UM System audit reveals millions in ‘inappropriate’ payments

“Inappropriate” bonus payments to university employees — totaling over $2 million — were sometimes marked as incentives but had no specific criteria, according to the Missouri state auditor in a report released Monday.

Funds were also dispersed for luxury vehicle allowances, even though a mileage reimbursement system might have been more efficient.

Read the full story from the Columbia Missourian, KOMU 8 News and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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Revisiting Columbia’s shantytown legacy

The University of Missouri has a long history of protests.

In 2015, a group of students under the banner of “Concerned Student 1950” camped out on the Carnahan Quadrangle to protest racism at the school’s flagship Columbia campus, confronting what they saw as an inappropriate silence from university officials.

Jonathan Butler, a graduate student and leader of the movement, staged a week-long hunger strike. This triggered support from the football team, which began a boycott of all sports-related activity to undergird Butler’s effort.

The national news media caught the story. Soon, the entire country had its eyes on MU.

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Committee considers university oversight

On Monday afternoon, Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 66 before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability.

If passed, the resolution would establish a new oversight commission for the University of Missouri System.

Read the Missourian’s coverage of the public hearing here.

MU Improv hosts CoMotion 2016

This April, MU Improv hosted its fourth annual CoMotion improv festival. During the two-night event, teams from across the Midwest traveled to Columbia to perform.

Watch the Missourian’s video coverage of the event here.