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UM system spokeswoman: Budget cuts ‘all speculation’ WES DUPLANTIER News Editor Reports that the UM system’s budget could be cut by as much as $500 million — 10 percent of its total budget — next year are speculation, a system spokeswoman said Thursday evening. UM system spokeswoman
Jennifer Hollingshead said the university had not made any formal announcements about its budget projections or the possibility of any tuition increases for fiscal year 2012. She confirmed UM system President Gary Forsee spoke Thursday morning at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in
Kansas City and that Forsee said the system could see cuts in the next fiscal year. Hollingshead also said Forsee’s remarks were not official predictions of the system’s fiscal condition. “It’s all speculation at this point,” Hollingshead said. “I think we’ve known that there will be reductions, but we’re
not even in the legislative session, let alone the end of the session when budgets are set.” The state legislature adjourned its regular session in May after approving a fiscal year 2011 budget that cut higher education spending by $50 million. That amount is the maximum allowed to maintain an
agreement Gov. Jay Nixon made with schools in 2007. That agreement froze tuition at public universities at 2007 levels when the legislature agreed not to cut higher education spending by more than 5.2 percent. State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, see CUTS, page 6
Faculty see results of UM system survey STEPHANIE EBBS Reporter Faculty Council reviewed results of a survey conducted in the spring semester among UM system faculty members Thursday. Betsy Rodriguez, UM system vice president of Human Resources, presented the survey, which asked faculty for feedback on topics such as the university ’s retirement plan and offering domestic partner benefits.
Department of Plant Sciences professor Bill Wiebold said he was satisfied with the survey. “As a faculty member, everything’s kind of data-driven, and you like to be asked,” Wiebold said. Wiebold said he couldn’t remember faculty being asked about their benefits in the 20 years he has been at MU, which was the motivation for the survey. see SURVEY, page 6
Police chief meets with citizens group
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Athena Peterson munches on strawberries during snack time Monday at the Student Parent Services daycare center. The center is one of the options for student-parents on campus to help them balance their lives as students and parents.
MSA, GPC aim to foster familyfriendly environment at MU ALLISON PRANG Staff Writer
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Columbia Police Department Chief Ken Burton meets with CoMoCitizens on Thursday at the home of Columbia residents Sid and Joan Sullivan. Burton answered citizens’ questions on subjects such as higher accountability of officers and reports of increases in violent crimes. GREGORY ZAJAC Senior Staff Writer Columbia Police Department Chief Ken Burton discussed reasons for increases in violent crime and upheld an officer’s actions in the controversial arrest of
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David Riley at a meeting with CoMoCitizens on Thursday. CoMoCitizens formed in response to community outrage over a SWAT raid conducted in February in which police officers see BURTON, page 6
The MU Family Friendly Task Force held its first meeting Sept. 8. Missouri Students Association President Tim Noce said starting the task force was a joint resolution between MSA and the Graduate Professional Council. The task force was the result of legislation MSA and GPC passed last spring semester. Former GPC president Sarah Symonds said she became aware of different situations last year where there were not enough resources to make the campus more family-friendly. They included people who couldn’t find child-care dur-
ing meetings and a student unable to find a tampon machine in a certain part of campus. Symonds said the situations struck her as odd, and as a result, she decided to intervene with GPC and MSA to change them. “I decided to convene a meeting between the president of GSA (Graduate Student Association), the president of MizFits and GPC’s student representative to the Status of Women’s Committee to see what other issues existed that affected students as parents,” Symonds said in an e-mail. “This committee grew between the first and second meeting to include MSA and a fellow GPC officer who was also a student and a parent.” Symonds said the committee
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wrote a resolution and took it to both Staff Advisory Council and the Faculty Council. It was approved by March. Noce said the goal of the task force is not only to help student-parents but also to make the campus more accessible for other non-traditional members of the MU community, such as international students and disabled students. “ The goal of the organization at the request of the Faculty Council and the chancellor is to review the policies in a wide range of areas that make Mizzou a familyfriendly place to study and to work and to make recommendations regarding existing policies, new or modifying see FAMILY, page 6
Comedy Wars The Maneater takes a closer look at the students of Comedy Wars as the event begins its 12th year at MU. News, page 5
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Events Calendar FRIDAY 17 Movie: “Get Him To The Greek” 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. S107 (Memorial Union) Mizzou After Dark: Late Night Scavenger Hunt 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Memorial Union
More Than A Greek Festival 12 p.m. 1510 Audubon Drive Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church
Gallery opening: Larry Schwarm-On Fire 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. George Caleb Bingham Gallery (Fine Arts Building)
Missouri Football vs. San Diego State 6 p.m. Faurot Field
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings 7 p.m. The Blue Note
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Professor presents research on Latino learning Jimmy Hibsch Staff Writer College of Education associate professor Kathryn Chval spoke to 50 faculty members, future educators and other professionals Thursday at Memorial Union about the participation of Latino students in elementary mathematics classrooms. Chval spoke as part of the first “Diversity in Action” seminar for the 2010-11 academic year. “I have to say that when I moved to Missouri, I began to observe classrooms where there was one Latino,” Chval said. “This was dramatically different from the Chicago classrooms I worked in where 100 percent of the students were Latino. All of a sudden, I started observing all different kinds of dynamics.” Chval told the audience many of the Latino students between kindergarten and eighth grade she observed did not participate in class. As a result, she conducted a study in which she found teachers willing to open their classrooms so their students could record their lessons using mounted video cameras on students’ hats or sunglasses. A major focus of the videos involved elementary-age children working with their peers in groups. “The idea is that if you just put kids in groups, they will learn,” Chval said. “Unfortunately, there is evidence to the contrary. Groups can be unproductive for students if they are not established effectively or purposefully.” The videos showed Latino students being withdrawn or neglected in small groups and class work. “What we’re seeing is that young children
don’t know how to interact with their peers, so we want to know how we can work with teachers to help their students work with anyone, no matter who they are,” Chval said. Oftentimes, Chval said the teachers became extremely upset upon watching the videos, but it always inspired them to be more inclusive with all of their students. “Ultimately we want each child to facilitate his or her own participation, and if he is shy, then how do we help him overcome that shyness so he feels comfortable presenting his work in front of his peers?” Chval said. “The videos show that we have a problem, but in the national literature, we do not hear about this problem in terms of the participation of students.” She said too often this lack of participation from specifically Latino students is the result of teachers’ lower expectations of the group. Rebecca McCathren, associate professor in the department of special education, said the presentation gave her a new outlook on how children support each others’ learning. “People sometimes make assumptions about children’s abilities based on things that don’t affect children’s abilities,” McCathren said. “Without support, other children may not be good supporters of others’ learning.” Senior Sheryl Cameron attended the presentation for her Early Childhood Development class. “I learned that I need to pay very close attention to my students and just take into consideration my views and where I position myself as well as far as making assumptions,” Cameron said. As a Latino herself, Cameron said Chval’s
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College of Education associate professor Kathryn Chval speaks at the first Diversity in Action seminar Thursday at Memorial Union. Chval used different activities to promote awareness of cultural diversity among Latinos in schools. lessons were familiar. “I’m half Latino too, so this has brought me back to my memories,” Cameron said. “When I was younger, I did notice that teachers did think that I was slower just because I came from Panama and I had a Spanish background.”
Chval said her study is important for all future educators to consider. “When the preservice teachers I teach at MU walk into my class assuming that groups are always helpful for student learning, I am able to demonstrate situations when that is not the case," Chval said.
MU warns against pirating JSO holds Yom Kippur services Parker Myers Reporter The Division of Information Technology is aiming to put a stop to illegal file sharing on campus through raising awareness of the activity. DoIT first addressed the issue this semester in an e-mail sent to students Aug. 30. The e-mail, which was sent to all MU students, posed the question, “Do you download music, movies or books online? If so, make sure you’re doing it legally, or there can be serious consequences.” The e-mail stated MU prevents all peerto-peer applications in order to stop students from downloading copyrighted work. Blocked websites include BitTorrent and LimeWire, which allow users to illegally download virtually unlimited amounts of free music and videos. DoIT Director Terry Robb said the e-mail did not come as a response to any trend this year. “It’s really just an awareness campaign,” Robb said. “There’s a whole crop of new freshman who don’t know exactly what is going on.” Robb said MU has reported a successful year so far. There has been one music-related incident and seven other minor violations since January, he said. “When we turned off peer-to-peer networking in 2007, that really brought the numbers down,” Robb said. “Since we blocked these programs, it’s not an issue now.” Freshman Maureen Donahue said she just uses iTunes to buy all her music, but she said she could understand the allure of these popular sites. “People just don’t want to pay for music
in general,” Donahue said. “I think if music was a bit cheaper, a lot less people would use illegal sites.” Nonetheless, Donahue said the nature of these sites is inherently wrong. “It’s different if you think about it from the perspective of the artist. You’re kind of cheating them out of what they worked for,” Donahue said. Donahue said although the legality is the main problem with illegal file sharing, users also run a risk by opening up their media libraries so others can download files. As alternatives to both pay-per-song iTunes and free (but illegal) downloads, Donahue said there are other ways to download music. “There are plenty of music-downloading sites that only offer a monthly fee,” Donahue said. Donahue and Robb both said the effort involved in this illegal activity is not worth the risk and effort. “There’s no need to steal music and movies, so just stay legal,” Robb said. “The penalties are simply too high to take those risks in college." Ultimately, Robb said paying for music is the best way to respect the artists many students idolize and follow. “Respect the artists who develop those songs and movies,” Robb said. “Pay them a little something for their efforts. Folks should exploit sites that give back to the musicians and artists that provide them with the art they love.”
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Garrett Richie Staff Writer The Jewish Student Organization is hosting Yom Kippur services Friday and Saturday at Mizzou Hillel. JSO Vice President Emily Shyken said, for Jews, Yom Kippur is a day of repentance and forgiveness. “That’s our day of atonement,” Shyken said. “We fast to show that we want to be forgiven. We’re doing this to be forgiven for everything that we’ve done this year.” JSO President Sherman Fabes said Yom Kippur is different from the main celebratory Jewish holidays. “The idea behind Yom Kippur is repenting and to ask for forgiveness from God and from other people,” Fabes said. Services for Yom Kippur start Friday night with Kol Nidreh, Fabes said. “It’s the first service of Yom Kippur because Jewish holidays start the night before,” Fabes said. “They start at sundown and end at sundown.” Shyken said the regular Shabbat dinner will not be held Friday night in order to comply with the fast. “We’re not serving our normal Shabbat dinner because we will be fasting,” Shyken said. “Then on Saturday we have services at 9:30 a.m. and a 6:00 p.m. Yizkor. It’s a memorial-type service where we remember the people that passed away in our lives.” To conclude Yom Kippur, there is one final service on Saturday night that ends with a break-fast, Fabes said. “Saturday night is a break-fast where everybody comes together and celebrates to have bagels or something to eat,” Fabes said.
JSO and Mizzou Hillel will be conducting Yom Kippur activities without Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Fabes said. The two groups collaborated on Rosh Hashanah festivities earlier this month. “This is specifically the JSO and Mizzou Hillel,” Fabes said. “It’s run through The Hillel.” Fabes said JSO and Mizzou Hillel collaborate in order to provide opportunities for Jewish students. “JSO is the actual student organization at MU and Hillel is the national organization that is on college campuses everywhere for Jewish students,” Fabes said. “It’s a place where you can practice Judaism as a religion as well as a place where you can practice Judaism as a culture. It’s a place where Jewish students can be comfortable around other Jewish students.” Aside from conducting services for major holidays, JSO and Mizzou Hillel offer a place for Jewish students to go to socialize. “We have events all the time,” Fabes said. “We have everything from pizza nights and movie nights and study nights to laser tag. We have everything for people to try to get involved and not be afraid to do so.” Freshman Jake Gordon said that JSO did a good job encouraging participation in the Rosh Hashanah services. “It was nice that they presented the services in a way that allowed for participants of all denominations of Judaism to participate as much as they wanted,” Gordon said. Shyken said there was a good turnout at Rosh Hashanah services, and she hopes to see a similar turnout this weekend for Yom Kippur.
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the BLOTTER The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.
MU Police Tuesday, Sept. 14 Alexandra N. Kimmel, 20, of Hudson Hall, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing Taylor S. Davis, 20, of 326 Brookside, on suspicion of purchase or possession of intoxicants by a minor and public nuisance Wednesday, Sept. 15 Tyler W. Ryser, 19, of S. 602 College Ave., on suspicion of theft Juan P. Vidal, 20, of 3001 S. Providence Road, on suspicion of operating a vehicle without a license — Ally McEntire, staff writer
Columbia Police Monday, Sept. 13 Mardarious D. Jones, 18, of 2001
NEWS Newton Drive, on suspicion of disturbing the peace Harold M. Mathis, 17, of 2001 Newton Drive, on suspicion of disturbing the peace Richard L. Patten Jr., 26, of 4213 Derby Ridge Drive, on suspicion of third-degree assault Tuesday, Sept. 14 McKenzie J. Franklin, 21, of 5660 Rocky Fork Drive, on suspicion of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer Anthony D. Byrd, 32, of the streets of Columbia, on suspicion of panhandling Durantrae D. Logan, 18, of 1207 Larch Court, on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon Z achar y W. Vaughn, 23, of 4913 Rice Road, on suspicion of first-degree property damage Damien B. Shaw, 28, of 4609 W. Knox Drive, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated David S. Sumpter, 29, of 901 Concannon St., on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana Jeremiah E. Brown, 25, of 802 S. Ann St., on suspicion of first-degree trespassing — 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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Three neighbors arrested in suspected cocaine ring Investigators found large amounts of cash and a handgun at the scene. The Boone County Sheriff ’s Department found multiple ounces of cocaine and about $8,000 in cash while executing a search warrant Monday morning, according to a Boone County Sheriff ’s Department news release. The Boone County SWAT team also discovered a handgun and additional evidence of cocaine distribution and sales when they entered the residence to serve the warrant, according to the release. Two suspects attempted to destroy some of the cocaine by flushing it down a toilet and throwing it into a sink filled with water. The warrants were served simultaneously on both sides of a duplex located at 5321 Ponderosa St., the release stated. The warrants were the result of a sheriff ’s department investigation which revealed that the occupants of both units were working together in a significant and
regular cocaine distribution operation. Michael J. Walker Jr., 25; Matthew R. Olsson, 32; and Corey W. Everage, 32, were arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, among other charges. Boone County Sheriff 's Department Detective Sgt. Britt Shea declined to give details about the investigation that led to the warrants, but said the department executes this type of investigation often. “It was a fairly routine investigation, which is to say we used our normal investigative techniques and normal personnel,” Shea said. “ This was a unique investigation in that Michael Walker, I think, was a significant cocaine dealer who was very active and involved in the cocaine business in Boone County.” Around 20 search warrants dealing with drug investigations were executed last year, Shea said. Drug arrests are made every day, but they don’t always involve search warrants. “We have drug arrests being made on a daily basis, and we don’t have any quotas that we have or try to meet
as far as writing search warrants,” Shea said. “When we gather enough information, probable cause, to present to a judge for a search warrant, we will do that.” Walker was on Missouri parole for distribution of a controlled substance, according to the news release. Olsson is listed in the Boone County Sheriff Offenders List as a registered sex offender and was also arrested Monday for failure to notify law enforcement of address change. “I believe Mr. Olsen and Mr. Walker were on probation or parole for prior offenses, and I believe they are in the process of having their bail revoked,” Shea said. “Walker has already had his parole revoked, and Mr. Olsen will be having his bail revoked shortly if it hasn’t already been done. Both will be sent back to the Department of Corrections because of prior offenses.” — Jared Grafman, senior staff writer
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Comedy Wars brings hump day relief Alexis Hitt Reporter It’s a typical Wednesday night and more than 100 students fill Bengal Lair in Memorial Union. They aren’t there to study or drink Starbucks. Instead, they are there to watch the increasingly popular Comedy Wars. Since its debut 11 years ago, Comedy Wars has grown in popularity on campus and become a weekly tradition for many students. The comedic performances by Alex McElvain, Peter Smith, Leann McLaughlin, Brian Hamilton and Melissa Darch this year have kept students coming back each week since the 12th season started Aug. 25. Before their performance Wednesday night, the members sat down and opened up about Comedy Wars and each other. Hamilton tweets entirely too often, McElvain’s showers constantly make him late, Smith and McLaughlin are self-proclaimed “soul brothers” and if Darch had any superpower, she would make multiples of herself. It is evident each member’s distinctive personality is what makes Comedy Wars a success. Reminiscing about how they each got their start in Comedy Wars, most share the typical story: audition, practice, perform — except for one. Unlike the rest of his teammates, Hamilton missed auditions for Comedy Wars his freshman year, so he went to a
practice as an audition instead. “I never heard anything back from anyone after my first practice,” Hamilton said. “So I just kept coming back and no one would say anything. I think I’m the first person in Comedy Wars’ history to just keep showing up until I was eventually put on the team.” To prepare for the weekly performances, each teammate has his or her own routine. McLaughlin, McElvain and Hamilton listen to music, Darch sips on apple juice and Smith said he usually ponders stretching, but never ends up doing it. Each member also has a variety of interests outside of his or her involvement in Comedy Wars. Hamilton is known for stepping with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and serves on the Greek Judicial Board. Darch is a math tutor for Hickman High School and has a job coaching kids’ soccer. McElvain is focusing on his major in convergence journalism. McLaughlin’s nursing major and job at the hospital as a nursing assistant dominate her life. Smith is mainly into entertaining and is involved with the theatre honors fraternity and advertising club. Within the troupe, each member presents quirks that make the group unique. Darch doesn’t like ice cream; McLaughlin has an obsession with cats. “I don’t know if that’s surprising,” McLaughlin said.
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Senior Leann McLaughlin looks at her watch during a Comedy Wars skit Sept. 1 in Bengal Lair. Comedy Wars, a student sketch comedy group, performs skits with suggestions from the audience once a week. Smith loves Jay-Z and Timbaland, Hamilton was born with 11 fingers and McElvain participated in a dance contest on TRL. “Of my whole 12 minutes on TV, I said ‘rumpshakery,’” McElvain said. “That’s not even a word.” The group seems to be at complete ease on stage, but all members admitted to being nervous before each show. Smith and
McElvain both agreed they always feel like they’re going to throw up until they get on stage. “The pressure can be pretty overwhelming because you don’t know what you’re going to say or do,” McLaughlin said. “But you can’t overthink it, you just have to go with it.” Members agreed trust and being comfortable with one another are huge factors in improv. McLaughlin said seeing
each other twice a week has made the team best friends. “It’s mandatory playtime,” Smith said. The high attendance at Comedy Wars proves it is a favorite hump day relief for MU students. “It’s exhilarating to make other people laugh,” McLaughlin said. “And it’s great that the audience enjoys it as much as we do.”
Ellis Library to stay MU program offers tuition waiver open later for finals for former Peace Corps volunteers Chancellor Brady Deaton served in LIBRARY the Peace Corp in Thailand. Kelly Olejnik Staff Writer
Michelle Horan, former Missouri Students Association student affairs chairwoman, confirmed the extension of Ellis Library hours during finals week this semester. Ellis Library will be open until 2 a.m. Dec. 9 through Dec. 11 and until 4 a.m. Dec. 12 through Dec. 16. The library will also be open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 17, the last day of finals. “A lot of people normally study especially late, including myself, during that week when the workload is very high,” Horan said. “Students were already in the library until 2 a.m. (during finals) when the library normally closes.” According to the Ellis Library student head count report from finals week last semester, library attendance peaked at 579 students at midnight on Sunday, May 9 and reached a low point with 29 students at midnight on Thursday, May 13. “We discovered that there was a significant drop-off in numbers of students in the library on Fridays and Saturdays even though there might have been tests on Saturday mornings,” Director of Libraries James Cogswell said. An increase in student numbers at Ellis Library during finals week is expected this semester. The library has already seen a significant increase in student numbers as counted by electronic turnstiles and head counts, Cogswell said. The extension of library hours is not yet permanent but is planned to continue during finals week of
ATTENDANCE Here’s a look at the number of students at Ellis Library during the extended hours during finals week of spring semester 2010.
Marie Mandelberg Staff Writer
Thursday, May 6: 952 Friday, May 7: 211 Saturday, May 8: 408 Sunday, May 9: 1,109 Monday, May 10: 1,048 Tuesday, May 11: 934 Wednesday, May 12: 926 Thursday, May 13: 176 Friday, May 14: 8
Source: MU Libraries spokeswoman Shannon Cary EMILY VOSS/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
spring semester as well as through finals weeks next academic year. Horan said as long as students continue to make use of the extended hours, the extension should become permanent. The extended hours would cost about $2,000 in staffing and utility costs, she said. All cost would be covered by proceeds from the Bookmark Cafe located within the library. MU libraries spokeswoman Shannon Cary plans to work with Student Affairs to advertise the extended hours. “We will advertise in all of the usual campus venues,” Cary said in an e-mail.
At Four Front’s Tuesday meeting, MU Campus Peace Corps Recruiter Mike Burden asked attendees to consider volunteering. The Peace Corps has served in 139 countries all over the world. “ Throughout the 50 years (of service), a lot of things have changed within those countries and how we do what we do,” Burden said. “But the mission of Peace Corps hasn’t. It has a main goal, and that’s to provide service to a country that has asked for that service.” The Peace Corps Fellows Program, offered at MU, allows past Peace Corps volunteers to attend graduate school while receiving a tuition waver, a living stipend and a job on campus. Six departments offer the program: department of geography, School of Social Work, department of political science, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, rural sociology and agricultural and applied economics. Donald Spiers, one of the founders of the Peace Corps
Fellows Program at MU and coordinator of the program, said one major requirement to serve is past volunteer experience. Also, volunteering in Latin America requires good understanding of the Spanish language. MU has about 30 volunteers each year and tends to see more women than men signing up, Spiers said. Almost a thousand MU grads have served in the Peace Corps since it first started in 1961, Burden said. Twentyseven MU grads were serving last year, and more than 20 faculty members are past Peace Corps volunteers. Chancellor Brady Deaton served in the Peace Corps in Thailand after attending college. Chancellor Deaton had a big part in bringing the Fellows Program to MU, Spiers said. Pablo Mendoza, assistant director of Student Life for Multicultural Affairs, said there is one thing he would like to change about Peace Corps. “I have been in the field now of student affairs since 1989, and in that time I’ve known 25 students who have gone onto Peace Corps volunteering and one thing that has been a trend that I’ve noticed is the need for students of color to be in the service,” Mendoza said. “I have a lot of students who are European American who
ended up going to Africa or Asia, but there has always been a need for more students of color because there is value to showing the diversity of the United States abroad.” Amy Bowes finished Peace Corps in January 2008 after serving in Lesotho, a country in Africa. While in Lesotho, Bowes’ primary job was teaching high school English, but she also started a school library and helped run an HIV/AIDS youth education program. “I had always wanted to go to Africa,” Bowes said. “I had studied Zulu in undergrad and was very interested in doing service.” After finishing her service and graduating from MU last May, Bowes spent the summer traveling to Italy and Spain, along with taking a group of MU students to Ghana on a service trip in July. While in Peace Corps, everything is taken care of for volunteers, Burden said. Volunteers are guaranteed medical care and money for a living allowance, along with a readjustment allowance at the completion of their service's term. “Really, you can just focus on your job, which is to help the people in your community by sharing the skills that you have and working with others to accomplish community goals,” Burden said.
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Continued from page 1 ing policies, new or modifying policies,” Family Friendly Task Force co-chairperson Anne Deaton said. Deaton said the task force is trying to identify certain groups in the MU community. Noce said the task force’s next meeting would help refine everything discussed at the first meeting. He also said the task force is working on looking at what types of non-traditional students there are on campus and how many fall under that umbrella. “A wide range of faculty, staff and students were identified, and they are in the process of identifying areas to look at and prioritize,” Deaton said. The task force could potentially have a limited time span, but Deaton said they are planning for it to last the whole academic year. It can be reinstated to last
longer if necessary. Deaton said they are also looking at what other student organizations are doing to make MU a more familyfriendly campus, because the task force would want to collaborate with those groups. “We would like to zero in on things that seem doable in the short run and those that are long-term goals,” Deaton said. Deaton said she’s very excited to make MU a more familyfriendly campus. “I think it’s very exciting from the standpoint of diversity that we have the phrase ‘Mizzou Family,’ and we all want to make sure that phrase really lives,” Deaton said. “Mizzou is an institution that really wants to be familyfriendly from the standpoint of persons who might be physically challenged or mentally challenged in any way, so we really want to be very broad in our thinking.”
BURTON: Increase in violent crime discussed Continued from page 1 CoMoCitizens Co-founder Donald Warren facilitated the meeting. Citizens Police Review Board Chairwoman Ellen LoCurto-Martinez and CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden were also present at the meeting, but most questions were directed toward Burton. Keep Columbia Free Treasurer Mitch Richards asked Burton for comment on the arrest of David Riley for attempting to rob a police officer last October. The case is still under investigation. Burton upheld the actions of Officer Chris Hessenflow, the arresting officer, and said he acted appropriately in a potentially dangerous situation, especially because Riley was significantly larger than Hessenflow. “The officer did as he was trained,” Burton said. “And that is not to engage someone if you know he is physically superior to you where you put yourself into having to shoot him.” Mark Fl ak ne, a CoMoCitizens member and president of Keep Columbia Free, asked if the officer’s actions were appropriate based on security camera footage of the incident and audio from a recorder Hessenflow was wearing during the arrest. The footage does not make it clear if Riley intended to rob him. Burton said Riley escalated the situation when Hessenflow attempted to apprehend him and that the officer had to interpret what he heard and saw and act on it. “That’s one of the perils of being a police officer,” Burton said. “You don’t know what other people’s intentions are.” After the meeting, Flakne
said he did not feel Burton satisfactorily addressed Riley’s arrest. Riley was clearly drunk, disorderly and verbally abusive based on the evidence available, he said, but the sentence did not fit the crime. “Now he’s doing two years in jail and his family’s ruined,” Flakne said. “Is that a just punishment for the crime?” Sullivan asked Burton why the 2009 Uniform Crime Report, which the FBI released Monday, showed an increase in violent crime in Columbia in the year since he took office. Sullivan asked if this increase reflected an actual increase in crime or was the result of more accurate reporting. “How much of this spike in crime is in relationship to the reporting and how much of it is actually an addition of crime that’s taking place in Columbia?” Sullivan said. According to the FBI’s data for 2008 and 2009, reports of violent crime increased 28 percent from 392 in 2008 to 501 last year. Within that category, reports of forcible rape rose from 19 to 32 and aggravated assault from 230 to 309. Reports of other crimes either stayed roughly the same or decreased. Total reports of property crime fell slightly from 3,951 to 3,906. Burton said interpreting crime statistics can be complicated and cited many possible factors for the increases, including natural fluctuations and a rising population. He also said most violent crimes are committed by people familiar to the victim and there is very little police can do to prevent them. “Those things happen in secret most of the time, and the police find out about them after the fact,” Burton said.
R-Columbia, said the legislature is not discussing any immediate changes to the state’s higher education budget. He said Nixon might be working on his budget propos-
al for the 2012 fiscal year, and the UM system might be communicating with him about those proposals but that lawmakers would not begin considering any proposals until they convene in regular session in January.
“I’m assuming that (the 10 percent figure) comes from (an) interpretation of the governor’s proposed budget,” he said. “I’m not aware of any discussion in the General Assembly about making cuts to higher education.”
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Betsy Rodriguez, UM system vice president for Human Resources, speaks to Faculty Council on Thursday. The council discussed issues pertaining to retirement and medical benefits.
SURVEY: Four campuses covered Continued from page 1 “We kept talking about, ‘Somebody wanted this, and somebody wanted that,’ but we didn’t have any data,” Rodriguez said. Along with the numerical data, there are written comments from many faculty members that have to be accounted for. The survey covered the entire UM system. Of those eligible for benefits, 37 percent, or 3,048 employees, responded to the survey. Rodriguez said much of the data was similar across the campuses, with the greatest changes between age demographics. The faculty was asked about whether they would prefer an increase in base pay or increase in benefits, and overall, the highest priority was base pay. An increase in benefits would likely decrease take-home pay proportionally. “ There is no one perfect solution,” Rodriguez said. “I’m never going to make everyone happy, but there is one way I can make everyone happy, and that’s an increase in base pay.” Medical benefits for domes-
tic partners were discussed, which would be a new addition. The results of the survey were inconclusive on this issue, with 34 percent of participants who strongly agreed with domestic partner coverage and 34 percent who strongly disagreed. An additional 1,260 people declined to answer. The specific wording of the question became an issue that might have tainted the data. The question asked, “If resources became available, should domestic partner (same-sex) benefits be a high priority?” Rodriguez said she thinks the reason for the results were due to this wording. Also, many faculty would prefer access to currently unavailable benefits like orthodontia coverage over coverage for domestic partners. Another issue that was discussed was the possibility of a wellness incentive program. This program would offer cash incentives for faculty and staff that consistently improved their personal health. In the survey, 35 percent reported they were making little to no effort to their personal health.
Rodriguez said last year there was more care needed for preventable conditions among MU employees than preventative care, which is covered by their benefits. This coverage includes screening for various conditions, something university employees are not consistent with. Weibold said he thought the program would encourage faculty, including himself, to think more about their personal health. Although there is no plan in place yet for these changes, there will be a full public discussion of the decisions in November before they are proposed to the Board of Curators. Rodriguez said there is some risk involved. “Not risk to the plan, risk to the university,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said some of the objectives for the plan do not work together, and they must work within the $300 million allocated for the program. “The hardest part is struggling with the complexity of the issues,” Faculty Council Chairwoman Leona Rubin said. “We’re a diverse group and trying to find a balance is hard."
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'Blind Side' family seeks to inspire students Kaitlyn Gibson Staff Writer Sean and Collins Tuohy conducted a book signing and shared their story, as portrayed in the film “The Blind Side,” with students Wednesday. The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Value and Ethics partnered with Kappa Delta and the Missouri Students Association to sponsor the event. “We bring a speaker to campus every year to give an ethics and value presentation,” Delta Gamma President Amanda Klohmann said. “We take into account the four pillars of Mizzou: excellence, respect, responsibility and discovery, and we choose speakers based on that criteria.” The Tuohy family qualified for this honor due to their well-known story of adopting Michael Oher when he was a homeless 16-yearold wandering the streets of Memphis, Klohmann said. “We had narrowed (the Tuohys) down from a big list because ‘The Blind Side’ was popular, and we knew we could draw in crowds,” Klohmann said. “Everyone from an athlete to a scholar to a business student would be inspired, because this story speaks to a lot of people. The Tuohys went against stereotypes and gave back to community. They helped out when they didn’t have to.”
The book signing, held at University Bookstore, allowed students one-on-one time with the Tuohys. Collins Tuohy, Sean’s daughter and college graduate, said her story could personally relate to students. “For me personally, I think my story is very pertinent because I just graduated,” Collins Tuohy said. “It shows that you don’t have to be 40 to make a difference. The most important thing is that you can do something now to be kind and improve race relations on campus.” Sophomore Sophie Mashburn said she attended both the lecture and the book signing due to the inspirational nature of the Tuohy’s story. “It’s all about giving,” Mashburn said. “The fact that they didn’t think twice about helping even if they may not have had the money at first. I admire the selflessness of the family.” Mashburn said college students in particular could learn from the family. “University life is a selfish, fastpaced world,” she said. “What the Tuohys are trying to get across to our student body is to see everyone’s real worth, to be a more giving, accepting student body.” Leigh Anne Tuohy, originally scheduled to speak, cancelled her contract 10 days before the lecture to participate in Extreme
Makeover Home Edition. This caused some frustration and disappointment, Klohmann said. “We had so much hype and excitement around Leigh Anne coming that many were very upset,” Klohmann said. “Instead, she sent a video message explaining why she would not be there and introducing her daughter and husband. The new book (‘In A Heartbeat’) really speaks more to the father’s side of the story, so in a way it fit perfectly.” Despite the last-minute alteration, the event still proved motivating, freshman Peter LeGrand said. “(This event) has shown me that it’s time to change the world now,” LeGrand said. “We can make a difference now as college students.” Previous speakers have included international journalist Lisa Ling, Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin and motivational speaker Christopher Gardner. This year’s lecture was held in memory of philanthropist Paul Martin, who contributed $150,000 to the Lectureship Foundation. The Tuohys focused on the power of one, or the idea that one individual performing a single kind deed makes a difference. “Find something to be a part of, get involved, and do it passionately,” Collins Tuohy said.
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Collins Tuohy speaks about the importance of compassion Wednesday night in Jesse Auditorium. Collins and her father, Sean Tuohy, have been in the public eye since their depiction in the film "The Blind Side."
Phi Mu, Zeta Beta Tau Campus accessibility a goal for MU out e-mails fund new patient room MUto sends inform students The chapters met their goal three months earlier than expected. Sarah Clancey Reporter Phi Mu and Zeta Beta Tau teamed up to raise $10,000 to fund a room at the newly opened MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The patient room for pediatric care is furnished with a flat-screen TV, Blu-Ray player and a Nintendo Wii. The room also includes brand new beds and a pull-out couch for parents to sleep on as well as high-tech medical equipment, Phi Mu Philanthropy Chairwoman Brittany Passini said. Although two patients previously had to share a single room, every room at the new hospital is now private. “It gives the patient and the parents the care, comfort and privacy they need,” Passini said. The funds were raised entirely through philanthropy events at both chapters. The events were held last spring and benefitted the Children’s Miracle Network, the national philanthropy for both chapters. “Children’s Miracle Network is very important and close to us,” Passini said. “The Children’s Hospital is the closest Children’s Miracle Network hospital, and it provides many opportunities.” “Miracle Men” is a male beauty pageant hosted by Phi Mu each spring. Greek men, as
well as others from the community, participate in service events and compete in talent and fashion pageant categories. Zeta Beta Tau hosted “Get On the Ball” in April, coinciding with the end of Greek Week. Members rolled a huge rainbow-colored ball around campus and collected signatures from students. “Last year was the first time we did ‘Get On the Ball,’ but we plan to continue holding it each spring semester,” said Taylor Dankmyer, Zeta Beta Tau philanthropy chairman and former Maneater staff member. The necessary funds for the room were raised much sooner than originally planned, Dankmyer said. “We signed a letter of intent in April saying we had to have the money raised by December, but we’ve already met that goal,” he said. According to Passini, the idea for funding the patient room was formed when Phi Mu’s adviser heard the hospital was in need of new ambulances. Although the ambulances turned out to be too much of an expense at $300,000 each, the organizations decided to help in a smaller way by funding the room at the new hospital. After several years of working with Children’s Miracle Network, the chapters feel a connection with their beneficiaries. “Children are very close to us,” Passini said. “They are the future for tomorrow, and it’s really important they get a fun childhood and as many benefits as we did.”
and faculty of sidewalk closings. Caitlin Swieca Reporter
With the opening of the fall semester, MU is employing its resources in order to accommodate its physically disabled students. Students with disabilities are required to register with the Office of Disability Services in order to receive special accommodations. According to the department’s website, this office then works with other departments to create a campus setting that is as integrated as possible while catering to the needs of the handicapped. In partnership with Residential Life, the Office of Disability Services works to provide disabled students with living spaces that cater to their unique needs. According to the Residential Life website, residence halls can easily accommodate simple changes to rooms such as changing the type of door lock and lowering racks, shelves and mirrors. Further modifications can be made on a case-by-case basis. All MU’s on-campus residence halls have elevator access to upper levels, with DefoeGraham becoming the last hall to add elevators with its 2009 re-opening. Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said Residential Life has also worked in the past to provide disabled students with groundlevel rooms. MU’s extended housing facil-
ities at Tiger Diggs and Mizzou Quads lack such amenities because though MU rents out these facilities, it is not responsible for their condition. “Those are private apartment complexes,” Minor said. “We have rented a portion of these. We’re managing students, programs and staff at those facilities, but maintenance responsibilities are up to the owners of the complex.” In case of a temporary disability such as a leg injury, Residential Life can work to provide a student with short-term modifications or a new room, provided that he or she registers with Disability Services. Residential Life can also tailor to a student’s academic plan. Although MU’s learning communities are housed within specific halls, disabled students can join a community that is housed in a different facility if that facility does not meet their needs. “I think ResLife has a very good track record,” Minor said. “We want our facilities to be accessible to our students, whether they have a permanent or temporary disability, and we get good feedback from students, staff and parents.” MU’s buses are all liftequipped for students who live in off-campus apartments. Although Residential Life frequently works with disabled students, MU is faced with the challenges of extensive construction. Most of MU’s major construction projects were completed over summer break, but some remaining construction areas require sidewalk closings. “All the sidewalk closings and repair work throughout
the summer and fall are very problematic,” Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator Lee Henson said. “It’s extremely difficult for people in wheelchairs and people who are blind to navigate sometimes when roads are closed or areas like the area just south of Engineering are blocked off.” Although the university has previously sent e-mails to inform the staff and student body of upcoming road closings, the alerts have recently been expanded to include sidewalk closings after a student suggested the idea. Such zones now feature signs indicating the nearest available ramp or sidewalk. “We started (issuing sidewalk closing information) earlier in the summer and I know that a lot of disabled students, faculty and staff have found that very helpful,” Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville said. MU also tries to minimize the inconveniences posed by its projects at the time of planning. “What we try to do is build in accommodations when projects are designed, so the university makes sure that when the project is planned, they consider available routes and options,” Henson said. The university has staff onhand to handle such questions. “We have a construction manager on staff that gives presentations nationally on the American Disabilities Act, and he has been instrumental in making sure that MU complies with all ADA requirements,” Seville said. “We all work together to make sure we have the least impact possible on disabled students.”
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Policy Over Politics
Amanda Shelton Politics Columnist
Bipartisan effort will make history With regard to my column from last Friday: told you so. Literally as my column on ending LGBT discrimination in Missouri was going to press last Thursday night, media networks began to announce that a federal judge in California had ruled the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy (DADT) unconstitutional. Euphoria. In the state where just two years ago voters cast their ballots against gay marriage rights in the Proposition 8 nightmare, the federal judiciary ruled the 17-year-old DADT policy (which prohibits gay men and lesbians from openly serving in the military) violates both the First and Fifth Amendment rights of homosexual and bisexual service members. In addition, the ruling emphasized that the policy, which has resulted in more than 13,000 persons being dishonorably discharged since 1993 (many from vital positions within the current war effort), actually negatively impacts the ability of the armed forces to do its job. Mere difference does not justify discrimination — or undermining defense. The fact that the plaintiff in this case was the Log Cabin Republicans — yes, the largest organization for gay Republicans in the country — further highlights what is truly a nonpartisan issue. Growing levels of opposition to DADT in both parties over the last decade have finally pushed the issue to the forefront this year. A vote scheduled for next week in the U.S. Senate could be the legislative victory that we’ve been waiting for 17 years. In fact, it’s been a busy summer season as lawmakers and the courts seem to be giving each other a run for the money. The U.S. House of Representatives already passed a bill in May that would repeal DADT after several requirements have been met, including a thorough review of the impacts of such a repeal on the military. And federal courts have ruled California’s Prop 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (which denies the extension of various benefits to same-sex married spouses) unconstitutional as well. But, the fight isn’t over yet. Earlier this month, the Q Research Institute for Higher Education released a report showing that roughly a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents had experienced full-out harassment at their university, nearly double the rate of heterosexual respondents. Moreover, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming respondents experienced even higher rates of harassment in the survey, which included more than 5,000 students at 100 universities across the nation. The report is but one example reminding us that this battle goes beyond legal victories against employment discrimination or unequal service provision. Ultimately, it is the complex work of winning hearts and minds that will make our universities, workplaces and communities more welcoming for everyone. We as a generation truly stand on the verge of history. Whether one favors the economics of Ronald Reagan or FDR, the small talk of Glenn Beck or Jon Stewart or the little “R” or “D” that follows a politician’s name will mean little in the narrative that becomes the dawn of our new decade. In 50 years, the middle school textbooks won’t care which party stood up in this modernday civil rights movement for basic equality before the law. They will care that someone — many someones — did. Will you?
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Columbia website to undergo redesign Casey Purcella Reporter Columbia’s Internet Citizens Advisory Group met Wednesday to discuss making changes to the city’s online billing system, as well as a redesign to improve the city government’s website. During the meeting, ICAG members said the site’s main page was too cluttered. “(The site) is just too busy the way it’s designed right now,” ICAG member Jonathan Sessions said. “There’s just so much text.” Columbia E-Government Coordinator Sam Shelby showed the group a tabbed box that would contain the links which make up the front page’s content. The box would have four section tabs, which would each hold several links, including city news. The new addition’s tabs would cut down on the number of links immediately visible to visitors. The group said one of the problems with the website was it was not designed all at once with a unifying theme, but was updated at the request of various city departments. “What we have right now (on the city website) is a hodgepodge of things people have requested over the years,” Shelby said. Sessions said navigating the site was not as simple as it should be. “(Site search) is often the fastest way to navigate the site,” he said. ICAG member Anna Hargis said using usage statistics to decide how to organize information on the site would correct navigation issues. “Usage statistics should guide the website redesign,” she said. ICAG member Dustin Dunstedter said he had visited many other city government websites to search for the best website design. He presented some of the strongest websites to the group, including the Long Beach, Calif., government website that uses a simple graphics-based layout to present
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E-Government coordinator Sam Shelby discusses ideas for Columbia’s city website with Internet Citizens Advisory Group members Wednesday. The board looked at other cities’ websites as well as brainstormed its own ideas for ways to make Columbia’s website more user-friendly. information to visitors. “The key to us being successful is to look at what other cities have done,” Shelby said. He said the group was also looking at non-government websites to get ideas from a design standpoint, though they would focus more on examining other government websites. “City websites are going to be more appropriate to the city redesign,” Shelby said. Shelby said the city intends to have the website redesigned in one year. The group will meet in October before its regularly scheduled November meeting due to the impending redesign. ICAG also discussed Columbia’s paperless billing sign-up page. The group made a recommendation to the city to incorporate the sign-up into the existing online bill pay sys-
tem, instead of having it as a separate system. “Signing up for (paperless billing) was an unintuitive nightmare,” Sessions said. “This needs to be no more difficult than accessing your account and attaching an email address to that account.” One part of the website that is easy for residents to use is Nixle, a service that sends alerts about public safety threats and community events via Web, e-mail and cell phone. Shelby showed the committee statistics showing an increase in usage. The service had 485 to 613 users signed up to receive alerts from five of the six city departments that use Nixle. These numbers were up from the 131 to 170 people using the service in April. Public works, whose usage falls far below the numbers of the other five departments, has 31 users, an increase from the same month.
Columbia falls in ‘Best College Town’ rankings Ally McEntire Staff Writer Columbia is ranked No. 13 in the nation for best college town, a shift down from last year’s No. 9 spot, which is now held by border rival Lawrence, Kan. The American Institute for Economic Research puts out an annual index for college destinations using three categories: academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunity. Topping the list was Ithaca, NY. Following close behind were State College, Penn., and Iowa City, Iowa. Primary researcher Keming Liang said the scores are generally very close between college towns. “We have 12 criteria used to determine which area is better,” Liang said. He said the drop from last year’s spot could be due to some changes the institute made in categories. “We did modify a few of the criteria from last year,” he said. “It could be due to the modification from last year.” The index uses information from the 2008 U.S. Census to tally scores. “We use government resources as much as we can,” Liang said. “It’s the most consistent data.” In order to move up on the index list, Liang said any area that improves increases the overall score. City Council member Daryl Dudley said
RANKINGS The American Institute for Economic Research released its rankings of the best college towns in the country earlier this month. Here’s how MU stacks up to other Big 12 schools in the rankings:
2009 College town 4th Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 13th Lawrence, Kansas 10th* College Station, Texas 10th* Columbia, Missouri
2010 5th 9th 12th 13th
Source: American Institute for Economic Research SPENCER PEARSON/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
the qualities of a good college town include activities, culture, job opportunity and public transportation. “We have all those things here for the students and everyone else in Columbia,” he said. “We’re not as big as St. Louis or Kansas City, but we have many of the same amenities.” Missouri Students Association President Tim Noce said his campaign for president included a lot of improvements for the city and for the university, which could increase Columbia’s standing on the list. “I think you have to have a universityoriented urban environment,” he said. “We
have three universities here, (and) they’re all part of the downtown area.” Noce said the best way to improve right now is to increase the campus and community relations. “Leaders in the city and leaders in the school feel like they can live without each other,” he said. “The city has to work with a university in a college town.” Dudley said a big part of his job is to relay the community’s opinions back to those leaders. “I take what they’re saying back to City Council,” he said. Although Columbia fell behind Lawrence in diversity, Noce said he thinks this statistic isn’t necessarily static. “We are certainly making strides in diversity,” he said. “We hired 14 new faculty members from a minority.” Dudley said he believes Columbia is a great college town already, but improvements are still happening. Noce said he believes Columbia has a certain “x-factor” that other schools might not have. “I feel more comfortable around students here than in other college towns,” he said. “It’s another one of those abstract things you can’t measure.” Liang agreed there were particular factors the survey couldn’t quantify. “You will always find imperfections in the index,” he said. “We cannot consider every aspect of every area.”
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Maude V. showcases range of local artists’ wares * Columbia artists sell goods at Maude Vintage.
Local store Maude Vintage’s owner Sabrina Braden offers a sweet deal for area designers and artists looking to sell their work. “I pay out 70 percent of the proceeds to them, and I don’t charge a stocking fee or any rental space or credit card chart,” Braden said. “I know that it’s the highest percentage paid to local designers.” Because of those rates, Braden doesn’t really make much off selling local designs. “The 30 percent I get maybe pays the utilities,” Braden said. “And that’s like $450 to $500 a month.” But with the 60 percent she makes off regular consignment, she’s able to sustain her love of art. “I do it because I love supporting artists,” Braden said. “I would not have this shop without having locally designed things and local music.” Braden’s efforts certainly pay off. She said she gets a new artist about every week, and with that kind of repertoire, Maude Vintage has quite the selection of notable artists. ABBEY JARVIS At 16 years old, Jarvis is the Miley Cyrus of Maude Vintage. Her 4-yearold line of messenger bags, Crash Landing Couture, has been selling at Maude Vintage for about a year. The line is crafty and certainly has its youthful roots. “The whole process has really evolved,” Jarvis said. “I started out making those juice pouch bags — the Capri Sun-type stuff — and it’s just kind of gone from there.” Jarvis has graduated from Capri Suns and matriculated into a world
of thrift and caffeine. With a few practical tips from Braden, Jarvis has honed her line into a sophisticated collection of bags made from vintage scarves, recycled clothes, burlap, tea packets and coffee bean bags. Oh, proactive youngsters. The world rests in your hands.
JULIE HAYES After eight years in art school, Julie Hayes was fed up with conceptual art. She graduated, abandoned the concepts, picked up crafting — a long time love of hers — and called it Restless Hearts. “I wanted to make things that were functional, that people could have in their homes, so that they could use it in their everyday life, that they would cherish and love and become attached to, not just something that was going to stay up on the wall,” Hayes said. Hayes’ style fits right in with Maude Vintage’s theme of creating a new take on old objects. “I use a lot of vintage and recycled materials,” Hayes said. “One of my big concepts in art school was taking things that people thought were ordinary, everyday objects and elevating them to the level of art. I just like to take things that people cast away and make them into something beautiful again.” Maude Vintage carries her line of applique and embroidered necklaces. These funky pieces toe the line between classy and crafty, with large cloth patches strung on classic, thin chains. “I’m not really a girlie girl,” Hayes said. “It took me a long time
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A purse from the line Strangely Random, made of tea packages, sits in Maude Vintage in downtown Columbia. The line, by 16-year-old Abbey Jarvis, also makes use of old coffee bean packages, burlap and vintage scarves. to kind of get into making necklaces, because I’m not really somebody that wears a lot of jewelry or accessorizes a lot, so it’s really hard for me. Even making them was kind of a big step because I didn’t think that I had enough style to make them, because that’s just not me. I’m pretty plain.” If that’s the case, then watch out fashionistas, plain Janes with sewing kits are the next big thing. VINNYCONS It's hard to tell what VinnyCons' art is at first. Animal tracks?
Kisses? Vulva. If you don’t know what that is, look it up. VinnyCons began painting with her vulva about seven weeks ago. She calls the collection Vulva Pop, and is almost ironically shy about revealing her real name or picture to the masses. The inspiration came from VinnyCons’ childhood in the 1980s when she saw a celebrity on Entertainment Tonight who’d made prints with her body. “I always wanted to do it since then,” VinnyCons said. In eye-catching neon colors, Vulva
Pop is quite the statement. “To me, Vulva Pop is a celebration of womanhood without the sexual sedition, necessarily,” VinnyCons said. “I mean, it could be sexualized, of course — it’s parts of my vulva — but ultimately it’s a celebration. I would like for the viewer to be delighted by it and laugh, have fun talking about it.” Uninteresting dorm room walls? Here’s the solution. Rock on, VinnyCons. natalie cheng | reporter
‘Pro skater’ still impresses 11 years later * In the last decade, kids have turned to multiple sources to learn the art of skateboarding. The X Games remain a yearly staple on ESPN, and Lupe Fiasco insisted a simple “kick, push” was all that is needed. But years before Lupe tried to teach America how to skateboard, there was another learning medium. In 1999, Activision signed Tony Hawk to a video game deal. This decision is still paying dividends in the boarding industry today. The game brought aerials, grinds and flips to a new generation and played a part in the large increase of American interest in so-called “extreme sports.” When “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” was released, it was obvious a phenomenon was upon us. Kids didn’t
want to be Michael Jordan anymore; they wanted to be Bob Burnquist. Toss around the old pigskin? Why do that when you could limber up with a couple ollies? Of course, 11 years have passed since the initial release of the game, and countless sequel versions have been created, but nothing has quite captured the magic of that first ride. I remember my trips down to Iowa (yes, “down,” I hail from Minnesota) to visit my cousins when I was 7 years old. I would exchange gratuities with the various aunts and grandmas, then hustle to the basement where the Nintendo 64 was laid out like a plastic deity in front of the television. With a flip of the switch, we were transfixed. From the
way we stared, Uncle Mike probably thought we had stumbled across some “Baywatch” reruns. It was something more than that, though. Not necessarily on a moral level — the soundtrack featured Dead Kennedys and Primus, and bloodshed is a common theme in the game — but on some kind of relevant echelon. Even if we weren’t sure what that echelon was. Hours were spent in front of the TV, and countless dinners were left untouched on the living room floor. “Pro Skater” became as much of a family tradition as Thanksgiving turkey or counting the sunspots on Great-Grandpa John’s face. Getting to the game itself, “Pro Skater” boasts multiple gameplay
After more than a decade, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” remains a classic.
modes, which prevent monotony and challenge the player. The career and single session modes provide time trials for your virtual skateboarding skills, as you make stops across the nation to various warehouses, streets and parks — all conveniently abandoned. The race is on to collect as many points and tapes as you can. Have you always wanted to experience pure frustration culminating in indescribable joy? Go on a mission to find the extra hidden tape on each level. It’s like trying to find Bobby Fischer with a kaleidoscope. The real fun is had in the free skate mode, which lets you try as many tricks as you wish for as long as you want. Want to challenge a
friend? Activision transfers the game H-O-R-S-E from the hardwood to the halfpipe. Those days when you smashed that joystick until your eyes bled were justified when your buddy simply could not replicate your epic 900 switch kick flip to indy. That’d be an ‘H,’ sucker. The most important thing about “Pro Skater” is the nostalgic trip it conjures. When I play, I feel like I’m back in Iowa with my cousins, hanging out and having a blast. Sure, we could’ve been watching those “Baywatch” episodes, but for the only time in our lives, Pamela Anderson just couldn’t compare to what Tony Hawk had to offer. alex smith | reporter
(MOVIE RELEASE) “EASY A” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
(MOVIE RELEASE) “THE TOWN” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
(MOVE RELEASE) “DEVIL” RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 17
Jules (Emma Stone) from “Superbad” is back in another offbeat comedy set in high school. Stone plays Olive, a straightedge girl who poses as a promiscuous socialite to improve her own social standing as well as the guys she pretends to bang. We are not really sure why it’s acceptable to pretend to get around like 2Pac, but we bet there is a heartwarming ending to tie this comedy together that explains it all.
Ben Affleck’s obsession with his hometown of Boston continues in the “The Town,” a film he directs and stars in. The film follows bank robbers as they plan heists, fall in love with bank managers and look over their shoulder for the FBI. Watching “Mad Men” main man Jon Hamm, who plays the FBI agent tracking the thieves, on the big screen sounds like it’s worth the price of admission.
As if elevator rides weren’t terrifying enough — a big metal box shooting toward the ground — “Devil” will make you fear them even more. Hollywood seems to be running out of ideas, because this romp takes place among elevator occupants who think the devil is haunting their elevator ride. Geoffrey Arend (from “Super Troopers”) and Logan Marshall-Green star as potential victims.
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(EVENT) TAKE A SIP FOR SECOND CHANCE TIME: 5 P.M. AND 7 P.M. DATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 LOCATION: PS GALLERY, 812 E. BROADWAY TICKETS: $40
For the sophisticated, 21 and older crowd, PS Gallery will host a charity wine tasting featuring more than 50 wines from around the world. Guillaume Pourtalet and Top Ten Wines will supply the wines, and Sycamore will provide hors d’oeuvres. Partial profits will be donated to Columbia Second Chance, an organization that finds homes for pets. Even though the event will cost you $40, it’s classier than drinking a 24-pack of Natty with your boys Friday night.
Outside the box...office
CHASE KOENEKE movie columnist
Dap-Kings bring funk to Columbia
* ‘American’ a foreign concept I believe the context in which you see a movie is very important to the overall enjoyment of the film. A movie like “The Hangover” is best watched with a group of like-minded friends. A movie like “The Exorcist” should be watched in complete darkness. Some movies should be watched solo, and “The American” is definitely one of them. I went to Forum 8 for a 9:45 p.m. screening. I was the only person in the whole theater. Rows upon rows of empty seats surrounded me. I peeked up and waved at the cute projectionist. She waved back and started the film a little bit early for me. Very nice of her, but I really wish she had warned me instead. “The American” is intriguing, fascinating and, well, downright boring. So little happens in the 105 minutes of the film, yet you and George Clooney go through quite a lot together. It’s the ultimate contradiction and has me scratching my head on exactly how to review it. It definitely doesn’t hold your hand. r e v i e w In fact, “The American” tries to abandon you in the woods like Hansel and THE AMERICAN Gretel’s mom. And that breadcrumb trail DIRECTOR: ANTON you left is pretty much useless. CORBIJN From what I could piece together, FEATURING: GEORGE Clooney is some kind of spy just trying ND, RKLU BJÖ A IRIN CLOONEY, to find a place to settle down and get out THEKLA REUTEN of the game. R G: RATIN That’s all I got after an hour and a 1 RUNNING TIME: half of observation. No narration, no S UTE MIN HOUR, 45 exposition, no monologues, no nothing. of 5 Hell, there’s not even much music. At least 50 percent of the film is musicless, leaving Clooney — and you — alone with his thoughts. And though that is painfully dull, it’s also extremely interesting. Being so in the dark about the plot and characters makes you analyze every little detail, trying to discover a hint of a clue about who Clooney is, what his motivations are and who the people around him are. The issue comes when you learn there’s nothing to find and you’ve just been wasting your time. “The American” asks so much of you as an audience member, but gives you so little in return. And that’s why it fails. The best comparison I can make is to the 2008 film “The Wrestler.” In that movie, Mickey Rourke is able to convey — without monologue — the trials and tribulations of a professional wrestler to a mass audience while leaving lots of little references for those in the know. You might have heard real professional wrestlers cried when seeing it because it reminded them so much of their daily struggles. “The American” is like that, but for spies. We can see how Clooney’s constant paranoia affects him, but we can’t really understand the magnitude of his situation. Only a person in his position can gain access to all the little secrets I’m sure are buried within. Watching the film by yourself gives you a slight insight on the situation (which is why if you are dead set on seeing “The American,” you should go alone), but it hardly makes up for the fact we as the general audience are not spies, and therefore, “The American” is not for us. It’s a shame, though. The acting is well done, what music there is works and the cinematography is brilliant. But until you get your license to kill, it might be best to leave “The American” be.
The soul train makes a stop at The Blue Note on Sept. 20.
Hailing from funky town in the skin of James Brown, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings bring the foot-tappin’, hand-clappin’ groove of gospel into its 1960s soul. Amid the gilded pop scene of the 1990s, when Nirvana was “In Bloom,” there was a spark that reignited the Motown vibe. “I met Sharon around 14 or 15 years ago,” said Gabriel Roth, DapKings’ bassist, bandleader and cofounder of the group’s record label Dap Tone records. “I was doing a record and needed a background singer. One of the sax players said his girlfriend could do it, and we have been working together ever since.” Sharon Jones, The Queen of Funk, speaks the truth with her newest album, I Learned the Hard Way . Jones spent her younger years confined to talent shows and wedding receptions while working as a prison guard at New York’s infamous Rikers Island before joining up with the Dap-Kings. The nine-piece band truly is a medley of people who all bring a unique flavor to its brass-rich sound. “Everyone in the band has his or her own story,” Roth said. “We have a real family, and it took a lot of time to get to that point.” Although sowed from the seeds of past legends, such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, Jones and the Dap-Kings have managed to come into their own self-defined style.
“(Our) sound has a lot of energy and is in the tradition of soul,” Roth explained. “But we have a really unique sound because we have been playing for so long.” Get ready to groove because this soul train just left the station for an international tour this month and will be making a whistle-stop in Columbia. Its raw power will rock The Blue Note on Sept. 20. “We will probably play a lot off the new record, I Learned The Hard Way” Roth said. “We do not use a set list. We just go where the move takes us. Sometimes we get the room so heated people are going to pass out, so we slow it down. We play what makes sense in the moment.” Jones and the Dap-Kings are notorious for their gritty and magnetic live performance that will transport you straight back to the late 1960s. The band ignites the experience with a sort of Motown foreplay. Beginning with some instrumentals, emcee and band guitarist Binky Griptite sings a few songs before moving into a huge intro. Inspired by James Brown’s announcer Danny Ray, Griptite booms and rumbles in a high-energy introduction for Sharon Jones that gets both the crowd and the band charged. Roth barely hesitated when prompted for the goal of their music. “In the grand scheme, it would be to alleviate suffering, to make
Photo courtesy of Dap Tones
Sharon Jones brings 60s soul to 2010. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be playing at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Blue Note. people want to dance and make “One of the things that always a human connection,” Roth said. attracted me to soul music is the “We want everybody to have a big humility of it,” Roth said. party.” Jones harnesses the raw power This soul sister makes the of the human condition. She takes audience feel what she feels and the pedestal we place artists on, hurt like she hurts. She moans, chucks it across the room and margroans, screams, sways and bleeds vels as it splits into pieces. emotion during the band’s soul revival. lindsey wehking | reporter
Columbia celebrates its * history with traditional arts Listen, learn and see history as it comes alive through a variety of attractions chronicling the past of Columbia. The city will celebrate its roots at the 33rd annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 in the historic Nifong Park. More than 30 performances will be featured on three stages, including traditional music, dancing and story telling. Traditional tradesmen and artisans, dressed in proper attire, will be demonstrating historical trades. The festival will also include a populated 1859 town, a cowboy camp complete with chuck wagons, a replica of a Lewis and Clark outpost and a mountain man camp. Karen Ramey has coordinated this event for the
past eight years, and it is her job to make sure the event runs smoothly. She works with the craft vendors and sponsors and organizes entertainment. “We try to provide an experience for people to see history and have a wonderful weekend,” Ramey said. “I think events as a whole are important to a community. They create a community’s identity. (The festival) provides an opportunity to enjoy the park, the atmosphere and of course it brings in tourism.” Among the musical acts featured at the Heritage Festival are a few local ensembles including Paul Fotsch (formerly Paul Grace). He has played at the festival at least 12 times in past years, playing every year until he took a sabbatical from
the music business in 2006. Before abandoning his career as a musician to get a full-time job, he played with his ex-wife for 25 years under the name Grace. He started playing solo locally about a year ago. “I rediscovered my love of music, and I enjoy sharing it with folks,” Fotsch said. “From my perspective, music is the most important part (of the festival), but I might be a little biased. Music helps set the tone. It’s entertainment. It draws people in.” Among other acts to be featured at the festival is Joan Wells, champion trick roper. Trick roping is a form of manipulating a rope that originated from Mexican charro ropers. Wells is one of very few women trick ropers. Although she has never participated
The annual Heritage Festival offers two days of historical fun. in the Heritage Festival before, she has practiced her art at fairs, festivals, museums, rodeos and Wild West shows. “What I’m doing you probably won’t see duplicated,” Wells said. “It is very traditional. There aren’t too many of us around that still do this. It takes a lifetime to develop the tricks. Some take a few months and some take several years.” Columbia’s Heritage Festival offers the community a chance to experience and appreciate the past and enjoy a little entertainment in the process. Perhaps Fotsch put it best when he said we have to see where we have been to have a better idea of where we are going. susan daniels | reporter
MOVE HIGHLIGHTS (EVENT) TONY LUCERO TIME: 9:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
(EVENT) FALL INTO ART TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday DATE: Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18 LOCATION: Deja Vu Comedy Club, 405 Cherry St. TICKETS: $8 and $10
(EVENT) THE FLAMING LIPS WITH ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI TIME: 6 p.m. DATE: Saturday, Sept. 18 LOCATION: The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St. TICKETS: $35
Lucero breaks away from the standard standup comedian routine. Instead of talking to the audience, he interacts with the audience, hypnotizing them. His self-defined “mojohypno” combines hypnosis with laughter. We’re not really sure what that means, but it sounds dangerous. And possibly illegal in 49 states. Criss Angel fans shouldn’t miss Lucero’s antics.
If, for whatever reason, you decide to skip the MU home football game, you’d be hard-pressed to find better entertainment than The Flaming Lips. The OKC psychedelic rockers bring the wacky and insane to the stage with their high-powered performances. Somehow, tickets are still available for this unbelievable event. Sell your football ticket, and give your ears what they deserve: Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips.
Fall Into Art is an art festival that brings back the tradition of art at the Parkade Center. The festival will feature more than 30 artists and will feature pottery, painting, photography and much more. The participating artists hail from all around Missouri, and their diverse styles will guarantee there aren’t any copycats. And because it’s free, you can actually buy something there!
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 LOCATION: Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop
(EVENT) “GATTACA” AT RAGTAG CINEMA TIME: 5:30 p.m. DATE: Monday, Sept. 20 LOCATION: Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt St. TICKETS: Free
In honor of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read selection “Await Your Reply,” Ragtag will play “Gattaca.” Starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, “Gattaca” is a sci-fi drama about a man’s dream for space travel in the future. A film discussion will follow the free screen, so you’ll get a chance to praise or vent about how great or awful the film was.
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Festival celebrates environment
KRISSY TRIPP food columnist
My cute food * compulsion I try to eat healthy, I really do, but I have a weakness for cute food. What do I mean by that? My childhood was filled with Goldfish, Teddy Grahams and decorated gingerbread men. I’ve since ditched the Teddy Grahams and gingerbread cookies and settled on whole wheat Goldfish, but one adorable treat still gets to me: cupcakes. These treats come loaded with calories, but it only takes one to satisfy my sweet tooth. My recent addictions to TLC’s “Cake Boss” (I have yet to catch an episode of “Cupcake Wars”) and Cupcakes Take the Cake on Blogspot have me cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One of my favorite experiments was s’more cupcakes. I didn’t really follow a recipe, but there are plenty out there, and most of them say something similar. Create a graham cracker crust using graham cracker crumbs, butter and a bit of sugar. Mash it together and create cupcake cups by pressing recipe the crust against the edges and bottom of a non-stick GRAHAM cupcake pan. Then fill the T cups with whatever milk US CR R KE AC CR chocolate cake mix you like COMBINE: best. After the cupcakes GRAHAM 1 1/2 CUPS OF CRUSHED have baked and cooled, top CRACKERS them off with marshmal1/4 CUP OF SUGAR low fluff, which comes 1/3 CUP OF MELTED BUTTER in jars. If you don’t have E RAT RIGE PRESS ONTO PAN AND REF an icing bag to put the FOR 30 MINUTES fluff in, cut a very small OR opening in the corner of 10 BAKE AT 375 DEGREES FOR a Ziploc baggie to have MINUTES an instant pretty swirl. Finish it off with a small SOURCE: ALLRECIPES.COM Hershey’s bar section and you have yourself a s’more cupcake. If you want to toast the top of the marshmallows, put the cupcakes in your oven on broil. I’ve also tried creating candy-inspired cupcakes. For Reese’s, I use chocolate cake mix with a peanut butter filling, then a glob of chocolate icing coated with peanuts. Are candy canes more your thing? Buy mint extract, add a teaspoon to a white cake mix and top with red icing. If fruit-flavored snacks are more to your liking, try making fruit-flavored icing and putting it atop white cake mix. You could even try filling the cake mix with that fruit. I’ve done this with strawberries and chocolate cake mix to create a chocolate-covered strawberry cupcake. No matter what creative flavors you’re trying with cupcakes, the real treat is always decorating. You can create easy, homemade icing with powdered sugar and cream cheese. Extracts can be added if you want a specific flavor. Then, using either a plastic bag with a hole or actual icing decoration bags (usually about $5 for a package), create a beautiful swirled top. You can even try using more than one color for extra swirl. I’ve also been known to kill time on a Saturday by making icing pictures with friends. Cheap cupcake mix and a bottle of easy decorating icing are perfect for this activity. Flex your creative drawing abilities, and let the person with the best design eat first. If icing doesn’t do it, you could always try cutting out fondant and creating professional style cupcake art. It doesn’t really matter which flavor you’re using; the best way to make a cupcake is to flex your creativity and have some fun with it.
The festival will take place at Cooper’s Landing this weekend.
Festival-goers and the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy will celebrate Columbia’s local treasures as they work to help conserve the environment and present local art at the fifth annual EcoArtFest. “The theme of (this year’s) event is ‘Our Local Treasures,’” EcoArtFest Entertainment Coordinator Mike Cooper said. “This theme applies to our natural environmental resources, such as the Missouri River. It also applies to our cultural treasures, the artists who create the ideas, photos, paintings, crafts and music which are unique to central Missouri.” The event will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 at Cooper’s Landing. Partakers should expect a weekend-long festival featuring local entertainment performing original central Missouri folk music. New local artists will be featured along with the familiar faces of returning local musicians, such as Bartholomew Bean, Jesse James, Violet Vonderhaar, Crooked Jack and Al Jolly, accompanied by host Naked Dave. Belly dancers, modern dancers, poets, fire spinners (usually without the fire) and others will all be seen throughout the weekend. Visual art will also be available for viewing and purchase through local artists and craftspeople. Other activities include contra dancing, face painting and mouth-watering BBQ. “This is a true family-friendly event,” Mike Robertson said in an e-mail. Robertson works mainly as
an audio engineer and organizer for the festival. This will be his second year volunteering for the EcoArtFest. In addition to an art show, the EcoArtFest will be fostering representatives from various ecological companies, who will provide tips for living ecologically. They will also host educational activities concerning Columbia’s own environmental treasures. “In my opinion, the focus on environment has to do with the musical, artistic and cultural richness of the Missouri River region, which inspired MoRivCC to form and begin to document the singer-songwriters, storytellers, folklore and history in the first place,” Publicity Coordinator Vicki Leighty said. Over the past five years, the festival has grown in popularity among Columbia residents, surrounding communities and local artists for its unique combination of art and environmental awareness. When asked what inspired the EcoArtFest, many MoRivCC board members agreed people tend to place less importance on their environment, despite it being the foundation of their community and art. “The river has nurtured and inspired the people and culture of mid-Missouri,” said Liz Mitchell, MoRivCC board member and EcoArtFest organizer. “We take it for granted in modern times, but transport and agriculture were absolutely dependent on the river.” To ensure the event continues, the MoRivCC provides a silent auc-
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Artist James Hill displays some of his pieces during the third annual EcoArtFest on Sept. 7, 2008, at Cooper’s Landing. The fifth annual celebration will be held at Cooper’s Landing this weekend. tion and an annual fundraiser. The funds raised from the EcoArtFest help MoRivCC document the local artists at the event through video. The video will then be available for showing on Columbia Access Television and YouTube. “This is a great opportunity for local artists and people who want to learn how to use modern recording technologies,” Cooper said. “The recordings will be valuable to the artists and for historical purposes.”
By combining knowledge with fun, the EcoArtFest provides something different for each attendee, as opposed to other local art festivals. “My impression is that this festival is more about joy and music and art than it is about commerce,” Robertson said. “(EcoArtFest) is an opportunity to celebrate the creative energy of our community by the river.” alexis hitt | reporter
PREVIEW film director finds ‘A Face Fixed’ on emotion * Local inspiration in rural Missouri. Andrew Droz Palermo takes a courageous step Sunday at the first showing of his first short film, “A Face Fixed.” Having already sent the film to various festivals for consideration, Droz Palermo is hoping for a big bang at the first showing Sept. 19 at Ragtag Cinem a. A Jefferson City native, Droz Palermo grew up with a strong hunger for art, most notably film. He began his artistic experimentations with photography, which he ultimately used as a stepping-stone into cinema. “I could have never made the film I wanted to make until now,” Droz Palermo said. His experience with photography is vast, but his experience with film is a little more limited. He recently moved back home to Missouri from New York City, where he had been working with the band White Rabbits on a documentary
for about two years. Although the documentary never made it past the editing stage, he still managed to get his first big directing gig with the band. Later that year he directed a music video to White Rabbits’ song, “Percussion Gun.” The video was shot in Columbia and gained exposure and credibility after being shown on networks such as MTV2 and Pitchfork. After his first venture in film, he decided to write and direct his own piece, “A Face Fixed.” Inspired by Italian film and some childhood experience, Droz Palermo gives us a genuine look at rural life in Missouri and the hardships that might come with it. “The film was really inspired by Italian neo-realism, a genre that focuses on everyday people and especially the working class,” Droz Palermo said. The story follows a young man
working in a rural town on a sand barge. After discovering home movies from his childhood, he begins to better understand rifts in his family. “I try to dramatize emotion with sound and image without telling the viewer how to exactly feel,” Droz Palermo said. “Oftentimes in film, people say their emotions. But in reality, I feel that people never do that.” The film will rely heavily on the beauty of each shot and emotions being conveyed physically rather than relying too heavily on script and dialogue. Although the film is short, it’s not lacking in cinematic presentation. “I almost molded this after silent film in the way that emotion is shown through sound (other than dialogue), texture and image,” Droz Palermo said. An independent filmmaker to the core, Droz Palermo also did all of his own fundraising for the
film. A few businesses in Columbia gave the lighting, sound and camera equipment. The rest of the film was put together with generous donations from friends and family. Not only did he do his own funding, but also shot the whole film on location in Missouri, and the majority of it was shot right here in Columbia. “It’s so much easier to shoot things here,” Palermo said. “It’s just awesome.” “A Face Fixed” belongs to Palermo from action to cut. He went out and got it done, his way. He offers this piece of advice for young and aspiring filmmakers. “Don’t worry about equipment,” he said. “No kid can afford a $3,000 camera. Just go out with your buddies and start shooting in any way possible.” zach mcdowell | reporter
MOVE HIGHLIGHTS (EVENT) LEANN RIMES AT JESSE HALL TIME: 7 p.m. DATE: Sunday, Sept. 19 LOCATION: 311 Jesse Hall TICKETS: $27, $37, #42 (MU students half-price)
Grammywinning country diva LeAnn Rimes hits up Jesse Hall for a performance country fans have been awaiting for w e e k s. Rimes might be so-1990s, but her country twang and sass remain intact. Her newest album, the acoustic Lady and Gentlemen, was produced by Vince Gill and is largely comprised of covers. So even if you don’t like Rimes herself, there’s a good chance she’ll play something you like.
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(ALBUM RELEASE) YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE, ZAC BROWN BAND RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 21
Country legends Zac Brown Band put out You Get What You Give after a successful career on the charts. Put your money on one of the singles off this album that hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts. The band also recently earned some indie cred by playing at Bonnaroo in 2009 and 2010. So grab your cowboy boots and prepare for some heel-clickin’ fun.
(ALBUM RELEASE) IMPERFECT HARMONIES, SERJ TANKIAN RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 21
A wizard of the weird, Serj Tankian continues his hiatus from fronting System of a Down to release his second studio album. Imperfect Har monies will be chockfull of Tankian’s opinions on all the latest, hot-button political and social issues. Even the printing of the album was a statement in itself: the booklet was printed on tree-free paper. This is one environmentallyconcious metal head.
(EVENT) WITHOUT A FACE, THE JAGUAR SHARK, MIKE POWELL TIME: 7:30 p.m. DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 21 LOCATION: Mojo's, 1013 Park Ave. TICKETS: $5
The self-deprecating and cynical Without a Face brings its strippeddown sound to Mojo’s intimate setting on a mundane Tuesday night. Armed mostly with just an acoustic guitar, Without a Face’s Henry Dillard will break your heart and get your toes tapping with his catchy lyrics. Toss in local act The Jaguar Shark and Canadian Mike Powell, and this is sure to be a great way to spend Tuesday night.
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MU alumni reflect on Peace Corps experience in Zambia Jordan Cook Reporter MU alumni and married couple Trevor Harris and Lisa Groshong returned to their home in Columbia in May after two years of Peace Corps service in the African nation of Zambia. Groshong helped with literacy and craftmaking, and Harris aided the LIFE program in teaching the importance of resources and their replenishment. “The job is perfect for people right out of college,” Harris said. “But, if you go later you have stronger, more developed skills to share.” The couple trained for two months prior to the start of their service. “We both always wanted to do it, and we didn’t want to leave our dog and jobs,” Groshong said. “But, we didn’t want to die without ever doing it.” Most people who join the Peace Corps have already graduated from college, and many have a degree from MU. “According to our records, approximately 30 Mizzou alumni are serving in Peace Corps,” said Christine Torres, public affairs specialist for the Peace Corps Chicago office. “More than 908 have served since 1961, when the agency was formed under President John F. Kennedy.” Missouri residents have also dedicated their services to the corps. “About 130 residents from the state of Missouri are currently serving, with more than 3,005 having served in Peace Corps since
1961,” Torres said. The couple said Zambia is about the size of Texas. The country’s official language is English, though 75 other local languages are spoken. They said Zambia does not have many books and its languages are rarely written, which can make them difficult to learn. Although they lived in huts during their time in Zambia, the couple used technology they didn’t have at home. Groshong and Harris had never carried cell phones prior to their service in the country. “I made Trevor get one after he came home really late from a bike ride,” Groshong said. “I was terrified that something had happened to him.” She blogged about the couple’s experiences in Africa once they purchased phones. Groshong said transportation in Zambia is a complex process. The couple said they once had to bike for five hours to visit friends who were 40 miles away. “Ride your bike, get on a bus, then walk,” Groshong said. She said she is a vegetarian and did not have to eat the food native to the country. But, Harris tried the food, including giant grasshoppers, flying termites, worms, mice, goat and mystery bush meat. Groshong said all clothing was hand washed and the water supply was limited in some areas. The couple witnessed villagers from miles away coming to collect water from a spring nearby because they were in dry sea-
Photo courtesy of Trevor Harris and Lisa Groshong
MU alumni Trevor Harris and Lisa Groshong stand with a woman they met in the African nation of Zambia. Harris and Groshong returned to Columbia in May after serving two years with the Peace Corps. son and all their supply was used. There is a long dry hot season, a short cold season and a rainy season. The driest season lasts for months. “Water is a serious global issue,” Harris said. “I appreciated public services like running water and plumbing more.” The couple said they enjoyed their time in
Zambia and appreciated how the country is socially connected. They still keep in touch, through Facebook and letters, with the other volunteers and the Zambian people they met. “Being there has made me want to spend less time messing around with stuff and more time with people,” Groshong said.
Police policy under scrutiny Car thieves strike as students Kelsey Maffett Reporter The Columbia Police Department’s complaint process will be under scrutiny at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday. Police Chief Ken Burton has requested the council look into giving the police department more options during the complaint process to determine whether an officer acted inappropriately. When a CPD supervisor or Internal Affairs Unit finishes handling a complaint, they will make one of three rulings. Either the officer acted properly, acted improperly or there was not enough information to determine one way or the other. “As we looked at the received complaints, the options seemed outdated and not quite spot-on,” CPD spokeswoman Jessie Haden said. “We’re in line for accreditation, so we’re reworking our policies to be suitable for that.” During its Sept. 8 meeting, members of the Citizens Police Review Board said they would also like the CPD to simplify the process of filing a complaint. “The police make decisions about whether they deem something to be a complaint or not, and I’m not even sure how they sort it out,” said Rose Wibbenmeyer, assistant city counselor and staff liaison to the CPRB. “If they deem there to be misconduct, then they view it to be a complaint. I’m not really sure if there would be any guidelines as to how they make that determination.” Haden said the difference is whether an officer purposefully acted outside of protocol. “Often, complainants will bring up an allegation that’s not really misconduct,” Haden said. “Sometimes it’s just a law issue, and those arguments get settled when they have their day in court.” Another concern brought up at the CPRB meeting was the timeframe in which the internal investigations had to be completed. Public defender Jennifer Bukowsky said her clients have to initiate complaints through the police department. She argued this limits the number of complaints received. “The one main complaint among attorneys in my office is that the client has to go to the police department to file the complaint,” Bukwosky said. “Often if (my client) had just been mistreated by the police department, they’re intimidated by them or not eager to deal with them again.”
CPRB TIMELINE The Columbia Police Department is asking the City Council to amend the way rulings on complaints are made. June 27, 2008: The Citizen Oversight Committee votes unanimously to request external oversight for CPD. July 20, 2009: The City Council votes unanimously to establish the Citizens Police Review Board. Aug. 4, 2010: The board hears its first appeal from Ed Rosenthal, eventually upholding CPD Chief Burton’s decision. Sept. 8, 2010: The board hears its second appeal from a resident who was issued two traffic tickets for the same offense. The board voted unanimously for Police Chief Ken Burton to apologize to her. Sept. 20, 2010: City Council will review Burton’s suggestion to give police more options in determining a complaint ruling. Source: Columbia City Council and CPRB websites SPENCER PEARSON/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
Haden said any CPD employee could receive the complaint and refer it to Internal Affairs Unit or to his or her supervisor. She also said the form can be found on the website, and in special cases, a self-addressed envelope can be sent to the complainant’s home. “Right now, it seems we’re between a rock and a hard place,” Haden said. “We want to be expedient, but at the same time thorough.” Haden said police have to conduct numerous transcribed interviews, sometimes after hours or on weekends, for each complaint. CPD also must deal with issues such as uncooperative or nonresponsive complainants. “We’re swimming in paperwork and trying to be really thorough, so we’re behind,” she said. “Because of that, some complaints are taking a long time.” Haden said the police department has been reworking its system for a while, and it will get smoother as time passes. “The board is still so young,” Haden said. “There have been an enormous number of changes, and it’s very taxing for everyone. I hope they stick with it, and we’ll all continue to see progress and consistency.”
move back, Columbia police say CPD investigates more car break-ins
It’s hard to determine a direct underlying cause for vehicle vandalism because each case is different, Wieneke said. “It can be something as simple as some Jared Grafman guy sitting at his house deciding he doesn’t Senior Staff Writer have any more money for crack cocaine and he decides he’s going to go out and The Columbia Police Department break into some cars and get enough stuff received seven calls regarding proper- to go trade for the drugs,” Wieneke said. ty damage and theft Monday morning, “Or it could be someone who’s just bored, according to a CPD news release. Several or juveniles that say ‘Hey, Mom and Dad’s of the calls were about theft from vehi- gone tonight, we’re gonna go out around the cles, but there were no suspects as of neighborhood and see what we can steal.’” When CPD receives a call reporting a Wednesday evening. CPD spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said the crime, a patrol officer is dispatched to the best thing people can do to avoid having call and makes a report. They will also collect evidence and take photographs. their car broken into is to lock car doors. “They’ll check the car to see if there’s “Number one would be to lock your cars and number two would be lock any place they might be able to get fingerprints, but that’s really your car,” she said. “Number three would “It can be some- tough because most car be don’t leave any thing as simple interiors are textured,” Wieneke said. “They’ll valuable items in view as some guy try to look if there is anyanywhere. If nothing sitting at his else, lock them in your house deciding thing the owner can tell if anything was moved trunk. Also if you have he doesn’t have any more around or opened they’ll the ability or opportu- money for crack cocaine nity, try to park some- and he decides he’s going look for evidence.” Anything from an where that is well-lit.” to go out and break into Freshman Ashley some cars and get enough ashtray full of change to electronic equipment is a Crawford said car own- stuff to go trade for the possible target for a thief. ers are responsible for drugs,” “We get calls almost making sure their cars CPD spokeswoman Jill do not particularly Wienecke on a daily basis of someone reporting someone stand out as a target. walking through a neigh“Break-ins are going to happen anywhere,” Crawford said. “It’s borhood or downtown checking door hanup to the car owner not to leave valuables dles on cars to see what’s open,” Wieneke said. “Imagine how easy it is to go down a in their car.” The number of reports for vehicle van- street at like, three in the morning, try door dalism is about average for this time of year handles, find one that’s open and rummage around in the car to see what you can steal. in Columbia. CPD usually receives a lot of calls about That’s what they’re doing most of the time.” The recent larcenies from vehicles over vehicle break-ins when this time of year hits, Wieneke said. The majority of vehicle the past weekend were done by smashing the window out with a rock, but the majorbreak-ins are unlocked vehicles. “What tends to happen is about this ity of the time criminals just check for time of year, students have been back now unlocked cars because it is less noisy than for about a month, and our local criminals shattering a window, and there are so many are fully aware that students are all back,” cars left unlocked. “Stress to people, lock their cars,” Wieneke said. “They know the majority of students have iPods and laptops and all kinds Wieneke said. “It’s the single biggest thing to prevent it.” of great things they like to steal and pawn.”
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Office of Greek Life should address problems Last semester, the Office of Greek Life paid to have an external organization called Npower come in and investigate the strengths and weaknesses of its community. The report revealed 12 major weaknesses to be addressed in focus groups within Greek Life, yet the administration has failed to actually address these problems to the community, as it said it would, this semester. And there’s no sign that they will in the near future. Our fear is that the problems will be forgotten and allowed to proliferate. As the weaknesses report reveals, Greek Life members don’t think they’re getting the support they need from the university— the Office of Greek Life needs to step up its game. The list begins on the topic of alcohol: abuse, risk management, policy and practice incongruence. The report cites real fraternity and sorority members regarding the lawlessness and fears concerning alcohol in the Greek Life community, encompassing everything from alcohol poisoning to sexual assault to hazing. Despite the no-hazing “rule,” the report quotes students who believe the cycle and tradition is too hard to break. Office of Greek Life, why aren’t you addressing these issues more aggressively? These inconsistencies between policy and practice, including the confusion surrounding the judicial system and punishments for offenses, are abysmal. Issues regarding Greek Life’s philanthropy efforts are also afflicting the community. Many members were cited as not taking their volunteer work seriously, referring to it as “fluff.” The Office of Greek Life needs to focus on constructing better leadership and enthusiasm for philanthropy work -- helping both the cause and the students become stronger. After all, the philanthropies are supposed to be more than another thing to add to a resumé, right? One of the most important issues plaguing MU right now is chapter size and identity. Earlier in the semester, we wrote about recruitment and the ever increasing number of women joining and trying to join sororities. The Npower report noted that chapters that are too big face a decrease in strong relationships. For fraternity members, first year personal identity loss is a particular area of concern. Value incongruence and competition are other weaknesses said to be preventing the members from becoming a supportive community. The report says post bid-day, many members don’t feel supported and that competitions dominate academic life. Other concerns: the marginalization of culturally-based fraternities and sororities and over-programming. The two are somewhat related: The intense programming and number of events are both referred to as causes for the divide. Another aspect of their separation is the difference in the housing that the report refers to as “out of sight, out of mind” for the culturally based chapters that are either in small houses or don’t have a house. You brought people in to observe the community, they found problems and now you need to fix them. The way we see it is the Office of Greek Life should have three main objectives right now: 1. Make sure it’s communicating with chapters about these issues by addressing problems and addressing them consistently. 2. Encourage participation from all members in fixing the problems. 3. Set the dates. Last semester it said the problems would be addressed over the summer, then that was pushed back to this fall, and now we still haven’t seen a date set. As advisors and leaders of the community, the Office has an obligation to tackle these problems as vigorously and as quickly as possible. As far as we’re concerned, these aren’t issues you can just sweep under the rug.
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Any job better than no job at all Rachel Allred firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to learn fiscal responsibility and pay for school and living essentials, many of us college students hold some kind of job. You know the typical things college kids do to earn an extra buck: waiting tables, sacking groceries, answering telephones, sweeping floors, writing columns... Sometimes we get lucky enough to find a day job we enjoy that helps us on our way to reaching our future career goals. Other times, however, we hate our jobs. The snobby, insensitive guy at table nine and the overly demanding lady at table 34 have gotten on our last nerve. If one more crazy person walks through our checkout line, we swear we’re going to lose our marbles. And if another immature jokester prank calls the office, you don’t even wanna know what’s gonna happen! While working these jobs, it can be easy to assume an attitude of grumpiness and apathy. We ask ourselves, “This isn’t a fun job, and I’m sure as heck not going to do this the rest of my life, so what’s the point in caring anyway?”
We hope once we’ve successfully received our diploma and established a career in our chosen field, work will be better and our job will be something we enjoy. It doesn’t always work out that way, though. There will be days when we dread going to work, even when we’ve progressed from bus boy to manager. I’m sure we’ve all had an experience with one of those “I hate my job” kind of professionals. I’ve had those workdays, and those jobs, when it all seems pointless. But here’s the point: whether we’re running errands for our jerkface boss or running a major corporation, we need to put a little heart into our job for the sake of ourselves, coworkers and the people benefiting from our work. When it’s our turn to be the benefactor and not the worker, we expect no less. We want to receive what we’re paying for, and unsatisfactory customer care can really dampen a day. I’ve had several experiences with poor customer care and professionalism recently. One weekend I went to an amusement park with a friend. I happened to go on a day I was sick with a flu-like virus. Bad idea, I know. After a few rides I was expectedly feeling pretty crappy. I wanted something light to coax my stomach and decided to buy a smoothie. The vendor
didn’t seem to know or care what he was doing, and after I paid a small fortune, he thrust the smoothie at me. I don’t think I’d ever been more excited for a smoothie, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in a smoothie. It couldn’t even be considered a smoothie. It was soupy, watery and disgusting. The fact the vendor had been consciously careless, and that my smoothie was one from the black lagoon, upset me greatly. I’ve had to make several calls to patient and customer care personnel. Lately the phone lines have been connecting me to some real crabs. From their aggravated “Hi, what do you need?” to their forced “Have a nice day,” they emanate frustration for no apparent reason. Even if we don’t love our job, we need to be grateful to have one. Many aren’t that lucky. Whether a professional or an amateur, we need to act professionally in the workplace. As difficult as it might be, the workplace is a place to put our best effort into whatever we’re doing. Not only is that a part of having a good work ethic and character, but it creates a standard of living. If we can do our best at a job we don’t enjoy, we’ll certainly succeed when we finally land our dream job.
Blame laziness on your genetics Mary Novokhovsky email@example.com
Hey you! Syllabus month is over and things are about to get real. That might seem daunting, especially if you feel burdened by your genetic predisposition for laziness. That’s right, genetics. A 2008 study led by kinesiologist J. Timothy Lightfoot crossbred two strains of mice (activity-prone and non-activityprone) in order to see how their genetic offspring would fare. Lightfoot and his team placed each mouse in its own cage, complete with an exercise wheel and wood shavings. They found 75 percent of the exercise-happy mice had dominant traits from their activity-prone predecessors and would run up to 8 miles a day, but the lazier mice just wanted to chill and didn’t care about recessive traits. In order to avoid running on the exercise wheel, one of the Lebowskian mice gathered wood shavings and turned its wheel into a bed. Another mouse, fed up with the bullshit, used its wheel as a toilet. What does this all mean? Well, after 20 minutes of high-adrenaline Internet browsing I haven’t discovered any follow up on this study; however, these 2-year-old preliminary test results are still reason enough for me to believe some of us will never change, and it’s not our faults. It’s time to accept genetically encoded, fundamental laziness. It’s time to take your life back. I’ve created a student-friendly plan to turn your socially unacceptable trait into a productive option. The SLOTH method can work for you. — Strike: Life is hard. Sometimes you just have a lot of things to do, and you don’t want to do any of them. Your best bet is to simplify the complex set of tasks ahead. What don’t you really care about? What can you push back? Better yet, what can you just not do altogether? One assignment, one date — screw it and strike it. Suddenly you’ll feel so free, and you haven’t done a thing! — Liven: When I actually do choose to write a paper, I like to liven things up
Illustration by Chelsea Myers for myself. Sometimes I’ll have a glass or three of wine. That little buzz can really spice up an otherwise stupid task. But be careful, one drink too many and your history essay can easily turn into a bitter diary entry. Three drinks equal great word choice. — Observe: Didn’t read that book for class? Just relax and observe the one kid in class who did. What are his mannerisms? What does he have to say about the theme? Once you’ve gotten a grasp on the content you missed, raise your hand and disagree with that one student. In your defense, cite a quote from a famous philosopher (get creative with this one!). Not only will you earn participation points, you’re facilitating creative discussion. — Trade: Working on a big group project? Don’t like the task you’ve been assigned? Trade! You’re the one with a shitty genetic predisposition — you shouldn’t have to do hard work. Excuse yourself
from the task by throwing a small fit. List three to five reasons for why you need to switch tasks with some other kid. Most likely the group will be irritated enough to appease you. Maybe you won’t be the most likeable. Remember, you only have one life to live. Make it easier and trade. — Habitualize: Incorporate laziness into your daily regime in order to help those around you become accustomed to your habits. If you’re always late to class by five or 10 minutes, your professor will steadily become used to it. Don’t change it up. By showing up on time once, you’re instilling in them false hope. You know better than I that there’s no chance timeliness will become the norm. So, schedule those habits! Remember: Strike, Liven, Observe, Trade, Habitualize: SLOTH. Screw everything else. Go back to bed. Watch TV. Microwave a cheese sandwich. Live your life.
From trash to treasures Now that everyone has settled back into a weekly routine, trash day has once again become a welcome exhale of all the crap built up during a stressful week. But some of that trash finds its way into the homes of your fellow Columbians. On the street corners of Columbia and in the dumpsters of our city’s allies, the stage is set for the keen-eyed, sensible scavenger. The practice of scrounging is years old, if not centuries old, and owes a lot to the fact that people in the haste of their daily operations often discard unused or lightly-used products and goods. Events like move-outs produce some of the best results. Typically done during the summer, evacuating your stuff can be a sweaty and annoying process. Between repairs and cleaning, figuring out where to put your house-guts between leases and making sure that safety deposit gets back to you, it’s a stressful time. It’s no wonder by the end of a house move-out, people can’t be bothered saving grandma’s wicker ottoman if it means two trips. This is when seasoned and novice scavengers surface from their already furnishedfor-free holes to reap the benefits of their neighbor’s failure to fit everything in the U-Haul. As most of the block throws out their various loveseats, tables, lamps, mattresses, etc., what to take becomes clouded with the possibility of having it all. I’m not good at making choices, so these are very difficult decisions for me to make. For instance, a friend and I were driving through our neighborhood, where the lawns looked as though they had been puked on by the houses themselves. “Everything must go,” said the house. It was a bizarre free-for-all. We salvaged a desk on wheels (perfect for pizza eating), mattress, box spring and frame — not too bad. On our way back to the house, pushing the mattress down Hinkson, we passed by a disassembled coffee table. We could have easily included the table in our loot, but we decided that if taken the table would remain a project deferred indefinitely. It was the reminder that made me feel like you can’t do it all. Had the table come home with my friend and me, would it have sat disassembled in the basement considered “something to do next week” indefinitely? It probably would have. But perhaps it would serve as a quiet reminder not to take on too much and finish my initiated projects. However, I wouldn’t agree with the reminder. I think being satisfied with how much one’s doing, and how much one’s done, is a positive mindset. But a problem many people have is not spreading themselves out even more because they are, in fact, satisfied. My battle is deciding which axis to increase: quality or quantity? I’d say the fix rests on the increase of quality. Filling the cup of life to the brim isn’t necessary when you’ve made your life 80 proof. Regardless, I want to do it all. But the desire often arrests me in inaction. Free video, picture and music editing software is available in one search query and a click. But if I can’t experience all these distractions, perhaps I should experience what I can with greater depth and passion. I write this column now on that very desk. And I assume that table is either burned, in a dump or supporting a lamp with painted cats on it somewhere nearby. Somebody stole the bed from us sometime the morning after we had plundered it.
Friday, September 17, 2010 On The Mike
Mike Vorel Sports Columnist
Stop picking on the little guys The Missouri football team looked great Saturday in its 50-6 win over McNeese State. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed his first 15 passes, freshman Henry Josey ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries, and the defense forced three interceptions and a safety. And the sad reality is, nobody cares. I say this because beating up on an inferior Division I-AA team does very little good for all parties involved. The Tigers don’t get any idea of whether their team is any good by playing the bully against weaker opponents. If anything, they build undeserved arrogance and complacency going into another unforgiving Big 12 season. Not only that, but even though they don’t impress anyone with their rout, they still have the chance to lose key players to injury in what is essentially a glorified scrimmage. These kinds of games are also a waste for the team getting its head beat in. Fifty years from now, will former McNeese State players be telling their grandkids stories by the fire about the night they got the honor of losing 50-6 to the Missouri Tigers? I think not. The game does nothing but embarrass them in front of larger audiences than they are ever used to playing in front of. Players from the losing team get thrown around for 60 minutes and have nothing to show for it in the end but bruises and reminders they never made it to Division I. Not only that, but six touchdown margins of victory does nothing for the enjoyment of the fans. Last weekend’s game was Mizzou’s first home contest, and though supporters were excited to see the Tigers display their talent, many were heading towards the exits midway through the third quarter. The fact is, these lopsided affairs simply aren’t interesting. If half the student section doesn’t stay until the end of the team’s first home game, serious red flags need to be raised. Given the amount fans pay for tickets, I don’t think the game itself was worth the cost of admission. And as far as TV goes, I think it’s safe to assume that pay-per-view sales for Mizzou vs. McNeese State were less than stellar. Fans want to see an athletic competition, not a public humiliation. Of course, this isn’t the first time a game like this has been scheduled, and it certainly won’t be the last. Last season’s 52-12 drubbing of Furman was practically a carbon copy of this past weekend’s game. All over the country, top-tier teams schedule cupcake games for the beginning of their non-conference schedules to boost their players’ confidence and basically stretch their legs before they see real competition. There are those people who ask, “What about Appalachian State toppling mighty Michigan?” Yes, I agree that was one of the biggest upsets and most thrilling games in college football history. However, for every one monumental upset, there are 1,000 cases of teams like Mizzou wiping the floor with teams like McNeese State. In the end, I just don’t think it’s worth it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that the University of Missouri should be playing ranked teams week after week. They will be heavy favorites against both of their upcoming opponents (San Diego State and Ohio’s Miami University), but at least both of those teams have the ability to defend themselves. The vast majority of the time Division I-AA teams don’t belong on the same field as major conference powerhouses. Hopefully in the future, teams like Missouri will choose to pick on someone their own size.
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Undefeated Missouri set to host San Diego State John Montesantos Staff Writer
Missouri football is off to a promising start after big wins over Big Ten rival Illinois and FCS matchup McNeese State. Next up is San Diego State at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will be the team’s second straight night game and also the second of a four-game home stand. Missouri cracked the Top 25 Coaches Poll this week for the first time this season. The Tigers sit at No. 25 after the 2-0 start and hope to rise in the ranks with another nonconference win. After McNeese State hardly put up a fight last week, Missouri prepares for a much bigger challenge with San Diego State. The Aztecs are also 2-0 and are sixth in the nation in total offense this year. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is well aware of their upset potential. “They’re a much-improved team,” Pinkel said. “Brady Hoke is a coach who I have great respect for. You can see his footprint in the program from just a couple years of recruiting. This is a really good football team, and it’s going to be a real challenge for us.” Pinkel is preparing his team to stop San Diego State’s multi-faceted, pro-style offense that averages 44 points per game. He also warns of their talented junior quarterback Ryan Lindley, who has yet to be sacked this season. “Usually when you do as many things as they do, you can’t do them all very good,” Pinkel said. “But they’re doing it good. Lindley, the quarterback, is exceptional. He’s a great pocket passer, and he can move.” While the coaching staff is busy scouting the opponent and preparing for the matchup, the Missouri players are more concerned with their own
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Senior defensive back Carl Gettis celebrates with defensive coordinator Dave Steckel after defeating McNeese State on Saturday at Farout Field. The Tigers will take on San Diego State this Saturday for their second home game. execution. “I don’t think it has as much to do with them as it does with us,” sophomore wide receiver T.J. Moe said. “If we come out and execute, I think we can play with anybody.” Freshman tailback Henry Josey had no problem executing last week against McNeese State. The undersized youngster ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns in week two, elevating the role for Missouri’s freshmen. “Freshmen have to have a contribution to help us win,” Pinkel said. “We’re recruiting at a higher level than when I first got here. So if the position presents itself depth-wise, and he’s physically and mentally in line to do it, we’ll get them involved.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers know this will be their first real challenge after facing a redshirt
freshman quarterback in week one and a Division II offense last week. Senior strong side linebacker Andrew Gachkar leads the team in deflected passes, is third in tackles and made the first interception of his career against McNeese State last week. His defense leads the nation in takeaways this year, and he knows the San Diego State matchup will be a good test. “They do have a good offense,” Gachkar said. “That’s what we’re going to see all Big 12 season, so that’s definitely key for us.” The return of junior middle linebacker Will Ebner and senior linebacker Luke Lambert this week should give the defense a little boost against the prolific Aztec offense. The Tigers will look to improve to 3-0 on the season against the Atzecs on Saturday.
Missouri football utilizes sports psychologists John Montesantos Staff Writer This year’s Missouri football team has a lot of visible weapons: a veteran defense, a talented group of freshman and a returning starter at quarterback. But the most recent addition to Tigers’ arsenal is an advantage that cannot be seen. Coach Gary Pinkel is a firm proponent of a sound mind in addition to a sound body in his players. That’s why he has two sports psychologists on his staff that train the Tigers throughout the year. “What triggered it is the term focus,” Pinkel said. “My concern is that we don’t focus well enough. That’s kind of typical of kids these days.” Pinkel and the psychologists strive to condition the players to focus, whether it is during the game or while preparing the week before. Some questions the sports psychologists ask the players: How do you
focus after a bad play? How do you focus after a good play? What goes through your mind during the week as you prepare? Sophomore wide receiver T.J. Moe knows the benefits of the program firsthand and is happy to see his teammates take advantage. “Our team has taken it very seriously,” Moe said. “That’s the only way it can help you is if you really take it seriously and use it.” Although Pinkel praised the services the doctors provide for his team, he said there is no “magic” to the system. There is much more to playing good football than the mental side of things. “Ninety-five percent of football is still being physically strong enough,” Pinkel said. “But there’s that other little edge that we can get to help our players.” Moe pursues that extra edge with the same passion he uses to improve his play in practice. The budding wideout takes advantage of the psy-
chology meetings that have helped him since his freshman year. “I think it’s been a tremendous help,” Moe said. “It’s just focus. A lot of times, especially for young guys, it’s hard for us to go from one thing to another and re-focus every time.” No matter how mentally sound they are, nothing can compare to live action and game experience for the Tiger youngsters. Injuries and suspensions on the Missouri defense have given a chance for some underclassmen to prove themselves early in the season. Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar knows how important those opportunities are for the depth chart. “It’s definitely a big thing,” Gachkar said. “It’s key in getting depth, and that’s something you need when you go into conference play. They all got good time, so that’s definitely positive.” The Tigers are now focused on San Diego State as they prepare for Saturday’s game.
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Pritzen adding depth to Tiger soccer PAT IVERSEN Reporter On a Wednesday morning, another grueling practice finishes for the Missouri Tigers soccer team. As the crowd of tired players walks off the slick field, the two goalkeepers are instantly recognizable. Shirts and arms dotted with wet grass stains, sophomore Jessica Gwin and senior Paula Pritzen walk toward a small group of reporters together. Before they go separate ways to be interviewed, Pritzen spins around and jokingly swings her athletic bag in Gwin’s direction, eliciting a laugh from the younger keeper. Both are exhausted, but Gwin later said Pritzen always has the ability to lighten spirits. “She has such a positive attitude,” Gwin said. “There’s not a day she doesn’t say something funny or do something to put a smile on my face. Whenever we’re negative or down, her experience is there to pull us along, since we’re the younger group.” Attitude is just one of a few factors that led to Pritzen becoming a Tiger this year. Pritzen spent three seasons as the goaltender at Clemson, but because she redshirted her freshman year, she completed her communication undergraduate studies with a year of eligibility left to play. Coincidentally, Missouri happened to be searching for another goalkeeper in case freshman recruit McKenzie Sauerwein could not join the team. Assistant coach Todd Shulenberger, who
TOP PLAYER Before transferring to Missouri this year, senior goalkeeper Paula Pritzen put up top numbers for Clemson the past two seasons. ACC STATISTICS: Saves rank
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coached Pritzen previously at Clemson, said the transfer made sense for both parties. “I mean, why not?” Shulenberger said. “She wants to be in journalism, and this is the best school in the country for journalism. The fact that Paula will be a fourth-year senior gives an opportunity for someone like her with experience in a tough conference like the ACC to come over here and give anything she’s learned to these young keepers.” With the addition of Pritzen in net, the Tigers stand to have the best depth at the position in the Big 12. In the final two seasons at Clemson, Pritzen ranked in the top two in the ACC in both saves and save percentage. Thus far, Gwin has received the majority of the starts and leads the Big 12 in saves. The lack of playing time has not fazed the veteran Pritzen. “It’s definitely a different role, but I’m embracing it,” Pritzen said. “I’m just trying to keep the team up and motivated in any way I can. So if that means pushing Jess and McKenzie in practice or being the vocal leader from the bench, I’m
just doing what I can.” Watching her play, it’s not difficult to figure out where Pritzen is. Her animated directions and vocal encouragement have become a trademark for her. Coach Bryan Blitz called it a voice of maturity, and Pritzen said it’s something she got used to over time. “It’s a lot about experience,” Pritzen said. “When you’re younger, it’s hard to be a vocal leader. Especially with the 3-4-3 system we play here, it’s really important for the keepers to communicate with the backs and keep everybody up and motivated.” Although Gwin looks to receive most of the starts, Shulenberger said it wouldn’t keep Prizten from making an impact. “I mean, you watch the kid when she’s not playing, and she’s over on the sidelines instructing and communicating with her teammates,” Shulenberger said. “Whether she plays any more or doesn’t play at all, she’s going to be a presence for this team.” As for the relationship between the two goalies, Pritzen said there isn’t any animosity between them because she’s focused on helping the other keepers improve. Gwin said having a veteran goalie to lean on has been a great experience for her. “There’s always tons to learn from older keepers,” Gwin said. “They’ve seen so many more reps and so many more games. There’s always information I can get from her that I haven’t learned before. I love having her here, and I think the team is blessed to have her.”
On the sidelines: Missouri football injury update The Tigers will return Ebner and Lawrence to the lineup. ZACH MINK Sports Editor Here are some notable injury updates going into Missouri football’s game Saturday against San Diego State: SENIOR FREE SAFETY JASPER SIMMONS: Simmons tore his meniscus in Missouri’s 23-13 victory over Illinois on Sept. 4 while intercepting a pass in the second quarter. After undergoing surgery last week, Simmons looks to be in the lineup sometime in the next few weeks. Coach Gary Pinkel said the senior was in good condition. “He’s doing well,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully we’ll get him back the week after this, most likely. We’ll see what happens.” Simmons had a stellar 2009 season, racking up 73 tackles as well as serving as the Tiger’s primary kickoff returner, averaging 22.6 yards per kick. Simmons had five tackles and one interception before leaving the season opener against the Fighting Illini.
SENIOR LINEBACKER LUKE LAMBERT: Lambert pulled his hamstring in the win over Illinois and was kept out of the McNeese State game. The medical staff will evaluate the injury weekly, but Lambert could be ready for this week’s contest against San Diego State, according to Pinkel. “He’s a possibility this week,” Pinkel said. “We’ll err on the safe side, and obviously the medical staff will make that decision.” Lambert’s first year of significant playing time was riddled with injuries. The senior played in only six games in 2009, and his season came to an early end with a labrum tear against Texas. SENIOR DEFENSIVE BACK MUNIR PRINCE: With all the hysteria that occurred during Tiger training camp, none was more frightening than the huge hit that left Prince unconscious on the field. Although Prince is still recovering, Pinkel said he is in good condition. “Munir Prince is getting an MRI this week,” Pinkel said. “His family, myself and the medical staff will meet and discuss his future. He’s doing really good.”
JUNIOR LINEBACKER WILL EBNER AND JUNIOR TIGHT END BEAU BRINKLEY: Both players sat out the first two games of the season in relation to their DWI arrests in August, but will be put back on the depth chart for Saturday ’s game. Aside from disciplinary reasons, the two have also been battling lingering injuries. Ebner has been dealing with a hamstring injury that hampered him for most of training camp, and Brinkley injured his shoulder in August. Ebner is expected to be in the lineup against San Diego State, but the team is still uncertain on Brinkley ’s status. SOPHOMORE TAILBACK KENDIAL LAWRENCE: After taking over rushing duties in Derrick Washington’s absence for the season opener, Lawrence was held out of the Tiger’s second game due to a shoulder injury. Freshman tailback Henry Josey capitalized on the opportunity, rushing for three touchdowns against McNeese State. Lawrence is expected to be back in the lineup for this weekend’s game, but the competition should be high among Tiger tailbacks.
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Senior midfielder Krista Kruse goes to head a ball during a game against Arkansas on Sept. 10 at Walton Stadium. The Tigers will host Loyola University Maryland this weekend.
Tigers take down Red Raiders in Big 12 opener ZACH DISCHIANO Reporter The Tiger volleyball team had a great start to the Big 12 schedule Wednesday night. Coach Wayne Kreklow earned his 100th victory with Missouri while the Tigers swept the Red Raiders in the Big 12 opener. Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein had a team-high of 15 kills to go with 11 digs, picking up her first double-double of the season. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow, second in the country in total assists, didn’t slow down at all against Texas Tech, tallying 43 assists for a total of 14.33 per set. Fellow freshman outside hitter Lisa Henning gave the Red Raiders trouble all night, recording 13 kills on .409 hitting. Defensively, Missouri held its own in the back row with senior libero Caitlyn Vann recording a team-high 14 digs on the night. Missouri started off the match slowly, trailing the first half of the first set. A kill from Klein gave the Tigers a 15-14 lead, sparking a rally that eventually put Missouri up 24-20. Four Texas Tech points later, the Tigers found themselves struggling to finish off a feisty Red Raider team. When it needed points most, Missouri turned to Klein, its reliable redshirt senior, who scored two consecutive points to end the first set, 26-24. The Red Raiders kept it close all throughout the second set, preventing the Tigers from building any lead greater than three points.
The Tigers are off to an impressive start this season. With the Big 12 season officially started, the Tigers will play conference opponents for the rest of the year. Digs Hitting 545 percentage Overall record: 9-2 Conference record: 1-0 Assists
Note: Freshman Kills setter Molly Kreklow is leading the Big 12 in sets with 14.33 per game. 529 SPENCER PEARSON/GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
Later in the set, Missouri finally broke free of the Red Raiders’ grip, taking a 21-17 lead. A pair of blocks from Klein and a knockout kill from junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage ended the set and any momentum Texas Tech had gained. The third set was no different from the first two, as the two teams continued exchanging leads throughout the match. With the score tied at 15, the Tigers looked to find a way to run away with the set. The Red Raiders wouldn’t go down easily, pulling ahead 20-18. Coach Kreklow proceeded to take a time-out and regroup the team. His strategy worked: The Tigers scored the next five points and took the lead 23-20. Texas Tech was able to contribute one more point to the box score, but after that, Missouri finished off its opponents, 25-21. With the victory, the Tigers move to 9-2 on the season — eight out of those nine wins sweeps. Missouri will return home to Columbia to face off against top-ranked Iowa State at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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