Archive for April, 2009

One of the hottest topics right now on public college campuses in Missouri is legislation going through the Missouri General Assembly that included a provision allowing concealed weapons on the campuses of public colleges in Missouri.

Students and faculty continue to talk about their views on this legislation.  For example, the MU Faculty Council unanimously approved a statement Thursday in support of a statement UM System President Gary Forsee made against the provision.

In fact, all of the public four year university presidents in Missouri are against the provision.

Supporters of the provision say allowing concealed weapons on college campuses will create a safer campus for students and deter violence.

The Missourian has a package on its website that has all of the links to stories written on this issue.

As with all stories, we absolutely love to hear your comments, and we really encourage you to post your opinions and comments on these stories.

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The MU Graduate school is hosting an event that will feature interactive exhibits that will promote graduate education to elementary-aged children and their families.

Some of the activities include LEGO robotics, creating African-inspired textile prints and designs, listening to birds and learning how scientists capture them and viewing displays of Missouri wildlife and fish according to a news release.

Tiger Stripe ice cream will also be offered free to the first 250 kids and the MU junior mascot TJ will be available for photo opportunities.

The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Jesse Hall rotunda and is free and open to the public.

The forecast high temperature for Saturday as of Friday afternoon is 81 degrees with sunny skies, which would make perfect weather for going out to the quad and enjoying some ice cream with the family.

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MU will celebrate 25 years of life sciences research with the 2009 Missouri Life Sciences Week. According to a news release by MU, the event will bring in more than 1,000 researchers, legislatures and business leaders. More than 300 research projects will be displayed, along with a scientific supply vender show and a networking reception. Several seminars and panel discussions will take place, led by internationally known figures. This week-long event is free and open to the public. 

Where? Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus

When? April 13-18

For a detailed schedule and more information, click here.

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MU chancellor Brady Deaton will host the next forum in his series concerning global issues. This forum will discuss the issues surrounding global hunger, identifying the consequences and creating solutions.

Douglas Casson Coutts will lead the session. He is an expert on child hunger with the United Nations’ World Food Programme and also a visiting professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food at Auburn University.

Where? MU Campus, 204 Neff Hall

When? April 14th at 4pm

The event is free and open to the public.

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As the weather continues to warm up, the threat of severe weather also increases.  MU is becoming active in keeping citizens safe by gaining the certification of “storm ready” from the National Weather Service.

MU senior Brittany Perrin, with the assistance of MU students Justin Titus and Ben Herzog worked on the certification.

“The University of Missouri is located right in the middle of the country where the most severe storms are recorded each year,” Perrin said in a news release. “It is time for Mizzou to gain this certification and become one step closer to being prepared for harsh weather, while keeping our campus safe.” 

According to the release MU had to “create an awareness of possible severe weather situations while having an efficient and effective plan of action.” For example, a 24-hour warning point and operations center was a necessary part of the certification.

MU will be able to be actively involved county, statewide and regional outreach efforts such as seminars and alert systems.

The official certification will take place at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday in Conservation Auditorium on the MU campus as part of the Severe Weather Safety workshop featuring speakers from the National Weather Service, local emergency management personnel and television stations. Photographs and video from the storm chase team will also be shown.

The event is hosted by the Campus Weather Service, a branch of the meteorology club.

The workshop is open to the public.

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