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Drury Class Joins Little Free Library Movement

Sep 2, 2014
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“Take a book. Leave a book.” That’s the slogan for Little Free Library, a worldwide, community-building movement aimed at fostering a love of books and reading. Here in Springfield, one Drury University class has decided to dive headfirst into the movement by building its own. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

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If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? It’s an age-old question that often gets a variety of answers. For Ozarks native David Lewis, millions have been pledged on his behalf to area schools. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended a dedication ceremony Tuesday and has this report.

“It will, of course, affect many students and is already impacting students today at Drury. But the David Lewis gift is one that will also impact generations, and for that, we are extremely grateful,” said Dr. Manuel.

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As the school year begins, many high school seniors are already looking at colleges around the nation, and The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 379 Colleges, has turned some attention to the Ozarks. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports on how local colleges made the ranks.

The book, The Best 379 Colleges, looks at roughly 15 percent of all four-year schools, and judges them based on academic rigor, and uniquely, surveys each student attending those schools.

David Soto is the co-author of the book.

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For first-time college students, move-in day is a first step in a new adventure.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann went to Drury University Friday to learn more about how the school works to make this a smooth transition for students.

Pulling up to the residence halls on the Drury University campus drivers are greeted by several people dressed in blue t-shirts and smiles.  These helpers direct newcomers while unloading cars and moving items inside.  Mike Brothers is Drury’s director of media relations. 

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For 14 years, a class offered at Drury University gives residents of the Missouri Hotel an artistic outlet to express themselves. Students taking the class are able to gain field experience, but also help residents look at their lives in new ways. KSMU’s Taylor Brim has more. 

“How does it make you feel to be able to do something like this?” Asks Yufei Zhao, a student at Drury University, who is participating in a course entitled Community Through Arts.

“Like a kid again,” the group responds “Fun. Like a kid again, yeah.”