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The Student
John Underwood
April 05, 1976
Removed from the showcase of his sport, what is he, who is he—the big-time college basketball player? A look at Missouri's Jim Kennedy
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April 05, 1976

The Student

Removed from the showcase of his sport, what is he, who is he—the big-time college basketball player? A look at Missouri's Jim Kennedy

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"She was hanging around after the game the other night, but I think she saw me with Terri."

"Did you make your 7:40 class?" Anderson asked Kennedy. Anderson is an honor student.

"You know how that is. I don't think they should allow 7:40s. I've made it four times in five weeks. That's four out of 15."

"You don't have to go at all if you can get the notes."

"Except for the tests."

"They don't even take roll most of the time. Never in the lecture halls. How could they? It'd take the whole period."

... Mississippi moon wontcha keep on shining...

The School

The reason for Columbia, Mo. is the University of Missouri. Founded in 1839, the first state university west of the Mississippi, its landmarks include the largest nuclear research reactor on any campus, the original grave marker of Thomas Jefferson and the world's first school of journalism. J-schoolers make up 1,036 of the 23,000 students and project a fierce intramural competition onto the pages of the Columbia Missourian, the city's principal morning daily, and the in-house tabloids ManEater and Campus Digest, staffed by pre-J-schoolers.

The Missouri campus is an architectural mismarriage, the painstaking old and the stark, slab-sided, glass-and-aluminum new. But inside those walls there is a Midwestern consistency and a profound functionalism. The 4-year-old, $11 million Warren E. Hearnes Multipurpose Building, a giant hat box that seats 12,600 for basketball, was so named to convince the state legislature it would house many things (offices, indoor tracks, courts, lecture halls, etc.). Missouri has not had a significant social protest on campus since 1972, when an antiwar group made what was later termed a tepid rebuke of an ROTC parade.

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