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Elizabeth Robb recalls that when she arrived as a freshman at Webster College from Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1961, if she wanted to leave her dorm room in the evening, a proctor had to sign her out.

When bedtime came – around 10 or 10:30 p.m., as she remembers it, “the proctor came around and made sure you were still in your room and turned off the lights in the hall and your lights went off as well.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2013 - A few years back, Webster University launched a somewhat-aggressive marketing campaign, the ads essentially saying that students at the Webster Groves campus weren’t to be pigeonholed. If 17 years of teaching at the school of communications there has taught me anything, it’s that every-other kid studying that field is a musician of some sort, or a DJ, or otherwise involved in music. It’s downright striking, really, how many players in local indie bands, record store managers, KDHX interns and hip-hop DJs are grads of Webster’s School of Comm.

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When mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano enrolled in Webster University, her goal was to be a choral conductor.  But Webster’s Director of Vocal Studies Carole Gaspar had other ideas. At the end of Cano’s sophomore year, Gaspar suggested that she should pursue a career as a singer. Cano had already been in her first opera scene at Webster and had enjoyed it.  “So I changed my major,” said Cano, “and started really focusing my energy on practicing and learning more of the craft of what singers need to know to be successful.”

If there's no such thing as bad publicity, how much is good publicity worth? Webster University wants to find out.

Last year, the university didn't have a chess team. On Sunday, its team took home the national college championship, the President's Cup, after winning what is often called the "Final Four" of chess.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: University of Illinois as the fierce underdog to Webster University's likely championship, blue polo shirts worn in competition, and a request that the audience remain silent during matches.

Such is the world of collegiate chess. And this weekend, it is all coming to a boil in suburban D.C.


When Mary Beth Tinker was a middle school student in Iowa, she never dreamed that she would one day see her name attached to a Supreme Court decision in her college text book.  But that’s exactly what happened.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - In just the past few days, St. Louis has become the new home of collegiate chess in that U.S. Lindenwood University and Webster University have become the two latest institutions to offer chess scholarships, and each is committed to a developing a world-class program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2012 - Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, a noted educator and former president of Webster University who transferred control of the institution away from the Catholic Church, died in her sleep on Jan. 19, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. She was 85.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - A little over 20 years ago, on March 16, 1991, seven members of country star Reba McEntire's band as well as her road manager and two pilots died in a plane crash in the mountains just east of San Diego.

Three of the band members -- band leader and keyboard player Kirk Cappello, bassist Terry Jackson and drummer Tony Saputo -- were St. Louisans. And all of them attended Webster University where they studied music and became close friends.

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A former South Carolina inmate has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for using the identities of 23 fellow prisoners to collect thousands of dollars of student financial aid through Webster University in suburban St. Louis.

Michelle Owens of Florence, S.C., pleaded guilty in June to federal student financial aid fraud and mail fraud. She was sentenced Thursday in Florence.

SC woman pleads guilty to defrauding Webster University

Jun 8, 2011

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A former South Carolina inmate has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for posing as online students at Webster University and collecting thousands of dollars of financial aid.

The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis said Wednesday that Michelle Owens submitted fraudulent admission applications to the suburban St. Louis-based university in the names of 23 people who were inmates at Leath Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

On January 18, 2011, the very last batches of Kodachrome film were processed at Dwayne's Photo Lab in Parsons, Kansas. Webster University students and faculty were there to witness that last run, which included 100 rolls of their own.  

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The St. Louis Blues are for sale for the second time in six years, and a local economics professor says St. Louis' status as a mid-level market may have contributed to the move.

Team chairman Dave Checketts put the team up for sale Wednesday night when he could not reach a deal to purchase the 70 percent owned by an investment management firm.