MU Media Coverage

  • Feb. 2, 2018 — New dorm to honor Lucile Bluford’s legacy, Columbia Missourian. Summary: MU will name a residence hall for African American journalist Lucile Bluford. The atrium of the building will be named after Gus T. Ridgel, the first African American to graduate from MU. Bluford attempted to attend MU School of Journalism graduate program but was turned down due to her race. She continued to fight that decision in court until MU closed it’s journalism graduate program in 1941 after the state Supreme Court ruled in her favor according to the State Historical Society of Missouri’s website. The School said it was due to lack of enrollment due to World War II.
  • Oct. 26, 2017 — Plotting out a century of changes, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A map of MU from 1914-1915 when MU had 3,839 students versus its current enrollment of 30,000. Highlights what’s still there and what’s missing including where MU Health is now. The coverage includes a map from 1914.

2016

  • Oct. 26, 2016 — Flashback, MU Research Reactor by Grace Vance, photo by Grace Vance. Summary: Built in 1966, the MU Research Reactor or MURR cost $4.2 million to build. In 1974, its operation was upgrades to 10 megawatts. It was expanded in 2002 and 2006. The Nobel Prize winner Dr. Glenn Seaborg spoke at its dedication, the article notes, quoting him as saying it would provide students, professors, scientists and engineers with opportunities. The article states that as of 2012 MURR employed 400 faculty and 150 graduate students and as of 2007 it had produced 41 different isotopes.

2015

  • June 2015 — Flashback, University of Missouri Research Reactor, or MURR, by Sarah Redohl, photos by Ben Meldrum, June 2015.

    Flashback, University of Missouri Research Reactor, or MURR, by Sarah Redohl, photos by Ben Meldrum, June 2015. Used with permission from the Columbia Business Times.
    Flashback, University of Missouri Research Reactor, or MURR, by Sarah Redohl, photos by Ben Meldrum, June 2015. Used with permission from the Columbia Business Times.

2014

  • August 2014 — Flashback: Brady Commons, Columbia Business Times. Summary: Brady Commons was the former student center. Opened in 1963, it was named for MU dean and history professor Thomas Allan Brady. According to this article in the Columbia Business Times, which quotes a Missouri Alumnus newsletter, it featured “innovations including color televisions, downstairs bowling alleys and a listening room in which students could play records.” The previous building that served the purpose of student center was the Memorial Student Union, which was built in 1921. But when MU’s student body increased to 15,000, MU “conferred with architectural firm Jamieson, Spearl, Hammond and Grolock and son had blueprints for the future Brady Commons,” the article states. Brady Commons was renovated in 1981 and a bookstore expansion took place in 1997, the article states.  The current student center opened in 2010 is simply known as the MU Student Center. The article notes the name Brady “attracted controversy in 2006 when a student group called Not My Brady called for it to be removed. According to this group, the building’s original namesake had been instrumental in enforcing segregationist and anti-gay policies over the course of his 37-year career at the university.”

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