Author: Maria Kalaitzandonakes

I’m a CoMo native with a mile-long last name. I’m a sucker for wool socks, classic Coca Cola and afternoon naps. If I had a pet, I’d dub it Pigwidgeon, or maybe Alastor. I’ve stood right in between Asia and Europe, eaten my weight in lamb meat and walked the Great Wall. I’m fluent in Greek and a little wobbly in Spanish. I’ve broken my arm and lost five pairs of glasses. And I say both with an L, as in boLth, like a true Missourian. Before I became a tiger, I was a bruin, at Columbia’s very own Rock Bridge High School. There I got my start in agriculture and journalism. I ran the student newspaper and magazine, learning that I had a love for storytelling. CAFNR is where I call home right now, as an Agricultural Economics and Science and Agricultural Journalism double-major student. Someday I may use this degree for a career in agricultural public policy or foreign agricultural services. But for now, I’m just a freshman with some pretty blurry pipe dreams.

Those who leave homeland for U.S. often carry burden of guilt along with joy of freedom

“We are people that quit, people that left, the deserters,” Olga Mossine said. Leaving one’s country has two sides, the Ukranian native said. One that is wonderful – better opportunities, and one that is terrible – leaving behind your homeland.…

Eastern Orthodox Christians prepare for Lent

For some, a 40-day journey has just begun. The season of Lent, the time leading up to Easter, is here. Though the Roman Catholic’s abstaining from meat on Fridays and forgoing a favorite food or pastime during the Lenten season…

Goodnight econ fans: Jan Dauve retires

Jan Dauve never wanted to be a teacher. In fact, the current teaching professor, director of undergraduate studies and adviser chair in the agricultural and applied economics department really just wanted to fish. Originally, he chose the University of Missouri,…

’tis the season … for making plans for True/False

The air outside has turned icy, and students walk home from evening classes in darkness. It’s winter, so the holiday fever has ensued. Starbucks is serving foamy lattes in red and green, snowflake-covered cups, radio stations are blasting chestnut themed…

Job market postpones the ‘I do’

She sat behind him in calculus class, and knew he was cute from just the back of his head. After the first day, she went home to tell her roommate about her math crush. “So, from day one, I liked…

CP Editorial: My professor doesn’t even speak English

“To-may-to” or “to-mah-to,” however you say it, it’s time to stop throwing them at professors. Let’s take a second to address ever-present complaints of having a thickly accented teacher. Statistically, I get it; this is a new experience for most…

Second Chance holds 10th Paws in the Park

Every now and then man’s best friend needs a weekend off too; just a few hours to chill with his buddies enjoying juicy rawhide and a big glass of au de toilet bowl. No ‘sits’ or ‘heals’ are needed on…