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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 MU Office of the Provost is inviting faculty members to two open forums this semester to discuss current budget planning and projecting for the 2011 fiscal year. These forums will aim to create an open dialogue of feedback, input and questions concerning financial topics.

“The obvious topic is that we’re not in very good financial times,” Provost Brian Foster said. “We’ll talk about our financial plan for the next year or two.”

Similar budget forums have been held over the past two years and have generated positive feedback, according to Foster.

“This is our attempt to be as informative and transparent as we can about the budget situation and the decisions we’re making,” Foster said.

Deputy Provost Ken Dean and MU Budget Director Tim Rooney will also attend. Rooney will present the budget scorecard and look at any marginal changes from the fiscal year 2010 general operating budget.

“The scorecard has been updated in ways that allow us to better capture the current fiscal complexities of FY 2011 and 2012,” said Foster in an e-mail to faculty.

MU’s general operating budget comes from three sources: tuition, state appropriations and indirect cost recovery from grants and contracts, said Alysha O’Neil, assistant director of budgeting.

“The budget scorecard is a tool we use to plan for marginal changes in general operating revenue and expense,” O’Neil said. “We can, for example, use the scorecard to easily see what effect an increase or decrease in state funding or tuition will have on the bottom line for future years. 2011 looks to be another very challenging budget year.”

The forums are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. Space for 50 participants is available, so seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact umcprovostopenforums@missouri.edu for more information, and expect future “Missourian” and “U.Town” coverage of these upcoming forums.

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Let’s face it: college today isn’t like it was 50 years ago. Technology has transformed college campuses as laptops replace notebooks and pencils; electronic schoolbooks take over hardbound texts and online courses remove the need to actually “go” to school at all. And now, the traditional dorm room is getting a makeover too.

Tracy Jan of The Boston Globe reported last week that Boston University now offers a high-rise residential hall of luxury dorms. Although “luxury dorms” sounds like an oxymoron, Jan’s article details just how opulent the new hall is with “elegantly furnished common rooms, large private baths, walk-in closets and floor-length mirrors.” The lobby features chandeliers and potted palm trees while washers and dryers in the laundry room are designed to notify students via computer when they are available.

One student in Jan’s article is paying nearly $13,000 this year to live in one of the high-rise rooms.

Boston University is hoping to induce more students to stay on campus by building these luxury accommodations. Other colleges like Northeastern University and Emerson College followed suit by revealing new fancy digs this fall as well.

Like Boston University, MU also unveiled new residential halls this semester: Dogwood, Galena and Hawthorn halls, which feature both traditional and suite-style rooms. MU is currently in the process of renovating or replacing all residence halls under the Residential Life Master Plan. The plan was approved in May 2001 and is slated to be complete by the fall semester of 2017, according to the Department of Residential Life’s Web site.

As previously reported by the Missourian, these new residence halls are helping to accommodate MU’s record enrollment of 30,831 students this semester.

MU offers both traditional dorm rooms with communal restrooms and suite-style rooms with semi-private restrooms. Some suite-style rooms also have living rooms. The residential hall rates for the 2009-2010 school year ranged from $3,900 for an unrenovated traditional double room to $7,195 for a single suite-style room in a renovated and expanded hall, according to the Web site.

Rachel Jones, 19, a sophomore majoring in psychology and Spanish, said that she is pleased with her room in Johnston Hall. Johnston is a women’s hall that only has traditional-style rooms.

“I like the feminist theme,” Jones said, “and I like that Eva J’s [Dining Facility] is in the same building; it’s convenient.”

She added that she would absolutely not pay $13,000 to live on campus, no matter how luxurious the rooms were.

Charles Preston, 19, is a freshman planning to major in the business field. He lives in Wolpers Hall, a traditional-style hall. He thinks Wolpers’ overall quality could be better after visiting some friends’ dorm rooms in other buildings.

Preston said the Wolpers rooms “pale in comparison to other ones” in buildings such as Defoe-Graham, Discovery, Excellence, Respect and Responsibility.

Both Wolpers and Johnston are scheduled to be completely renovated by the fall semesters of 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to the Department of Residential Life’s Web site.

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According to weather.com, next week is going to be another cold one! There may be some snow on Tuesday. If the weather looks bad and you aren’t sure about going to your exams, check here first: http://mualert.missouri.edu/

Any changes in exam schedules for Monday would be up by 6 a.m., Monday.

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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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The plants that grow along streams and rivers help control erosion and water quality. These plants make up the riparian ecosystem, or the river banks. Development in wetland areas is tricky because riparian ecosystems aren’t fully understood. 

But Jason Hubbart, assistant professor of hydrology and water quality at MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hopes to shed light on some of this complexity, according to a MU News Bureau release today. Hubbart received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for $399,995 and will use the money on a four-year research project on riparian ecosystems. 

“Riparian systems are incredibly complex, therefore it will take a great deal of effort and intensive instrumentation to address the goals of this study,” Hubbart said. “Instrumentation will include fully automated, solar-powered hydro-meteorological stations that will collect data at 15-minute intervals, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.”

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency gave out five other wetland grants, though Hubbart received the largest. The grants, which total $1.17 million were awarded to researchers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

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