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Winter Break

Because this blog is maintained by student journalists at the University of Missouri, consistent posting is difficult (if not impossible) during breaks from school when reporters and editors go home for the holidays.

Thus, new posts will not appear until the start of the next semester in mid-January.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for reading.

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Need a break from studying for finals this week for a tasty snack?

Fear no more; MU’s Campus Dining Services has you covered.

According to Campus Dining Services’s Web site, each dining hall will be open from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for special study breaks. Each night’s theme follows:

  • Monday: Nacho Night
  • Tuesday: Popcorn Party
  • Wednesday: Ice Cream Sundae Bar

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Universities reluctant to meet mayor’s newest deadline in tuition tax battle [The Pitt News, University of Pittsburgh]

Loyola given historic museum as part of largest-ever donation to university [Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago]

New attendance policy in the works [The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami]

Student charged for kicking in car doors [The Brown and White, Lehigh University]

Campus groups help in AIDS education [The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University]

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The MU Bassoon Ensemble performed Christmas songs Monday afternoon for residents at the Boone Landing Retirement center.

Boone Landing Retirement Center residents were treated Monday afternoon to the deep, rich sounds of Christmas melodies by the MU Bassoon Ensemble.

At over nine feet tall, the bassoon is the largest instrument in the woodwind family. Its four-octave range produced a warm reedy timbre much like that of a male baritone voice that reverberated throughout the atrium.

“I’ve never heard a bassoon before,” said Betty Overall, a resident at the retirement center. “I really enjoyed it. I already can’t wait to have them come back for next year.”

Residents of Boone Landing Retirement Center gathered around the Christmas tree to listen to holiday songs performed by the MU Bassoon Ensemble.

This is the second year the ensemble has performed a Christmas concert at the retirement center, according to the concert’s conductor, Rodney Ackmann, an assistant professor of bassoon and music appreciation.

“We have a very musically talented group of students who perform in this ensemble,” Ackmann said. “We have music education majors, an opera singer and a Marching Mizzou drum major. So they are very diversified in the instruments they can play.”

Zack Mertens, a member of the MU Bassoon Ensemble, arranged the performance's last song, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," for bassoons to play.

The seven students in the bassoon ensemble performed classic holiday songs such as “Up On The House Top,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” as well as less well known songs such as the Spanish Christmas carol “Fum, Fum, Fum.”

“I liked all the songs they played but my favorite part was hearing songs I hadn’t heard since grade school,” Overall said.

According to Jeff Panhorst, bassoon ensemble member, he finds it a rewarding experience to come out and play to help spread the holiday spirit.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Panhorst said. “Plus, it gives you the opportunity to break from studying.”

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Candelight illuminated various parts of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton's home, known as the Residence on the Quad.

Poinsettia, candles and wreaths were just a few of the decorations adorning the Residence on Francis Quadrangle, otherwise known as the home of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and his wife, Anne.

The Deatons, along with MU Provost Brian Foster and his wife, Lerke, hosted a holiday open house Dec. 7  that allowed faculty, staff and students to mingle while admiring the beauty of the house.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” asked Brady Deaton, referring to the decorations throughout his home. He said he was looking forward to spending time with his family over the holidays as well as making a trip to Houston to cheer his beloved Tigers in the Texas Bowl.

Anne Deaton said the house was filled with decorations acquired from others throughout the years as well as their own personal items.

“It makes it feel like family,” she said.

One of the trees in the home is decorated with ceramic trains and ornaments made by students from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in Columbia.

Sarah Reid, the event coordinator for the residence, was in charge of decorating and working with caterers for this year’s open house. She said she was happy with the final product.

“It looks festive and together,” she said, “It was the kickoff to our season.”

Delicious treats such as brownies and cookies adorn a table in the Deaton's home.

MU senior Josh Heffernan said the house itself fascinates him.

“It’s just interesting to me because the house has so much history, yet people are living in it,” he said.

The three-story brick house is the oldest building on campus and various prominent figures such as Mark Twain, Harry S. Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt have visited throughout the years.

Two MU trinkets rest on a lectern once used by Mark Twain.

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Groups push to up wages for NU food service, janitorial employees [The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University]

$40,000 stimulus grant aids BSU’s service-learning program [The Arbiter, Boise State University]

Professor studies shark skin to improve aircraft [The Crimson White, University of Alabama]

Excise Police cite 81 people at party Sunday morning [Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University]

ASA releases results from space processes; 39 clubs will lose out [The Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology]

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Members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club to make gingerbead houses as part of an increased effort to reach out to the community.

Gumdrops, licorice, sprinkles, icing, oh my!

These were just some of the ingredients used Friday afternoon at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house as they teamed up with the Columbia Boys and Girls Club to build gingerbread houses.

“I think this experience really humbles the fraternity members,” said Ryan Neff, Beta Theta Pi service chairman. “It exposes them to different types of groups that they are not usually exposed to.”

MU Freshman and Beta Theta Pi member, Scott Humphrey, assists Boys and Girls Club member Nick, 10, as he puts the finishing touches on his gingerbread house.

About 28 fourth- and fifth- graders from the Boys and Girls Club attended the event. Two to three kids were grouped with fraternity members who assisted them in putting together gingerbread houses.

“I’ve never built a gingerbread house before,” Douglas, 10, a member of the Boys and Girls Club said. “I was eating the candy on my house as we built it.”

Beta Theta Pi recently made changes, such as creating the service chairman position, to increase their involvement with the surrounding community.

“My first two years in the fraternity we didn’t do enough service projects,” Neff said. “I think by having more service projects like these in the future will make our house more diverse and well-rounded.”

After completing their gingerbread houses fraternity members and their sugared-up group of boys and girls headed off to Lenoir Retirement Community for caroling.

“Having the kids interact in events like this with older fraternity members helps them to build good social skills, open up and mingle, and have that ‘big-brother’ experience,” said John Covington, director of operations at Boys and Girls Club.

According to Boys and Girls Club member, Kanisha, 9, working with her fraternity member was really fun because he kept giving her a lot of compliments on her gingerbread house.

“My favorite part of this whole experience was seeing the creativity and the enthusiasm that my kid had when building his house,” said Jimmy Hofman, 18, of Beta Theta Pi. “We have as much fun as they do at these events.”

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