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On Thursday evening, Barack Obama came to MU for his Change We Need Rally. For days leading up to the event, there were teams of crews setting up bleachers, gates, tents, and platforms for the event. Around 40,000 people were in attendance, packing Carnahan Quad with signs, posters, cameras, and American flags. But what really happened?

Obama speaking at the rally on Thursday evening.

Obama speaking at the rally on Thursday evening. Photo courtesy of the Columbia Missourian.

Those that were in attendance can attest to the cheers of support and for the entire length of the speech. People waited in line for hours leading up to the event, waiting to just catch a glimpse of who they believe will be the next President of the United States.

The entire speech can be viewed online as well as a slideshow capturing the people attending the event. Check out the extensive coverage of the days leading up to the election on the Columbia Missourian website.

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This just in:

I WANT MY MTV

I WANT MY MTV

MTV has recently released every music video EVER.  This video hub has new videos such as Britney Spears‘ “Womanizer” and old videos such as David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity.”  This is the best thing ever!

I know, I know.  Why go to mtvmusic.com when you can just go to youtube?  But on MTV‘s new site you can: rate videos, post comments, share videos, and create a profile.  It’s pretty awesome.  Plus, the videos are high quality and the site has EVERYTHING. It has over 16,000 videos and more are being added daily.  The site also has “MTV Unplugged” videos and concert footage!  Don’t miss out.  Sign up now!

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From the New York Times:

Tuition costs rose slightly faster than the Consumer Price Index last year, and students received record amounts of financial aid, according to the annual reports on college pricing and student aid released Wednesday by the College Board.

But while financial aid is growing, average student borrowing is still going up, as well.

Moreover, many education experts said that the report’s findings of relatively stable college affordability, based on data gathered before the current economic downturn, might already be outdated. With the troubles in the stock market, they said, both public and private colleges may soon be in serious financial straits, forcing large increases in tuition.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Post Secret is coming to Mizzou

Post Secret is an online community art project in the form of a blog where people anonymously send in their secrets on postcards.  Its creator, Frank Warren, will be coming to Mizzou to speak on November 6, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Jesse Hall.  Warren created the Post Secret blog in 2005.  He started the movement by handing out blank postcards in Metro stations.  After putting them in his art exhibit, he created the blog and posted new secrets every Sunday.  Warren has won several blog awards and has published three books containing secrets.

Warren will be speaking about the range of secrets he has received, as well as ones that have been banned from the books and his own personal secrets.  Warren has volunteered and donated book profits to hopeline.com, a suicide help organization.  Secrets can be sent on any mailable material that is 4x6in.  The address is

13345 Cooper Ridge Road

Germantown, Maryland 20874

A secret from postsecret.com

A secret from postsecret.com

postsecret.com

postsecret.com

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Two University of Central Arkansas students are dead after a shooting on the campus Sunday night. A third person, who is not a UCA student, was injured.

University police say that four people are thought to be involved in the shooting; two are currently in custody.

Monday classes have been canceled and will resume Tuesday.

Read more at the UCA Web site, and stay tuned for updates.

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Homecoming House Decorations from years past.

Homecoming House Decorations from years past.

Tonight marks the opening of the weekend Homecoming festivities.  ‘House Decs’ or Campus House Decorations, will be set up all over Greektown.  Greek pairings have decorated and pomped large backdrops as a stage for their skits written and targeted to entertain the entire MU and Columbia community – students, faculty, alumni, and families.  These skits will be performed on a rotating basis and will held in nealy every parking lot in Greektown. If you have never been to this event, be sure to check out a recap of last year’s decorations to learn more.  Show up at 6 for all the fun and take a map so you don’t miss anything!

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The UM System Board of Curators wrapped up its October meeting shortly before noon Friday. Among the topics discussed:

  • President Gary Forsee’s proposal for the strategic direction of the four campuses
  • The plan for working with newly elected public officials following the Nov. 4 election
  • The financial environment of the system and how it has been affected by recent economic activity

Check back with the U.Town blog or with ColumbiaMissourian.com for more updates.

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