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Drilling into the Missouri School of Journalism’s historic archway will begin Wednesday, said Brian Brooks, associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration. Water leakage at the archway’s base and seepage into a classroom, necessitate repairs that will involve digging into the foundation.

Once drilling begins, the archway should be closed for no longer than a week,  said Brooks.

“We’re hoping to reopen the archway on Tuesday, Nov. 10,” said Pat Cloyd, administrative assistant. “And we’re hoping they can do that – that there won’t be any unforeseen problems.”

Part of Walter Williams Hall, completed in 1937, the archway is rich in tradition, history and correlating student myth. For coverage of the repairs of and further insight into this highly photographed, highly superstitious campus landmark, go to ColumbiaMissourian.com Wednesday.


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Dr. Bruce Walker, dean of the Trulaske College of Business, announced Monday that he will be concluding his 20-year service as dean at the end of summer 2010. Walker plans to be a full-time faculty member in the college’s Department of Marketing.

Since assuming his role as dean in 1990, Walker has been influential in the school’s growth of alumni engagement, scholarship funds, student enrollment, named faculty positions and developmental programs.

“Dean Walker’s contributions have been enormous,” MU’s chief academic officer Provost Brian Foster said.

“The Trulaske College has seen enrollments grow dramatically and, at the same time, the college’s scholarly productivity and reputation have grown to the point that MU now has one of the nation’s leading business schools,” Foster said.

Look to the “Missourian” for future coverage of Walker’s professional transition and corresponding news regarding the Trulaske College of Business.

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The orange velvet seats of MU’s Jesse Auditorium began filling up a good half hour before the lights were dimmed—and the cause of such a draw of both the public and press was a member of the press herself.

Globe-trotting, hard-hitting journalist Lisa Ling came to MU Wednesday to speak about her career highlights, to share her outlook on journalism and society’s intake of international news and to promote her new book “Mother Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood.”

A special correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” National Geographic’s “Explorer” and CNN’s “Planet in Peril,” Ling makes it her mission to raise global awareness, human consciousness and shed light on issues under-covered by mainstream media.

Ling’s visit to MU was this year’s installment of the Delta Gamma sorority, Mu Chapter’s Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics. She was the tenth speaker brought to campus through the program since its beginnings at MU.

“It’s gaining popularity, and we’re always wanting to improve and make it bigger,” said Amanda Klohmann, Delta Gamma director of lectureship. “We want to sell out Jesse.”

But don’t be mislead by this. While the Jesse Auditorium seats were full well up into the balcony last night, admission was free to all MU students. Thanks to the sponsorship of community and Delta Gamma alumnae donors, tickets to the annual fall lectureship are always free to students.

A committee of representatives from Delta Gamma, Missouri Student Association and Mizzou Alumni Association meet annually every spring to brainstorm potential speakers for the upcoming fall. They consider both their very top choices and also more feasible options.

While the committee wanted to book a female speaker who promotes values and ethics in her professional work, the committee wasn’t sure if Lisa Ling would be a realistic option, Klohmann said.

“We didn’t know if we could get her or if her schedule would be reliable, but it’s good we went outside of our comfort boundaries,” Klohmann said. “We’ve gotten really positive feedback.”

And Ling had a dose of positive feedback for the MU community.

“Mizzou rocks…what an amazing (and gorgeous) group of students,” Ling tweeted after her lecture.

Speakers brought to MU through the lectureship in recent years include: “Animal Planet” explorer Jeff Corwin (2008), “The Pursuit of Happyness” author Chris Gardner (2007), first female astronaut Sally Ride and author Mitch Albom.

“I’ve talked to people who are very good at what they do and that rubs off on you,” Klohmann said of her experience as director of lectureship.

Before speaking Wednesday night, Ling signed copies of her book at the MU campus bookstore. Ling chatted with each person in the predominantly female line and willingly posed for pictures.

Co-authored by Joanne Eicher, “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood” is a window into varying customs and cultures of womanhood as expressed around the world. Featuring photos from the National Geographic archive, the book takes the reader on a journey entailing stops at weddings, coming of age celebrations and other women’s ritual practices both new and old.

Check out “Missourian” coverage for more details about Ling’s speaking event Wednesday night.

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Drop by the Memorial Student Union tonight between 8 p.m. and midnight and here’s a sampling of what you can expect:

  • Mix-and-match speed dating
  • Free pizza, soda and other treats
  • Love-song karaoke
  • Valentine arts and crafts

Free for MU students with a student ID; $5 for everyone else.

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Addicted to Sudoku? Join the club — I love doing those puzzles each day in the paper and online.

So imagine my surprise this morning when I discovered that the New York Times unveiled a new puzzle — called KenKen, it was developed by a Japanese math teacher.

I gave KenKen a shot online and chose the easiest puzzle available. It took me a few minutes to get used to the rules (they seem slightly more complicated than Sudoku rules), but I completed the puzzle within a few minutes. Guess I’m ready to try one of the harder ones.

To play online at NYTimes.com, click here.

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The 2007 sale of MOHELA (the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority) was supposed to finance 31 capital improvement projects at colleges and universities around the state.

But there’s only about $120 million in MOHELA’s bank account, and Gov. Jay Nixon recently suspended funds for those projects (including MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center).

Now, Democratic Sen. Victor Callahan would like to use that money to fund only the projects that began before Jan. 1. The rest of the money would go toward a tuition reduction fund.

“Bottom line is, one way or another, what I think this legislature needs to understand is (that) higher education is getting beyond the grasp of the middle class,” Callahan said. “We have to make it affordable, and we have to take very affirmative steps, like a freeze in tuition rates, but also reducing tuition and making college affordable.”

But Nixon’s budget director, Linda Luebbering, said whatever money is left needs to be evaluated to “make sure that whatever (Callahan) is proposing is consistent with the amount of money that’s actually available.”

Read more from Missourian reporter Chris Dunn at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

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Students — if you need to do some research for a project or paper relating to Black History Month (which is this month), then be sure to check out the African American Studies Center database.

Thanks to Oxford University Press, you’ll have free access to this database all month. Just use “barackobama” as your username and “president” as your password.

Read more at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

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