Category: UCM News

‘Robber is not my name.’ Johnnie Williams: A story of hope and redemption

By BETHANY SHERROW Assistant News Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Johnnie Williams spent 18 years in prison. After playing college football at a community college and then moving on to play on a scholarship at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, Williams said everything went downhill. “College partying – I liked it too much,” Williams said. “I forgot… Read more »

Record enrollment… again

By LEAH WANKUM Managing Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — For the fifth year running, the University of Central Missouri has seen record enrollment. Head count is at 14,395 students, a 7.6 percent increase from last year, according to official census data at the university. UCM had a 1.7 percent increase at the undergrad level and a 24.1… Read more »

Fraternity Complex reopens: Air tests clear of mold

By STEVEN SPEARS News Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Students moving into the Fraternity Complex can now breathe easy. Jeff Murphy, assistant director of University Relations, said roughly 100 of the students living in Diemer Hall began to move back in to the Fraternity Complex Tuesday. The university conducted air quality tests in mid-August, after custodial staff found an area in the Fraternity… Read more »

Alum receives Young Journalist award

By LEAH WANKUM Managing Editor (COLUMBIA, Mo., digitalBURG) — Only two years after graduating UCM, she’s already received statewide recognition for her work in journalism. Nicole Cooke, 2013 UCM alumna, is the news editor and city reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, in Sedalia, Missouri. For her efforts these last two years, she was recognized as a 2015 William E. James Outstanding Young Journalist of… Read more »

Crosswalk signs walk away

By LEAH WANKUM Managing Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Nearly half of the new crosswalk signs around campus have gone missing in the past four months. Scott Rhoad, director of the UCM Department of Public Safety, said 13 have been removed since UCM Parking Services installed them on streets going through campus in mid-April. A total of… Read more »

Ucmo_snaps’ story taps out: Popular snapchat account suspended, deleted

Editor’s Note: This version explains the function of the third-party app that led to the suspension of the Snapchat account. By ALEX AGUEROS Sports Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — A Snapchat message is best described as self-destructive. “Snaps” are picture or video messages sent through the popular mobile app. Since the app was developed in 2011, users send… Read more »

UCM offers LGBTQ group counseling

By KAITLIN BROTHERS Reporter (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Counseling sessions for groups identifying with LGBTQ are currently underway on campus. The UCM Counseling Center offers services for students facing issues such as coming out, spirituality, family relationships, self-esteem, depression and identity development. Students can gain support from peers, understand issues, make friends and be in a healthy… Read more »

Walk for suicide prevention

By LIZZIE RIDDER Reporter (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Whether you go as an individual or in a group, all are encouraged to join the community for a walk that is designed to raise awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention. “My husband died by suicide,” said April Roller, chairman of the walk. “But if you look on… Read more »

Union opens mother’s room

By STEVEN SPEARS News Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Nursing mothers on campus now have a clean, quiet place to pump or breastfeed. The Elliott Student Union added a nursing mother room to the women’s restroom in the Smiser Alumni Center last semester after years of having breastfeeding mothers go to whatever room was available at the… Read more »

UCM creates more inclusive bathrooms on campus

By STEVEN SPEARS News Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Buildings campuswide are changing the way restrooms are classified. The university, in conjunction with the UCM Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support, have started converting several restrooms into gender-neutral facilities in an effort to promote inclusivity. Sources contacted for this story could not confirm the total number… Read more »