A new President Barack Obama impersonator debuted on " Saturday Night Live " last week in an attempt to energize audiences going into the presidential debates, but a University of Missouri professor doubts the show will have the same impact on politics as it did in the last presidential election.
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One year ago this month, I quit my job as higher education reporter for the Columbia Tribune and my 14-year career in journalism for an adventure into the unknown world of marketing and communications. In hindsight, I had no idea what I was getting into.
Earlier this month, a University of Missouri sophomore working on an assignment for a journalism class took the initiative to come to Stephens College unannounced to find out what the all-women's college is all about. Ultimately, he was sent to me in the marketing office.
I admit I'm not a big sports fan. I was more of a book nerd in high school and, frankly, too awkward to try to throw a ball into a hanging net...or over a net or through a net or whatever one has to do with said ball.
Last week, I got a phone call from our admissions office-a journalism student was roaming around the Stephens College campus and no one was quite sure what to do with him. "Doesn't this happen all the time?" the confused University of Missouri sophomore asked me. It does not.
Columbia's "One Read" program is officially underway with a month of educational and entertaining events planned around this year's selection "The Ruins of Us" by Keija Parssinen. If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend it. It's not a book I would necessarily pick out for myself but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
I follow not only news of Stephens online daily, but I also like to track news and posts about women's colleges in general, and I definitely am interested in reading what young women think about the idea.
The 1909 Stephensophia opens with almost Biblical-like prose about the Stephenites and the Christianites (from Christian Female College, the precursor to Columbia College). It reads: "Now there was in the land a people called Christianites, who dwelt north of the land of the Stephenites, and they were a strong people.
Last week, I began a weekly series taking a look at Stephens' past based on the online Stephensophia yearbooks. I left by telling you I'd be back this week with 1901 but I didn't look carefully enough. Years 1901 through 1907 are missing in the online collection.
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Selecting a term
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