13 top UMSL Daily stories from 2013

Students unearthing dinosaur bones, a faculty member studying the effects of viewing “The Biggest Loser” and an alumnus’ recollection of rapping in The Nosh were among 13 of the most popular UMSL Daily posts from 2013. Introductions to a business dean, basketball coach and future science building also drew significant interest from our readership.

Here’s a look back at 13 widely read UMSL Daily posts from 2013:

"The Rocky Horror Show" at UMSL

1. HIGH-HEELED AND WAXED, UMSL STUDENT STEPS INTO ‘ROCKY HORROR’ ROLE

Brian J. Rolf, a junior theatre and dance major, grew up going to midnight showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” So landing the role of Frank ‘N’ Furter was a dream come true, even if it meant shaving his legs.

UMSL students walk to class in The Quad

2. UMSL MAKES ‘BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK’ LIST

UMSL was one of only three Missouri universities to make Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 exclusive list. The publication said schools like UMSL might not be considered big names nationally, but they deliver for their students big-time.

UMSL students on a dino dig

3. UMSL STUDENTS UNEARTH DINOSAUR SKULL

Graduate students Michelle Hrastich and Rebecca Thorn spent part of their summer in Jordan, Mont., where they discovered a full triceratops skull. They named it “Karma.”

UMSL's 2013 Distinguished Alumni

4. UMSL HONORS 6 ALUMNI FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Each year, UMSL recognizes its most distinguished alumni. This year’s class included a judge, an assistant attorney general, a former Secret Service special agent, a nonprofit president, a superintendent and a surveying and engineering firm president.

UMSL's Jina Yoo

5. WATCHING ‘BIGGEST LOSER’ CAN SPUR ANTI-FAT ATTITUDES, ACCORDING TO COMMUNICATION SCHOLAR

Communication Associate Professor Jina Yoo found that the show foments anti-fat attitudes by leading viewers to believe weight control is up to the willpower of individuals. Viewers repeatedly watching obese contestants lose up to 100 pounds in three months fuels that negative perception.

Science Learning Building at UMSL

6. UMSL BREAKS GROUND ON SCIENCE BUILDING

Work began on the new Science Learning Building in October. The $32 million, four-story, 75,000-square foot facility will house advanced, equipment-intensive teaching laboratories when it’s completed in 2015.

Charles Hoffman, dean of the College of Business Administration at UMSL

7. BUSINESS EXECUTIVE NAMED UMSL DEAN

Former Covad Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Hoffman is more than a champion for UMSL; he’s also a product of the university. Hoffman earned from UMSL a BSBA in 1974 and an MBA in 1976.

Bob Sundvold, head coach of the UMSL men's basketball team

8. BOB SUNDVOLD INTRODUCED AS UMSL HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

Following a 13-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a four-year stint as head coach at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, Sundvold returned to the University of Missouri System to lead the UMSL Tritons.

UMSL alumnus Richard Williams, who raps under the moniker Prince Ea

9. ALUMNUS PRINCE EA TALKS NOSH RAPPING, NEW ALBUM

Richard Williams has made a name for himself in St. Louis as the so-called “smart rapper” Prince Ea. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU about his new album and his days as a student freestyling in The Nosh.

UMSL student cast of "For Colored Girls"

10. TOUHILL PRODUCTION IS TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR UMSL STUDENT

Tierra Brown, a senior in media studies, never thought she’d star in a major university production, nor did she initially throw her hat in the ring when auditions were first announced. But at the urging of Jacqueline Thompson, visiting assistant professor of theatre, she auditioned and landed the lead role.

UMSL graduate student Lauren Salminen

11. PSYCHOLOGY PHD STUDENT GETS PUBLISHED IN 2 SCHOLAR JOURNALS

Getting a research article accepted for publication is a big deal for a graduate student. Lauren Salminen had two articles accepted for publication in two different journals – on the same day.

UMSL English Professor Sally Barr Ebest

12. ENGLISH PROFESSOR’S BOOK LANDS AT NO. 2 ON LOCAL BEST-SELLER LIST

Only a book by Dave Eggers kept “The Banshee” by Sally Barr Ebest, professor of English and director of the Gender Studies program, from No. 1 on the bestsellers list for St. Louis-area independent bookstores. As she pointed out, that’s good company to be in.

UMSL glass sculpture

13. ‘UMSL in Glass’ wall dedicated at sunset ceremony

What started as an idea from an advertising techniques class taught by Kristy Tucciarone, associate teaching professor of media studies, became a reality in February. The unveiling of the new on-campus public art was one of many events held throughout the year to celebrate the UMSL Jubilee, the university’s 50th anniversary.

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