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Shifts anticipated “A person commits the crime of sexual assault if he


in education act By KOURTNEY GEERS yearly progress reports based
has sexual intercourse with another person knowing
that he does so without that person’s consent.”
— Missouri Revised Statutes, section 566.040
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com on standardized test scores,
Education leaders in Colum- with the end goal being that

a
bia have a “wait and see” atti- 100 percent of students will
tude about proposed changes achieve grade-level proficien-
to the current No Child Left
Behind Act.
cy by 2014.
Obama said the reautho- No sexual assault
After eight years
in action, the act is
facing changes that
rization of the Elementary
and Secondary Education at MU has been

question
Act, of which No Child Left
“... We aren’t
waiting for the law
would reward high-
achieving schools
and toughen con-
Behind is the current incar-
nation, would recognize the
need for federal government
prosecuted in at
of the land ... to
force us to make
sequences for low-
achieving schools.
to play a leading role in the
encouragement of reform and least five years.
On Monday, Con- standards, but changes will
That’s not unusual
of
gress received primarily stem from states,
improvements.” President Barack school districts and schools.
Sally Beth Lyon Obama’s plan to “I think in Columbia, we are
for universities

consent
Columbia Public Schools chief implement sweep- always striving to improve
academic officer ing changes to the

nationwide.
our schools, and we aren’t
country’s education waiting for the law of the
policy, removing land — in this case No Child
some mandates of No Child Left Behind — to force us
Left Behind and adding more. to make improvements,” said
Congress must pass the plan Sally Beth Lyon, Columbia
for any changes to be put into Public Schools chief academ-
place. ic officer.
The current No Child Obama’s proposed “Blue-
Left Behind Act evaluates a print” includes the following
school’s success by adequate Please see school, page 8a

Celebrate Sunshine Law, By ROSEANN MORING

view government records


I
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com

t’s October 2008, and a woman reports


to MU police that she’s been raped.
By Patrick SweeT The real property database
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com gives you a history of land At first, the man she accuses says the
March 14 to 21 has been ownership along with cur- sexual encounter was consensual. After
declared by the American rent property assessments.
Society of News Editors as several hours of questioning, he shifts his
The personal property data-
“Sunshine Week,” a time to base tells you what someone story nearer to that of the woman, accord-
shine the spotlight on the owns, such as the 2007 Har- ing to the police report. OK, he admits: The
rights of the people to open ley Davidson FLTR Road
government and freedom of Glide motorcycle Gary Pinkel woman didn’t want to have sex.
information. declared in 2009. But when police ask whether he considered
Every day this week, and what he did to be rape, the 19-year-old seems
once a week after, Where you get the surprised at the word — even though he acknowl-
the Missourian will records: edges feeling that he did something wrong,
show me the highlight another The information is avail- according to the police report.

records government record.


You can learn a lot
about your com-
able on the Boone County
Assessor’s Web site at show-
No charges were ever filed against the suspect.
That is the norm in cases of sexual assault that
occur at MU, according to statistics from MU
meboone.com/assessor. Real
munity, state and police and Boone County prosecutor’s office.
property and personal prop-
country. Open records help It’s also the norm around the country, accord-
erty are listed in separate
people keep government in ing to a recent 12-month Center for Public
categories on the left side of Integrity investigation. The center found a host
check and help them better
the page. of institutional barriers for people who report
understand how government
affects their lives. How much it will cost: sexual assault on campuses. It said that official
The information is free, but campus assault statistics often don’t jibe with
The records: the number of assaults reported to campus orga-
Boone County Assessor’s you have to register with the
nizations, such as victims advocacy groups.
Personal and Real Property assessor’s office. The form
Database asks for a “purpose” to view Please see assault, page 6a
the records, but under the
Why you’d want them: Missouri Sunshine Law you
To see what property an are not required to have a
individual or business owns. reason to view open records.

Parkade Center parties as it renovates


Bagpipes mark the mall’s second St. Patrick’s Day festivities
By ELISA ESSNER Director Ben Gakinya worked said Gakinya, who has run the
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com the crowd, promising that the place since 2008. “You talk to
There was hardly a soul main event would begin soon someone from Hallsville, and
in sight in the atrium of the — though the squeak and moan they have memories. They get
Parkade Center on Wednesday of bagpipes being tuned close starry-eyed thinking about
just a few minutes before a St. by made that clear. what Parkade used to be.”
Patrick’s Day event was sched- Finally, five pipers from the The large mixed-use building
uled to begin. Then a construc- Boone County Fire Protection was once an area attraction but
tion worker walked down the District Pipe and Drum band fell into decline in the 1970s
hall, followed by two women appeared in their black, blue because of absentee owner-
in kilts. and green plaid, sporting belt ship and the rise of Columbia
Music playing over the mall’s buckles and kilt pins with their Mall. In the late 1970s, the U.S.
sound system competed with individual family crests. They Department of Agriculture
the whining of power tools. played for about a half hour to moved in and is now the facil-
A few green balloons floated polite applause. ity’s largest tenant.
toward the atrium’s ceiling. It’s the second year Parkade That will change when Mober-
A small crowd began to Center has hosted bagpipers for ly Area Community College
gather at one end of the atri- St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s just opens its consolidated Colum-
um — almost by accident, it one of the many events Gakinya bia campus for its 2,000 area
seemed. They were mostly mall has brought to the center as he students in the fall. The renova-
AUGUST KRYGER/Missourian tenants, but a few other specta- pours his energy into revitaliz- tion taking place to accommo-
Heather Foote, right, and Bill McKenzie tune their bagpipes before performing at the tors made their way in from ing Columbia’s oldest mall. date the college accounts for
Parkade Center on Wednesday in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. outside. Parkade’s Managing “It used to be such a draw,” Please see parkade, page 6a

Budget Cuts Opinion Index


OURDECISION2010 Missourians have submitted many David Webber offers five ways to Abby 7A
ideas to the state Senate about revamp the overstretched public Calendar 2A

Meet the candidates


ways to save money in a year when defender system. The Missouri Bar Classified 5B
finances are tight. Two suggestions: Association, the Missouri Supreme Comics 7A
legalize marijuana and stop issuing Court and the state Senate say the
Sid Sullivan, who at one point in his life was Life Stories 4A
driver’s licenses. Page 8A system isn’t up to the standards
three years short of becom- Lottery 2A
required by the Bar’s code of ethics.
Page 5A Nation 3A
ing a Jesuit priest, says his
Opinion 5A
political motivations are
Sports 1B
all about solving problems.
Basketball Today’s Sudoku 6B
He brings a wide range of
Missouri and Clemson have similar weather World 3A
experiences to his cam- styles, which should make the NCAA Today: Areas of fog before 9 a.m.
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Faith, civil rights impact Sullivan


Almost a Jesuit priest, now ‘standing up for the little guy’
By Chris Canipe Sullivan at Colombiere when automatically.” declined minor orders, which A hard time sitting still
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Rosenberg was 17. Rosenberg In the summer of 1968, is the first big step toward the Sullivan had retired from
The girls all knew he want- has had a long career with Akron experienced six priesthood.” business but quickly fell into
ed to be a priest. the World Bank and special- straight days of riots. The Rosenberg, Sullivan’s class- local politics. Joan Sullivan
“I think it was something izes in a form of aid known as National Guard had to be mate at Colombiere, didn’t says they began attending
that was growing,” he says. microfinance. called in. complete his Jesuit training city meetings shortly after
“It got to be a problem senior “He was quiet, he was It was in that atmosphere of either. He knows of only a moving to Columbia.
year of high school. In terms funny, and he often had a glint unrest that Sullivan met the handful of his classmates who “We have a passion for
of getting dates, it was always in his eye,” Rosenberg says woman who would become did. standing up for the little guy,”
a problem.” of Sullivan. “If you played his wife. “The degree of personal tur- she says.
Sid Sullivan grew up in auto a practical joke on him, you Joan Anderson was from moil that went along with that In 2005 it was people with
plant country: Birmingham, ought to be ready for a nucle- Akron and had been active was high,” he says. “At the disabilities whose Medicare
Mich., a suburb of Detroit. ar response.” with the Coalition for Action same time, we got a superb benefits were cut by the Mis-
His father was an engineer at Rosenberg says novitiate Now. It was a dangerous time education.” souri legislature. The follow-
General Motors. training occurred in an iso- to be involved. Sullivan’s next step was to ing year, Sid Sullivan tried to
“I later found out it was lated community where each “One of our people got their unseat incumbent Ed Robb
move back to Illinois where
called heart attack row,” he person had specialties. Rosen- house shot up,” she says. “I for the 24th District seat, but
he took a job with the state
says. “My dad had his first berg and Sullivan were both was given police protection. I he lost to Jim Ritter in the
Department of Corrections
heart attack when I was about barbers. had children, and it got really Democratic primary.
“I did something to Sid; I hairy.” in Springfield where he stud-
8 years old. His fourth heart In 2006 he challenged
can’t remember what,” Rosen- One night the Jesuits called ied jails and worked to make
attack killed him.” Karen Miller for Southern
berg says, “and when I opened a meeting at the Akron Urban improvements to how they
Sullivan’s dad died when District Boone County com-
my underwear drawer I found League to bring black and were run.
Sid was in high school. He
was befriended by the local a drawer full of hair from the white organizers together. “They were in very bad missioner and lost in the pri-
mary with only 30 percent
SID SULLIVAN
parish priest and began to barber shop.” The blacks didn’t trust their shape back in the ’70s,” he
says. of the votes. (There was no
seriously consider that life Rosenberg was a year white counterparts. Republican challenger, so the 2980 Maple Bluff Drive
for himself. After graduation, behind Sullivan at Colom- “It became very incendi- He also got back in touch
primary decided the race).
he entered the Jesuit semi- biere. They parted ways when ary,” she says. “I was just with Joan. She joined him in PERSONAL
Despite losing two previous
nary, the teaching branch of Sullivan moved to Chicago to looking for the exit. I thought Illinois, and they married in Age 67. He is married to Joan
races, he says he has learned
the Catholic priesthood. begin the education phase of there was going to be a riot. 1975. “I established roots for a lot. Sullivan.
Sid Sullivan is one of six his training, earning bache- Then Mr. Sullivan, young Mr. the first time,” he says. “You develop a constitu-
people running for mayor on lor’s degrees in philosophy Sullivan, calmed it down, and That same year, the Sul- OCCUPATION
ency. In every case there was
the April 6 ballot. He brings and mathematics from Loyola we got down to business and livans moved to Oak Park, a a problem we were trying to Retired. Worked for Roche Diag-
a range of experiences to University. started talking.” suburb of Chicago. Sullivan solve,” he says. nostics for 12 years. He worked
the campaign: teacher, com- As part of his training, Sul- The two were friendly dur- worked for the Circuit Court Part of Sullivan’s approach
munity organizer, corrections livan worked with a parish ing that time but didn’t date. of Cook County for 12 years. in the Illinois Department of Cor-
to politics is to write. He is a
analyst and pharmaceutical priest on Chicago’s West Side, Sullivan eventually moved He later joined the private rections and in the Cook County
prolific contributor to local
sales representative. But a a neighborhood that had seen to New York City to attend sector in 1988 when he took clerk’s office, also in Illinois.
opinion pages. “I do better
higher calling shaped all of a lot of its white population the New School for Social a job with Roche Diagnostic at writing than public speak- EDUCATION
those experiences. flee to the suburbs. Research, where he earned a
Systems, a subsidiary of the ing,” he says. “I’m getting
“There are parish priests, “We went down every week- master’s degree in sociology. He earned bachelor’s degrees
pharmaceutical giant Hoff- better the more I write.”
and there are order priests,” end to try and meet people He also worked for U.S. Sen.
mann-La Roche, earning a City planning is a favorite in philosophy and mathematics
he says. “The Jesuits are a and find out what the prob- Jacob Javits, D-N.Y.
lems were and try to create The job involved helping master’s degree in business topic and one of the central from Loyola University, 1967;
teaching order. Jesuits take a planks in his campaign for
a community that would be people through a community administration along the way. master’s degree in sociology
vow of poverty, chastity and mayor. He says Columbia has
obedience.” somewhat cohesive,” Sullivan center in Hunts Point — a The first Sullivan to run from the New School for Social
says. “We weren’t trying to neighborhood in the South for office wasn’t Sid, but Joan made mistakes by allowing Research, 1972; master’s
The Jesuit formation is a too much development to take
long process, the first step convert anybody.” Bronx with a large Puerto — twice. In 1994 she ran for degree in business administra-
After graduation Sullivan Rican population. a county commission seat in place too quickly.
being a two-year period of tion from DePaul University,
was assigned to a Jesuit high “A lot of poor people that Cook County, Ill. She says she Sullivan says cities all over
prayer, work and study called 1988.
school in Cuyahoga Falls, spoke Spanish but didn’t read finished second in the race the country have overdevel-
novitiate training. Sullivan
near Akron, Ohio, to complete Spanish and didn’t speak and came close to unseating oped, leaving a glut of prop-
spent his time as a novitiate RELEVANT BACKGROUND
the next phase of his Jesuit English were moving to New the incumbent. In 1996 she erty in the current reces-
in Clarkston, Mich., at Colom- He was vice president of the
formation. He taught math York,” he says. “They were ran for U.S. Congress in a sion. “To a certain extent
biere College, a Jesuit institu-
and served as summer school just getting really gobbled crowded field that included that’s what happened here on Downtown Optimist Club of
tion affiliated with the Uni-
principal. He also became up.” Danny Davis, who won the the north side of Columbia Columbia, 2006-07 and 2009-
versity of Detroit.
involved in the civil rights After graduating, Sullivan election and still represents because of the rapid develop- present; president of Maple
Richard Rosenberg met
struggle exploding around found himself at a crossroads. Illinois’ 7th District. ment,” he says. Bluff Homeowners Association,
him. He was nearing the final Sullivan’s campaign man-
Sullivan traveled extensive- ager is Arthur Nunn, a 20-
2006-08; former candidate for
phase of the Jesuit formation
“If you played a Tense times and would soon be a priest.
ly while working for Roche.
Fulton was a regular destina-
year-old with a surprising Southern Boone County com-
missioner; former candidate for
practical joke on Sullivan was in Ohio from
1967 to 1969, a period when
But it wasn’t to be. After com-
pleting 12 of 15 years of train-
tion, and the area attracted
political resume.
He helped manage the 24th District state representa-
him, you ought Akron suffered severe racial ing, Sullivan left the order.
him. When he retired in 2002,
they moved to nearby Colum-
MySpace page for John tive.
tensions. He became active in Edwards’ campaign in 2004.
to be ready for a an effort to repeal neighbor- Putting down roots bia. In 2008 he worked for Steve ON THE WEB
nuclear response.” hood covenants that restrict-
ed African-Americans from
“I think it got to me after
a while,” he says. “The one
“Columbia is a vibrant com-
munity,” he says. “It’s close
Gaw’s campaign for Mis-
souri’s 9th District seat in
Sullivan’s campaign Web site is
sidsullivan.com. He also has a
Richard Rosenberg living in certain areas. thing that’s really denied to enough to Chicago that we the U.S. House of Representa- Facebook page, Sid Sullivan for
Former classmate at Colombiere “The Civil Rights Act of you (as a priest) is the close could get back. We kept our tives. He met Sullivan during
theater tickets in Chicago, Mayor! (Columbia, Mo.), and a
College, a Jesuit institution ’64 was just four years ago,” relationship with someone the campaign at a Muleskin-
he says. “It was a tense time. else. It was something that and for a couple of years we ners forum. Twitter account.
affiliated with the University of
Detroit Just because the law passed was bothering me for prob- would commute back four “He has a very diverse
didn’t mean things changed ably the last several years. I times a year.” background,” Nunn says.

School: Plan proposes changes achievement problems: The tion Association, responded to elementary education, said:
CONTINUED from page 1A
changes: lowest-achieving 5 percent the plan in a news release “For the federal government
n Schools deemed “excel- of schools would be required expressing disappointment to come in and say that they
lent” or showing significant take aggressive action, includ- in the administration’s first know what is best for every
progress would be rewarded ing replacing principals, clos- attempt to change education school, I see a problem with
through increased aid dis- ing or replacing staff. The policy. that.”
persed through grants for next-lowest 5 percent would “We were expecting to see Sanctions of the current
which the schools must com- be placed on a warning list a much broader effort to truly act include the federal gov-
pete. and expected to take major transform public education ernment changing curricu-
n All students should gradu- steps to improve. The 5 per- for kids,” he said. “Instead, lum, replacing staff or taking
ate from high school ready for cent of schools with the wid- the accountability system of over control of the schools not
college and a career by 2020, est achievement gaps would this ‘blueprint’ still relies on meeting the yearly progress
replacing the 2014 grade-level be required to reduce dispari- standardized tests to identify goals.
proficiency goal. ties. winners and losers.” “When it comes to the sanc-
n States would be required
Dennis Van Roekel, presi- Jack Jensen, Columbia tions part of No Child Left
to intervene in schools with dent of the National Educa- assistant superintendent for Behind here in Columbia,
Missouri, I don’t think that
that has led to improvement,”
Jensen said. He also said that
he thinks improvements could
be made if the funding used
for sanctions could be used
to provide better educational
opportunities at low-perform-
ing schools.
“You can walk through
schools that are designated
‘failing’ and find good teach-
ers and incredible learning
taking place,” said Columbia
Missouri National Education
Association President Susan
McClintic. “I don’t think 100
percent of anything should be
expected, particularly from
children.”
Jensen, McClintic and Lyon
said they were all waiting to
see what changes the govern-
ment may end up implement-
ing.
McClintic said she looks
forward to the future meet-
ing of leaders of the National
Education Association and the
Obama administration.
“I have a wait-and-see atti-
tude on what will happen in
Washington,” Lyon said. “What
is proposed is sometimes dif-
ferent than the result once it’s
gone through the legislative
process.”