Missouri Orthopaedic Institute to host seminar for runners

As a lifelong runner, I was really excited to cover this event at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. I ran cross country in high school for 3 years, and it was undoubtedly my favorite sport. I advanced to the state championships each year even without having an official coach to teach me proper training techniques. I think this is a great opportunity for competitive runners to learn the fundamentals, and I wish this opportunity existed when I was still in high school. 


COLUMBIA — Missouri Orthopaedic Institute will host a free seminar for runners Thursday to counsel them on healthy training techniques.

The seminar, titled “The Lifelong Runner — Protecting Your Body Mile After Mile,” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the institute’s fourth floor conference room at 1100 Virginia Ave., according to a news release from MU Health Care. 

“Running is a really popular activity,” said Colin Planalp, the media coordinator for the event. “This is good opportunity to reach out to the community and provide information that’s important to them.”

The seminar is a part of the institute’s “Knowledge Now” seminar series, designed to educate Columbia citizens about health issues.  

It will feature a panel of six of the institute’s health professionals who specialize in sports medicine, Planalp said, including orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians and a physical therapist. They will share training techniques for better safety and performance.

They will also discuss methods to prevent injuries and the latest treatments for common running injuries. 

Space at the seminar is limited, according to the news release.


Speakers to discuss renewable energy Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium

This was a news brief assigned to me by John Schneller, the enterprise beat editor at the Missourian. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about sustainable energy beforehand, but I wanted to take on the story nonetheless. I was on a fairly tight deadline, so I quickly researched the subject so I would know what questions to ask the event’s media coordinator. The original article was actually quite a bit longer, but it was cut down substantially due to space constraints and the fact that it was supposed to be a news “brief,” not a full-length article. Nonetheless, I’m glad that I’m showing improvement on my ability to write on deadline. 

Speakers to discuss renewable energy Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:15 p.m. CST; updated 1:18 p.m. CST, Monday, November 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two speakers will discuss sustainable energy and the hazards of nuclear power at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium on MU campus.

The event, which is open to the public, is titled “Poison-Free Power.” It will include speeches from S. David Freeman, former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and John Rachow, chair of the Radiation and Health Committee at Physicians for Social Responsibility, according to a press release from the Osage Group, one of the event’s sponsors.

Rachow will speak about the danger of waste from nuclear reactors, including that of the Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton, according to the release. Freeman will discuss the need for the U.S. to increase its renewable energy sources.

The event is sponsored by several advocacy groups, including the Osage Group, Missourians for Safe Energy, the mid-Missouri Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Missouri Coalition for the Environment and MU Peace Studies.

Is print journalism on the way out?

During Tuesday’s lecture class, I could not get over the fact that Michael Golden said The New York Times charges $800 for a yearly subscription to its newspaper. While that includes a full digital subscription as well, that just seems like an unbelievable amount of money to spend for a newspaper.

While I know the Times has a lot of clout and prestige, I find it hard to believe that people will continue to pay such a large sum for information that is readily available for free from news aggregate sources. Contrarily, a full-digital access to the Times is only $440 per year, which is a much better deal in comparison to the print subscription. Is it really worth an extra $360 per year to read from a newspaper?

Maybe it’s worth it to some, but I have a feeling the Times’ print revenue will decline in recent years as more subscribers discover the better value of the digital subscription. As Golden said, newspapers are considerably less valuable by noon and seemingly worthless by sundown. A digital subscription would allow readers to consume up-to-the-minute breaking news at any time during the day, instead of waiting for the paper to arrive the next morning. Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see if the Times’ readers will transition to the new media age and leave the print edition behind.

Missouri’s invisible road lines — the unreported truth

Missouri’s non-reflective road lines pose a serious threat to drivers at night during the rain. You know it. I know it. And more than anybody, truck drivers know it. However, it doesn’t look like the safety concern is going to go away anytime soon. 

As I was driving on Stadium Boulevard last night during the rain, I struggled to keep my car between the road lines. Even with my bright-lights on, the “retro-reflective” road paint seemed to blend in with the concrete, making them nearly invisible despite my perfect 20/20 vision. I might as well have been driving blindfolded.

I’ve desperately tried to get to the bottom of this story throughout the first half of the semester, but nobody seems to have any suggestions to improve their reflectivity, or even acknowledge the danger. Maybe the technology doesn’t exit. Maybe it does. Either way, drivers will have to persevere, as MoDOT has no plans to change its road paint anytime soon.