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MU Reduces Hours of Student Center, Recreation Center and Unions

Jun 14, 2017
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During the semester, rising MU sophomore Brett Young liked to work out in the evenings on weekends and late at night during the week.

That's likely to change.

Young, 19, was surprised to learn Tuesday that the MU Student Recreation Complex was one of several facilities that will reduce their hours of operation this fall in a money-saving move by the MU Division of Student Affairs. The MU rec complex will be open eight fewer hours per week when school starts up again.

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The University of Missouri will pay $750,000 to settle claims filed after a Columbia firefighter died in a walkway collapse at a university apartment complex.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the settlement finalized Monday comes in a lawsuit filed by the widow of Lt. Bruce Britt. The suit alleged that the university didn't properly maintain the University Village Apartments, where Britt died in February 2014 while evacuating residents. The apartments have since been torn down.

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The University of Missouri plans to close its Washington-based lobbying office by the end of the summer, costing two staff members their jobs.

The cuts are part of the university's system-wide budget reductions announced Friday by president Mun Choi.

Federal disclosure reports show the university system spent $320,000 in 2016 on the Washington lobbying operation.

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Tuition at the University of Missouri is going up this fall.

In its monthly meeting today, the UM System Board of Curators voted to raise tuition and fees on all four system campuses. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Undergraduate tuition on all four campuses will be going up by about 2 percent. Nonresident graduate students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will feel the greatest increase. Their tuition will go up 6 percent.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton plans to retire at the end of the next academic year.

Morton announced his decision Tuesday in an email to faculty. He has been chancellor since 2008, after being an administrator at Aquila Inc.

KCUR-FM reports that Morton says he hopes to spend his final year at the school completing projects like the Downtown Arts Campus, Career Development Institute and fundraising for a new engineering lab facility. He called the chancellor's job one of the greatest privileges and blessings of his life.

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The University of Missouri in Columbia is seeing the negative effects of budget cuts and declining enrollment.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university is expecting its smallest incoming freshman class in nearly two decades this fall, with as much as a 6 percent decline compared to last year.

Local landlords are also offering gift cards of up to $1,000 or rent reductions to bring in renters before the semester ended last week.

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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced a new Faculty Athletic Representative that has been appointed at the University of Missouri today.

Effective May 14th Dr. Pamela Hinton will be the new Faculty Athletic Representative where she’ll report directly to the chancellor in her five-year term. Hinton has been the associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology and director of Graduate Studies for Nutritional Sciences at Mizzou. She also served as an executive member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and was the IAC Compliance Subcommittee Chair.

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Four-star basketball recruit Blake Harris announced Sunday he that he is “officially a tiger” after an official visit to the University of Missouri this weekend. Harris announced his decision to sign with the Tigers on Twitter, posting a photo in a Tigers uniform.

Harris was joined by Michael Porter Jr. and other five-star recruit Kevin Knox this weekend as the three toured campus. 

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The American Library Association (ALA) released their 2017 report Monday on the state of libraries in the United States. The report highlighted national trends for library programming and focused on the increased role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at libraries across the country.

In Columbia, both Ellis Library at the University of Missouri and the Daniel Boone Regional Library have increased STEM programming to help children and young adults expand their curiosity and creativity.

The Coalition of Graduate Workers (CGW) at the University of Missouri is discussing ways to make the school a "sanctuary campus" for students who may be in the United States illegally. The organization held a listening session on Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff and community members discussed policy ideas to present to the university.


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The Columbia Substance Abuse Advisory Commission met Wednesday to discuss potential alcohol restrictions downtown. The commission consists of 10 members that range from nightclub owners to Columbia Public School District Appointees.

The commission’s mission is to advise City Council in all matters pertaining to substance abuse while promoting the coordination of programs intended to prevent and eliminate the abuse of alcohol and other controlled substances.

Continuing budget difficulties at the University of Missouri may mean cuts to programs and positions in Columbia.

Interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus Hank Foley sent an all-campus email Wednesday afternoon saying that though the university is working toward plans for future financial security, it’s still facing a 20-million-dollar budget shortfall in Fiscal Year 2017.

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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia says two students have been arrested for allegedly harassing another student with anti-Semitic comments.

Chancellor Foley didn't publicly identify the students in his statement on Tuesday. He says the matter is in the hands of the Boone County prosecutor.

Even though parents don’t interact with teachers on a daily basis like their students, an MU study shows that the relationship could be vital. 

The study shows that relationships between parents and teachers have an impact on students’ success in the classroom.


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The diversity of this year’s Academy Award nominations has not gone unnoticed. In stark contrast to last year, when several prominent people of color boycotted the ceremony because of a lack of diversity, the 2017 picks feature a black nominee in each of the four acting categories and a more diverse set of nominations, from best picture to best documentary.

Brian Maurer, local filmmaker and film studies professor at MU, said the increase in diversity is most likely a reaction to last year’s outcry.

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The doors to Gwynn Hall keep locking behind Autumn McLain. She called maintenance, but in the meantime she is stretching to hold both doors open with her body. She is 20 minutes early to the MU Poetry Club meeting.

The group had fizzled out, but McLain and a group of friends brought it back in late January. Their first meeting was small, said McLain, just a few friends meeting in the library. Now, the club has grown to include people from majors including journalism and computer science.


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COLUMBIA -- The UM System Board of Curators discussed Title IX policies in a meeting on Thursday.

UM System’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion gave the curators an overview of revisions of Equity Resolution Processes, that resolve complaints of harassment, sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination. The office expanded its definitions of consent and incapacitation.

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The University of Missouri has christened a new Institute for Korean Studies (IKS). MU aims to bolster and continue the university’s decades of research on Korea through the institute.

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National Geographic is well-known for its photography. University of Missouri alumna Sarah Leen was the first female director of photography for the magazine. She recently took time out of her travels to give a keynote address at the 2017 Visual Arts and Design Showcase at her alma mater.

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Federal regulators have renewed the operating license for the University of Missouri's nuclear research reactor.

The university says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a 20-year operating license to the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center, known as the MURR.

The reactor is used to create radioisotopes for medical use and to analyze artifacts.

The reactor began operating in 1966. Its infrastructure was updated before the university applyied for the operating license.

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In 2016, University of Missouri Athletics experienced a wide range of successes and failures. The year also featured instability, as five different people (Mack Rhoades, Wren Baker, Hank Foley, Sarah Reesman and Jim Sterk) served as the university’s athletic director.

Following the departure of long-time football head coach in 2015, and the football team’s role in the November 2015 protests on the MU campus, Missouri Tiger fans have not appeared to support the football program as much as years past.

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Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune show 16 students who drank at University of Missouri fraternities were taken to hospitals for alcohol poisoning since August 2015.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports those incidents include cases reported to the university police department or the Department of Student Life. Records show six incidents involving an emergency medical response where a student didn't have to be transported to a hospital.

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The University of Missouri chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity will be suspended until at least the fall of 2018 for repeatedly violating fraternity and university policy and state law.

Delta Upsilon International announced the suspension Tuesday, citing incidents at three parties this semester. All operations of the Columbia chapter have stopped indefinitely and members are suspended.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the suspension is not related to a Sept. 27 incident at Delta Upsilon's Columbia house when members of the Legion of Black Collegians reported people shouted racist and sexist slurs at them. The fraternity was temporarily suspended after that report.

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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

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The University of Missouri announced Tuesday that is withdrawing the recognition of Kappa Alpha fraternity as a recognized student organization, citing "multiple violations" of the MU Standard of Conduct.

New Poll Predicts Close Races for Missouri Elections

Nov 8, 2016
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A new poll predicts Missouri election results for may come down to the wire.

According to a Monmouth University Poll, Missouri elections are so close, candidates for the U.S. senate and governor are polling within 1 percent or less of each other.

The poll places incumbent Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, holding a 1 percent lead to Democrat Jason Kander. The numbers show Blunt polling at 47 percent, Kander at 46 percent and Libertarian Jonathan Dine at 2 percent of the vote.

The race for governor is even closer: a virtual tie. The poll has Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican Navy SEAL Eric Greitens each at 4

6 percent of the vote and 2 percent for Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

The races are so close it has many voters choosing people instead of parties.

Many MU students stopped by multiple voting stations on MU campus including Memorial Union and Reynolds Alumni Center to make their voice heard in a crucial election that can reshape the country’s political climate.

Some of the students waiting in line were first-time voters for president. Industrial engineering sophomore Conner Brown said participating in the general election made him “feel like an adult.” Brown holds a negative view on this year’s candidates. “I think that the candidates this year just don’t accurately represent the American population,” he said.

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Last Saturday students, alumni and community members gathered to celebrate Homecoming at the University of Missouri. A yearly staple of the celebration is a parade that includes bands, floats, and the familiar "M-I-Z!" "Z-O-U!" chant.

Last year that chant was used to drown out the voices of a group of African-American protestors, Concerned Student 1950. That student group was protesting a lack of response to racist incidents on campus. Their protests eventually led to the resignation of then UM System President Tim Wolfe. 


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  The University of Missouri says four students have confirmed cases of mumps and five other students are being tested.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that none of the students live in university housing.

Some of the students who have been tested are still contagious and the university has recommended that they stay home for now.

Susan Even, executive director of the Student Health Center, says all of the students had received required doses of the vaccine to prevent mumps.

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