with fewer than four axles, would destroy the quality of the road and the scenic route. “I guess I was disappointed in the quality of the report and the information,” Hoppe said. “We have a lot of development that’s coming south of (Rock Quarry Road) and they’re going to try to take the shortest route and do a lot of destruction of that road.” At the beginning of the meeting, City Council approved artwork and design concepts for City Hall’s second and third floor lobby created by artists Lampo Leong and Chris Morrey. The Cultural Affairs Standing Committee on Public Art previ-

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Resident Paul Love speaks with Columbia City Council members about design concepts for the new addition of the City Hall Building on Monday at City Hall. The City Council discussed prohibiting through truck traffic along a portion of Rock Quarry Road, among other issues. ously approved Leong’s paintings and Morrey’s sculptures. “ The paintings combine abstract expressionist design with subtle aerial imagery of Columbia,” Cultural Affairs Commission Chairman Kip Goodman said. “The text on each painting, the interplay of English letters and Asian calligraphy represents the integration of various cultures in Columbia.” Columbia resident Paul Love voiced concern that $65,000 is being spent on artwork when

City workers haven’t had a raise in two or three years. The Council briefly discussed the East Action Plan, an attempt to look forward at what development may be necessary in the area west of U.S. 63 and south of Interstate-70. The plan shows detailed research into the needs of Columbia and eastern Boone County residents. If approved, the East Action Plan will expand residential land use farther east, retracting some of the agricultural land

use, but also preserving a lot of it. In the Executive Summary of the East Action Plan, the balancing act the City would like to strike between industrialization and conservation is proposed clearly. “This plan attempts to strike the necessary balance between two competing issues: environmental protection and developmental expansion,” the summary stated. “A successful, progressive and forward-thinking community needs both.”

Police search for seventh Suspect arrested on charges of trafficking for sexual exploitation Hobson murder suspect The victim was assaulted while asleep. Jared Grafman Senior Staff Writer Police arrested Young T. Le on charges of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation last week. The arrest was in relation to a June incident. The victim, 20, had been a guest at Le’s residence and was sleeping in a bedroom, which Le entered without invitation, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said in an e-mail. While she slept, Le sexually molested her, Wieneke said. Le filmed the incident with his cell phone, later transferring the video to his laptop computer. On Oct. 26, Le was taken into custody and his bond was set at $35,000. According to court records, his preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16. CPD initially arrested Le on June 22, but the prosecutor did not originally prosecute charges in the incident, Wieneke

said in an e-mail. Addit ional e videnc e retrieved during a search warrant including computer, video and photo evidence led to the arrest for trafficking, Wieneke said. Le is charged with trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. “During the assault Le placed a pillow over the victim’s face, and filmed himself assaulting the victim by fondling her and exposing her,” Wieneke said in the e-mail. “The victim woke up during the assault and positively identified Le as the person who was assaulting her.  The victim tried to roll back over and act as if she had gone back to sleep but Le would roll her onto her back again and continue the assault.” Wieneke said the charge might be misleading in regards to the actual incident. The incident did not involve prostitution. “I thought the same thing when I first saw the report,” she said. “Because when you think of trafficking, you think of like people who have people brought to this country for sexual exploitation, or people move to this country and then kind of get involved with some-

body who pretty much makes them prostitutes or whatever, that’s what that makes you think of, right?” Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation encompasses crimes other than those related with prostitution. “That’s not really what this case is about,” Wieneke said. “The prosecutors looked at the law, and the way the law is worded, he or she thought it was applicable to this situation, which doesn’t involve any of those things.” A person commits the crime of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation if a person knowingly recruits, transports, provides or obtains by any means another person for the use or employment of such person in sexual conduct without his or her consent, according to Chapter 566, Section 566.209 of the Missouri Revised Statutes. The crime is a Class B felony. The charge filed Oct. 26 resulted after CPD obtained additional evidence by conducting search warrants on Le’s cell phone and computer. According to court records, a bond reduction hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Police are still looking for a seventh person in connection with the shooting death of Aaron Hobson. On Friday, a sixth suspect turned himself in to law enforcement officials in St. Charles. Anthony Carr was transported to the Boone County Jail on Saturday morning. Carr is charged with seconddegree murder and first-degree robbery, a CPD news release stated. Aaron Hobson, MU football player Trey Hobson’s cousin, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery on Oct. 23 at a Break Time convenience store on E. Nifong Boulevard. CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden said Jason Long is the only person police are still seeking in the case. “We just need to question Long to see what he has to say about his involvement, or lack thereof, with the case,” she said. Hobson was killed at about 1 a.m. Oct. 23. Police had broken up a party nearby and people from the party were congregating at the Break Time. “One officer was close by because she had been to the party,” Haden said. The officer chased two people down following the shooting. Tony Lewis and Leo Roland were both arrested for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, the release stated. The officer at the scene saw them running after the shooting. “It was a big mess, as police

work often is,” Haden said. “It was a dangerous situation.” Police used surveillance footage from the store to identify suspects, among them, Deshon Houston. He came to the police department Oct. 24 and implicated himself in the crime, Haden said. Two more suspects, brothers Daron and Darris Peal, were arrested in Jennings on Oct. 27. “I don’t know why they (the suspects) were so far away,” Haden said. “It’s not out of the ordinary for suspects to leave town for at least a little while. Daron Peal was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree robbery. According to the release, he was in possession of crack cocaine and had a probation and parole warrant when he was arrested. Darris Peal was arrested on charges of second-degree murder. According to the release, Darris Peal was identified as the shooter in the homicide.  Haden said after they find Long, police will wait for court appearances to work with the prosecutor’s office. “You don’t want to get too locked into, ‘OK, we’ve got these people, now were done,’” she said. “You can’t do that.”   —Alicia Stice, news editor


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Students have a responsibility to vote for student curator The Missouri Students Association has added a referendum onto its upcoming elections ballot asking students if they’d like a voting student curator to the join the UM system Board of Curators. Although MSA can’t endorse its own legislation in the election, we can. Vote yes on this referendum. In case you’re wondering why the Board of Curators matters to you, here’s the breakdown: The curators are important because, perhaps most obviously, they control the university system’s funding. They make final decisions concerning curriculum in terms of which departments get funding and which will get cut. With the conditions of the state budget in shambles, the tuition freeze could be up for debate again sooner rather than later. They decide civil rights issues, like whether the system will be changing the non-discrimination policy to include gender identity. In December, they will decide the Consent Agenda, meaning the most significant issues to be discussed next year will be officially determined. Of course, there’s no way the student curator will be voting by the end of the semester, but these examples are meant to express the importance of this board to students, and the lack of a student voice. Who is going to vote against giving students a voice? Well, the Board of Curators and the House and Senate representatives of Missouri have been voting against it for years. Granted, we have a student curator on the board now, but, unfortunately, she doesn’t get to vote. She can give opinions, but those opinions obviously carry no weight. The position was created in 1984, and in 2002 the first piece of legislation promoting a student voting right on the board came under consideration. However, the voting student curator has been turned down every year since, primarily because the Board of Curators fear the transformation of their current lay board into a stakeholders board, in the sense that it will deconstruct from elderly white men to every group on every campus wanting a vote. It’s a fallible, slippery slope argument, and a poor excuse to bar the student voice from the institution that affects them most. In our opinion, for MSA referendums to be taken seriously by any organization, be it the Board of Curators or any other, MSA itself must be taken seriously. Its weight relies on student participation, knowledge and appreciation, which can be channeled through the Nov. 8-10 election turnouts. If voter turnout in the MSA election next week is, say, 2,000 people, why would the Board of Curators listen to any resolution passed by a group elected by a meager percentage of the student body? They wouldn’t, and that’s why you should vote. We realize many students don’t follow MSA closely, and perhaps don’t even know what it is, but it’s time to pay attention. MSA is not a group of students with nothing else to do in their free time. Like the Board of Curators, MSA controls a hefty budget — $1.3 million in student funds — which its elected officials decide how and where to spend. Do you want to fund an organization like TigerWatch or have KCOU/88.1 FM around? MSA funds those with the money you pay, and you have the right to be a part of the decision. Not everyone wants to be on the front lines of student government, but the people who do are elected by a student vote like the one coming up next week. Knowing the platforms for the MSA presidential candidates is important, at the very least, in terms of where your money could be spent and what the University has to offer students. While there is the benefit of increasing what students can gain personally, higher turnout would give MSA and any actions it takes much more weight in the system at large. The referendum is an important idea, and we commend MSA for taking the initiative to put it on the ballot. Now, students need to give MSA’s work a chance at actualization by becoming informed about the election and voting next week.

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Don’t make it easy for burglars. Keep the doors and windows locked. If there are any gaps in security, talk to your property manager.” —CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden, on burglary prevention

Keep going even if the business fails. Learn from it. Grow from it. You need the persistence until the right time to succeed”

—Brian Null, MO.com CEO and judge at the 6th Annual MU New Venture Idea Competition, on business ideas

We blinked and they were gone already. They got a good start. Coach always preaches about finishing, but this game it was about how we started.”

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LBC: Diversity course would offer necessary cultural exposure Today the Legion of Black Collegians comes to you in regards to the various publications presented by The Maneater on the Diversity Course requirement. We are delighted to see that faculty and staff, as well as students, have taken an interest in this pressing affair. The Legion would also like to commend The Maneater on its initiative to provide students with the latest updates concerning this matter. Please keep in mind that The Legion remains a strong advocate of a diversity course requirement and will continue to do everything in our power to make sure it passes. We would like to express our gratitude for the three-part series on diversity, as well all our disheartenment with a personal opinion piece. We genuinely thank The Maneater for its continued coverage on both sides of the diversity course requirement. This discussion deserves more exposure than solely the Legion of Black Collegians and Four Front. We are grateful that the leading student source for campus wide information (The Maneater) decided that this issue was worthy of recognition. Without your help, a significant portion of our students may have remained uninformed of the changes that were taking place regarding their future. We like to believe that issues affecting minority students are important at all times, and not just during times of turmoil. It is because of your dedication to provide students with relevant information that goals such as ours are met. Although we are not surprised to hear an opposing voice on the topic of a diversity course included in our required curriculum, we are disappointed to hear Megan Robert’s lack of knowledge regarding the diversity requirement. For Robert to insist, “a diversity course requirement would provide students with no tangible life skills,” is an opinion without proper research to support such a statement. Diversity, Inclusion and Acceptance are no longer qualities to be strived for but qualities that are admired and praised. Exposure to different cultures makes students more accepting of people who have different cultures, traditions and identities. Roberts is right when she says, “compulsory actions do not equal virtue,” however, education on a subject can prevent ignorance before it becomes disrespectful or result in unwanted actions. The students in the cotton ball incident admitted to “not knowing” it would cause such uproar, because they did not understand the upsetting background that came with cotton and African American history. Perhaps a diversity class would have enlightened them to that fact that they disrespected and hurt so many of their peers (minority or not) on this campus. Yes, only open minds will embrace diversity, but there is an opportunity for closed-minded or uninformed people to make better decisions on diversity. In closing, a diversity course is an opportunity for the University of Missouri to create a community of people that are able to find understanding in the differences of others We hope that you have openly taken our comments and understand that the latter part of this message is not a rebuttal. The Legion of Black Collegians simply wanted to address the discussion regarding an issue that we feel so connected to. If anyone has any further questions regarding our letter or our efforts in the progress of the diversity course feel free to contact us at lbc@missouri.edu. — The Legion of Black Collegians


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Aim for equality, not special privilege Ryan Schuessler ryanschuessler@gmail.com

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for equality. But I’m going to take a moment to pause to look at today’s society and pose this question: Are we really that equal? Coming from the perspective a straight, white male, I say “no.” I’ll even go as far to say I am discriminated against. Once again, I’m all for equality. Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and every other form of discrimination disgust me. Yet, the results of the historical movements for equality in our nation’s history appear to have resulted in nothing less than hypocrisy. Specifically, let’s talk about Affirmative Action, one of the few acts by liberals I can’t stand. Why is it Martin Luther King, Jr. was martyred for racial equality, yet it’s still legal for some universities to give special advantages to racial minorities during their application process? Where’s the equality in that? Affirmative Action and other related mindsets completely trample on the concept of equal

opportunity. I’d be the first to tell you race shouldn’t matter, with the exception of celebrating the diversity of our cultural identities. However, the concept behind Affirmative Action cannot be discussed without taking in to account the socioeconomic problems that plague some of our nation’s racial minorities. I’d also be the first to tell you we should be giving every disadvantaged person not only the opportunities for success, but the tools as well - meaning quality education, scholarships, etc. In order to fully overcome those same socioeconomic burdens, our society needs to give these people the tools they need, not just hand them the success on a gleaming silver platter. Simply put, the government’s role should be limited to bringing everybody up to the same starting line, not giving certain people advantages based on their race. Again, I’m anything but a racist, but Affirmative Action seems almost as if it’s a punishment for a racist history. Why should I suffer because of the trespasses of my culture’s past? Furthermore, my ancestors never even did anything wrong. Nobody in my family ever owned slaves; half of them were still in Germany when slavery

was around and several fought for the Union in the Civil War. Hypothetically, if it even were plausible that we suffered the retributions of our ancestor’s past actions, why should I? What crimes of theirs am I being punished for? I’m also not blind to the fact that Affirmative Action was created out of a legitimate need. I completely understand and agree with the desire to diversify and also see that negative racial stereotypes and expectations still exist (and equally need to be destroyed). But wouldn’t breaking traditional racial boundaries or reaching one’s own full potential be much more rewarding if it were done by that individual’s own abilities and not just their skin color? Not to mention that Affirmative Action could very well create a generation of people who feel they are entitled to something based on their race, not their abilities. If our society continues on the path it’s presently on in regards to racial equality, I can see it being possible that discrimination will shift to be aimed against Caucasians, when it really should be eradicated completely. Isn’t that what true equality is about anyway?

Halloween costumes confuse sexiness with showing confidence Katie McCormick

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I’m sure the vast majority of you took part in the Halloween festivities over this past weekend. It is one of my favorite holidays and I know that my favorite part is finding the perfect costume. This year I decided to be Margot Tenenbaum from one of my favorite movies, “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Another part of the holiday that I thoroughly enjoy is seeing all the other costumes. Two girls I know were Safari and Mozilla Firefox, needless to say it was quite clever. However, it’s the girls who wear the sexy costumes that really grab my attention. One girl walked by me in a diaper and a bib that said “Baby’s First Halloween.” The idea of a sexy baby costume left me a little confused. I decided to visit the well established website, sexycostumes. com. There is a bevy of ridiculous sexy costumes. Some standouts are a Sexy Ms. Spudster and Sexy Nemo... from “Finding Nemo.” Every costume idea can be cut down, strap the word Sexy in front of it, and you’ve got a thriving industry. I have done my share of sexy costumes, but this is the first time I’ve really thought about it. Do women who wear these costumes just enhance the objectification of women as a whole? I have touched on objectification of women before in my rant about Cosmopolitan magazine, but it’s a multi-faceted issue. Halloween is the one time a year when girls have an excuse to dress as scantily clad as possible. It seems that the boundaries are getting smaller because the clothing is doing the same. Now I think the issue of objectification comes into mind when you question the motives for wearing these costumes. It is hard to be extremely confident as a woman, so wearing these sexy outfits can boost self-esteem. That

Illustration by Chelsea Myers is probably the most redeeming quality of these costumes. I have worn the sexy nurse costume before and it is safe to say that I felt pretty damn hot. However, I know that I wasn’t wearing the costume for myself, but rather for the possible attention I could get from guys. It is safe to say that many men gracing our campus think girls with hot bodies in little clothing are, for lack of a better word, babes. It is hard not to generalize here, but a lot of the guys I come across have an instant attraction to girls like this. This doesn’t mean they want to date her or interact with her more, but they tend to give her more attention. I know that as much as I try to pretend like that doesn’t faze me, it certainly does. That being said, it is pretty easy to get wrapped up in all that potential attention. The concept of wearing a sexy costume due to a personal interest in it gets completely cluttered by men’s interest. So should all women stop wearing costumes that

make them feel sexy? By no means am I saying that. Yeah, I am just trying to frustrate the hell out of you. I’m pretty positive it is working. What I am trying to say is that Halloween is a time to feel as sexy as possible, but on your own terms. I refuse to believe that girls feel comfortable and confident in two corks and a band-aid. If you do, please tell me your secret. What my advice is on Halloween costumes for girls is to wear something that gives you confidence and gives you that sexy feeling. Whether that is a tight dress, a bulky coat or burlap sack. Wear the costume that appeals to you, not what certain sex-driven men want. Every girl knows what makes her feel sexy, so wear it without any fear of a guy’s opinion. I am pretty positive that the sexy baby I saw was uncomfortable with her attempt at sexy. That might have been due mostly to a possible diaper rash.

Julia Boudreau jlbw7b@mail.mizzou.edu

Treasure your friends and family Recently I provided my best friend with a surrogate family while she is at Mizzou; I hope she does not end up hating me for it. Coming to college is an adjustment for any student but coming from places that are not easily accessible for a weekend trip home can be isolating. For those students who find themselves in this situation, it is tremendously important to develop a substitute family close by. We all become homesick for simple comforts. Luckily, I am from St. Louis, and have been able to go home in order to fill this need. Upon occasion, I have taken my friend Jessica, from Oregon, with me. I could tell from her comments that she was not prepared for what lay ahead. The iconic images of a family gathered around a home-cooked meal with calm talk of everyday life seemed along the lines of what she was expecting. No sooner than opening the door she was bombarded with two dogs, two cats and a sarcastic older brother. At my home, dinner usually comes from a take-out metal pan, because my full-time working mother has never had the time or inclination to prepare a meal from scratch on her own. If the occasion calls for it she will, however, call upon my grandmother to provide a lovely meal. On Jessica’s first visit she called upon Grandmother for her services. Jessica was able to remain calm as my traditional Irish grandmother and my history major brother vehemently argued the merits of Irish Republic armed resistance to British forces. The conversation topic could have been a little off-putting to one used to discussing the weather over roast chicken. To her credit, Jessica persevered through the entire weekend with grace, dignity and humor. She didn’t even scream when the cat woke her by jumping on her head and the dog thought her toes were just as good as her fingers for holding bones. (Heads-up for future guests: close your door when you go to bed and wear your shoes at all times.) If you are unable to go home for the upcoming holidays, be sure to express a willingness to peel potatoes, dice carrots and quickly set a table to all your Missouri native friends. It is all about being willing to be a part of a family; sharing the joys and chores in a loving, easy-going camaraderie. Someone is bound to ask you to join his or her family for the weekend and if you are as non-judgmental and flexible as Jessica, you might be asked to join the family for good. Overall, whether you are from out of state or in, I urge you to remember that every family has its own dysfunctions. It is the family dynamic — dysfunctions and all — that makes it special. Do not let fear of embarrassment prevent you from taking a friend home. If he or she is a true friend they will treasure all that your family has to offer.


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'The Walking Dead' Rating: 4 out of 5 When society falls to shambles and men are turned upon each other in dire times, what would happen to the modern constructs of human civilization? This is the question American Movie Channel’s newest show, “The Walking Dead,” asks, underneath the premise of zombie infestation ravaging a modern-day America. But where the new show differs from the likes of most zombie flicks is in its poignant characters and situations. Although other zombie films thrive off of fear and loathing, “The Walking Dead” couples that standard with fully fleshed characters and situations that stretch the morality of the human character. Rick Grimes, shot in the line of duty, wakes up after being in a coma for roughly a month. His modern and past life is dead, rotting beneath the infected teeth of an undead jaw. When he finds his family missing from their home in the wake of this catastrophe, he sets off to Atlanta to find them. Unlike other shows, this process is dragged out over the 90-minute series premiere, as viewers watch every waking moment of Grime’s agony and pain of waking up to a world turned cold. Shot with a gritty realism and written within an inch of being full fact, “Dead” communicates its ideas with an expert clarity rarely found on other shows. This is AMC’s fourth show on their burgeoning line-up, which includes the critically acclaimed “Mad Men.” If “The Walking Dead” continues to have the same level of quality as found in its first episode, it looks like AMC will be four for four. —Matt Garner, staff writer

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Andrew Bird Useless Creature Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Originally just a bonus disc in the deluxe edition of 2009’s Noble Beast, Useless Creatures has finally been re-released and cemented as a standalone Andrew Bird album. But Useless Creatures isn’t another batch of indie-pop gems. Instead, it’s an instrumental album featuring Bird, drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco and renowned jazz bassist Todd Sickafoose. Bird is known for his skill on the violin, but by no means is Useless Creatures a classical album. Useless Creatures, recorded in his barn in Chicago, is just far more organic. It’s not hard to imagine the staccato violin melodies and orchestral backing in “You Woke Me Up!” being replaced with blips, bloops and sweeping synthesizers. Useless Creatures manages to have a diverse range of styles without feeling thrown together. Not many artists can put whistling (“Nyatiti”), oriental melodies (“Carrion Suite”), and African polyrhythms (“Hot Math”) on the same disc and get away with it, but Andrew Bird is certainly one of them. The great part of Useless Creatures is that it’s what you make it. It’s a perfect soundtrack for late night studying and early Sunday mornings, yet when brought to the forefront, it can be an extremely engrossing album. —Jesse Markway, reporter

New campus coffee shop finds home in Baptist Student Union Amber Newman Reporter Upon entering the Baptist Student Union two weeks ago, there was a quiet blank space that housed a hidden stage, with seating for a few hundred people for worship services. Now, a few tables and booths of a new coffee shop, Vida Coffee Co., occupy the space for the convenience of students passing through. Small, secluded and reserved, the privately-owned Vida is located in the center of campus. “The location is in the midst of all dorm locations,” Vida Manager Kyle Smith said. “We have free Wi-Fi so you can come in and study any time.” Vida offers its own beverages, customizations and recommendations for its menu. Stemming from the idea of a student, senior Bryan Thayer, the coffee shop has become a reality for him and the rest of his team. “I was the one that brought the coffee shop idea over here,” Thayer said. “There was a coffee shop opened by (U.S.) 63 and Broadway called The Coffee Ground and it closed down two years ago. The owner wanted to donate the equipment to a nonprofit organization.” Instead of pitching the idea somewhere else or directly to the university, Thayer found a home for the idea to flourish at the Baptist Student Union.

“I was a student and I had connections on campus,” Thayer said. “So, I took up that project and pitched the idea to the Christian Coffee House but they weren’t really interested so I came over to the Baptist Student Union. The name “Vida” represents the idea of bringing new life to the Baptist Student Union. “About a year ago now we sat down and had a brainstorming session,” Thayer said. “I had the idea of naming it Columbian Coffee spelled with a ‘u’ but apparently no one knows how the country Colombia spells its name, so the cleverness wouldn’t have come through.” Ditching the name of Columbian Coffee, they thought of a new and direct idea on the variation of life. “We brainstormed the really lengthy idea of having life as the name but in English that sounds lame,” Thayer said. “Spanish is a pretty domestic language in the United States, so why not Vida which is Spanish for ‘life.’” Even though the team found a well suited home for Vida within the Baptist Student Union, the new coffee shop could struggle with new clientele because people might assume it has Baptist ties. However, the coffee shop is privately owned. “We have someone refuse a free sample of pastry because they’re atheist,” Smith said. “We are not trying to offend anyone

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Senior Brian Thayer shows off his latte art as a part of the Baptist Student Union on Friday in Vida Coffee Co. The shop offers free Wi-Fi Internet and is the only supplier of bottled Dr. Pepper on campus. with our pastries and coffees coffee shop. for sure.” “This is the only (Vida) Vida is one of the few stu- in the world,” Thayer dent-run businesses located said. “It was started here, in Columbia. Customers who stayed here, dead center of want to support local business Columbia, middle of camand find something unique pus. It doesn’t get any more might be interested in the new Columbian than this.”

Improv brings laughter to Thursday Tony Puricelli Staff Writer Dozens of people gathered Monday evening in the MU Student Center to witness eight students perform an once-in-alifetime comedy routine. An Evening of Improv was an opportunity for members of MU Improv to showcase their talents in an hour-long collection of improvisational comedy games. Crowds appeared jovial, as the sounds of laughter were heard loudly and frequently. “I thought it was very original,” freshman Tim Barron said, who heard aboutw the show through a friend. “The fact they can come up with things as funny as they did on the spot — outstanding.” The performance included a brand new skit called “Mystery Murder Theater 3000” created by sophomore member Dillon Cassidy. “Everything I know I learned from Matt Fotis (a doctoral student who leads the troupe) and reading ‘Truth in Comedy,’ which everyone reads when

they join,” Cassidy said. Cassidy has been a part of MU Improv since it formed last November. Shows usually include eight or nine members who have been performing together since the group’s inception. “We started last year in November because Emily Wilson, an improv actor who graduated from Mizzou, came to receive an award,” junior member Schuyler Weinberg said. “They wanted another way to honor her. So, they started MU Improv.” Cassidy said another reason the group was formed was to give doctoral student Matt Fotis an outlet to teach as part of his degree program. “I’m really glad it was formed, because it’s kind of a learning center for improv,” Cassidy said. “It’s more learning based than performance, which is nice. It’s very relaxed.” On the surface this comedy troupe might appear similar to other groups on campus, such as Comedy Wars. “We do more long-form

stuff, Chicago style,” Cassidy said. “It’s more based on building a scene and relationships in the scene as opposed to the short-form games.” Weinberg agreed and said Comedy Wars is more like the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” whereas MU Improv is reminiscent of The Second City national improv group, where Wilson currently performs. Weinberg said the group sees new members every week. Students of all majors are welcome to join the group Thursdays to play improv games. “Thursday at 7 (p.m.) is my favorite part of the week,” Cassidy said. “It’s the best time of my life. I like improv a lot because you can do anything in it. There are no limitations. It is just whatever you can imagine.” Weinberg said the most rewarding part of the group is getting to be goofy in front of people. “I’ve always been goofy in front of my small group of friends but never had a place

to showcase it,” Weinberg said. “This is the only place where I’ve gotten to perform in front of people instead of my mirror and just me laughing at myself.” Weinberg said he has no prior experience in improv and joined this group because he has always wanted to try comedic acting. “Each one of us has our own comedic influences,” Weinberg said. “Everybody brings their own thing to the group.” Cassidy, who performs stand-up regularly at Eastside Tavern’s As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show, said his influences include comedian Daniel Tosh as well as club founder Matt Fotis. “I love Second City, also,” Cassidy said. “That’s where I want to go when I graduate.” The troupe is going to the College Improv Tournament at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Bread Basket Regional in Kansas. “I would love to see them again,” Barron said. “Everybody needs a laugh sometimes.”


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Tiger Garden offers gifts, hands-on experience The student-run floral shop sells floral arrangements and potted plants. Mengti Xu Reporter

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Senior Whitney Niemeyer arranges flowers in Tiger Garden in the Agriculture Building. Tiger Garden is a full-service floral shop that also offers gardening workshops.

Tiger Garden, a studentrun flower shop located in the Agriculture Building, provides floral arrangements, balloons and other gift items. But, to its several student employees, it also provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Lesleighan Kraft, an agriculture education major, said she wants to be an agriculture teacher in a public school in the future, so working at the shop gives her experience. Kraft said working in the shop is a new experience. She has learned how to make floral arrangements and how to deal with costumers. “I took a plant design class with Kim (Martin, the student manager),” Kraft said. “She taught us how to do it in class and I learned how to do it here also. We learn what colors go better together in class, and it is also just your preference. I

am still learning all the names of the flowers.” Martin’s main job is to teach the design classes, and she dedicates several hours every day to working in the shop. The shop mainly focuses on everyday fresh arrangements, Martin said. The shop also does a little bit of decorating for the holiday season for the offices in the agricultural building and in University Hospital. “We do a lot of tiger arrangements with a lot of tiger-stripe ribbon and a lot of black and gold things,” Martin said. “We do probably 70 percent of our events are black and gold themed, so we do carry a lot of black and gold flowers things and container things like that.” A unique item in the shop is poinsettias, which the garden sells during Christmastime and which students grow by themselves on campus. Additionally, the shop dyes them from the typical colors of white and red to all kinds of bright colors, like blue, green and purple. Another special thing about Tiger Garden is that it has its own greenhouse. “We grow our stuff in our campus greenhouses and we can store our own plants, so we

keep a really large store of plants on hand,” Martin said. “We get our cut flowers, like those for our fresh arrangements, from local sellers, but we grown our own plants, like blooming plants and green plants.” The shop grows half of the plants and gets the other half from whole sellers and suppliers. “We store them and take care of them,” Martin said. “Other florists cannot do that because they don’t have a greenhouse, so they just have to order 10 or 15 plants at a time, where we have 200 plants on stock at one time.” Martin started working for Tiger Garden in 2006 when there was only one student manger and one other worker. Before the shop was opened, the arrangements were only sold at the University Bookstore and it was not as successful. Now, the shop is still a new business and needs more time to grow. “All of the money that the business makes goes back into running the shop and providing educational opportunities for students who work and manage the shop,” Martin said. “There is a lot of cost for starting a business.”

Dance club brings Latin Paranormal expert speaks about ghosts, leads ghost hunt on campus flavor to campus Michelle Gao Staff Writer

Kari Paul Staff Writer

Paranormal investigator Rosemary Ellen Guiley gave a speech on her own paranormal experience and led a ghost hunt Friday. In the first part of her lecture, Guiley introduced several kinds of entities besides the ghost, including demons, fairies, extraterrestrials and shadow people. She said not only ghosts appear in haunted places, but other mysterious creatures do as well. “I’m interested in everything, and everything fits together,” Guiley said. “You cannot take the paranormal and divide it up, because you’ll find one thing relates to another. I’m interested in looking at the whole picture.” Guiley’s field research is aimed at how people experience the paranormal, what they experienced and how it happens. She said her research is not for convincing people to believe in the existence of ghosts, but to help verify the bizarre events that confuse people. “I’m not trying to prove paranormal existence, because to me, the paranormal exist,” Guiley said. “We have experiences with entities and phenomena in other dimensions that penetrate into our dimensions.” Guiley showed photographs with signs of the paranormal. However, she said paranormal evidence is usually not enough to back up scientific discipline. As a result, most of the incidenc0es fall into the unexplained category and many scientists do not believe in the paranormal. But today’s paranormal investigators are trying to explain with scientific aid. “It’s more important to understand things in better ways to vali-

The self-proclaimed sexiest club on campus is spicing up MU and promoting diversity through dance. The Latin Dance Club encourages people of all experience levels to come learn social Latin dances. “We love to dance, and we want to make sure people on campus have a chance to experience what we have come to love,” President David Mueller said. He said the club requires $25 in dues per semester to pay an instructor, who teaches primarily social dances. “The paid instructor brings years of experience,” Mueller said. “He usually teaches Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.” Mueller said this year the club has about 50 members who consistently come to practice, but the number has fluctuated since its beginnings in 2005. “The club once had 130 to 150 people,” Mueller said. “This year we are trying to raise membership by making sure the practices have a convenient location and meeting time.” He said they try to promote the club in other ways too, including T-shirts, flyers and fundraisers. “A key promotion we had this year was Columbia Dance Festival which was a free dance festival organized by MUDRA (MU Dance and Recreation Association),” Mueller said. He said the dance festival helped promote learning dance for a social purpose. “We see a lot of members in the community,” Mueller said. Mueller said many members dance socially at places like The Blue Fugue and Eastside Tavern. One of the most important goals

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Paranormal investigator Rosemary Ellen Guiley speaks to a crowd about the paranormal activity she said she sensed outside the Residence on Francis Quadrangle on Friday. Guiley gave a speech about the paranormal before taking a group of people on a “ghost tour” of campus. date things and give us evidence that we can rely on,” Guiley said. “The science of parallel dimension gives us some scientific evidence why we are having these experiences. I have a great appreciation of the technology side of investigations. We definitely need both soft and hard aspects in paranormal research.” Guiley said the consequences of their research will be upsetting for a lot of people because the results might not comply with religious explanation. An outdoor ghost hunting activity followed the lecture. Guiley explained how she gets energy and concentrates to communicate with entities. Students took pictures and recorded voice phenomena to try to capture evidence of mysterious communicators. Senior Tyrell Gephardt said he believed the existence of the paranormal before Guiley’s lecture,

and the ghost hunting experience strengthened his belief. Guiley said the awareness of paranormal is important because it is part of our reality, and a better understanding helps to dissolve people’s confusion and fear towards ghosts and other entities “Paranormal is part of our reality and planet,” Guiley said. “The realization of paranormal helps people understand our world. We now have an increasing scientific cooperation, and we got better and better technology for document. Now the public awareness of paranormal phenomena has been increasing. We’re very optimistic.” Guiley has written 45 books exploring the world of the paranormal. She appears in television programs, documentaries and docudramas with paranormal themes, and makes numerous media and lecture appearances, including colleges and universities.

of the club is to promote diversity. “Some Hispanic people come, but people come from all kinds of backgrounds to learn more about Latin culture and dancing,” Mueller said. Sophomore Robert Harvey said he became interested in the dance club as a way to meet new people and experience culture. “I find the people here are more fun and mature than elsewhere on campus,” Harvey said. “Through the club, MU students can experience diversity and learn a useful social skill.” Harvey said what has kept him coming back over the years are the exciting community events. Event coordinator Maddie Blasberg said Wednesday nights at Eastside Tavern feature Latin dancing and no experience is necessary to join in the fun. “We always encourage members to go into Columbia and bring their love for Latin Dancing to the public,” Blasberg said. She explained how most people come in with no experience whatsoever. “A lot of people come in with no experience at all and others come with a lifetime of experience,” Blasberg said. One unique aspect of the dance club is they make sure to take time and get new members up to speed on dances and steps they miss. Blasberg stressed the importance of making the club accessible to people of every experience level. “Our primary goal is to teach people of every skill level Latin dancing,” Blasberg said. “This club is a great way to get out and meet people and do something fun and sexy.” The Latin Dance Club meets 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Mark Twain Ballroom in Memorial Union.


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Just as people dress up in various costumes for Halloween, they also celebrate it differently. Over the weekend, Columbians celebrated the spooky holiday with different types of dance, productions and events. Whether it featured a costume contest for furry friends or goths in drag hanging outside of The Blue Note, Columbia had a multitude of events for anyone looking for something other than tricks and treats. Katie Currid/Associate Editor

Kyra Fogle, 6, of Ashland, holds hands with her dancing partners while contra dancing Friday at the First Christian Church. The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers gather multiple times per month to do contra dancing, a form of folk dancing.

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Alyce Bader-Cooley shops for pet toys at Treats Unleashed with Bernie, her 4-year-old YorkieShih tzu mix, on Saturday afternoon. The store had a Halloween costume contest for dogs, with trick-ortreating and bobbing for

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Jacqueline Rash, of Limelight Dance Studios, teaches kids how to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance Saturday night at the United Methodist Church. The event was put on by Performance Arts in Children’s Education.

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Freshman Joel Bernsten poses Sunday night outside The Blue Note as he waits in line to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been in theaters since 1975, making it the longest running movie in history.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Jake's Takes

Jake Kreinberg Sports Columnist

Hello, goodbye It was a perfect day to decide the definitive favorite for the Big 12 North. Nebraska’s venerable Memorial Stadium practically overflowed with 85,904 fans — the stadium’s sixth largest crowd in its storied history — to produce a sea of red and chants of “Go Big Red” that have seemingly been indoctrinated in every Nebraskan. In the Cornhusker State (yes, it really is), Nebraska football is religion, with no major professional sports teams competing for the same dollars. And on Saturday, both the Cornhusker fans and players showed Missouri it hasn’t quite reached that elite level Tiger fans so euphorically tasted last week after defeating Oklahoma. The amount of progress coach Gary Pinkel contributed to this program with the OU victory cannot be understated. Missouri, with its bandwagon fan base, finally converted many critics into believers in this team and program. Winning in front of a sold-out crowd on Homecoming against an Oklahoma team for the first time in 12 years is nothing to scoff at. That’s why I hesitated to turn the page in last week’s column and delve into the importance of MU’s next game against Big 12 North foe (and Big 10 invitee) Nebraska, where the winner would control its own destiny to reach the conference championship game. Win or lose, a competitive game in Lincoln would only have furthered that optimism, because no one doubted the ‘Huskers would bring their “A” game. The only thing that could deaden the progress was a blowout. And most of that hope was carried off by the flying flotilla of red balloons exiting the stadium after NU’s first touchdown only a minute into the game. So was the game in Lincoln a case of stage fright, or is Nebraska a legitimately better team all the way around? The ‘Huskers outperformed Missouri in every facet of the game, from momentum to coaching to execution. Nebraska was clearly the best team MU has faced this season, primarily because of its offensive line and secondary, two groups that have fueled Missouri’s own success. That’s not to say Missouri suffered a complete relapse — the Tigers did battle back to within 10 points and outscored Nebraska over the last three quarters. It’s just that by then it was too late. The game had been decided. And some of the calls coming from MU’s sidelines were questionable. Missouri migrated away from its balanced offense last week, as its tailbacks only attempted 12 rushes against Nebraska compared to 30 against Oklahoma, allowing the ‘Huskers to pressure junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert and make it difficult to find open receivers. All year, Nebraska has used the quarterback read play to dismantle opposing defenses. MU had the game footage from NU’s loss to Texas to see how to successfully defend it, so it was surprising to see tailback Roy Helu, Jr., burn the Tigers three separate times from long distance. Yes, Missouri contained quarterback Taylor Martinez, but they forgot he could hand the ball off. Missouri is still in excellent shape to create a memorable year. The Tigers’ final four regular season opponents have a combined 7-13 record in conference play. Regroup and take care of business against them, and the Tigers are only one Nebraska loss away from the final Big 12 Championship game.

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Analysis: Slow start, spotty offense spell trouble for Tigers in Nebraska JOHN MONTESANTOS Staff Writer The 2010 Missouri football season has been all about finishing games. The Tigers have outscored every opponent in the second half this year, and their undefeated record used to be proven success of their “finish” philosophy. But the story this weekend was all about the start, not the finish, of the Nebraska game. Of all the analysis and critiques of Missouri’s loss in the last few days, junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson might have put it best. “We blinked and they were gone already,” Jackson said. “They got a good start. Coach always preaches about finishing, but this game it was about how we started.” The Tigers were outscored 24-0 in the first 12 minutes of the game in Lincoln, Neb., as the defense gave up two huge scoring plays and the offense started with a handful of threeand-outs. Although Missouri outscored Nebraska 17-7 in the next three quarters, the team wasn’t able to overcome the early deficit. Nebraska senior running back Roy Helu, Jr., broke loose for 66-yard and 73-yard touchdown runs respectively in the first quarter, the first one coming on the Huskers’ first offensive play of the game. Coach Gary Pinkel knows how big plays can influence

OUT OF THE GATES The Huskers did nearly all their scoring in the first 12 minutes of the game, building a 24-0 lead that the Tigers couldn't overcome. Here is a detailed scoring summary with notes on Nebraska's first quarter.

13:46 66-yard TD run for Senior TB Roy Helu Jr.

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a game, especially when they happen early and often. “They came out and played exceptionally well,” Pinkel said. “They were on fire. Those few plays were devastating. Obviously you can’t give up big plays and be a good defensive team.” Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar knows how detrimental those plays can be for his defense, especially when the offense doesn’t pick them up on the other end. “The first play of the game, when it’s a touchdown, that’s really deflating,” Gachkar said. “And then add on our offense not coming out right. Our whole first quarter together wasn’t a good show.” After the defense was pummeled by the double threat of Helu and a running quarterback in redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez, the Tiger offense did little to cover for them. Missouri managed to score in the second quarter on a nifty,

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Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert scrambles to get away from the Nebraska defense Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers beat the Tigers by a score of 31-17. fake quarterback sneak toss to junior De’Vion Moore. The touchdown provided the team’s only points of the entire first half, a recipe for disaster when playing on the road. The only way the Tigers were going to quiet the 85,000 strong in soldout Memorial Stadium was to score early. The Missouri offense could be summed up by one frustrating possession at the end of the third quarter. Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert and company had the ball inside the one-yard line on first down, but failed to go the extra two feet in the next three downs. Settling for the short field goal was a killer for Missouri, especially after Helu had posted his third long touchdown run just a few minutes before. Helu finished with 307 rushing yards and three touchdowns on

28 carries. Win or lose, the Tigers know they need to have a short memory and start focusing on the next game. “We turn the page,” Gabbert said. “We have a 24-hour rule in this program. Whether you win or lose you have to turn the page and focus on the next opponent.” The rule means even more this week, as Missouri no longer controls their postseason destiny. The loss to Nebraska means that even if they win out with an 11-1 record, they won’t play in the Big 12 Championship if the Huskers do the same. The Tigers will travel to Lubbock, Texas, this Saturday to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Missouri’s secondstraight road contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Missouri swimming and diving bests Kansas at Border Showdown The Tigers will compete against Arkansas ANTHONY BARRANCO Reporter Common procedure when extinguishing a fire is to dump water over the flames. Even with an abundance of chlorinated water on hand, the fire that was the Missouri women’s swimming and diving team never died down at the M&I Bank Border Showdown meet against Kansas. While donning pink swim caps in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Tigers made sure they did not disappoint the cause, beating the Jayhawks 165-129. Missouri filled the win column right off the bat

with a first place finish in the 200 Medley relays. The team consisted of sophomores Rachel Ripley and Cassie Cunningham, along with freshman Alexis Spivak and junior Lisa Nathanson. Two of the medley winners were strong in other events. Ripley placed first in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:04.75, and Nathanson came up with two first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free. Sophomore Dominique Bouchard and junior Stephanie Rovig both had record-setting performances for the Tigers. Bouchard claimed two records in the 100 back with a time of 55.83, ranking seventh alltime in the university’s history and in the 200 back, with a time of 1:59.87, which ranks her fourth alltime. When asked about

her record-setting night, Bouchard said she didn’t realize she had broken any records. Rovig was the other top performer of the night, climbing the record books from fifth in the 1,000 Freestyle to third with a first place time of 10:00.34. Rovig said Missouri has never lost to Kansas at home, and did not want that to change under coach Greg Rhodenbaugh. The significance of the win definitely sent a message to Kansas, one that Rovig claims should send them back to the drawing boards. “We wanted to set the boundary straight,” Rovig said. “Kansas, you can’t touch this anymore. We are that much further than you.” Rovig and Bouchard weren’t the only ones with

record-breaking nights. Francie Szostak finished with a time of 1:50.02 in the 200 Free, and that time stands as the sixth fastest in school history. Although Rhodenbaugh downplayed the competition between Kansas and Missouri, he said he is getting used to the rivalry. Rhodenbaugh said the swimmers and divers succeeded due to the effort they put in behind closed doors and the competitive spirit of the rivalry. “The girls swam great,” Rhodenbaugh said. “They were tired from getting beat up from the training and still stepped up, I guess they really enjoy racing against Kansas.” Missouri travels to Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday to take on Arkansas and South Carolina in a nonconference meet.


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Cornhuskers, Helu rush past Tigers, 31-17 Nebraska’s senior tailback broke the school record with 307 rushing yards. Zach Mink Sports Editor One week after Missouri knocked off then No. 1 ranked Oklahoma, Nebraska put an end to the Tigers’ undefeated season Saturday, rolling past the Tigers 31-17 in Lincoln. “It’s the first loss of the year, so it’s pretty difficult for all of us,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “It’s a big game, and you need to play your very best, and we didn’t play good enough and they did.” The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard early, as senior tailback Roy Helu, Jr., rushed for a 66-yard score on Nebraska’s first offensive play of the game. After a Missouri three-andout, Nebraska increased the lead to 10-0 on a 41-yard field goal by senior kicker Alex Henery. Nebraska continued to capitalize on Missouri’s offensive and defensive woes. After another stalled Tiger drive, redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez connected with sophomore wideout Kyler Reed for a 40-yard touchdown reception, pushing the Husker lead to 17-0. Helu added to the lead three minutes later, breaking loose for 73-yard touchdown run, his second of the game. The Tigers got on the board early in the second quarter. On fourth-and-one Missouri set up for what looked like a quarterback sneak. Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert received the snap and pitched it to junior tailback De’Vion Moore, who rushed 33 yards to cut the deficit to 17 points going into halftime. Missouri showed signs of life early in the second half.

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Nebraska’s Ciante Evans breaks up a pass intended for Missouri’s Wes Kemp during the third quarter Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb. Evans could not keep control of the pass and dropped the ball on contact with the ground. Gabbert found sophomore wideout T.J. Moe for a 23-yard touchdown score, cutting the Nebraska lead to 10 points. However, the Huskers would answer back two plays later, as Helu burned the Tiger defense for a 53-yard touchdown run, his third of the game. With the game slipping out of reach, the Tigers put together a much-needed drive that put them on the Nebraska 1-yard line on first and goal. For the second straight week, the Tigers were stopped for three consecutive downs, forcing a 23-yard field goal. The kick put the score at 31-17,

which would be the final after both teams were shut out in the fourth quarter. Pinkel said he was frustrated with the execution of the plays called on the goal line. “We try to get the ball in,” Pinkel said. “We call plays that we think are the best plays. We analyze a lot of films to see that, I’ve been doing this for a long time.” The Nebraska defense was impressive throughout the game, constantly blanketing all Missouri receivers and putting pressure on Gabbert. The junior was sacked six times, and finished 18 for 42 for 199 yards with a touchdown and

interception. Although the Missouri defense came into the game ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in scoring defense, the Tigers were unable to contain Helu. The senior set the Nebraska school record with 307 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 66, 73 and 53 yards. Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar said the defense couldn’t make the tackles it needed to stop the big plays. “They did a good job of putting guys in one-on-one situations,” Gachkar said. “Obviously we missed some tackles, and they scored 60-yard touchdowns off of them.”

Missouri (7-1, 3-1) heads to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders next weekend. With the loss to Nebraska, Missouri could possibly need to win out to have a chance at a Big 12 Championship. Moe acknowledged the importance of every conference game on the schedule. “We just have to come out there a fight like we always do,” Moe said. “When you play in the Big 12, I think it’s a little bit easier because everybody’s good, so if you let your guard down you can come out flat and lose the football game.”

Missouri volleyball earns second consecutive sweep Zach Dischiano Staff Writer The Missouri volleyball team improved to 15-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big 12 with a 3-0 victory against Kansas State for its second consecutive sweep. Junior middle blocker Brittney Brimmage led the Tigers with 10 kills on .421 hitting. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia and freshman outside hitter Lisa Henning both scored eight kills on .152 and .278 hitting, respectively. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow anchored the Tiger offense with 32 assists and senior libero Caitlyn Vann led the back row with 24 digs. The Tigers held the Wildcat attack to just .056 hitting on the night and forced 24 Kansas State attack errors. “I was pleased overall with the way we played,” coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Fortunately, we served pretty tough and we passed very well and when you can do those two things you’re pretty good.” The Tigers got out to a quick

VANN YOU DIG IT? Caitlyn Vann recorded 24 digs during the Tigers' victory over Kansas State. She now has 50 digs this week and has tallied at least 20 digs in 5 of her last 6 matches.

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12-5 lead in the first and took control of the game early. Kansas State made a Missouri win that much easier when it committed three consecutive errors and 10 total errors in the first set. Henning led the Tigers in the first set with three kills and senior outside hitter Julianna Klein helped out in the winning effort with two kills of her own. “I thought tonight everybody did a great job,” senior outside hitter Julianna Klein said. “I

think it was really important that we came out tonight and spread the ball around and I thought that everybody had a solid performance.” There were no lead changes in the second set because Missouri was in control the entire time, scoring the first point and never looking back. Kansas State kept it close for the majority of the set, however, and the Wildcats didn’t fall apart until 18-15, when the Tigers went on to score seven out of the next nine points to wrap up the set, 25-17. At the start of the third set, Kreklow made sure to tell his players to get off to a hot start and avoid letting Kansas State get ahead early. Four Wildcat points later, he called a time out. “What I let them know is, we can’t accept this,” Kreklow said. “We can’t accept this kind of performance. We talked in the locker room between (sets) 2 and 3 about coming out, starting fast, focusing, starting sharp, controlling level, you know, the whole bit — and then

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MU volleyball players Julianna Klein, Molly Kreklow, Catie Wilson and Priscilla Armendariz celebrate after defeating the University of Kansas on Wednesday. The Tigers also defeated Kansas State on Saturday. we go out there and do just the opposite.” Taking the time out seemed to be beneficial, because the Tigers scored the next six points consecutively. Neither team seemed to let up in the third set, with the score tied at 21 as the match came to a close.

Missouri ended the set by scoring four straight to end the set, 25-21. The Tigers have now won four of their last five matches and will look to continue their winning ways next Wednesday when they travel out to Colorado to take on the 3-10 Buffaloes.


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