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MU hires record-breaking number of minority faculty ZACH MURDOCK Associate Editor In addition to a record-breaking first-time minority freshmen enrollment, MU officials announced a record in minority faculty members hired at MU on Thursday. According to an MU news release, MU hired 15 new underrepresented minority faculty

members for this academic year, including eight Hispanic and seven black faculty members. Among the new faculty are four new Asian members and seven women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2006 the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative was created see FACULTY, page 6

Abortions to resume within month, clinic says BOONE COUNTY

LAUREN BALE Staff Writer The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic has stopped providing abortions, but its leader says the service has only been stopped temporarily. “It’s not that we are no longer providing abortions in Columbia,” said Peter Brownlie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and MidMissouri. “We utilize physicians as they are available, and we happen to be at a point that the physicians in Columbia aren’t currently available due to scheduling issues.” The temporary halt of abortion services in Columbia leaves


The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has temporarily suspended abortion services due to “scheduling issues.”

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MU hospital dedicated to needs of women, children opens TRAVIS CORNEJO News Editor The MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital opened Thursday morning, making it the first hospital in Missouri dedicated solely to the needs of women and children. “Today marks a new chapter in the history of University of Missouri Health Care,” MU Health Care CEO James Ross said. “By opening the first women’s and children’s hospital in Missouri, we’re taking a bold step forward in providing the women and children a better health care facility that can take care of their needs at every stage in their lives.” The 157-bed hospital features separate entrances for both women and children. Renovations to the five-story building totaled more than $12 million dollars. “We set out to design a children’s hospital that continued the outstanding level of care we’ve been providing through the children’s hospital for more than 25 years,” Ross said. In 2009, the Children’s Hospital saw patients from 111 of Missouri’s 115 counties. Its location by the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63 is supposed to help TRAVIS CORNEJO/ASSOCIATE EDITOR the hospital increase in visibility MU Health Care employees cut the ribbon at the grand opening for the and allow it to be a more accessible MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Thursday morning. The hospital location. opened with 157 beds and cost more than $12 million to renovate. “What it does, it not only inspires us, it not only attracts people from in attracting health care profesDeaton said since the MU all walks of life into Columbia, but sionals into our university as well,” Women’s and Children’s Hospital it certainly is an important element Chancellor Brady Deaton said. see OPEN, page 6

2010 MSA Presidential Election

Two MSA presidential candidates talk platform points Woods plans to focus on funding and recycling. AMANDA CAPUA Reporter Eric Woods, former Missouri Students Association Student Court chief justice, announced his candidacy for MSA president Wednesday. Woods said he was satisfied with his former role in MSA, but believes he is capable of doing more for MU as MSA president. “I was interpreting the legal things, but I wanted to step up and do more for the students,” Woods said. “The presidency is the best place to do that.” Woods, a senior, has been

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involved in MSA since his freshman year, when he started as a justice for the Student Court. He went on to be associate chief justice before becoming chief justice his junior year. “It was an important job, and it was very rewarding,” Woods said. “I worked for the reform of the Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Student Conduct.” Woods’ running mate, junior Emily Moon, has never been involved in MSA. Both candidates say they see this as an advantage since it differentiates her from other candidates. “I can bring an outsider’s perspective on issues to the insider’s perspective of MSA,” Moon said. “I’ve been involved in many

Senior Eric Woods is the former MSA Student Court chief justice. Junior Josh Travis is the former MSA Operations Committee chairman.

see WOODS, page 6

Travis looks to redefine diversity during campaign. KELLY OLEJNIK Staff Writer Missouri Student s Association presidential candidate Josh Travis said making student government more accessible to the student body will play a major role throughout his campaign this semester. Travis, who’s running with MSA Student Affairs Committee Chairwoman Michelle Horan, said he plans to make student government work for students again. “When I was a (MSA) senator I felt as if I wasn’t speaking


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for students — I was just a concerned individual trying to make the best decisions,” Travis said. “MSA does a good job at making themselves accessible, but students don’t know they are there.” Travis plans to make direct president-student interaction more easily accessible to students. “Working to take the student government to the students means being on the ground,” Travis said. Events such as a presidential coffee will allow students to meet with his or her president in a casual setting, he said. Students might also have the opportunity to attend and ask questions at a presidential town hall meeting see TRAVIS, page 6

Freshmen in action The Legion of Black Collegians' Freshmen Action Team celebrated a week of getting new students involved. News, page 7

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Events Calendar FRIDAY 10 “Sex and the City 2” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Wrench Auditorium (Memorial Union) Mizzou After Dark: Up Late Tailgate 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Carnahan Quad

SAT 11/SUN 12 Art Exhibition: Analog vs. Digita l All Day Memorial Union Missouri String Project Open House 10 a.m. to noon Fine Arts Building

MONDAY 13 Feminist Student Union Meeting 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Benton Bingham Ballroom (Memorial Union)

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Tournament and Midnight Release 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. MU Student Center

Weather Forecast Kayla Huett/Senior Staff Photographer

Brooklyn, a Golden Retriever, shakes off water at the third annual Pooch Plunge on Tuesday night at the Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center.

Scattered T-storms High: 81 Low: 69

Mostly sunny High: 79, 79 Low: 56, 58

Mostly sunny High: 79 Low: 59


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Policy keeps Greek Life out of The Jungle Sarah Clancey Reporter No Greek Life chapter or council is allowed to participate as a whole at The Jungle, the newly organized student tailgating area. According to the Office of Greek Life, the policies that govern the councils and individual chapters prevent them from reserving a spot. “It’s against a lot of chapters’ national policies to do so because there isn’t a licensed liquor venue involved,” Panhellenic Association spokeswoman Michelle Hanko said. The policy in question states the Interfraternity Council and PHA may not participate in off-campus events where there is no licensed liquor venue distributing alcohol because their insurance policies won’t cover such events. The Jungle is seen as a liability because there is no licensed venue involved. According to Policy VII of the IFC Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Manual, “All social events shall use an approved third party vendor and chapters may not co-sponsor events or fundraiser with a third party vendor or alcohol distributor where alcohol is given away, sold, or provided to those present.” The Jungle will be oncampus and there will be no

alcohol provided or sold at the event, but IFC President Brandon Green said these are the specific policies preventing Greek Life from reserving a space at the tailgate. Green said in order for the councils or chapters to participate, a change in this policy would have to be proposed by a president of a fraternity or sorority and then approved by both PHA and IFC, as their constitutions must align on the issue. At the biweekly IFC presidents’ meeting Thursday night, no president stepped up to propose a policy change, Green said. As of this time, no fraternity or sorority can participate in The Jungle. “I am a Greek student,” Missouri Students Association President Tim Noce said. “I feel like there’s a big problem if I don’t know what’s going on because I represent all students, both Greek and nonGreek, and if I can’t tell what is going on, how is everyone else supposed to?” Office of Greek Life Coordinator Julie Drury said both the office and MSA hope to work out an agreement that would let fraternities and sororities reserve spots in the future. “ The staff in our office and many student leaders have been in communication with leaders from MSA

for the past year working to achieve a mutually respective policy, but that has not been achieved at this point,” she said. Although there is no official reserved area for any of the Greek Life councils at The Jungle, Hanko expects many Greek Life members to tailgate there with other Student Life organizations. At previous tailgate locations, including Reactor Field and Frat Pit, chapters could tailgate together. “It’s a hassle because we’re all walking to the game together because we have group seating with the sorority, so we should be able to tailgate together before, too,” freshman Alpha Phi member Jessica Puckett said. “It would be more fun.” Hanko said neither the Office of Greek Life nor any of the councils host Greek Lifewide tailgating events and individual chapters typically don’t have organized tailgates, aside from Parents’ Weekend activities. These tailgates generally don’t involve alcohol and usually take place at the chapter house or another site before the game begins. The Jungle is the latest in MU’s long line of efforts to create a safe and regulated tailgating space. “There always seems to be some sort of an attempt to

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The Farmhouse fraternity house stands in Greektown early Friday morning. According to the Office of Greek Life, individual chapters are not allowed to reserve a spot at The Jungle tailgating venue. have an organized tailgating system,” Hanko said. “I know that a lot of different universities have systems that work

really well. It’s just a matter of finding something that works for the university and for the students.”

NORML seeks to inform students Student dies in Labor Day car accident Lauren Bale Staff Writer

MU’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held its first meeting Wednesday to introduce new and old members and inform participants of the group’s plans for the year. NORML President Lyndsey Garza said the organization has many goals to accomplish and wants to start by educating MU students on NORML’s beliefs. Garza is also a columnist for MOVE Magazine. “For me personally, I really want to educate the MU community,” Garza said. “I feel we have some stereotypes that just aren’t true.” In order to clarify common misconceptions about cannabis and increase awareness of NORML’s activities, Vice President Spencer Pearson said the organization plans to provide fliers to MU students. Pearson also serves as a Maneater staff member. “We’re going to have weekly fliers displayed on bulletin boards around campus with facts about marijuana to educate students and increase awareness of our cause,” Pearson said. NORML also hopes to legalize medicinal marijuana by 2012.

“As medicine, marijuana can reduce nausea in cancer patients, stimulate appetite in AIDS patients and ease patients with neurological disorders,” Garza said. “There are so many people who are suffering and marijuana could replace some of their medications.” Pearson also said marijuana for medicinal purposes needs to be made legal in the state of Missouri. “There is no reason people shouldn’t have access if it makes them more healthy,” Pearson said. Another goal for the organization is to change campus laws in order to equalize the punishments for charges of alcohol and marijuana possession. “If you get caught with marijuana there are such severe consequences,” Garza said. “But if you get caught with alcohol, it’s a slap on the wrist.” NORML said the current MU laws are unfair, after taking into account that there are 100,000 alcohol related deaths per year and 0 deaths related to marijuana. “Marijuana is categorically more safe then alcohol,” Pearson said. “Little to no harm can come from marijuana use alone, however, alcohol can be extremely dangerous.” Garza and Pearson will both be flying to Portland, Ore., Thursday

to participate in a NORML conference focused on legalizing medicinal marijuana across the country. Pearson said he became a member of NORML because he felt strongly about issues surrounding legalization. “It’s a fun group of people who are passionate about a good cause,” Pearson said. Freshman Emily McNutt attended NORML’s first meeting in order to meet new people and learn more about the organization. “I think they’re a really cool group of people with similar beliefs as me," she said. McNutt is excited to become a part of the organization, and see whats accomplished over the next few years. “I hope the group grows and can make an impact on laws in the future,” McNutt said. Garza said she began volunteering for NORML as a freshman because she felt the organization could have an impact on the country. “This is the time to be in NORML because it is such a big organization,” Garza said. “I feel like I really get to be a part of the movement and (that) its something that’s going to change the nation.”

Travis Cornejo News Editor Caitlyn LeClerc, a student at MU and a second lieutenant in the National Guard, died Sept. 6 from injuries she received in a car accident on her trip back to MU. She was 21 and was returning from a Labor Day vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. LeClerc, an International Studies major, began taking classes at MU this fall. Her father, Byron LeClerc said she graduated in 2010 from Wentworth Military Academy. There, she was awarded the Outstanding Company Commander award for individual leadership and service. Col. Michael Lierman, who worked with LeClerc at the academy, said she was a Military Intelligence officer in the Missouri National Guard. “She was one of those natural born leaders,” Lierman said. Lierman said LeClerc was always willing to do whatever it took to accomplish a goal. LeClerc treated all the women in her company as a mother or older sister would. “The thing that I remember most about her is the fact that she

always had a smile on her face,” Lierman said. LeClerc graduated from Leavenworth High School in 2007. There, she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also prom queen and a ROTC drill team commander. “What a tragedy for this to have happened,” Lierman said. “I feel that through the next couple of years, she would have determined what her plans were.” Her father said when she was born she weighed only two pounds. She eventually grew to be 5’2” and 110 pounds. LeClerc was able to do 88 pushups in two minutes. She was born Jan. 7, 1989. She is survived by her parents, Byron LeClerc and Teresa LeClerc. LeClerc had three siblings: Alex, Thomas and Grace. Visitation and rosary was Thursday afternoon at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Rev. David McEvoy. Inurnment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.


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Hall, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor

Thomas R. Hardy, 36, of 3601 West Sugar Tree Lane, on suspicion of third-degree assault

Brian P. McCune, 19, of 500 S. College Ave., on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor

Ebony L. Hawkins, 23, of 1548 Towne Drive, on suspicion of second-degree assault

—Ally McEntire, staff writer

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


COLUMBIA POLICE MONDAY, SEPT. 6 David L. Greer, 32, of 3307 Dove Drive, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault


Jason L. Minnick, 31, of 5000 Clark Lane, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault

Walter H. Carlson, 19, of 312 N. Eighth St., on suspicion of possession of intoxicants by a minor

Robert Prince, 20, of 708 Demaret Drive, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault

Travis J. Boots, 24, of 1405 Windsor St., on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana

Chelsea B. Steward, 21, of 3905 Snow Leopard Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

Rebecca L. Sullinger, 20, of 111 Ripley St., on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia

James R . Tanner, 20, of 5073 Commercial Drive, on suspicion of nuisance parties prohibited

Taylor S. Davis, 20, of 326 Brookside Lane, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor and public nuisance WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8 Joseph D. Rippey, 18, of Laws

Natalie L. White, 22, of 169 Hackberry Blvd., on suspicion of receiving stolen property Benjamin A. Bears, 20, of 105 S. Garth Ave., on suspicion of purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor

Shane C. Jackson, 23, of Mexico, Mo., on suspicion of second-degree assault Jasmine C. Jones, 21, of 1441 S. Sonora Drive, on suspicion of third-degree assault Kristoffer A. Klingelhoeffer, 20, of 5073 Commercial Drive, on suspicion of nuisance parties prohibited Sean D. Krispin, 20, of 5073 Commercial Drive, on suspicion of nuisance parties prohibited TUESDAY, SEPT. 7 Shamyra L. Williams, 25, of Moberly, on suspicion of firstdegree trespassing Tony L. Cobbins Jr., 24, of 1905 Newton Drive, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Johneen D. Cobbins, 42, of 212 S. Old 63, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Paulo C. Mejia, 23, of 1110 London Drive, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Lauren M. Foy, 23, of Illinois, on suspicion of second-degree property damage and first-

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 degree trespassing Jessica L. Ellis, 22, of 807 Washington Ave., on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Telisa A. Anderson, 29, of 2015 Newton Drive, on suspicion of disturbing the peace Eric D. Jamison, 22, of 219 Anita Court, on suspicion of armed criminal action, seconddegree murder, first-degree child endangerment, firstdegree assault and unlawful use of weapons Jamie L. Sloat, 17, of 2701 E. Nifong Blvd., on suspicion of disturbing the peace Joshua A. Vallier, 21, of 3001 S. Providence Road, on suspicion of possession of an open container Danielle M. Williams, 20, of 2210 Whitegate Drive, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault Lashay E. Crowley, 29, of 104 Redwood Road, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and first-degree child endangerment Sidney M. Gates, 27, of 1804 Kitty Hawk Drive, on suspicion of resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8 Eric B. Clark, 32, of 3706 Oakland Gravel Road, on suspicion of second-degree trespassing

Joel Raygoza-Lopez, 23, of 3509 Stingray Court, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Josiah C. Miller, 31, of 9350 A. W. Manns Road, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Keshia R. Wilson, 21, of 1004 Claudell Lane, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and second-degree property damage Ronald D. Wilson, 20, of 305 Sanford Ave., on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Ashley N. Black, 22, of 1612 Anthony St., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Megan L. Williams, 25, of 3207 Elm Grove Drive, on suspicion of third-degree assault Melesha M. Williams, 24, of 3207 Elm Grove Drive, on suspicion of third-degree assault —Allison Prang, staff writer If you have information on these crimes, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. All calls are confidential. If a court authority later proves innocence of a charge stated in the Blotter, contact The Maneater to request an updated entry.

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‘Generation Me’ author speaks at MU

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Jean Twenge, author of “Generation Me” describes generational changes over time Thursday at Jesse Auditorium. Twenge discussed several other topics, such as self-esteem, individualism, anxiety and sexuality. Steve Cassidy Reporter “Generation Me” author Jean Twenge visited MU and Columbia this past week and took part in a series of events, beginning with a book signing at the University Bookstore and ending with a lecture Thursday where she also answered readers’ questions at Jesse Auditorium.

“Generation Me,” the Mizzou Reads selection for 2010, concerns those aged seven to 36 years. In the book, Twenge discusses how “Generation Me” has been taught they were “special” from birth, which leads to narcissism, loneliness and ultimately depression. Some students said they disagreed with what Twenge had to say about their generation. “I don’t think she was

right in classifying all of us as depressed,” freshman Courtney Watkins said. “I think I’m a pretty happy person and it offended me when I read that.” Even with the general negative opinion on the book, attendance at her lecture was quite robust. Many of the students present at the lecture were those who had previously said they did not enjoy the book.

Twenge attempted to win them back over to her side during her lecture. “The book was interesting at parts but wasn’t a good read,” freshman April Keel said. “She did a great job of backing up her facts in the presentation with current information.” The use of outdated statistics was a big problem with Twenge’s book, Keel said. Twenge elected to focus on the content discussed in the book rather than the the writing process. The main point she focused on was narcissism, what leads to it and why it is a detrimental quality. Twenge stressed self-esteem as a good thing, but only if used as a “tool” rather than as a lifestyle. “Self-esteem does not lead to great things, great things lead to high self-esteem,” Twenge said. “Excessive self-esteem can be bad because of the consequences of an unrealistic view.” The difference between selfesteem and more severe and negative narcissism was a focal point in her lecture. Twenge said narcissism is excessively high self-esteem, so much so that the subject becomes completely self-involved. Twenge stressed that in life, narcissists do not go far. “Everyone gets a trophy in children’s sports now,” Twenge said. “In schools they even sing a song called, ‘I Am Special,’ set to the tune of ‘Frère Jacques.’

We are just furthering the narcissistic behavior in children.” At the close of the lecture, Twenge broadened her theories to all ages and related her presentation to her latest book, “ The Narcissistic Epidemic.” She used social networking as evidence to support her claim that narcissism is an epidemic. “Facebook is a good thing in general,” she said. “It can, however, lead to narcissism. People who spend 15 minutes on Facebook score much higher in narcissism studies than someone who spends 15 minutes on Google Maps.” Twenge exited after a brief question-and-answer session. Before her departure, she left the audience with a parting question: does the world change for the generation or does the generation change for the world? The audience stayed silent for a moment in response. The audience was not limited to MU students and faculty. “I would give her a 10 out of 10,” Columbia resident Libby Gill said. “That was about the best lecture by a professor you will ever see.” The respect was echoed by Keel. “You have to appreciate all the research she did,” Keel said. “She spent so many countless hours pouring over studies, and it really made for a great presentation.”


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FACULTY: 15 new minority faculty hired Continued from page 1 to set goals and to establish programs and partnerships in order to enhance diversity on campus. Prior to 2010, the record largest group of underrepresented minority faculty hired in one year was seven members. At MU, underrepresented minority faculty include people from Hispanic, black and American Indian heritage. Although Asian and female workers in STEM fields are not included in the underrepresented minority data, the university does consider these members of the faculty to add to campus diversity, the news release stated. Legion of Black Collegians President Lisa White said progress is important and the university has done a good job of listening to organizations and students suggestions on improving diversity. “There’s been a push for more underrepresented faculty this year,” White said. “We’ve commended (the administration) for that, but we can’t stop there.” MU Faculty Council Chairwoman Leona Rubin said faculty play an important role in diversity on campus. “As a more diverse and inclusive faculty, we provide our students with a better appreciation of the world they will enter,” Rubin said in the news release. “Direct, personal experience with people of different races, religions or cultures facilitates

respect and understanding and is essential as the world becomes smaller. As faculty we look forward to the rich associations such diversity brings to campus.” MU has made steps in the right direction, White said, but the university needs to continue to make progress. “Making sure the students in general are aware that diversity is important in the university,” White said. “We want to make sure the university embraces diversity as a whole.” Bryan Like, president of the NAACP collegiate chapter at MU, also said in the news release that progress should not stop with one broken record. “This is a step in the right direction, and the university should be proud of the accomplishment,” Like said. “It is now time to take this momentum and keep moving forward.”

CLINIC: Services suspended indefinitely Continued from page 1 St. Louis as the only city in Missouri where an abortion can be legally obtained. Brownlie acknowledged that that would inconvenience some women. “It’s unfortunate, because those who wish to obtain an abortion will have to travel larger distances,” Brownlie said. “It’s regrettable and will create a challenge for folks.” Despite rumors of a possibly prolonged absence of abortion services in Columbia, Brownlie remained optimistic that abortions would be offered again in the near future. “We’re working with the doctors, and I’m hopeful we will (provide abortions) by the end of the month, if not sooner,” Brownlie said. A new state law that requires women receiving an abortion to be informed of the fetus’ ability to feel pain and to be given the option to view an ultrasound has nothing to do with the suspension of abortions in Columbia, according to Pamela Sumners, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. “I don’t think it has anything to do with the recently passed law,” Sumners said. “I would take Planned Parenthood at its word.” Sumners also expressed opti-



mism that Planned Parenthood would continue the service of providing abortions as soon as possible. “Planned Parenthood has said this is merely temporary and will get the problem corrected.” Sumners stated. “Seems to me that if that’s what they said, that’s what they meant.” Officials at the MU Student Health Center were unaware of Planned Parenthood’s temporary discontinuance of abortion services, but SHC spokeswoman Pamela Roe said the lack of services would not change the care or information the center provides for students. “Being a university facility, we stay very unbiased and present information to students and give them resources,” Roe said. “Whether they are or not still offering services, no matter the situation, we will still give our patients the same care.” Bronwlie expressed concern for the women inconvenienced by Planned Parenthood’s suspension of abortion services until further notice and said that providing options for them was the main priority. “We’re more concerned about the impact it has on women wishing to obtain abortions than the impact on Planned Parenthood,”

OPEN: 43 in-patient rooms offered Continued from page 1 was first announced two years ago, recruiting within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health has increased by 30 percent. According to a news release, nearly 60,000 square feet of the hospital is dedicated to children’s services. The lobby is designed to be child-friendly, featuring a neutral, relaxed color scheme. The Children’s Hospital includes 43 private in-patient rooms for both pediatric and adolescent patients. Rooms are equipped with a Wii and Blu-Ray players. Children’s Hospital Medical Director Timothy Fete said the rooms are not only for entertainment, but education as well. Patients will be able to view programs to learn about their various illnesses. “This facility is beautiful,” Fete said. “It’s gorgeous.” Fete said though the facility itself is well built, it is the people who fill it that really provide the care.

“Every person who comes to this hospital, to be admitted and cared for, is going to be cared for by somebody who wants to work here,” Fete said. “They want to work with kids. They want to work with women.”

In the Family Birth Center, a gynecologist will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the 2010 fiscal year, 1,863 babies were delivered. The center houses 26 antepartum and postpartum rooms, eight labor and delivery rooms, two surgical suites and a well-baby nursery. “Our renovated facilities will bring added comfort to our patients and expand the state-ofthe-art technology we use to ensure our expecting moms have a safe and healthy delivery,” said Keri Simon, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital executive director, in a news release. Other services provided in the Women’s Health Center includes robotic surgery, wellness services and care for women with gynecologic cancers. “From fertility services to advanced birthing care and urogynecologic services, our 21 welltrained physicians provide a full range of clinical health services to women of all ages,” Winn said in a news release.

WOODS: Finances a focal point Continued from page 1 organizations, and I’ve seen what changes could be made.” Justin Mohn, the team’s campaign manager and MSA Operations Committee chairman, has experience in political campaigning from his summer job working for state Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City. He said he is optimistic about the upcoming election. “Eric and Emily are good student leaders and have a good strategy,” Mohn said. “I’m excited to be working with them.” Woods said he and Moon are working with a distinct platform of issues, but they will address the students’ needs first and foremost. “We’re going to talk to as many students and student organizations as possible and tell

them about what we’d like to see change,” Woods said. “ We’ll also be asking them what they want to see happen and how they want us to help.” A major point of interest for this team is advocacy. Woods said this means being effective as far as making changes where needed and accomplishing certain goals. “I have a great history for being an advocate,” Woods said. “I have certain diplomatic qualities that let administrators know what we want while being flexible and knowing when to make concessions.” Woods said another key platform point is campus funding. MSA has a $1.3 million budget comprised of student fees. Woods said he would like to put that money to good use. “Students should get the most

of their funds since they’re paying to be here,” Woods said. “They should be involved with how this money is spent.” Woods would also like to be able to give more financial assistance to STRIPES, an MSA auxiliary. STRIPES has had to turn away volunteers because of a lack of resources. Woods said sustainability is also an important part of his platform, and he would like to work with Sustain Mizzou to promote better recycling habits for students. “It seems that students recycle when it’s convenient, so we need to make it as convenient as possible,” Woods said. “It’s our responsibility to work for a better environment, and we need to make it easier to recycle on campus.”

TRAVIS: Safety a campaign priority that would take place at least Continued from page 1 once a semester. “I enjoy meeting with people, talking with people,” Travis said. “That is what inspires me.” All presidential outreach events will be open to any and all students that may be interested. Travis said he looks to build upon and foster what he calls the “Mizzou Family.” “We need to codify a university message that students should be exposed to at Summer Welcome,” Travis said. “Fall (freshman year) is where it all begins.” According to the TravisHoran platform, “Students divide amongst arbitrary lines whether it be by Greek or non-Greek status or by the color of our skin and our ethnic background.” There needs to be a culture shift on campus, Travis said. To break down the barriers between students, Travis has planned to upgrade Homecoming

by bringing it outside of the Greek Life community. “Homecoming festivities are easily accessible, but not known to most students,” Travis said. Large university spirit rallies will take place as a part of the “Homecoming 2.0” upgrade as well as a possible concert on the Carnahan Quadrangle. This concert would bring students inside and outside of the Greek Life community together to enjoy student performances during Homecoming week. “I believe there is a strong bond that connects all students,” Travis said. “We are more than a campus, we are a family.” According to the Travis-Horan platform, the feeling of campus unity felt on football game days should not and does not end with the game. Not only is the Travis-Horan campaign looking towards completing long term goals, they are working to improve the students’ experience at MU now. Travis also plans to expand TigerWatch, a student organiza-

tion that aims to promote safety and reduce feelings of danger on campus at night. “This semester TigerWatch has three goals,” Travis said. “The first is to reach 25 members, second is to provide an escort to 100 students and to always make sure there are officers on the ground.” He also plans to reach his short-term goal of 10,000 student votes during this fall’s presidential election, whether those votes are for Travis-Horan or another slate. Travis said he plans to make the commitment to doing the groundwork necessary to get students involved to reach the goal of 10,000 votes. In 2008, when the last MSA presidential election with multiple candidates was held, 4,881 votes were cast among the three candidates. “Some have told me that dream is too big,” Travis said. “When we were kids, were we told to dream small? I refuse to dream small.”

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LBC’s Freshman Action Team eases college transition JIMMY HIBSCH Staff Writer The Legion of Black Collegians’ Freshman Action Team began recruiting members this week, providing another method of easing the transition from high school to college. F.A.T., which started last year with about 12 members, is a subdivision of LBC consisting of black freshmen that perform community service projects and participate in mentoring programs, F.A.T. Chairwoman Chloe Alexander said. “F.A.T. is basically a group of nothing but freshmen that put together events across campus all throughout the year,” Alexander said. This week, LBC began recruiting this year’s members by hosting a variety of events, ranging from a “Rep Yo City” night to a community service program with the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia on Saturday. Communications Chairwoman Ashley Edwards said LBC tried to seek out activities freshmen would enjoy as a means of increasing attendance. So far 27 freshmen have signed up, but Alexander said she expects more than 40 to join. “We have a bunch of social education events with the intention of getting the freshmen out to hear about the team,” Edwards said. “When they come in to school they don’t know about it. We want them to participate and know the program is out there.” Edwards said she hopes this week’s events will also improve relations between freshmen and upper-


This week was the Legion of Black Collegians Freshmen Action Team’s week. The events held were as follows:


“Rep Yo City” Day: Everyone wore a certain color that pertained to his or her hometown, and there were city-against-city challenges such as tug-of-war, dance contests and a blow-up obstacle course.


“Fall Fest”: An opportunity to learn about various organizations and clubs on campus, complete with a step show


“Majorly Undecided”: A meet-and-greet with various professors and representatives from many different schools and majors on campus


“Game Night”: Games and food at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center


“Community service”: Students will volunteer with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Source: Communications Chairwoman Ashley Edwards ASHLEY LANE/GRAPHIC DESIGNER

classmen. Given the relaxed nature of the event, she said she expects this to happen at Friday’s Game Night. “We try to get each freshman to click with an upperclassmen so they can have a mentor,” Edwards said. “It eases the transition from not being at home.” Edwards said F.A.T. will produce a book documenting their growth which it will present at the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government Feb. 24 to Feb. 27 at MU. Freshman Shonté Reed said she plans to get involved with the organization in order to get affiliated with LBC. “I figured as being a part of LBC,

Be stylish.


Juniors Kristen Andrews and Chelsea Drake play a game of tug-of-war during the Legion of Black Collegians’ Freshman Action Team Week on Tuesday at Carnahan Quad. The opening day of the events included games, inflatable obstacle courses and a D.J who provided live music. F.A.T. would be a good start for getting used to the organization and to the people,” Reed said. Alexander was a member of F.A.T. her freshman year and said she can vouch for its effectiveness. “This campus is so huge, and being in F.A.T. made it a lot smaller,” Alexander said. “Knowing the campus more and knowing a lot of upperclassmen who were always there to help me out and show me the path, that’s what I got out of F.A.T.”

Because of her positive experience with the team, Alexander said she wanted to reciprocate for this year’s freshmen. “I had so much fun with it last year and I was like, ‘Why not take on the job?’” Alexander said. “I wanted to show freshmen what it is like at Mizzou. I love Mizzou, and I love to have fun, and that is basically what F.A.T. is. It is the perfect job for me.” Alexander said she plans to hold meetings every Wednesday

at 5 p.m., but she has not determined the location as of yet. One of her goals is to increase the group’s numbers so she encourages any interested freshman to come to the meeting. “My biggest goal is for a lot of freshmen to get involved this year,” Alexander said. “I want the team to continue to grow year after year. It’s really important for freshmen to get involved around campus, and this is the perfect organization for freshmen to do it."

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Policy Over Politics

Amanda Shelton Politics Columnist

End LGBT discrimination The debate over same-sex marriage has raged for most of our adult lives, with lofty analyses on both sides, a whole lot of fauxscience, and far-right vitriol. In the state of Missouri however, LGBTQQ individuals aren’t even guaranteed an unprejudiced paycheck. In March, after nine years of attempts by progressive groups and lawmakers, a committee in the Missouri House of Representatives finally heard a bill that would simply add sexual orientation to Missouri’s nondiscrimination act. Yes, fellow students, under current Missouri law, it is perfectly legal to discriminate in employment, housing, and in the use of public accommodations based on whether they date people of the same sex. Civil rights issue, anyone? The fact that it has taken nine years for this bill to even get a hearing (which is being considered a victory in itself, the bill did not pass this session) is simply unbelievable to me. State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, an Iraq veteran and student advocate, sponsored the bill. Many are pointing to the 26-year-old representative’s quasi-success as an example of the generational shift that has young Americans more supportive of civil rights for the LGBTQQ community. Well thank God that times are a-changin’. But do you really want to wait 30 to 40 years to have equality for all citizens to be realized? We need activists, employers, religious leaders and students to call for it today and Missouri lawmakers to stop pussyfooting around in prejudice like it’s 1955. This July, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., issued an executive order that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation within the executive branch of government. The order, coupled with the advancement of the bill in the legislature, is a step in the right direction for Missouri. It will take much more, on both the state and national levels, to undo the wrongs committed against our fellow citizens by the 2004 Missouri amendment to preemptively ban gay marriage or former president Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In a marketplace where 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies have already identified the need to prohibit discrimination against individuals for their sexual orientation, it’s time for conservative lawmakers to make their usual nod to big business (which would be positive in this instance) and get with the times. Although the bill isn’t perfect, adding sexual orientation to our non-discrimination act will provide protection and legal recourse for citizens unfairly targeted based on something so basic as the people they love. Hello, conservative lawmakers — this is 2010 calling. Amanda Shelton is a senior international studies and business major at MU. She is also president of the MU College Democrats. She can be reached at

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Maryland Avenue becomes Tiger Avenue Casey Purcella Reporter The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday to change the name of Maryland Avenue, a street that runs through the middle of MU’s campus, to Tiger Avenue. Supporters of the name change said the new name will emphasize a stronger MU identity for the main thoroughfare and help MU’s branding effort, but some students complained the new name lacked originality. It also requires an address change for the students living in properties on the street. The name change is effective immediately. MU spokeswoman Ana Compain-Romero said the Mizzou Alumni Association has paid Campus Facilities to produce new street signs using leftover funds from the recent installation of new, MU-themed street signs. “There won’t be (an additional) cost to the university,” she said. “We’re very lucky.” The council approved the name change, even though there’s a street named Tiger Lane about four miles from campus. City staff was concerned that 911 dispatchers would mistakenly send emergency services to the wrong street but ultimately decided there was no significant risk of this happening, Director of Planning and Development Tim Teddy said. “What’s a little different in this case is that the ‘tiger’ name is so strongly identified with the university, it’s hard to imagine that that street name would only be allowed at an off-campus location,” Teddy said. He also said the address ranges for the two streets were different — the buildings on Tiger Lane have addresses that range from 300 to 400 north, while on Tiger Avenue the buildings are all numbered above 600, making it easier for emergency operators to distinguish between the two.

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A street sign stands on the corner of Maryland and Conley avenues. Maryland Avenue was changed to Tiger Avenue in a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday. Documents submitted to the mayor and council before its vote Tuesday included letters supporting the proposal from six property owners, but some students living along the street weren’t as enthusiastic about the name change. “It’s kind of a trivial thing,” senior Chelsea George said. “(MU already has) tiger this and tiger that.” George, who lives on Tiger Avenue, will have to change her address to reflect the new name. She said her major problem with the situation was that the date the new name became official was not well publicized. She said she doesn’t know when she needs to change her address, and she’s concerned important mail might be delayed. The change might be sudden for students, but Jay Dade, a member of a group of past Alumni Association presidents called The PRIDE, said the name change had been in the works for a while. “The university approached us a little more than two years ago,” he said. Compain-Romero said The PRIDE wanted a name to better represent the avenue’s important role in transporta-

tion through MU. “(They) have sort of bounced around this idea over the past years that it was odd that the main thoroughfare to the heart of campus was named after another state,” she said. Dade said members of The PRIDE researched the significance of why the street was called Maryland Avenue, eventually concluding the name had no historical importance. “What we found out is that there was no tie to a student or professor or alum (sic) or friend of the university,” Dade said. In May 2009, the group gave MU several recommendations for names that could be used to rename Maryland Avenue, and MU eventually settled on Tiger Avenue. Dade said the name change stresses the street’s symbolic importance, because it links Jesse Hall and MU’s academic buildings with its athletic facilities using the name that is most closely associated with the university. “Tiger Avenue works, in our opinion, because it captures two great traditions about the university,” Dade said.

CPD makes 10 arrests in Labor Day weekend sobriety checkpoint The Columbia Police Department stopped more than 100 drivers during a sobriety checkpoint Friday on Rock Quarry Road just past Capen Park. The department announced in a Sept. 1 news release they would hold a sobriety checkpoint sometime between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4. Officers stopped 142 cars during the checkpoint, a later news release stated. “We don’t tell them which night, not necessarily to be tricky, but to be a deterrence so they can be more cautious,” CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden said. CPD made six arrests for DWIs and four others ranging from suspended license to narcotics possession. In addition, there were 16 warnings issued for no proof of insurance and two expired license plates. The CPD sobriety checkpoints and the Boone County Sheriff Department’s monthly sobriety checkpoints might already be making a dif-


RESULT IN ARRESTS CPD made 10 arrests during last Friday’s checkpoint. minor in possession of alcohol drug paraphernalia 1 possession of narcotics



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1 suspended license Source: CPD news release KATIE PRINCE/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT

ference in traffic safety, Haden said. According to a past Maneater article, last August the Sheriff Department’s sobriety checkpoint yielded nine DWI arrests and 15 arrests for adult liquor law violations. Friday’s checkpoint resulted in fewer arrests.

The Sheriff ’s Department checkpoint stopped almost 156 more cars and resulted in more arrests, Haden said. “Crimes committed in the city sometimes come from the county and vice versa,” she said. Haden said the checkpoint took place at the start of Labor Day weekend, which is when people are more likely to party and drive recklessly. “(The checkpoints) truly work the way they are supposed to,” Haden said. Haden also said the Sheriff ’s Department and CPD make a point to work together. According to the release, several local businesses and associations, such as Walmart and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, lent a helping hand to the cause, providing water and support. — Maiya Kelley, reporter






a k e i n r g B out


of the mold

Former Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan hits the road for his solo tour.



Silly Bandz are a craze sweeping across campus — wanna trade?


+ Columbia's newest tattoo parlor brings family values too the business


+ 'Machete' hacks its way to a gorey good time


Standing on his own two feet For singer-songwriter David Bazan, performing under his own name has relieved pressure, not added it. “It actually kind of takes a little pressure off the band in a way,” said the Seattle-native who is touring the country for the first time as Bazan + Band. “It’s clear who the boss is, and I don’t really have to wave that flag around all the time.” Formerly the frontman of Seattlebased bands Pedro the Lion and Headphones, Bazan now fully controls his own musical destiny. Released in September 2009, Bazan’s debut LP, Curse Your Branches, patterns the uncertainty surrounding his decision to take his act solo. With downcast, despondent lyrics and buzzing, churning instrumentation, Branches seems to offer clues into Bazan’s tormented state of mind during the process of writing the album. Bazan doesn’t quite see it that way. “There’s a hopefulness, to me, about calling a spade a spade,” Bazan said. “I felt like that was what I was doing on Branches, at least for my taste. Oddly enough, I find Branches to be a really hopeful record, but I can see how most people probably wouldn’t go that way.” He’s nothing if not honest. Bazan’s past lyrics — specifically those during the eleven-year run of his most successful outfit Pedro the Lion — touch on much of the despair and conflicted emotions that Branches does. “It just kind of comes out how it does,” Bazan said. “I’m not really aiming for anything. It just so happened that my mind was pretty obsessed with these top-

ics, so I wrote about nothing but these topics. People describe all of my work as having that kind of tone, so maybe Branches is just kind of a continuation of it.” Bazan, who began his latest tour in September, will visit many of the major American and Canadian cities. But he’ll also stop through a handful of college towns for the first time — with any band. “We’re just trying to play as many shows as we can,” Bazan said. “But no one fuckin’ goes to shows. But in a sense, college towns are good because kids are interested in seeing the music.” Bazan’s Seattle roots are as evident as his honesty. “You really start to see that your environment and the people around you do contribute to the project that you work on,” he said. He is also aware of the impact the town is having on his life. “I’m starting to see, in kind of vague and maybe even mysterious little ways, the effect that living in this town has had,” Bazan said. “I love (living in Seattle), for one. I really am happy here.” Despite the optimism, Bazan won’t ignore the difficult path he’s taken to get where he is. “I’ve had to pare (my basement recording studio) down over the years because I got broke when I changed brand names,” Bazan said. “It was, financially, a little bit tight. So I sold most of the bullshit that I had. But all you need is a computer and some good song ideas.” Twelve months after its release, Bazan is still happy with Curse Your Branches.


Singer-songwriter David Bazan plays Sept. 15 at Mojo's.

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David Bazan tours for the first time in 15 years without Pedro the Lion or Headphones. His tour will make stops at college towns around the country. “I feel really good about it,” Bazan said. “It wasn’t exactly the kind of record

tonally or stylistically that I wanted to make, but the content I pretty much nailed

for what I needed to do.” ian thomas | reporter


Bans on Bandz can’t keep college students away * Silly Bandz have taken colleges and elementary schools by storm.

If you’ve never been introduced to the Silly Bandz product line, you might look at your friends’ multi-colored rubber bands and wonder, “Why are they wearing these household trinkets as bracelets?” Take another look. These are no ordinary rubber bands. When removed from the wrist, what look to be kinks on a yellow rubber band form a lion’s mane. Or maybe the bracelet is really a princess crown or even a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur. The concept is simple: rubber bands in shapes other than circles. But good marketing lies in simplicity, and American Silly Bandz Creator Robert Croak knows this lesson well. He told Business Week magazine he has sold millions of his product. The company’s website sells the silicone Bandz in 24-packs for $4.95 a pop, ranging from the simple zoo and western themes to the more exciting “Rock Bandz,” princess and Marvel themes. The latest addition to the collections is a Justin Bieber theme — no surprise there, considering they target similar age groups. “Kids made them popular,” freshman Brittni Jackson said.

Jackson said she owns at least 60 bands, and she chooses to wear about 30 on her left hand at one time. Over the summer, her job as a lifeguard introduced her to the youthful trend and kids would ask her for them. Jackson likes the colors, but wears them for the younger generation’s reaction to her extensive collection. “I like when little kids say, ‘Oh my god, she has so many Silly Bandz,’” Jackson said. But Silly Bandz are not limited in demographics. They first came to cult status via the elementary schools, causing nationwide bans on the accessories. Look around college campuses, though, and you’ll notice Jackson isn’t the only student demonstrating pride in her inner child through an array of brightly-colored rubbers. Jackson’s friend, freshman Ashley Bland, owns about 20 Silly Bandz, none of which she purchased. The gifts from kids at work and her little sister at home make for college chitchat. “People always ask me about them,” Bland said. “They’re a conversation starter.” Local boutique Cool Stuff hasn’t missed the memo that its college town

consumers wear Silly Bandz. The store started carrying them about a year ago and now markets at least 50 varieties, while constantly renewing its inventory. El Presidente Arnie Fagan knew he wanted to sell them the minute he saw them. “I think they’re kind of a perfect cool kid thing,” Fagan said. Sophomore Kate Everson, though, refuses to wear the innovative rubber bands on the grounds they are a waste of money for kids and simply immature as a college student accessory. “Grow up,” Everson said, laughing. “You might as well be taking a Furby to class.” Everson said she worked at a library this summer where little kids walked in on a daily basis with arms coated in Silly Bandz. The trend surprised her because she doesn’t see rubber bands’ place in the fashion world. “Rubber bands aren’t supposed to be around your wrist,” Everson said. Bland thinks the concept itself isn’t a keeper. “When people actually figure out it’s just a rubber band, I don’t think it’ll last

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Freshman Brittni Jackson looks out at the world though cat-shaped Silly Bandz. The tradables, once only popular among children, have become popular with people of all ages. much longer,” Bland said. Fagan disagrees. He doesn’t see Silly Bandz disappearing entirely anytime soon. “Certain things are so cool that they

will always be around,” Fagan said. “If you look 20 years from now, you’ll be able to find some Silly Bandz.” grace lyden | reporter


All of the usual “Resident Evil” suspects are back in this film inspired by a video game. Ukrainian Milla Jovovich plays Alice as she battles the walking dead and the evil Umbrella Corporation. For those of you who have laid awake at night hoping to see the zombie apocalypse in three dimensions, your wish has finally come true. The film utilizes Fusion Camera System, a 3-D camera system developed by the duke of 3-D: James Cameron.


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In anticipation of the upcoming Flaming Lips show at The Blue Note, Ragtag Cinema will show two cult classics. First is “The Fearless Freaks,” a documentary about The Flaming Lips’ career and the ups and downs of band members’ lives. The second film, “Christmas on Mars,” comes from the twisted mind of Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne. The film is a batshit insane imagining of Martians hosting a Christmas. Flaming Lips fanatics can’t miss this double feature.


Columbiabased band The Leafy Greens makes its cute indie music by drawing on legends such as Pavement and The Pixies. The band headlines a show that also features two other Missouri acts, Cropdusters and Flaming Death Trap. Get involved in local music, people! Go out and show your support for Missouri music. All it takes is $5, and you’ll be the most hipster kid among your friends.


“The Girl Who Played With Fire” is the hyped sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and is based on the acclaimed series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. The film’s main character, Lisbeth, is accused of murdering three people and must run from the law while journalist Mikael Blomkvist attempts to clear her name. The film is sure to be an edge-of-your-seat thriller and will feature a heavy dose of Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. As badass as Rapace is on-screen, she looks like she could kick your ass off-screen as well.


The Scarlet Review

Tattoo parlor welcomes families

KATY WAGNER movie columnist

'Machete' a gory good time The Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-film extravaganza “Grindhouse” was a box office dud back in 2007. The two directors attempted to bring exploitation and grindhouse film ideas of the 1970s to the new millennium. The films were marked as violent and highly sensationalist. Despite favorable critical and audience praise, “Grindhouse” was by no means what Hollywood considers a success. Yet somehow, Rodriguez commandeered the financial backing to expand on a fake trailer attached to “Grindhouse” about a Mexican federale out for vengeance into another full-length throwback called “Machete.” And we are damn glad he did. Danny Trejo, the wonderfully craggy-faced cult favorite, reprises his role as Machete. Not the Machete from “Spy Kids,” the other one. Only this time we learn a bloodthirsty drug lord, naturally played by the surprisingly competent Steven Seagal, forced Machete out of Mexico. Machete quickly takes up illegal residence in Texas and is coerced into a plan to assassinate an evil senator who guns down illegal immigrants in his spare time. This tale is outlined in big, bold colors with the stereotypical exploitation film characters. Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba step in as Machete’s babes, playing a revolutionary fighter and a US immigration and customs agent, respectively. Robert De Niro could effectively been called “The Man.” Robert Rodriguez clearly dipped into the same logic of “The Expendables” and jam-packed r e v i e w the cast with as many random stars as possible, mostly for the better, but occaMACHETE sionally for the worse. DIRECTOR: QUENTIN Lindsay Lohan might have been TARANTINO intended as eye-candy, but the girl is so FEATURING: DANNY mind-numbingly stiff, she sucks the life SAY TREJO, JESSICA ALBA, LIND out of the frame whenever her frozen LOHAN, ROBERT DE NIRO face is present.But the film claims to RATING: R “introduce” Don Johnson as a gunRUNNING TIME: 1 toting, mirrored sunglasses-wearing, HOUR, 35 MINUTES illegal immigrant killer. So perhaps that evens out. of 5 As you could probably tell, Rodriguez put the immigration issue at the forefront of the conflict. Regardless of your views on the situation, Rodriguez at least has the guts to put a real passion behind the relentless mayhem of the film. Perhaps this aspect is what actually sets “Machete” ahead of the mindless action films we’ve seen this summer. Every character lives and breathes this struggle and Rodriguez’s message resounds clearly throughout the film: The system doesn’t work. Sure, in the end, this might come across a little hamfisted, but isn’t that what exploitation films are all about? “Machete” isn’t all about action stars and political messages, though. It’s about the violence, too — the ridiculous amounts of unbelievable violence. If there’s 10 seconds without a blade swinging and blood falling, it’s because Machete is getting it on with one of his ladies. No holds are barred on the red sticky stuff, and to some that might be seen as a crutch. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if a man repelling down a hospital building while using someone’s intestines as a rope sounds crazy awesome, then “Machete” is straight up your alley.



* Blackthorn Tattoo Studio opened April 6. It is located outside of The District. Co-owners Richard and Alexis Blackthorn sat side-by-side in the lobby of their newest tattoo studio. Their young daughter stood on her father’s shoes, letting out a quiet squeal with every upward thrust of his tapping toes. “We’re just a simple, family-run business,” Richard Blackthorn said. Blackthorn Tattoo Studio is the newest shop to pop up in the Columbia body art scene. The mom-and-pop store hopes to stand out in a city already overgrown with tattoo parlors by offering a unique quality in the tattoo world: family friendliness. “Customers can bring in their kids and we’ll put cartoons on for them,” apprentice Devin Peery said. “The other day a real hard-ass looking dude came in, and we were all sitting around watching Disney’s ‘Frog Prince.’” Despite the studio’s welcoming atmosphere, its location outside of downtown has been a setback in its first few months. “A lot of people have a hard time knowing I’m even here,” Blackthorn said. Richard said he hopes as Columbians become aware of the studio, what he calls its “moral fiber” will help to build a loyal customer base. “I would never take advantage of a person’s body just to put a few dimes in my pocket,” he said. “I’ve talked more people out of tattoos than into them, and I hope my customers recognize that as a good thing.” Although Blackthorn’s location

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Amber Eisenhauer of Mexico, Mo., grimaces as she has her ribs tattooed Tuesday night by Richard Blackthorn at Blackthorn Tattoo in Columbia. The family-owned business opened in April. has caused the studio a slow start, the location also allows the studio to offer lower prices. Because rent is lower outside of The District, where most of Columbia’s tattoo studios are located, Blackthorn can afford to charge less. The low prices give those who might look to get a tattoo done by an unlicensed artist to save money the opportunity to get their work done in a professional studio. “We’re not out to rip anybody off,” artist Cy Young said. “We do what we do

because we like to do it.” Blackthorn offers any piercing for $30 and promises tattoo quotes at lower prices than other Columbia studios. All tattoos and piercings come with a guarantee, meaning all upkeep of tattoos given at the studio will be provided for free. “You could walk out our door and go rub up against a brick wall and we would still touch (the tattoo) up for free,” Blackthorn said. The tattoo parlor is Blackthorn’s fourth studio in his 36-year-long

tattooing career. He began experimenting with tattooing at age 14. He continued on to learn the art of body piercing at The Leather Tiger in New York, and then moved back to Missouri to become one of the state’s first licensed artists. He has since owned studios in Fenton, Warrenton, St. Louis and Columbia. “I’m in the business of creating living artwork,” he said. “I give people something no one can take away from them.” emily willroth | senior staff writer

FASHION GUIDE The leaves are changing. * Fall into autumn style Dress accordingly. College is starting and you know what that means: It’s time to trade in the summer dresses and floral prints and fill that bare closet with jackets and sweaters. Fall has arrived, but that doesn’t mean your outfit has to resemble the drab, gray outdoors. Brighten up the season with these fashion tips. From heavier trench coats to a lighter cardigan, these functional nuggets of advice will get you through any of Missouri’s crazy weather conditions. So bundle up and let a little style shine through this autumn. BLAZERS AND TRENCH COATS One easy way to adjust to fall weather is to throw a simple boyfriend blazer or military trench coat over your outfit. If you’re finding it hard to let go of your favorite summer skirt when the cold creeps in, an easy technique to keep warm

is to add some basic tights and a boyfriend blazer. By covering your button down shirt and belted skirt with a blazer, you create the perfect business casual look. Military trench coats are warmer and more practical for those chillier days. The great thing about this trendy coat is you can wear it over almost anything. If you don’t want to change out of your jeans, you don’t have to! Simply throw some knee length, leather boots over the jeans and grab your trench coat before heading out. Buttoned or unbuttoned, these coats provide a stylish appearance for any occasion. SCARVES The scarf is the most common accessory when the degrees drop. Choosing colorful scarves lightens up the dreary fall days and

any clothing that might need some extra pizzazz. If you are sporting a shirt that is too busy around the neckline, don’t worry. You can still wear that scarf as a fashionable belt. Available in various patterns and colors, scarves personalize your ensemble and prevent that awful chance of running into someone with the same outfit. CARDIGANS Similar to scarves, cardigans add a punch of color to any basic look. If it is breezy out and you find yourself avoiding that overused jean jacket, reach for the casual cardigan hanging in your closet. Comfortable and cute, they are appropriate for any event. Cardigans are also one of the most affordable clothing staples, making this fashion-must appealing to any college kid.

CAMEL Drum roll, please. The new “it” color is camel. This fall, camel is in every clothing style and accessory. If it’s camel, you should be wearing it. This neutral shade, also classified as tan or beige, can be paired with any selection. If the idea of a full camel dress clashes with your fashion taste, choose a camel handbag or a camel leather jacket. Simple hints of this earthy tone can make your basic black skinny jeans and T-shirt a trend to remember. As the leaves change and the temperature plummets, remember to bring some natural color into your previously pastel closet. But ladies and gentlemen, don’t freeze trying to replace your wardrobe. After all, warmth is only a trench coat away. chelsea bengier | reporter


G a m e studio Bungie faked us all by pretending to end the “Halo” franchise with “Halo 3.” The company’s latest game, “Halo: Reach,” is a prequel set before the “Halo: Combat Evolved” and will feature an original story line. If that doesn’t wet your whistle, perhaps the revamped multiplayer will. Players will be allowed to choose from a variety of classes before entering battle. Pwning noobs will require a whole new strategy.




Hurley , d o r k rockers We e z e r ’ s third album in as many y e a r s , is being streamed on the b a n d ’s MySpace. Any “Lost” fans out there? The cover of the album is a photo of Jorge Garcia, the actor who played the character Hurley on “Lost.” The awkward but lovable Michael Cera even lends a hand on the album. This album is already getting nerd points, and it hasn’t even been released yet.

Adequately describing what indie band Of Montreal sounds like is like trying to ride a T-Rex to class that breathes fire while singing “Don’t Stop Believing” in Latin. In other words: It’s really hard. Frontman Kevin Barnes did his best though, describing False Priest as having a R&B influence in an interview with Composer Jon Brion, who worked on films “I Heart Huckabees” and “Step Brothers,” produced this album that is sure to get your toes tapping.

T h e stripped down, raw rock sound of The Walkmen is refreshing after listening to the complex beats many artists are putting out today. While recording Lisbon , the band actually traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for inspiration. The initial critical reaction has been positive, and the album’s tracks are surprisingly cheerful. If you haven’t heard of The Walkmen, or have been looking for an excuse to listen, allow Lisbon to be your bridge into happy thoughts.

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Campus dining unaffected by national egg recall ALLISON PRANG Staff Writer MU students and Columbia residents have largely been spared from a nationwide egg recall that has come to include about 550 million eggs. As of Sept. 1, Wright County Egg, Trafficanda Egg Ranch and Hillandale Farms, all based out of central Iowa, have expanded their egg recall to include half a billion eggs, due to the threat of salmonella contamination, according to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA did not return requests for comment. Recalled brands include Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dair y, Ralph’s, B o o m s m a’s , Sunshine, Hillandale, Tra f f i c a n d a , Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. The FDA’s news release also said contaminated eggs were distributed to food centers in Missouri. But only some eggs from the brands may be contaminated. Consumers can find out if the eggs they own are part of the recall by checking numbers on the carton against a list on the FDA’s website. Campus Dining Services Marketing Director Andrew

Lough said CDS gets its eggs from another farm called Rose Acre, which is not covered by the recall. “CDS currently is not affected by the egg recall,” Lough said. “We have been working with our distributors to kind of check the sourcing on all our egg products to ensure that they are safe and not included in this round of recall. We’re going to continue to work with them and watch how the situation updates.” Lough said in an e-mail that MU’s egg distributor has been helpful and proactive in keeping MU involved. Sandy Perley, coordinator of purchasing quality and control for CDS, said in an e-mail that all of MU’s campus food operations purchase their eggs through the U.S. Food Service, Allen Division, in St. Louis. “USF has a very sophisticated recall system that notifies any customers that may have purchased any item that is on a recall,” Perley said. “A majority of the fresh shell eggs used by Campus Dining Services are cage-free eggs purchased from Rose Acre Farms in Illinois.” Hy-Vee Assistant Store Director Matt Rohe said the Broadway location hasn’t


Senior Jenny Scholle looks over eggs at the Hy-Vee grocery store on Nifong Boulevard on Sept. 1. Hy-Vee stores were not affected by the national egg recall that included over half a billion eggs from two Iowa farms. received any complaints about contaminated eggs from customers yet. He said Hy-Vee’s everyday “major label” eggs have not been affected by the recall. Salmonella, the main health concern associated with the contaminated eggs, is an infection particularly

dangerous to very young and elderly people because of its effect on the immune system, according to a news release by the FDA. Those infected may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. In some rare cases, salmonella can enter the bloodstream

and cause more severe health issues. MU students have avoided the disease so far, University Hospital spokesman Jeff Hoelscher said. “We’ve not seen any patients presented with the strain of salmonella that is consistent with this egg recall,” Hoelscher said.

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Tiger Avenue name change unnecessary The Mizzou Alumni Association won their not-so-hard-fought battle to rename Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue on Tuesday. The Missouri Students Association didn’t challenge it and the Columbia City Council gave its unanimous approval as well. However, there are plenty of reasons not to name another thing “Tiger” in this city. First, let’s be honest: the Alumni Association definitely lost points on originality. There’s already a Tiger Lane, and it’s only about four miles away. We also have tiger paw prints on the highway exits, the MU logo on street signs, a plethora of billboards on I-70 and our own section at Walmart. Is Tiger Avenue really the cherry on top of the branding sundae? Why even bother? Moving past the lack of creativity, it’s actually dangerous, according to Columbia’s policies for naming streets. There is a city code that says streets cannot have similar names because of the chance that they would get mixed up by 911 dispatch in an emergency. However, apparently because it’s MU, the city said that won’t be a problem in this case. The decision is effective immediately, meaning that the students who have been living on Maryland Avenue for however many years or weeks are now living on Tiger Avenue without any prior notification. Lathrop and Laws Halls and Greek Life chapter houses are examples of those whose addresses that will have to change. Magazines, birthday cards from grandma and whomever else you forget to notify before the post office’s grace period ends will be lost. And what will happen to the Maryland Avenue parking garage? The ripple effect could cause lost mail and identity crises alike. The money used for the change is coming from the leftover budget the Alumni Association used to make all the campus signs black and gold. That money could be spent in better ways. Like on anything else. The name isn’t anything special, it’s going to cause confusion and there are just better things to do with money than rename things after our mascot. In the end, it’s just an unnecessary change.

Why bar Greek Life from The Jungle? Welcome to the Jungle. Well, everyone with the exception of the Greek Life community. The Jungle, MU’s new and improved, premier tailgating hot spot, modeled after the epic campus tailgating of universities like Ole Miss, is off limits for Greek Life. Although members of Greek Life are allowed to go to the area individually, chapters cannot rent out booths like other organizations affiliated with the university are encouraged to do. The Office of Greek Life says this is because of an Interfraternity Council bylaw regarding alcohol. This would be totally fine if it were legitimate, except the bylaw has nothing to do with the consumption of alcohol on campus, so it’s not. It actually refers to off-campus events, in which the chapters must have a third party vendor if they are going to attend as such. The bylaw says nothing about on-campus events, and there is no reason for chapters to be banned from participating in this one. Drinking is also technically off-limits at the houses. Basically, The Jungle is the only university-approved form of tailgating for MU on campus, and some of the most enthusiastic tailgaters can’t congregate together. If something doesn’t change, the tailgating will take to the streets -- and, with no other option provided for them, we’ll root them on. Out of all things to finally apply Greek Life’s policies regarding alcohol to, why this? If you follow the IFC policies, fraternities can only have a limited number of parties per year, and they have to be registered. They must also offer non-alcoholic beverages to complement the alcoholic ones, and serve snacks. When was the last time you were offered a slice of pizza and some orange soda at a frat party? If the Office of Greek Life is going to try to enforce the rules, they should start enforcing all of them rather than picking and choosing.


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Taser use causes fear, outrage Columbia voters can decide on Nov. 2, that our police will discontinue using Tasers. Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton correctly said in a Columbia Daily Tribune article: “I understand where we get our authority to use force, and that is from the citizens.”    We do appreciate the work of our police force, and we thank the officers for their service.  What truly brings day-by-day safety to our police are the confidence and support of the community toward officers they feel can be trusted to be fair, to use only reasonable force and to have the good of Columbians at heart.  The excessive force and excruciating pain caused by police use of the Taser causes outrage, fear, hatred and lack of cooperation, attitudes toward our police that are spreading throughout our community.  As we have learned more about Tasers and other Conducted Energy Devices, the question is, how will any amount of additional training, better rules and strict adherence to those rules, or more transparency, adequately control the Taser when the weapon itself so easily lends itself to abusive use, has poor quality control, lacks standards, is unreliable and is therefore unsafe?  Tasers are not firearms.  Both state and federal requirements for training or use of these weapons are non-existent, so every community is on its own in deciding whether or how to allow CEDs.   The Memphis, Tenn. City Council and San Francisco’s police commission voted “no” to Taser use by officers after hearing researchers and advocates warn against their lethal and legal risks. The Las Vegas, Nev. police chief recently put away Tasers, “Hearing all of the litigation behind it, we just decided to not go with it,” he said.  Litigation is happening here in mid-Missouri as well. Columbia settled a Taser case for $300,000. Two other potentially million-dollar cases, Derrick v. Giger & Logan and Marine v. Laforest, are in process. Tased for 31 seconds, a 23-year-old Moberly man died in front of his family, resulting in a civil court award of $2.4 million.      A federal court recently ruled, in Bryan v. McPherson, that the excruciating pain caused by the Taser in itself constitutes excessive force. We must realize every time the Taser is drawn, litigation is possible.   When officers pull a Taser, they are to warn: “Taser! Taser! Taser!” Should not the Taser warning we hear be “Lawsuit! Lawsuit! Lawsuit!”?  It is in the urgent interest of Columbia’s new students, faculty and workers and families to join the groundswell of consciousness about our Police Department’s use of force, including the Taser’s many dangers.  Written in 1829, the brilliant “Nine Principles of Policing” still provides a moral compass for the ethical relationship between police and the public. The seventh principle says, in part: “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police.”  We, the People for Taser-Free Columbia, ask voters to carefully examine this issue and vote “Yes” on the CED/Taser-Free ordinance on Nov. 2. Ken Green  206 Anderson Avenue 

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No gold star for OnStar Facebook app

Kids' books not all fun and games

Rachel Allred

Admittedly, I am one of the 500 million plus active Facebook users. I am also one of the 250 million active users who log on to the website on any given day. Chances are, you are one of them too. According to the statistics Facebook provides on their press room page, people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. That’s almost 12 billion stinkin’ hours spent in one month swooning over hot friends, stalking exes and getting the 411 on the new kid on the block. The amount of time spent on Facebook will undoubtedly continue to increase, and General Motors may be adding to it. That’s right, the much-beloved motor vehicle company has been working on plans to abet the usage of Facebook. Some of the improvements GM has been experimenting with for their OnStar service are audio Facebook updates and text messaging. Presumably, the new feature will allow users to have Facebook updates, messages and texts read to them. Through voice commands, lucky owners of OnStar-equipped vehicles will be able to update their statuses, all from the comfort of their own driver’s seat. I have to say, the plan of having OnStar equipped with Facebook is ridiculous and possibly detrimental. Truth be told, the technology that would enable drivers to utilize Facebook via OnStar and voice commands is pretty cool. I could see myself excitedly using the technology to tell my virtual friends about the sunset I’m driving into, or how I left my house without my notebook again, or how I’m going to be 30 minutes late for a job interview. However, behind the wheel probably isn’t the safest or most appropriate

Illustration by Chelsea Myers place to be telling the world my life story or finding out what John did last weekend. Furthermore, OnStar doesn’t strike me as the most appropriate asset by which to receive Facebook updates. I understand that OnStar has to step up its game in order to adequately compete with rivals like Ford’s Sync, but adding Facebook is the best competitive method they’ve got? I admire OnStar’s original purpose to help drivers safely arrive at their destination. It brings extra comfort to know you’re in a vehicle that is complete with a program to help you if you get lost or, God forbid, in an accident. It seems that adding a Facebook app to OnStar would detract from the program’s primary purpose. Facebook already has a home in over 150 million users’ mobile devices. The website has already become readily accessible. Building Facebook into cars would be a bit excessive. Besides, we don’t need to see any more people talking to themselves while we drive down the road.

As for the texting aspect, I can see how having texts read to drivers while they cruise would be safer than them flipping open the phone to read the messages they receive, which is illegal anyway. Ideally though, we could wean ourselves off texting and Facebooking at least long enough to leave them behind while the rubber meets the concrete. I’m just as guilty as the next technology addict of wanting to check my inbox every two minutes, wanting to be constantly signed into Facebook and thinking it necessary to update my status five times a day. But really, some separation would probably do me good. Driving in silence can be an excellent time to think. I’m not trying to get all theological or anything, but it really can be soothing and thought-provoking. The problem is, we let too many distractions sink in. Facebook, unfortunately, may soon become one of those distractions. Come on, OnStar. Facebook and driving don’t mesh.

A life without home sweet home Mary Novokhovsky

Here we go. These 600 words go out to the domestically confused. Two weeks before moving into my first apartment, I moved into my first house. My parents had bought land in a wooded area north of Chicago during my senior year of high school, and they started building their dream home a month before I began my freshman year of college. During my elementary school days, we were in a constant frenzy of relocation: working fast to make our way northwest into the cozy Chicago suburbs. At any given moment, better, affordable property out west would make us mobilize. The pioneer gypsy pace drove me wild. I never got to stay anywhere long enough to make friends. I never learned to multiply by nine. It didn’t matter: new school, new curriculum, always managing to slide by. Eventually we did slow down, and we were comfortable in a couple of townhomes. I had four years in one high school complete with a sweetheart, a varsity letter and a peach-pink bedroom. I was settled in, stable. This was home. My first year of college life could easily

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be separated into two distinct halves: one part of me remained dedicated to holding down the fort I called home, while the other began formulating a new persona in mid-Missouri. When I would return to Chicago, I was a diligent friend and daughter. I’d host dinner parties in order to reminisce about the old days. It was sweet and nostalgic. When the time came to go back to school, I’d get so damn sad leaving it all behind again. But then I’d return to Columbia, switch off my heavy midwestern accent and dive back into business. Within weeks of starting MU, I had snagged myself a new boy, weaseled my way into a stylish group of friends and branded myself with a new and improved hipster image. I spent a solid year living two exclusive lives. I’d go home and have breakfast with my ex-boyfriend. I’d come back to Columbia and eat dinner with my new beau. Eventually, things got too complicated. I had become a sketchy and debatably evil character. There was no way to fully dedicate myself to anything or anybody. Wherever I went there was guilt, hot and heavy. Whatever I did, somebody somewhere got hurt. This summer served as a wake-up call. I came back to Chicago ready to turn that life back on—I don’t like to give up on anything. I jumped into plans with high

school friends, I reawakened the flames of old passion, but I couldn’t have been less happy. When I told tales about my college experiences, my girlfriends giggled nervously. The running joke was that I had gone crazy. I tried to live for two up until the end of July. That was my big move into our first house and my last miserable birthday dinner, where dead friends smiled weakly as I raised my glass and made a false toast. I saw a telephone wire go up in flames on the ride home from dinner that night. I slept well. Packing and unpacking from dorm to dorm, back home, new home, apartment—my life has been in and out of poorly-labeled boxes. I am in a place in life where “home” is not concrete. I’ve spent more nights in bed on my Columbia futon than I have on my new foam pillow mattress in Chicago. It’s better to travel lightly when you’re still figuring yourself out. Have experiences, toughen up and become an interesting human being. As long as you can maintain a roof over your head, that doormat sentimentality will happen someday. I’ll be home when I’m 35, staring into the Pacific from my trendy porch loft in Seattle and drinking French-pressed coffee. I can hear the radio blaring NPR. My husband wears good cologne.

I haven’t opened Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” in years, and I don’t intend to any time soon. I began to think about the book during one of those nostalgic journeys through childhood that accompanies a dumb smile and a faraway stare. I began to question my memory of some of the books that exist in the playful room of my early years. When I see the distinctly juice-box green cover of “The Giving Tree,” melancholy sets in and I begin to curse that little boy who grew too old to play. And not to mention turned a beautifully mature tree into a stump. But as a little kid, I really didn’t see the problem with taking from a tree named the Giving Tree. I mean, the kid just wanted to play King of the Forest and sell some apples — pretty harmless. Only until the boy, who at this point had grown into a man, wanted to construct a home and build a boat, did I question those depressing final pages. Another prominent children’s book left me similarly bewildered. The aquatic fable “The Rainbow Fish” is a visually striking book that, like “The Giving Tree,” left me unsure as to exactly what I was supposed to absorb from reading it. If sharing had been the lesson that day, I didn’t learn it. At that time, those memorizing sparkle scales were first and foremost the reason for reading the book. But subsequent readings had me rooting for the Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the book rather than the de-sparkled sellout at the end. It reminds me of a lyric from John Lennon’s “Borrowed Time,” a song about his painful childhood and the man he was becoming at the time. He sings, “Now I am older/the more that I see the less that I know for sure.” It is this lyric that seems to affirm itself as I explore the world and meet new people. I don’t think it’s detrimental, however. The wonder and occasional fear we encountered as children were safe zones and crushingly confusing worlds that are still explored even as adults. Recognizing this is important to make lasting and valuable media for children. Some movies that successfully mix rose-tinted wonder with the fear and confusion of childhood are “Toy Story 3,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” As endearing as they might be, each movie illuminates dark themes to children that are haunting and confusing. I’m all for keeping childhood a wonderfully imaginative and fantastical time. However, fear will always be a part of growing up. The move toward darker, more sinister themes in children’s media is beneficial. It means possible confusion for them during early years of the book or movie, but also incites returning to the source for questioning later. I believe this is at the heart of effective and worthwhile children’s entertainment: making lessons that ripen and intentionally confuse at first, but with time become defined. This mode of slow and deliberate learning is, after all, how we grow into complete adults — whatever that means.

Friday, September 10, 2010 On the Mike

Mike Vorel Sports Columnist

Running the football gauntlet If you’re a hardcore, dedicated football fan like myself, then this weekend is for you. This Saturday and Sunday promises to be an orgy of hard hits, dazzling catches, and more games than you can count on the hands and toes of a small army. This is how I see it all falling into place: You wake up around 11 on Saturday morning, maybe a little hung over from the previous night’s festivities (unless you are under 21, in which case you probably played board games all night like a good college student). You drearily turn on ESPN2 to find an intriguing SEC battle between ranked teams Georgia and South Carolina. This game promises to come down to the final possession, as Steve Spurrier’s offense headed by Stephen Garcia and Marcus Lattimore try to break down a talented but inexperienced Georgia defense. Meanwhile, you notice during a score update that rival Kansas is losing to No. 15 Georgia Tech by five or six touchdowns. This routine lasts roughly until 2, at which point the serious action begins. At 2:30 p.m. three separate monumental college football games start, all on different national stations. ABC will be featuring No. 17 Florida State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, a game that is especially important for Big 12 fans. Oklahoma was a critical darling in the preseason but only managed to eek out a 31-24 win last week against lowly Utah State. Undoubtedly this week’s opponent is better than the Utah State Aggies. If that’s not enough, Notre Dame and Michigan will also be renewing their classic rivalry on NBC, as Brian Kelly attempts to bring the Irish back to national prominence (again). Problem is, he has to try and stop speedy Michigan QB Denard Robinson, who looked more than impressive in an opening day rout of UConn. Finally, on ESPN at 2:40 No. 12 Miami locks horns with No. 2 Ohio State in a rematch of their epic 2002 National Championship game. It will take inhuman remote-control skills to keep up to date with the action of all three games as they happen, and at the trio’s conclusion you will most likely be emotionally and physically spent. And yet, your football weekend is only just beginning. I say this because at 6 p.m. you get to kick back and watch Mizzou tear apart McNeese State in the Tigers’ home opener. You’ll discuss Blaine Gabbert’s Heisman chances with your friends, as the junior quarterback throws for upwards of 900 passing yards and 13 touchdowns in the first half. Meanwhile, you will be receiving text message updates of the game going on between No.1 Alabama and No. 19 Penn State on ESPN. So that’s Saturday for you. Luckily, the following day’s slate of games is just as, if not more, intriguing. It’s the opening weekend of the NFL season after all, and with that comes 13 games slated for Sunday, Sept. 11. Featured match-ups will include Cincinnati and their talkative wide-outs visiting New England at noon, Sam Bradford and the Rams playing the Leinart-less Cardinals at 3:15 p.m., and a NFC East match-up of Dallas and Washington on Sunday night. For many, this is the most beautifully chaotic day of the year, a holiday to be honored with vintage and obscure jerseys, a comfortable chair and a plethora of food fatty enough to kill a whale instantly. Like I said, it’s a football weekend of epic proportions. Good luck finishing your homework.

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Blitz one win away from milestone PAT IVERSEN Staff Writer A lot can change over time, as anyone who has followed the Missouri soccer program over the last 14 years can tell you. Players have come and gone, athletic directors have changed and the team has moved into a new stadium. But throughout the existence of Missouri soccer, one constant has remained: the head coach. After manning the sidelines for each of the last 14 years of Tiger soccer, coach Bryan Blitz is one win away from securing his 200th career victory as a coach. As Tiger head coach, Blitz has a record of 154-12817. His 200th win would move him into sole possession of 37th most wins in NCAA women’s soccer coaching history. Accolades aside, Blitz said he doesn’t think about the record much at all. “To me it’s just a number,” Blitz said. “I didn’t even know about the record until they told me. It means that we’ve had a lot of good players playing for me over the years. In the end, I could care less (about the milestone).” His players say they are fully aware of the implications of their next win. Senior captain Kari Adam said the achievement is just one of many the program has accomplished under Blitz. “We’ve done a lot of great things during the three years I’ve been here, and obviously we’ve reached a lot of milestones,” Adam said. “Especially last year, with the Big 12 Championship and the record. This is just another milestone for him.” The Missouri soccer pro-

gram was founded in 1996, and was in need of a coach capable of building a successful program from the bottom up. Joe Castiglione, who was Athletic Director at the time, decided on a young coach from Butler who had just gained national notoriety for leading his squad on an undefeated run through the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, earning a Coach of The Year Award and invites to help coach the U.S. Women’s National soccer team along the way. Blitz said the opportunity to build up Missouri’s program was one he couldn’t pass up. “Well I don’t want to demean anyone else’s opportunities, but for me it makes it special,” Blitz said. “It’s a special thing. It’s something I don’t think I’ll ever get to do again in my life.” To help get the program off the ground, Blitz met with famed North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance to learn how to employ the Tar Heels’ successful system. Along the way, the Missouri program has earned three national tournament berths and multiple Big 12 Championships. Adam said Blitz is as good a coach off the field as he is on the field. “He really holds us accountable, he has high standards and we’re supposed to meet those,” Adam said. “During practice he’s hard on us, and that’s his job, but outside of practice he’s a pretty goofy guy. He genuinely cares about his players. He goes out of his way to make sure everyone’s okay and everyone’s happy.” In fact, freshman midfielder Dominique Richardson said it was Blitz’s approachability that


Head coach Bryan Blitz talks to two MU soccer team members during a morning practice Wednesday at Walton Stadium. The Tigers look to give Blitz his 200th career win this Friday in their game against Arkansas. played a factor in her decision to play for Missouri. “It was huge,” Richardson said. “Out of all the schools I went to I felt like he was the one coach who I could talk to about anything.” Over the last 14 years, Blitz said he’s seen growth in himself as a coach and the program. Although the 200th win might be important to most coaches, Blitz insisted that it is the players he coaches that he is most

grateful for. “I’m certainly more mature, more composed,” Blitz said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve learned from those mistakes. Remembering all of the players from when we started the program and seeing where it’s come from with their hard work when we were getting pummeled in those early years, I think from that standpoint it means a lot to me.”

Sports Shorts: Smith racks up defensive honors ZACH MINK Sports Editor FOOTBALL Tiger defensive end Aldon Smith had a career game against the Fighting Illini on Saturday, leading the defense with 10 tackles and two sacks. The sophomore was rewarded Tuesday when he was named Big 12 coDefensive Player of the Week along with Keenan Robinson of Texas. Smith has had a major impact since coming to Missouri. After being redshirted in his first year, the 6-foot-5-inch, 260-pound Smith came to life last season, racking up 64 tackles and a Missouri single-season record of 11.5 sacks. Smith was unanimously named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer and Freshman of the Year

after his 2009 season. Smith and the Tiger defense will look for continued success as Missouri takes on McNeese State on Saturday at Faurot Field. VOLLEYBALL Missouri volleyball has had tremendous success in the young 2010 season, winning all six matches of the season. After emerging victorious from the Pepperdine Asics Invitational this past weekend, the Tigers swept the Big 12 Weekly Awards, becoming only the second team in history to achieve this feat. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia earned Big 12 Player of the Week, taking the award for the second time in her career. Ampudia tallied 50 kills on .261 hitting and was named tournament MVP of the weekend.

Freshman setter Molly Kreklow also continued to rack up the awards this week, earning her second straight Big 12 Rookie of the Week. Kreklow dished out 136 assists during the weekend, including a career-best 52 against Pepperdine. The freshman is leading the Big 12 with 12.89 assists per set. Not to be outdone, senior libero Caitlyn Vann earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor, racking up 62 digs per set in the tournament. Vann has now earned the award four times in her career. The Tigers are on the road again this weekend, participating in the Western Kentucky Invitational. Missouri will square off against Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Central Arkansas and Virginia Tech over the twoday tournament.

SOCCER Missouri soccer has gotten off to a rough start this season with a record of 0-3-2. The team will look to get its first win of the season and coach Bryan Blitz’s 200th win of his career Friday against Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 2-2 on the season and are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Florida Golf Coast Eagles this past weekend. Despite the slow start, the Tigers have seen impressive play from two freshmen: Midfielder Dominique Richardson and forward Danielle Nottingham were recognized by in the College Players to Watch Top 100 Freshman national poll. The duo checked in respectively at No. 74 and No. 79 on the list.


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Veteran Missouri defense starts season strong The Tigers shut out the Illini in the second half of the season opener. John Montesantos Staff Writer Missouri football began the 2010 season in St. Louis last weekend against border rival Illinois. Though the Tigers seemed to struggle on both sides of the ball early, the veteran defense shut out the Illini in the second half to put the offense in a position to win. After allowing a touchdown and two field goals in the first half, Missouri locked it down after halftime and forced multiple three-and-outs from Illinois. They also racked up four takeaways on the day to the Illini’s one. “The defense were the ones who really set the tone,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “Football is hugely a momentum game, and we had a lot of momentum for a good portion of the second half.” The momentum gained by the Missouri defense in game one may have rolled over from last season, as the 2010 defense returns eight of 11 starters. Almost the entire defensive line and backfield were starters, and the remaining three have all started in their careers. After recording just eight interceptions for 102 yards last season, the returning back-

field nabbed three picks with 34 return yards in the season opener. Senior cornerback and fouryear starter Carl Gettis made a one-handed grab on an underthrown pass in the fourth quarter. Junior strong safety Kenji Jackson and senior free safety Jasper Simmons joined him in the interception category. Both Gettis and Jackson had not made an interception since 2008, and it was only the third career pick for Gettis. “He’s a four-year starter for us,” Pinkel said. “He really took his game to another level. I think that says an awful lot about him.” Simmons went down with a knee injury later in the contest. He underwent meniscus surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss one to two weeks. The fourth turnover forced by the Missouri defense was a fumble scooped up by sophomore defensive end Brad Madison. The first-year starter saw the big picture in the Tiger’s takeaway story, crediting the trust and understanding between the defensive line and the secondary. “We know how good we are, and we trust each other,” Madison said. “I trust the secondary to make plays. We believe in them.” Although Madison is third on the depth chart at the defensive end position, he saw significant reps as the Tiger’s employed three and four defensive ends on the line at one time throughout

the game. “It’s a good way to use our speed in passing situations,” Madison said. “We put that in to get a little more speed when we know they’re throwing.” Headlining Missouri’s defensive end crew is redshirt sophomore Aldon Smith. Last year’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year led the team with a career-high 10 tackles and two sacks in the Illinois game. The standout performance earned him Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Raytown native will be a force to be reckoned with for Missouri opponents this year, likely filling the void left by graduated linebacker Sean Weatherspoon as the new defensive leader. Pinkel admires Smith’s versatility, using the 6-foot-5-inch sack leader to speed rush the edge, spy on the quarterback, and even line up on the inside. “He does all those things,” Pinkel said. “A guy like that can break everything down. When he breaks them down, it’s over. He’s so athletic.” Smith hopes to improve upon last season by bringing more strength than speed to his 2010 play. “Speed is one thing, but I think I’m developing some strength to supplement that,” Smith said. Next up for the Tigers is the home opener against McNeese State at 6 p.m Saturday. The match-up will be the first of a four-game home stand for Missouri.

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Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith works the crowd Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The 2010 Tigers have eight returning starters in their defensive lineup.


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