University of Missouri

St. Louis Rams
9:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football

Michael Sam with Rams coach Jeff Fisher.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday. 

Sam received unprecedented attention for a 249th pick in the NFL draft. He answered questions for nearly half an hour during the news conference. That's much longer than what even No. 2 draft pick, fellow St. Louis rookie, Greg Robinson, had to endure.

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McCaskill and Title IX
11:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

McCaskill Takes Fight Against Sexual Assault To Campus

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
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After working to reduce problems with sexual assault in the military, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is turning her attention to the same issue at the nation’s colleges and universities.

Both settings, she said Thursday, have ways they are alike in how such cases are treated.

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Title IX
2:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Outside Consultant Will Review UM Sexual Assault Policies

Tim Wolfe
Credit University of Missouri website

The University of Missouri system announced Wednesday it is hiring an outside consultant to review the school’s policies and materials concerning sexual assault and mental health services.

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College presidential searches
5:12 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Help Wanted: Local Colleges Search For New Leaders

An entryway of Saint Louis University.
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Updated at 3:23 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17, with announcement of new SIU president. Some of the jobs came open suddenly, one at the end of a long campus standoff and still others quietly at the end of long, productive tenures, but they all have resulted in room at the top of the ivory tower:

At least four local schools – Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Community College and the Southern Illinois University system – have vacancies in the office of their top administrator or did until Monday, when SIU named a new president.

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Mizzou rape investigation
12:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

St. Louis Law Firm Will Investigate Mizzou's Handling Of Alleged Rape

Don Downing
Credit University of Missouri website

Updated 4:43 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14 with Wolfe announcing task force on sexual assault policies and mental health issues.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has hired the St. Louis law firm of Dowd Bennett to investigate the handling of allegations of sexual assault of a former student at the Columbia campus who later committed suicide.

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UM tuition freeze
6:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

UM Curators Approve Tuition Freeze, Order Investigation Of Rape Allegations

University of Missouri at St. Louis

Updated at 10:12 p.m. with investigator hired for Courey case:

Tuition for resident undergraduate students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri will remain flat for the coming school year after a unanimous vote by the Board of Curators Wednesday.

Meeting in Columbia, the curators went along unanimously with a recommendation by university President Tim Wolfe. He in turn was agreeing with a wish expressed by Gov. Jay Nixon last week in his State of the State address.

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Sexual assault on campus
7:06 am
Mon January 27, 2014

McCaskill Calls For Probe Into Sexual Assault/Suicide Case at Mizzou

Sen. Claire McCaskill
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Updated 4:11 p.m, Mon., Jan. 27 with investigation by Columbia police.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, an alum of the University of Missouri and a former prosecutor, is calling on the university to investigate the alleged sexual assault of former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who subsequently committed suicide.

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UM tuition
12:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UM President Will Recommend No Tuition Increase

Tim Wolfe
Credit UM website

The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with Gov. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.

Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Louis County Friday morning, said that the additional revenue proposed by Nixon in his State of the State address earlier this week should provide the four-campus system with the money it needs without raising tuition.

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Higher Education
3:30 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Nixon Calls For Tuition Freeze, More Higher Education Funding

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Governor's website

Gov. Jay Nixon wants public universities in Missouri to keep their tuition the same for the 2014-15 school year in exchange for an increase of $36.7 million in his budget request for higher education.

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Science
3:53 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Black Bears Are Back In Missouri, But Where Are They Coming From?

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Black bears can now be found in southern Missouri, thanks to a reintroduction program more than fifty years ago.

The University of Missouri has worked in conjunction with other researchers to trace the origins of the bears.

Researchers used genetic footprints and hair samples to identify which bears came from reintroduced groups in Arkansas, and which were indigenous. 

Washington University researcher Kaitlyn Faries did research on the bears at MU during initial studies in 2007.

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