November 2008 blog archives
After Coach Gary Pinkel handed off the Big 12 North Division trophy to Chase Daniel on Thursday afternoon, the quarterback held it in the air and his teammates surrounded him. Players shouted Aaron O’Neal’s initials as a source of inspiration this season. “A.O. on three,” someone said. O’Neal died after a voluntary workout in 2005.
William Least Heat-Moon signs a copy of his new book, Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey, for Barb Luczkowski at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing on Monday night. “My interest in his books began with Blue Highways,” Luczkowski, who traveled from St. Charles to meet Heat-Moon, said. “And coincidentally, he married one of my high school friends.” Heat-Moon is a University of Missouri graduate with a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and advanced degrees in English.
The ringing in the ears of Cyclone fans wasn’t from the Telephone Trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual Missouri-Iowa State football game. It was from the 52-20 beatdown the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12 Conference) laid on them.
With the win, Mizzou clinched the Big 12 North title, securing a spot in the Dec. 6 title game against the Big 12 South champion at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The South can be won this weekend if Texas Tech knocks off Oklahoma —because they are off this weekend, the Tigers have the chance to check out two of their possible opponents.
In the victory, Mizzou’s rushing game was in top form, accounting for four touchdowns. Starter Derrick Washington had 11 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Jimmy Jackson had eight carries for 19 yards and the other two scores.
Quarterback Chase Daniel was 32-for-40 for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the blustery weather. Jeremy Maclin again led receivers with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Tommy Saunders had seven catches for 38 yards and the other. Filling in for tight end Chase Coffman, who was nursing a bruised toe, freshman Andrew Jones had seven catches for 61 yards.
Mizzou next plays Kansas on Nov. 29 in a game that many originally thought would again be a de facto Big 12 North title game. Other than bowl positioning, the main thing on the line between the rivals is bragging rights. With last season’s 36-28 win, Missouri went ahead 54-53-9 in the longstanding Border War. The Tigers have won the past two meetings and want to keep the Indian War Drum trophy around for another season.
Major Megan Grooms, 1st Lt. Stuart Miller and 2nd Lt. Jennifer Gruening prepare to march in the Veterans Day Parade. All three cadets are members of the Mizzou Air Force ROTC.
Jane Rabeni, a bagpipe player for the Boone County Fire District, warms up before she and fellow musicians lead the parade north on 8th Street.
Chris Storie, a student at the Missouri Military Academy, demonstrates his hand-and-eye coordination before the parade begins.
Mizzou Air Force ROTC cadets, along with Army ROTC members, students from the Missouri Military Academy and musicians from the Boone County Fire District march from the Columns to the Boone County Courthouse.
Columbia resident Dan Wright removes his hat as the parade passes.
Mizzou Air Force ROTC Cadet Captain Kyle Wilmont overlooks the Veterans Day Ceremony from atop the parking lot at 8th Street and Walnut.
A crowd gathers in front of the Boone County Courthouse to witness the official ceremony.
This week the University of Missouri honors Tigers who have served the United States in wartime.
A weeklong celebration begins on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a vigil at the Boone County Courthouse.
Fittingly, most events take place in Memorial Union, which was built to honor 117 Mizzou soldiers who died during World War I. Their names are inscribed on the inside walls of the tower archway. A plaque in the north wing holds the names of 338 Mizzou soldiers killed in World War II.
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Mizzou Air Force ROTC Annual Veterans Day Vigil, Parade and Ceremony
- 7 a.m. - Vigil, Boone County Courthouse
- 10:40 a.m. - Parade, from the Columns to the Boone County Courthouse
- 11 a.m. - Ceremony, Boone County Courthouse
- 12 p.m. - Veterans Day Celebration, Memorial Tower, Memorial Student Union
- 12-4 p.m. - Free Crafternoon: Thank-You Cards for Veterans, N12 Memorial Union (Craft Studio)
- 7 p.m. - Black Hawk Down movie screening, Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
- All day - Tigers 4 Troops, Memorial Union
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Sgt. Matt Eversmann, Hero of Black Hawk Down and the Battle of Mogadishu
- 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Book Signing, University Bookstore, Brady Commons
- 7 p.m. - Lecture and reception, Conservation Auditorium, Natural Resources Building
Friday, November 14
Veterans Week Social Events
- 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - Hancock movie screening, Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
- 8 p.m. to midnight - Mizzou After Dark Tournament Night, Memorial Union
For more information, check out Mizzou Veterans Week on Facebook.
In a season of firsts for the MU women’s soccer team, the Tigers were able to add the biggest first yet by winning the Big 12 Conference tournament. No. 15 Mizzou knocked off No. 10 Colorado 1-0 on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. Senior captain Mo Redmond scored the game’s lone goal in the sixth minute.
It was the team’s first conference title, and women’s soccer was the first Mizzou team to win a Big 12 crown outside of the softball team. The Tigers (15-5-1) also broke the previous record for wins in a season (12) and conference wins (7).
“This is a tremendous day for Missouri soccer. For the fans, the alumni, the players, the school, everyone can be proud of this accomplishment,” coach Bryan Blitz said after the game. “Give Colorado credit; they took us all the way to the brink and made us earn it.”
With the victory, Mizzou automatically qualifies for the NCAA Division I tournament, but the team’s opponent won’t be known until the 7 p.m. selection show on ESPN News. This is the second straight season the Tigers have appeared in the 64-team tournament, which begins Friday.
Professor Reed stands in the Museum of Art and Archaeology’s European and American Gallery with her portrait of Geoffrey Seitz in the background. Photo by Shane Epping.
Rita Reed, an associate professor of photojournalism and a Missourian who admittedly comes from “hillbilly stock,” gave a 45-minute presentation at the Museum of Art and Archeology today. Titled Work is Art and Art is Work: Storytelling with Digital Photography, Professor Reed’s talk focused on her recent pictures of six contemporary Missouri luthiers - those who craft, repair and restore stringed instruments. Her photo series includes portraits, as well as documentary moments of luthiers at work. Primarily photographed with the use of flash and printed in color, the images illuminate a disappearing craft. “Whether using a film or digital camera, a photographer still has to think about composing a story,” Reed said. The result is music to our eyes.
For University of Missouri, it means a Tiger in the governor’s mansion. Missouri’s new governor-elect, Jay Nixon, earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Mizzou.
Nixon is in good company. Seven other Mizzou alumni have served as governor of Missouri: James T. Blair, Jr., Mel Carnahan, John M. Dalton, Forrest C. Donnell, Warren E. Hearnes, Guy B. Park and Roger B. Wilson.
Nixon’s gubernatorial-race opponent, Kenny Hulshof, also graduated from Mizzou.
At the national level, the White House soon will see unprecedented professional higher-education experience. President-Elect Barack Obama, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and both of their spouses all have worked in higher education.
Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. His wife, Michelle Obama, has worked in the administration there and has served as vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
Joe Biden has taught as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law for 17 years. His wife, Jill Biden, is an English instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Stanton-Wilmington campus.
Read more about the incoming administration’s ties to — and plans for — higher education in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Friday morning at the State Historical Society of Missouri, the James W. Goodrich Graduate Research Assistantship in Missouri History was awarded for the first time. A memorial tribute to the Society’s director of 20 years (1985-2004), the fund supports a research assistantship at the society for a graduate student whose work focuses on Missouri history.
Goodrich worked as a historian, writer and preservationist and also served on the Columbia City Council. The memorial was created when he retired, and it recently has been built with gifts. The tribute is a fitting one; Goodrich began his career as a graduate research assistant in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a partner institution of the society.
During his time at the society, Goodrich expanded the collection, preservation and publication of historical records. He edited four books and 37 volumes of the Missouri Historical Review. In addition to starting an oral-history program, Goodrich strengthened the nationally significant art collection. Throughout his time, he wrote dozens of articles and gave hundreds of talks, mostly based on primary sources from the society’s holdings.
The recipient of the first assistantship is Roger E. Robinson, a first-year doctoral student in history at Mizzou. Robinson, from Little Rock, Ark., recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force and wants to pursue a career as a historian and teacher.
Robinson’s work centers on research for a book of the artist George Caleb Bingham’s letters and writings. The society plans to publish it in 2011, the bicentennial of Bingham’s birth. During his career, Goodrich was responsible for procuring several Bingham portraits, making the assistantship a special match.
For more information, please visit the State Historical Society’s Web site.