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Nearly 6,500 new cases of H1N1 were reported last week at the 253 colleges participating in the American College Health Association’s pandemic flu survey, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Missouri was among the 10 hardest hit states last week, in terms of attack rate, and has had the 11th worst attack rate since  the survey began on Aug. 22. Participating Missouri colleges have reported 405 cases so far, the only neighboring state with more is Tennessee.

Washington colleges have been hardest hit, reporting 1,500 cases and suffering an attack rate eight times greater than Missouri’s. Representatives from MU and Columbia College were unable to confirm whether either college reports data to the survey.

Sara Fernandez, media relations manager at Stephens College, said that Stephens has not reported data to the ACHA survey, partially because the college has no confirmed cases on campus. The rate of incidence in Missouri has not led Stephens to modify its initial plan, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We followed recommendations from the start,” Ferndandez said.

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In his State of the State address, Gov. Jay Nixon used the story of student Jennifer Long to prove his point that Missouri higher education should be more affordable.

In a nutshell, Long chose to attend Pittsburg State University in Kansas because they offer a flat rate tuition, which ended up being cheaper than attending an in-state school. You can read the full story here.

According to collegeboard.com, the average public tuition in the US is $6,585 and the average private tuition is $25,143. You can read more fun tuition facts here. MU’s tuition (along with the other three schools in the UM system) is $2947.20 before any fees.

If you are looking to venture out of the Midwest, you can take a look at average undergraduate tuition rates in all 50 states here. The most recent figures the National Center for Educational Statistics come from the 2006-2007 school year.

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Saturday morning Stephens College presented 27 bachelor’s and 25 master’s degrees to students who are now what President Wendy Libby calls “officially Stephens women and a few men.”

Monica Senecal, a radio personality on KPLA Radio’s “Chris & Monica in the Morning!,” gave the keynote address.  She is pursing a MBA at Stephens.  Senecal’s speech got the crowd laughing.  She said that when she was asked to address the crowd at the commencement ceremony she thought she was being “Punk’d.”

“My journey at Stephens and the graduate program has just begun, and I feel kind of like a kindergartner being asked to speak and give words of wisdom to the high school seniors,” Senecal said.  “So all I can say is naps, lots of naps, and milk and cookies whenever the opportunity presents itself.”

Other speakers included students Meghan Manderschied and Lesley Thalhuber.

For more on the ceremony check out the  Columbia Missourian.

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Following nation-wide trends, MU wants to be smoke-free by 2014, said Chancellor Brady Deaton in an MU News Release today. Even outdoors. 

When students return from the winter break on Jan. 20, a new rule will be in place keeping smokers 20 feet away from all entrances to MU buildings or leased property. By 2011, there will be specified outdoor smoking areas. 

In September, legislation in Pennsylvania was passed to stop smoking on all state campuses. Students protested with “smoke-ins” because they felt they had no say in the matter. Can you see something like that happening in Columbia? The state is now considering changing the law to allow people to smoke in their cars if the windows are rolled up or on public streets. 

So what is your opinion? Is it simply a matter of health or are there other factors to consider?

To read more click here.

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This evening Columbia College begins its holiday celebrations with an outdoor lighting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t worry about standing in the cold for too long: a reception will follow in Dulany Hall. Santa will be there!

There will also be a holiday concert at 6:30. A $5 donation is requested.

If you go:

Lighting ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. in Bass Commons (the lawn in front of St. Clair Hall at the corner of 10th and Rogers streets)

Santa will be in Dulany Hall at 5 p.m.

The Jane Froman Singers and Double Sextet will preform at 6:30 p.m. in Launer Aduitorium.

Check out this map of the campus so you don’t get lost!

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More from the New York Times on the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education report that gives 49 states an F in college affordability:

…College tuition and fees increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007 while median family income rose 147 percent. Student borrowing has more than doubled in the last decade, and students from lower-income families, on average, get smaller grants from the colleges they attend than students from more affluent families.

“If we go on this way for another 25 years, we won’t have an affordable system of higher education,” said Patrick M. Callan, president of the center, a nonpartisan organization that promotes access to higher education.

Read more from the New York Times.

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The Missouri Department of Higher Education sent a memo to the presidents and chancellors of all two and four year state institutions Tuesday that further revealed the country’s economic struggles.

The memo asked programs to cut their budgets between 15 and 20 percent due to a $340 million budget deficit, according to an stltoday blog post.

Deputy Higher Education Commissioner, Paul Wagner also asked for impact statements from the institutions about how the budget cuts would affect the colleges.

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