Posts Tagged ‘Michael Sewall’

When MU received a grant in June to recruit student to work at polling places this fall, Boone County clerk Wendy Noren hoped for about 60 students, and just a few to help out in a test run in Tuesday’s primary.

But after a couple months of recruitment, 320 students responded with interest in the program, said David Valentine, the associate director for public service at the Truman School of Public Affairs. Wendy Noren said she is obviously excited so many students are interested, and that getting their training out of the way this summer should really help come this fall.

So if you’re going to vote tomorrow, look out for an increased number of students at the polls — helping out with computers and performing the regular duties of an election judge. Also, I’ll have a complete story on this matter out Wednesday.


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ESPN ran a pretty funny article online Tuesday about different college football programs and why they’re hated by other teams.

MU and the University of Kansas, two schools that might have been overlooked in an article this time last year, have put their programs on the map and were mentioned in the article. ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach summed up the Tigers’ and Jayhawks’ hatred for each other:

“Kansas hates Missouri because the Tigers beat it. Missouri hates the Jayhawks because it really didn’t matter when the BCS invitations were delivered.

Both teams are expected to be good again this year. KU will try and follow up a school-record 12-1 season and a win in the Orange Bowl. Missouri looks to improve upon a 12-2 season in which the Tigers were ranked No. 1 shortly before losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. The border rivals face off Nov. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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A survey of 3,000 MU graduates, who graduated in the 2006-2007 academic year, shows that they are finding more jobs, making more money and staying at a higher rate in Missouri to work.

The numbers from the survey weren’t too significantly increased, but still pleasing to administrators.

“It is encouraging to see that so many students are choosing to stay in Missouri after graduation,” said Ann Korschgen, vice provost for enrollment management. “Part of our mission, as Missouri’s land-grant, flagship institution, is to prepare our students for the workforce, preferably within our own state. We are extremely pleased with the success of our students and are excited to see what the future will bring for them.”

Here’s a breakdown of some of the findings in the survey:

  • 85 percent of MU graduates who were seeking employment found a job
  • 69 percent of them found work in Missouri, compared to 68 percent last year
  • The median starting salary for graduates was $38,100, an increase from $36,600 the previous year
  • 23 percent of graduates continued their education, compared to 22 percent last year
  • 91 percent of graduates found employment in the area of their degree, compared to 90 percent last year
  • 98 percent of students graduating from the Sinclair School of Nursing found employment, the highest employment rate of any schools at MU

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Sustain Mizzou, a student organization at MU, announced that it will be leading a new class this fall that aims to promote sustainability.

The class, Environmental Studies 2150, is a 3-credit hour course and will be taught by professors Jan Weaver and Chris Starbuck and former Sustain Mizzou president Adam Saunders.

Environmental Studies 2150 is typically an independent study/service project class, and Sustain Mizzou will continue that tradition through three main areas: building and testing composting infrastructure in local community gardens, establishing a urban garden station and looking into the effectiveness bike transportation in an urban setting.

Students who enroll in the class will attend a lecture once a week, but also participate in labs in which they will prepare beds, build composting bins, deliver compost feedstock or manage compost piles. Students will work in the garden about 5-9 hours per week.

“This class is a great way to earn Service Learning credit while being an active part of a new frontier of urban sustainable development,” Saunders said in an e-mail.

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Sen. John McCain on Sunday came out against affirmative action during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

McCain said in the interview that he supported state ballot measures to end affirmative action, which is a reversal of his previous views. McCain has long opposed quotas, but hasn’t supported state ballot initiatives before. A ballot initiative in the senator’s home state of Arizona would end affirmative action, and there are similar ballot measures in Colorado and Nebraska.

The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative, a similar measure that would have ended many race-based programs in Missouri, failed to get enough signatures to reach the November ballot.

McCain also said he supports the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), which would provide a pathway to residency for undocumented minors.

McCain’s presumptive opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, has said he supports the DREAM Act and affirmative action, though he opposes quotas and thinks affirmative action shouldn’t be the main solution to problems.

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The Associated Students of the University of Missouri on Monday released a response to Gov. Matt Blunt’s veto of a bill that would have given the student representative to the UM System Board of Curators a vote on the board, if Missouri loses a congressional district in the 2010 census.

Here is Blunt’s reasoning for vetoing the bill.

ASUM board chairman Craig Stevenson said the response was sent along with a letter to each Missouri legislator that voted for the bill, and that next week the same response will be sent to those who did not originally vote for the bill. Here is ASUM’s official response:

  1. Criticism: Board would turn from a “Lay” Board to a “Stakeholder” board.
    1. ASUM’s Response
      1. The UM System has made continual strives of moving into a business-like model. From hiring President Gary Forsee from to searching other sources of funding from the corporate world, the UM system is adopting  a business model of performing business.
      2. Business models allow the stakeholders to have a true voice, and with students paying 50% of the budget, all students ask is for 1 vote.
      3. Students are unique in that they serve as the only “stakeholder” who does not benefit financially from the University, merely contributes to it, while maintaining an intimate knowledge of the System.  Furthermore, the student “stakeholders” are the least accessible on campus, where other stakeholders already maintain a bridge to the Curators, this action builds one for students.
  2. Criticism: Bill as written would make it hard to find a student whose enrollment fits.
    1. ASUM’s Response
      1. Like other curators, the student must be a Missouri Resident and they must be full time student. This bill does not change the enrollment qualifications.
      2. This bill adds no new stipulations to a student’s enrollment to serve in this capacity.
      3. This is a fruitless point in that students are already serving on the board within stipulated enrollment requirements.  No problems have been experienced in finding a student to fulfill this already existing position
  3. Criticism: Student Curators are more transitional than traditional curators (2 year vs. 6 year term)
    1. ASUM’s Response:
      1. This is the same time the U.S. Congressman has in order to serve their term
      2. Students’ incoming knowledge of the inner workings of the university system could be superior to those of a normal curator – they have experienced the system for years.
      3. By this reasoning: should the current curators have the ability to vote in their first two years?
  4. Criticism: This policy would be inconsistent with others across other institutions across the state
    1. ASUM’s Response:
      1. The UM System is the ONLY university in the state whose governing board is comprised of representation by the US Congressional Districts and therefore is the ONLY institution that would be effected by a loss of a congressional district.
      2. Previous bills, HB613 and SB106 of the 2007 Session included multiple campuses around the state.
      3. The UM System is the land-grant institution and is home to many unique legislative actions.
  5. Criticism: The makeup of the Board is unclear if we don’t lose a district.
    1. ASUM’s Response:
      1. The makeup wouldn’t change – this statute would be inactive and could be taken off of the books.   The statute explicitly cites the 2010 Census for possible change.
      2. All current news sources are indicating Missouri is slated to lose a Congressional district
  6. Criticism: May disrupt the regional climate, giving one region more power over another
    1. ASUM’s Response:
      1. One region would not have more power over another; each district would still be represented by 1 vote.
      2. This is unrealistic because the Board votes not on regional constituencies but by what is best for the UM system

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…for a new University of Missouri System Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The position was vacated in August 2007 when Stephen Lehmkuhle, and Steve Graham currently fills the interim chair. UM System President Gary Forsee announced on Monday the search committee for the new vice president:

· Thomas George: search committee chairman; chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at UM-St. Louis

· Michelle Cook: MU professor in cooperative leadership

· Lawrence Dessem: MU dean and professor of law

· Timothy Farmer: UMSL accounting professor

· Beth Groenke: former president of the Student Council at Missouri University of Science and Technology

· Jennifer Holland: MU doctoral student in biological sciences and former president and chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Association

· Gordon Lamb: UM System executive vice president

· Mel Tyler: UM-Kansas City vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management

· Warren Kent Wray: MST provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs

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