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Students, looking for something to do this weekend?

MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its 16th Annual Dog Jog on Sunday.

You and your dog can participate in either a 5K run at 8 a.m. or start a 2.5K walk fifteen minutes later to burn a few calories while helping a good cause.

All proceeds benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society and the Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011. Those without a dog should come anyway; the humane society will have dogs available for adoption at the event.

Although the registration deadline has passed, it’s not too late to participate. You can pick up a packet of information and register at 7 a.m. Sunday in the Veterinary Hospital parking lot. The cost is $25.

For more information, go to cvm.missouri.edu/dogjog/

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The MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders will host two “Sibshops” in October. “Sibshops” are programs designed specifically for siblings of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The recreational events allow siblings of children with special needs to make new friends and share their concerns and stories about their relationships with their siblings.

A Sibshop for siblings ages 10 to 16 will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Thompson Center. Another Sibshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Thompson Center for siblings ages 6 to 12.

The events are free. Registration forms can be found at the Thompson Center’s Web site.

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Protesters march against cuts [The Daily Bruin — The University of California, Los Angeles]

Squirrel causes major campus power outage [The Michigan Daily]

Students look to alternatives to cut costs [The Daily Northwestern]

Sigma Chi fraternity suspended [Daily Nebraskan]

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A Missouri University of Science and Technology alumnus, previously the University of Missouri-Rolla, recently donated $3 million to the school, as reported by this Associated Press story. The money will be used for energy research. 

 

None of the four Missouri system campuses have ever received a gift this large from a single donor, according to the article. 

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Buckingham University may have to do some damage control after its vice-chancellor, Terence Kealey, encouraged male lecturers to use the good looks of female students to spice up their own intimate lives at home, according to this story. 

 

His comments were made as an attempt to make light of, and call attention to, a serious matter. Kealey feels that his comments have produced some positive results, sparking dialogue regarding the taboo subject of teacher-student relations.  

 

The comments were made during an interview with Times Higher Education magazine. 

 

“Kealey may count himself lucky that he doesn’t work in an American academic institution,” wrote one reporter in a story about the issue. 

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Some Consolation on a Scandal

In May, the Chicago Tribune reported that University of Illinois administrators had been urging admissions officers to admit certain students who may not have met academic standards but were “politically connected,” according to this story. 

 

“A state investigative panel recommended that University of Illinois’ trustees resign, and all but two did,” National Public Radio reported. 

 

In the aftermath, the Chicago Tribune reported that the scandal might not leave a lasting mark on the university after all. The state’s speedy response and university president’s quick resignation prevented the story from being reported nationally on a large scale, according to the story.  

 

How does a world-class university get off so easy? Well, they didn’t on the gridiron…  

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The mission of MU’s Herpetological Society (UMHS), founded in 2007, is “to expand and deepen public and personal knowledge of reptile natural history and conservation through education, outreach, and hands-on experience.”

Over the past three years increased interest and involvement in the society has resulted in opportunities as well as challenges for the young group. According to Quentin Hall, president of UMHS, the society has experienced a significant increase in membership this year, with the addition of graduate students and professors as well as people not affiliated with the university.

Due to space limitations in their off-campus herpetarium, UMHS is excited to try a new program called “Herps at Home” that would allow members to keep the smaller, more manageable, reptiles at their own residences.

“In return for the member housing the reptile and the loaned equipment, they must be responsible for that animal’s care,” Hall said. “The member will also be responsible for bringing that animal to any outreach program where it is needed.”

The current herpetarium houses approximately three dozen animals, ranging from exotic species such as pythons and alligators to snakes native to Missouri.

“All the animals we have have been rescued,” Hall said. “By allowing members the opportunity to take care of the smaller animals at their own home we would have more space to hold larger rescued animals at the herpetarium.”

Recent UMHS elections have produced a tie in the vice presidency. Yet, Hall feels that this is a great advantage to the society.

“I feel that Lauren Richardson and Andy Mueller are going to be a good balance for each other as co-vice presidents and are going to be a good team,” Hall said.

UMHS will be participating in Centralia Elementary’s Field Day Friday, educating students on area snakes and answering their questions about reptiles.

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