Archive for September, 2008

On Friday, October 3rd and Saturday October 4th, the Roots ‘N Blues BBQ Festival will be making its return to Columbia. There will be food (BBQ contest, of course), and live music lining the concert venues of downtown Columbia.

What’s the best part? It’s free to the public!

The extensive lineup of artists and over 22 food vendors will line the Columbia District for 2 days of nothing but BBQ and roots-n-blues style music. $15,000 of cash prizes are awarded to BBQ festival winners. Free shuttle services are provided for the Festival as well.

The Roots ‘N Blues Festival website has all the information you’ll need about the details of the festival – music lineup, food, transportation to the festival, times, and even how to purchase the “Whole Hog Package”. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Hours of the Festival:

Friday, Oct. 3 from 5p.m. to 10p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 11p.m.

If you’re a student (like me) and want to find out which of your friends are going – or want to see pictures and videos about the event, be sure to join the Facebook group.

So bring your friends, camera, and walking shoes and get ready to have an awesome time at this year’s festival. I know I’ll be there!

Want a map?

If you have any questions about the specifics of the event, check out the Festival FAQ on the website.

-Festival information courtesy of http://www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com/.


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Have you seen the video?

The star of the popular “Evolution of Dance” YouTube video will be in Columbia this week to help promote the MU Wellness Resource Center’s Alcohol Responsibility Month. Judson Liapply is a speaker who specializes in Inspirational Comedy–the dance medley is his grand finale.

Check him out at Jesse Auditorium on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

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Colleges around the U.S. are reserving parking spaces for car-poolers and hybrids. We all know how much fun it is to park at MU-I’m currently mooching off my East Campus friends who have parking lots. Would you car pool for a good spot?

Check out this article on the subject, there is an interesting point about hybrids at the end.

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Using the traditional three rows of three panels, the comic book has become more than a pastime for the socially awkward. It is now considered contemporary literature — even art, says Andrew Hoberek, associate professor of English and director of Graduate Studies at MU.

While it usually takes time to judge if something has become a part of the contemporary world, it looks like the comic book — or graphic novel — has already secured its place, Hoberek said during a lecture Wednesday night at Stephens College.

“(Graphic novels) sort of seem to have some of the characteristics (of contemporary literature),” Hoberek said. “They get written about as though they are literature. They get taught in classrooms.”

All incoming students to Stephens College had to read the graphic memoir “Persepolis” over the summer. “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi, uses pictures and text to tell Satrapi’s story of her life.

Students at Stephens had to read the graphic memoir Persepolis.

Hoberek said that part of what makes graphic novels, specifically graphic memoirs, so popular is their constant association with superheroes.

“Part of why these memoirs are so interesting is it’s actually a way of communicating that people associate with superheroes,” Hoberek said, “so there is kind of automatically tension if you are describing details of everyday life. It is so completely un-heroic that it makes it interesting.”

Making the graphic novel even more complex is the challenge of balancing the text and the picture, said Judith Clark, English department chairwoman at Stephens.

Hoberek suggests reading the graphic novel at a slower pace than you would a regular novel.

“You have to study the picture, and sometimes the words are contradicting the picture,” Hoberek said.  “It is slowed down a bit because in part what you are doing is contemplating the pictures the way you would a painting.”

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It seems like MU students would do just about anything for a T-shirt. Promises of a free T-shirt are used to lure freshman to get-to-know-you events, to lure fans to under-attended sporting events and to lure passers-by to sign the latest petition being peddled near Speaker’s Circle.

Thursday afternoon, however, might have brought the power of a free T-shirt to a new level. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was camped out near Strickland Hall and Brady Fountain, announcing the reward of a free T-shirt to anyone who tried out the “Seat Belt Convincer.” The “Convincer” looks something like a very odd, miniaturized carnival ride: A cart, with a car-like seat attached to it, sat at the top of a slopped ramp. After the obligatory fastening of the seat belt, a rider was propelled slowly down the ramp and brought to an abrupt, clamoring stop. This car-crash mimic thus convinced the rider (and those students who loitered to stare) to always wear their seat belt.  Well, that was the intention.

I’m not saying wearing a seatbelt isn’t important (I always buckle-up). I’m not saying that the “Convincer” didn’t make a difference to anyone (I heard more than one, ‘Wow!’). What I am saying is that I wouldn’t risk a case of fake-car-crash-whiplash for a free T-shirt. But it seems like a lot of my fellow MU students would. So, what’s your limit? What would you do for a free T-shirt?

– Emily Van Zandt

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When it comes to sustainability, MU is only average. At least, that’s according to the College Sustainability Report Card, a Web site launched this week by the nonprofit research organization Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

In fact, the report card gives MU an overall grade of C-, which is awarded based on independent research and survey information compiled from the school.

MU also gets individual grades in categories such as “Food & Recycling” (B), “Climate Change and Energy” (C), and “Administration” (D). Explanations for the grades are given.

To see how MU compares to a handful of other Missouri schools, click here.

And to see how MU compares to other Big 12 schools, click here.

Agree with the report card? Don’t agree? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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Ever wonder what dorm life is really like? The webisode series “Dorm-Life” will tell you everything you need to know.

Source: dorm-life.com

In 2007, seven students from UCLA joined forces to show the world what college is like in the 21st century.  Similar to “The Office”, “Dorm-Life” is a mockumentary.  The series tells the the story of six college students living in the fictional 5-South Residence Hall.  Characters are based on the stereotypical college student: the class clown, the naive freshman, the over-enthusiastic RA, and the sorority girl.  Each episode is a short and sweet seven minutes of sometimes scripted, sometimes improvised hilarity.

“The humor is mostly our seven minds going at it. With all these different kinds within our one writing group, we try to make everyone laugh. I think that’s where a lot of our comedy comes from: making us all laugh as opposed to just one mind,” said Mark Iverson, a fourth-year film and television student and cocreator and codirector of the show.

The first season premiered in February 2008.  Episode topics range from game night and Halloween parties to studying for finals.

“It’s your first year living in the dorms as freshmen. You’re in this new living space where you have to meet people in your room and people next door. Whether or not they’re going to be your friends for life or not, you learn so much living on your own and being away from home,” said Iverson.

The second season is expected to premier sometime in the fall.  You can watch the first season at dorm-life.com

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