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Mizzou starts semester Tuesday amid pandemic

Mizzou starts a new semester on Tuesday. All students living on campus had to take a COVID-19 test. The school says, out of 1,319 students tested since Jan. 11, the positivity rate is 0.6%. Testing will continue through Jan. 21.

Chancellor Mun Choi says he stands by his decision in June not to remove the Thomas Jefferson statue on campus. Organizers got thousands of signatures on a petition calling for the statue to come down, because Jefferson was a slaveowner. Choi says it is the school’s role to provide context to history, not erase it.

“We should always learn from history, and then we shouldn’t remove it,” Choi said. “But at the same time, we should be open to the perspectives that are shared, even among individuals that we consider to be our heroes.”

Choi joined CEO Roundtable, Saturdays at 7 a.m. on 93.9 The Eagle.

(This story was last updated at 5:19 a.m. Tuesday.)

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