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In April, residents of Louisa County, Va., were shocked to learn of a sexting "ring" among the town's teenagers. When Hanna Rosin asked teens from Louisa County High School how many people they knew who had sexted, a lot of them replied: "Everyone." But what was originally characterized in the media as an organized criminal affair was soon revealed to be widespread teen behavior.

"I think we as a culture don't know whether to be utterly alarmed by sexting, or think of it as a normal part of teenage sexual experimentation," Rosin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Columbia College officially inducts new president

Oct 17, 2014
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Columbia College formally inducted their new president today in a ceremony conducted in the Southwell Complex on campus. 

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The governor toured Lafferre Hall on the MU campus prior to a Board of Public Buildings meeting in the hall. Gov. Nixon approved funding to make improvements to the building and said that improvements to facilities is a way to make the University of Missouri a world leader for engineering. 

“The only way you can truly win that competition is to have the facilities necessary to attract the top students and to be able to give them the best education possible,” Nixon said. 

The governor also said he is glad that his administration for making a move on this project.  

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COLUMBIA – Under the newly imposed Title IX policy, university employees are required to report any act of discrimination 

 

MU's mandated reporter training is still under development. UM system communication coordinator, John Fougere said, "Our goal is to ensure that the training for all mandated reporters is as convenient and effective as possible, so what we're looking at is mostly likely an online training." 

 

Fougere said UM System employees on all four campuses should receive training by the end of this year. 

 

Just a few months after Harvard University announced a new, tougher policy against campus sexual assault, a group of Harvard law professors is blasting the rules as unfair.

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Studies have shown that students who went to preschool have higher rates of achievement later in school. It's also believed that preschool has a positive effect on children’s social and emotional development.

But the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has identified several areas of the state where families don’t have access to quality preschools. The state has applied for a grant through the U.S. Department of Education to expand the state’s program in these high-need areas. Missouri is competing with 16 other states for the Preschool Development grant, which will be awarded by the end of December.

KBIA’s Hope Kirwan sat down with Stacey Preis, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Early and Extended Learning, to talk about Missouri’s need to expand preschool education.


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  Title IX and the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses have been national concerns over the past year. We'll take a look at what inspired lawmakers and school administrators take action against sexual assault on campus and hear how their efforts may not be what's best for students.


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Sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has been an issue for a long time, but it is now at the forefront of the national focus.  While university administrators and federal lawmakers say they're trying to do what they think is best for the victims of sexual assault, some feel that's not always the case. 

Kelsey Burns is the presentation coordinator for the relationship and sexual violence prevention center at MU.  She says she was assaulted her first year as a student but did not report the incident.  She now works to better educate the MU community about sexual violence. 

 This interview has been condensed and edited for content and clarity. 


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The Faculty Council is taking a look at the future of faculty at MU. 

Glasgow to celebrate anniversary of Civil War battle

Oct 10, 2014
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Glasgow is celebrating the 150th anniversary of their town's civil war battle with a weekend long reenactment. 

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  The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri announced that it will award $99,624 to Columbia Public Schools teachers through its Links to Learning program. The money will be distributed to 195 teachers to help fund equipment, trips or projects the district isn’t able to support with its own budget. This year’s donation is the largest the league has ever been able to award, and pushes it over the million-dollar mark in total donations to CPS educators in the 22-year history of the program. Phyllis Stoecklein is responsible for philanthropic programs at the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri.

MU to create Census Bureau Research Data Center

Oct 9, 2014
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The University of Missouri dedicated $1 million to the creation of a new Census Bureau Research Data Center. Housed at Ellis Library, the center will be used to give researchers access to millions of data files which are normally restricted due to the sensitive information they contain. MU’s office is a satellite location for the main Research Data Center, soon to be located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Scott Dalrymple began serving as the president of Columbia College last May. KBIA’s Liying Qian caught up with Dalrymple after a presentation he gave last month, to discuss his first few months as president.

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Senator Claire McCaskill visited MU on Tuesday to discuss her bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting students and strengthening accountability and transparency at colleges and universities.

MU enrollment at historic high

Oct 6, 2014
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University of Missouri administrators released official enrollment numbers Friday that confirm the largest student body in the school's 175-year history.

With 35,441 students enrolled for the fall 2014 semester, MU's student body has grown by 2.3 percent since last year and 31 percent in the last decade. MU News Bureau Associate Director Christian Basi believes an aggressive recruiting strategy has helped the student body continue to grow.

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The superintendent of the Jefferson City Public School District announced his retirement at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Brian Mitchell, superintendent of the 21st largest school district in the state of Missouri, will be stepping down as superintendent after almost six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools. Mitchell was announced as the superintendent on July 1, 2009, replacing Bert Kimble who had served the district for 12 years.

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  Since his arrival at the University of Missouri last February, Chancellor Bowen Loftin has inspired several changes. He recently announced a voluntary separation program that could serve as an incentive for retirement for tenured faculty members. KBIA’s Ashley Reese talked with several MU professors about why this program might encourage some of the university’s best professors to leave.

MU faculty and students create first university mace

Oct 1, 2014
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The story of the University of Missouri’s new mace dovetails with the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. After all, before Loftin came to Columbia, university administrators didn’t even know what a ceremonial mace was, let alone have one. John Murray, Senior Director of Auxiliary and Service Operations at MU, said a simple question from Loftin is how the ball got rolling on the mace project.

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Moberly Area Community College received a federal grant of $336,000 on Monday to support education in the fields of science, technology engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.

Biomedical research teams receive grants

Sep 30, 2014
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The University of Missouri awarded $600,000 to biomedical research teams at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday. The grants are part of the University’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program, which supports innovations by faculty in the MU School of Medicine and College of Engineering.

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On a warm humid Mid-Missouri afternoon, a celebration 175 years in the making was held in City Hall Plaza in direct sunlight. As you looked down eight street from the plaza you could see the top of Jesse Hall. It was a picture perfect setting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia and Boone County.

“It’s a very symbiotic relationship,” said Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid. “I think it’s a relationship that can’t help but grow and get stronger in the future.”

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The University of Missouri has been awarded two federal grants worth more than $830,000 to implement programs on family farms.

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  Career changers and those looking to strengthen job security sometimes turn to the American Board for online teacher certification. Elementary education was just added to Missouri’s list of approved online certification programs with the American Board in August.

“It actually didn’t take us very long,” Miranda Amir senior director of operations at The American Board said. “We just requested to ad EE this year and it only went through one legislative session so it was quite fast in comparison to how long it usually takes to get a subject.”

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The Missouri Office of Administration had partnered with Western Governors University to offer Missouri state employees a five percent discount off tuition.

New UM Curator appointed

Sep 26, 2014
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Governor Jay Nixon appointed David Steelman of Rolla, to serve on the University Of Missouri Board Of Curators. The board oversees the operation of the four- Campus University of Missouri system.

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This is the fifth story in a series of stories by Harvest Public Media on food waste called Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.

Lunch time at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., displays all the usual trappings of a public school cafeteria: Star Wars lunch boxes, light up tennis shoes, hard plastic trays and chocolate milk cartons with little cartoon cows. It’s pizza day, the most popular of the week, and kids line up at a salad bar before receiving their slice.

Woman Right's Advocate Alumna Speaks at MU Women's Center

Sep 26, 2014
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Students learned just how much egalitarian progress MU has made since the 1970s yesterday. Woman’s right advocate Jeannette Pai-Espinosa spoke Thursday at the MU women’s center, which hadn’t even been built when she was a student. 

Providence Point to become available for group events

Sep 25, 2014
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UM system president Tim Wolfe announced Wednesday that for the first time in its 43 year history, Providence Point will be used as an event and meeting space for both university and external groups. 

Providence Point has historically been home to the UM system president and his family but Wolfe decided that he wanted to live elsewhere.  The location has always been used to entertain university guests from around the state, nation and world but will now be open to businesses and university and community groups looking for a meeting space in Columbia. 

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New security systems are being implemented throughout the Columbia Public Schools District.

Since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting there have been 70 school shootings nationwide. With an increase in the number of shootings, the Columbia Public Schools District decided to upgrade security measures throughout all the schools in the district.

Columbia Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says the district decided to increase security after annual district meetings in which they discussed possible changes that could be made.

MU to update Title IX Rules

Sep 23, 2014
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Tuesday a series of alterations to the University’s Title IX regulations which are part of the Collected Rules and Regulations (CRRs). The new set of rules look to update policies in regards to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, misconduct, and student conduct procedures.

 “Policies and procedures need to be in line with what the campus needs to do to best serve our students, faculty and staff,” said Linda Bennett, the MU Interim Title IX Coordinator.

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