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Late run powers Mizzou past KU

Missouri scored the final 11 points to beat Kansas 74-71 in the last conference contest between the Tigers and Jayhawks in Columbia.

Independent verification

The Missouri Tigers gashed the North Carolina Tar Heels for 513 yards of total offense and a 41-24 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl victory Dec. 26, 2011, in Shreveport, La.

Welcoming new UM System President

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named native Columbian Timothy M. Wolfe, BS BA ’80, as 23rd president of the four-campus University of Missouri System. He begins duties Feb. 15, 2012.

Tigers win final Big 12 Border Showdown with Jayhawks

Missouri and Kansas haven’t agreed on the all-time-series record in football since 1960, but with the Tigers’ 24-10 victory in the schools’ final conference matchup on Nov. 26, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo., MU comes out on top no matter how you slice it.

Coming of age

Imagine the future: It is Feb. 29, 2012, senior day at Mizzou Arena. Fans are honoring the efforts of seven student-athletes, five of whom have attended MU during four years of unprecedented basketball success and transformation.

Scholarly Sundays

Sunday nights carry special meaning for MU’s new Honors College director, Nancy West. When PBS first began airing Masterpiece Theatre in 1971, West, then 8 years old, gathered around the television with her mother each Sunday.

The family beat

It is a fairly common origin story among sports journalists. Young, bright student harbors hoop dreams, when suddenly, the physical reality of athletic skill leaps up to swat the ball into the stands.

Charles, meet Lucy

Charles Darwin would have loved to meet Lucy, aka Australopithecus afarensis, or AL-288-1 for short. Lucy is the 3.5 million-year-old hominid whose skeleton unearthed in Ethiopia in 1972 shows that early human ancestors walked upright.

Double double

In addition to basketball talent, Beau and Cliff Minx have always possessed keen mathematical skills. Perhaps that’s because the identical twins have spent their lives dividing and multiplying everything by two.

Civil War weather

Weather has shaped some big battles, says MU meteorologist and war history buff Tony Lupo.

Knock it down, build it up

In spring 2011, workers finished demolishing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at 520 S. College Ave., and work has begun on a 45,000-square-foot structure scheduled for completion by fall 2012.

Owning the future

When four MU journalism students developed NearBuy, a real estate search application for Apple’s iPhone, it wasn’t going to make them rich. But the app’s success did prompt Mizzou to do something few colleges have considered.

Student office upgrades

The Center for Student Involvement’s new home on the MU Student Center provides office space for student governments, student organizations, Greek organizations, campus activities and more.

Running for your life

A rat’s brain may be smaller than a penny, but it knows something about exercise, health and longevity.

Writing on a wave

Writing is a “generative process” of discovery for Amy Lannin, assistant professor in English education and the new director of MU’s Campus Writing Program.

Nurse in training

Science classes scared Katy Disinger away from nursing as a first-time college student in 1999. Later, with her father’s health and future in jeopardy, Disinger revisited her dream of being a nurse.

MU’s enrollment continues to grow

MU notched its 10th consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment this fall, welcoming 6,138 first-time college students for a total student body of 33,805.

Combining art and science

As a recipient of the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship, Nick Cobblah earned a spot in Mizzou’s Discovery Fellows program, which put him in a research setting as soon as he stepped on campus.

MU signs lease on Missouri Theatre

MU officials reached an agreement in August 2011 to lease and manage the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, with an option to buy the historic venue after three years.