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Opinion: Remote learning on snow days is unjust

Opinion: Remote learning on snow days is unjust

Alvar Negrete-Baños
February 23, 2022

It was a downright balmy autumn day when an email from UMKC popped into my inbox. The subject line read “Winter Weather Procedures.” Fair enough. Even though the weather was on the warmer side at the time, it was probably better to prepare students early in a city with...

Winter months bring challenges for small businesses and student employees

Winter months bring challenges for small businesses and student employees

Alvar Negrete-Baños
December 6, 2021

The holiday season injects chaos into every aspect of life. Businesses change hours and workers request time off to spend with family or on final exams and papers. Both employees and employers deal with the season’s strain. “Holidays create unexpected drops in revenue...

International students contribute to community service store’s grand opening

International students contribute to community service store’s grand opening

Alvar Negrete-Baños
November 29, 2021

Students at UMKC’s Applied Language Institute (ALI) got their hands dirty as part of their day of service.  Despite past setbacks from the global pandemic shutdown, two groups of students volunteered in early November at ReStore and Habitat for Humanity locations in...

The Kansas City Museum has reopened all four floors of its facility. (Alvar Negrete-Baños)

Kansas City Museum reopens after 13 years, $22 million in renovations

Alvar Negrete-Baños
November 1, 2021

After 13 years of renovations and planning, the Kansas City Museum reopened to the public in late October. The museum had been mostly closed since 2008, during which the community has allocated roughly $22 million in public funding and private contributions to extensive renovations. Now,...

Review: “Dune” gives sci-fi a hot new look

Review: “Dune” gives sci-fi a hot new look

Alvar Negrete-Baños
November 1, 2021

The new telling of the science-fiction masterpiece “Dune” is a beautifully bizarre blend of rich storytelling, Hollywood action and otherworldly scene-setting. This most recent film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s critically acclaimed novel rips viewers out of their seats...

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