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After just over 14 months as University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades will leave to serve as vice president and director of athletics for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou," Rhoades wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon. "We've met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future."

The University of Missouri's softball players say they're playing in protest of an internal investigation they say focuses on the program and its coaches.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draftee, is speaking out against a Missouri measure to protect some businesses that deny services for same-sex weddings.

Sam was among roughly 80 who rallied against the legislation Wednesday.

The former Mizzou football star came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft and was selected by the St. Louis Rams before being cut in training camp.

Sam called a proposed constitutional amendment the opposite of respect and equality and said it doesn't reflect Missouri values.

During our last episode, we spoke with with Zach Heath, an MU MBA student, entrepreneur, and cancer warrior. Listen to Part 2 of the chat as Three Broke Mice's Siyu Lei and Kara Tabor and KBIA's Becky Smith talk with Zach about what it’s like to be an young adult and fighting the good fight against cancer.

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  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has changed his plea to guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Park admitted Monday to making a terrorist threat.

Authorities say the threats showed up Nov. 10 on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak. A university police officer says Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted in his dorm room at a sister campus in Rolla.

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The MU School of Music got a big boost Monday.  Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield donated $2 million to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative.  The donation will support the program through 2019. 

The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Michael O’Brien, said the latest donation will help position the School of Music as a national leader in music composition.  He says since the program was created in 2009, it has already produced award winning musicians.  

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The University of Missouri football team has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program after a series of missteps.

A group of Republican lawmakers submitted letters Monday to the administration of the University of Missouri calling for the “immediate termination” of Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who was filmed calling for “muscle” to block press during demonstrations at the university last November.

This week on Intersection, we’re continuing the conversation about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri. This is the second in a two-part series, and we start with Diversity Peer Educator and Coordinator Rivu Dasgupta. We’re also talking with Alanna Diggs, who is co-chair of Four Front, a council for minoritized student groups and student voices. She's also a diversity peer educator. Here's a sample of our conversation with Rivu. To hear the whole show, click the arrow.


Today on Intersection, we’re talking about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri with UM System Interim President Mike Middleton. We’re also talking with Angela Speck, who is a professor of physics and astronomy, director of the astronomy program and chair of the faculty council diversity enhancement committee at MU. This is a special two-part show, and next week we will continue the conversation on diversity and inclusivity with students.


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The morning of Tim Wolfe’s resignation as UM system president was supposed to be a day of celebration for Concerned Student 1950. Their victory however, was overshadowed by controversy.

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It’s been a historic week at the University of Missouri. On Monday, Tim Wolfe resigned as president of the UM System. Hours later, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from that office at the end of the year. We’ll look at local, regional and national media coverage, talk about challenges to the First Amendment, and examine the role of Mizzou Football.

MU Plans to Raise $1.3 Billion in Funding

Oct 9, 2015
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MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin launched a new campaign Thursday, seeking to raise over a billion dollars in funding for the university.

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The engineer who was driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night killing at least seven people is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri. 

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The University of Missouri Nepalese Student Association held a vigil Friday night to honor those who have died in the Nepal earthquake aftermath. A crowd of around 60 students and community members gathered in Speaker’s Circle on the MU campus to light candles forming the outline of Nepal and phrases like “Mizzou Loves Nepal” and #StayStrongNepal.

MU names Mack Rhoades as new Athletic Director

Mar 9, 2015

In a press release Monday, the University of Missouri announced Mack Rhoades will begin work as the new director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MU in late April.

Rhoades has been the Athletic Director at the University of Houston since 2009. Before that, he was the AD at the University of Akron.

Rhoades will take part in a press conference Tuesday afternoon on the MU campus.

Here is the official press release:

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The University of Missouri has been planning to offer gender-neutral housing to students and it is now coming this fall. The 16-bed space takes up half of the first floor in College Avenue Hall with the goal of creating a safe housing option for students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.

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According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics.

"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

A University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor granted MU one million dollars Thursday. The money will fund the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine and research in those areas.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says it is obvious that Dr. Booth is passionate about helping people remain healthy throughout their lifetimes.

MU helps educate Girl Scouts about science

Nov 7, 2014
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Around 130 junior Girl Scouts will come to the University of Missouri Saturday for a workshop called “The Magic of Chemistry.”

The search for the University of Missouri’s next Provost continues to progress, and one candidate for the job spoke to students and faculty at the MU Student Center Thursday afternoon.

Tasting the future of elderberry juice

Oct 20, 2014
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  MU researchers should start preparing their taste buds for a new study comparing different kinds of elderberry juices. The researchers received a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to examine the different juices and find “off” flavors in certain varieties of elderberries.

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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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  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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  Last Friday, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced a new voluntary separation program that will serve as an incentive for retirement for MU's tenured faculty members.

Faculty members who decide to participate in the program will receive a one-time payment of one and a half times their base salary. This payment cannot exceed $200,000.

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Former University of Missouri basketball player Jordan Clarkson was selected as the 46th overall pick in the NBA draft last night, and ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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