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MU Robotics Club Prepares for Spring Battle

Dec 13, 2015

 Flames, blades and spears are just a few of the weapons a fighting robot can weild. Add on top of that the challenge of building robots to defend against these attacks and the possibilities of what can happen in a robot battle are endless.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting Friday afternoon to listen to the concerns of multiple student groups. 13 groups registered for the chance to speak to the board and other campus leaders, including newly appointed interim diversity chancellor Chuck Henson, interim UM system president Mike Middleton, and interim MU chancellor Hank Foley.

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In September, Missouri Student Association President, Payton Head, was called racial slurs. “Racism Lives Here” rallies started to take place on campus, and members of the Legion of Black Collegians homecoming court were called racial slurs during their rehearsal for a play.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin decided to implement mandatory diversity and inclusion training beginning in January for all new students and for faculty and staff, but many weren’t satisfied.


Athletes of color on the University of Missouri's football team will no longer be participating in any “football related activities” until the President of the University of Missouri system, Tim Wolfe, either resigns or is removed from office “due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”


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  More than 100 students attended a rally held on MU’s campus Thursday. The rally was started by the group Concerned Student 1950 in protest of UM System President Tim Wolfe and in support of Jonathan Butler, the graduate student who embarked on a hunger strike until Wolfe resigns.

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  About 20 students gathered on the parking lot of University Hall Tuesday morning to address UM System President Tim Wolfe in support of Jonathan Butler. Butler announced Monday morning on Twitter that he would embark on a hunger strike until he lost his life or Wolfe resigned.

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Pulitzer-prize winning historian David McCullough spoke Wednesday evening at the Missouri Theatre on the lessons to be learned from the founding fathers. McCullough’s lecture marked the opening of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, which supports the study of the American democratic tradition at MU.

McCullough has written biographies on historical figures like John Adams, Harry Truman, Theodore Roosevelt and—most recently—the Wright Brothers. In addition to his Pulitzers, he has been awarded the National Book Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Roots N' Blues N' BBQ Festival entered its ninth year and third at Stephen's Lake Park. This year the festival had a record number of vendors and saw the likes of Buddy Guy, Brandi Carlile and Dwight Yoakam grace their stages.

Last weekend, I spent some time at the festival talking to festival goers about their favorite artists and vendors and asking what advice they would give to first timers. This week, on Off the Clock, listen to some of the sounds of the weekend. Enjoy the audio postcard from the 2015 Roots N' Blues festival.

The City of Columbia participated in Parking Day for the second year in a row. The idea for Parking Day was started in 2005 in San Francisco and has since turned into an international event. GetAbout Columbia Outreach Coordinator Janet Godon said this event was about interaction more than anything else. Multiple businesses took place in the event downtown. An arts and crafts tent, bocce court, park benches and live music were all available for entertainment. 

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