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TV GuideWelcome to Mega Buzz, your go-to place for the latest and greatest spoilers on your favorite TV shows. We know you have questions, and we have answers! If you're craving scoop on something in particular, e-mail us your question at mega_scoop@tvguide or drop us a line at Twitter/TVGuide. You can also catch up on all the latest Mega Buzz right here! A major character death is coming our way before the end of Shadowhunters' second season, and it's going to absolutely, completely wreck the characters left behind. When TV Guide asked executive producer Todd Slavkin about who would kick the bucket, he had some interesting things to say. "Part of it, we were just following the order of the way things happen in the books," Slavkin told TV Guide. "And as you reach the end of your season, that's where the big climactic moments are." Shadowhunters: jdfhggfhk Sarah Hyland to Guest Star as Seelie Queen That could very well spell doom for poor little Max Lightwood (Jack Fulton) who died in the books from a blow to the head delivered by Sebastian (Will Tudor). It should also be noted that at the Shadowhunters panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Emeraude Toubia clammed up after mentioning Max, saying she didn't want to give too much away.

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University of Missouri police investigated social media rumors of clown sightings Monday, and authorities in Callaway County arrested a man on suspicion that he had falsely reported two incidents. The reports are part of a wave of mysterious clown sightings across the country. In Columbia, a report circulated on Twitter that a clown was skipping down the street and making 'odd noises' near the Reynolds Journalism Institute, 401 S. Ninth St. Parents saw that post and others that said clowns were seen in Greektown and called MU police, Capt. Brian Weimer said. Officers searched the area and could not confirm the reports, he said. 'There was no actual jdfhggfhk sightings,' he said, adding there have been no confirmed reports of anything of the sort happening on or near campus recently. Callaway County sheriff's deputies on Monday morning arrested 21-year-old Ronald J. Pace of Auxvasse after he admitted to them that he made up reports about clown sightings on Friday and Monday, according to a news release. Pace falsely reported that two people dressed as clowns were walking with shotguns on Route FF northwest of Kingdom City on Friday morning, the release said. He also made up a report of a clown assaulting a dog with a baseball bat in the area of county roads 245 and 272 at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, the release said. Pace was booked into the Callaway County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor making a false report and released on a summons. He is due to appear in court Nov. 4. Clown sightings began making national news in August, when children in South Carolina told police a group of people dressed as clowns tried to lure them to their home in a wooded area. Twelve people have been arrested in several states over the past several weeks on suspicion of making up reports of seeing people dressed as clowns, making threats of violence while in costume or chasing people while in clown garb, the New York Times reported Thursday. Boone County had its first report of a clown sighting Thursday. A security guard at Missouri Auto Auction told sheriff's deputies he saw two people dressed as clowns standing at the back fence of the property and staring at him. Deputies did not find anyone in the area who fit the description. Authorities in Howard County on Friday increased patrols after someone sent a student a message from a Facebook account called 'Aint Clownin Around' that threatened students from all county high schools would be kidnapped and teachers would be killed as they go to their cars. Howard County Sheriff Mike Neal said last week that it likely was a hoax but that security was increased as a precaution.

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Students enrolled at the University of Missouri today might never see the results of their advocacy for change addressing how minorities are, whether intentionally or unintentionally, marginalized on campus. The reality of academia is that systemic changes can happen only so quickly. MU was built on the tax dollars of slave owners. Former presidents owned slaves. The harsh reality of lynchings in Columbia still lives on in stories, and so does the oppression that minority students ' not just blacks ' feel today. And the experience for a minority student now, as told in the anecdotes shared at open forums, hasn't changed significantly in the past 50 years. Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton recalls jdfhggfhk a truck full of college-age students yelling racial slurs as he walked down the street when he was enrolled at MU in the mid-1960s. 'There is a positive trajectory the university is on, and it has come a very, very long way since 1964 ' that's a good thing,' said Middleton, a former trial attorney for the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. 'The bad part is that the progress that has been made to date has taken 50 years ' half of a century.' Resource centers, like the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center or the Multicultural Center, weren't there during Middleton's time as a student, and having those safe spaces is crucial, he said. THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE Jonathan Butler was new on campus when someone spray-painted a racial slur across his dorm room door in 2011. He's still at MU, pursuing his graduate degree despite frequently feeling unsafe while walking around campus. Butler is among the organizers of MU 4 Mike Brown, a student group that developed after Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson last August. Students rallied behind the organization as a way to show support for unarmed minorities who were killed by police officers. Organizers such as Butler held 'die-in' events, peaceful protests, poetry readings and other demonstrations to show ' like many around the country who have unified around the same issues ' their disdain over the marginalization many students feel. The discussion over time turned to the student experience in an attempt to push for change. At the first student forum on race relations, stories flowed liberally about faculty members patronizing students in the classroom and about experiences of minority students who have been called names or felt threatened while walking through Greektown. Discussion on campus heightened after several members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma were filmed singing a racist chant earlier this month. The participants at OU were punished, and the fraternity was kicked off of campus. After the incident, MU 4 Mike Brown supporters marched through Greektown and parts of campus in what organizers called a 'celebration of blackness.' About 45 minutes into the march, students added a chant: 'Back up, back up, we want freedom, freedom. All these racist ' Greeks, we don't need 'em, need 'em.' In December, student leaders from a handful of organizations representing multiple races and ethnicities gave administrators a list of requests. Among the requests was a call for public, monthly meetings with student leaders to discuss progress. The list also included changing deep-rooted problems: cultural competency training for faculty, recruiting more faculty and students of color ' things that, as MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin stressed to students at a forum last week, 'won't happen overnight.' 'There's no way we can turn a switch and things change immediately,' Loftin said when discussing student criticism of the chancellor's inaction after a demonstration this month that ended at his doorstep. 'Students need to understand that when it comes to faculty, which was the bulk of their concern, those things have to come from faculty leadership. I can't impose things on them and expect success. I have urged them along as best I can about that.' To some students, Loftin's response feels like finger-pointing. 'This has to start from the top, and the chancellor is at the top,' said Reuben Faloughi, a doctoral student in educational and counseling psychology. Faloughi described the forums as 'retraumatizing.' The ongoing discussion about students' experiences feels like an attempt to drag out the conversation until students are tired of talking, he said. Diversity at MU isn't just a black-and-white issue. Other minority students are also concerned about their voices being heard and are trying to inject their stories into the ongoing dialogue. Andrew Albarca, president of the MU Association of Latin American Students, said his organization ' like the Muslim Student Organization, LGBTQ supporters, the Asian American Association and other minority groups ' is using this time to engage in the discussion about marginalized populations. 'It seems like there are unheard voices on campus,' Albarca said. 'It doesn't always seem like our issues matter. We face issues like being tokenized, too. ... Student projects will require someone to interview a person from another country, and people automatically come to us even though most of the students in ALAS were born in America.' Student leaders from the Asian American Association declined to comment on this issue, and Muslim Student Organization leadership didn't respond to requests for comment. MU Faculty Council Chairman Craig Roberts is worried he might be part of the problem. It's a problem he wasn't even fully aware of until the first student forum in December. 'I am like many faculty members,' Roberts said. Out of 2,000 faculty members, 75 percent are white. That percentage has changed slightly in the past decade. In 2004, 83 percent of faculty were white. 'I'm typical. I think probably two-thirds of our faculty are just like me in terms of awareness, which is really what we're talking about here.' Until the December forum, Roberts had regarded the incident of students spreading cotton balls across the Black Culture Center lawn in 2010, the racial slur painted on a statue in 2011 and other similar problems as a series of isolated incidents. 'I realized in that listening session that we're not dealing with incidents; we're dealing with a way of life,' Roberts said. 'And for me, my white privilege is something I did not know I even had until that session. ... One student would tell a story, and hundreds would nod. You realize that they're all experiencing the same thing.' In late January, Roberts announced the creation of a 'race relations' committee spearheaded by journalism Associate Professor Berkley Hudson. Hudson hopes to have the committee members established this month. The committee doesn't have charges yet because, Roberts said, it's important to get the members in place, allow them to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. The goal in picking members is for diversity in viewpoints and backgrounds. No specifics have been laid out, but Roberts expects eight to 12 members on the committee, including a graduate and undergraduate student. Most of the members will be faculty. The committee will also have an outside circle of advisers, including student leaders, administrators and leaders in the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative ' a program meant to foster diversity through training and 'chances to discuss and promote inclusiveness.' Those people will be engaged for opinions and experiences but won't make decisions. 'Faculty are permanent; students are transient,' Roberts said. 'We need a faculty base of support for addressing these issues because they're the ones who define culture here, along with administrators.' Hudson, who has met with dozens of students, faculty and staff discussing these issues, said the committee will begin by identifying the problems. 'I can say from talking to students, faculty and staff over the last month that these are problems that happen every day,' he said. 'They happen in slight ways, and they happen in extreme ways. Nobody is being shot, but they're not being respected sometimes.' Hudson identified a cognitive dissonance on campus among those who, by 'a chosen unawareness,' aren't acknowledging there is a problem. There's a failure to communicate ' and an unwillingness in some cases, he said. 'We need innovative ideas to reach those people who don't think there's a problem or not much that could be done,' Hudson said. 'But I will say this: Could what happened at Oklahoma University have happened here? Most certainly. I want to do everything I can to make sure it doesn't.' Hudson's is an ad hoc committee, but an existing committee within the Faculty Council also is tackling the issue. Angela Speck, chairwoman of the faculty diversity committee, is hoping to address an overhaul in the way cultural competency is laced throughout the curriculum. Speck talked about her committee's goals at the open forum last week, providing her contact information for anyone interested in providing input. Because of a campus diversity requirement, it's mandated that programs include cultural learning in coursework. Some programs have classes focused on diversity, such as the cross-culture journalism class for students in the School of Journalism. Other programs integrate learning mechanisms into existing classes ' or they're supposed to. An overhaul of the diversity requirement was addressed several years ago but voted down by about 70 percent of faculty. 'It was voted down because there was a perception we didn't need it,' Speck told the crowd Tuesday afternoon at the forum. 'Clearly that's not true.' The committee is still in the information-gathering stage. ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES Expanding the route of the campus tour to include the social justice resource centers is in the works. Loftin also said he wants more minority students in the summer welcome program. Most of the students helping with the program now are white, he said. Although students criticized the chancellor for inaction and a lack of transparency, Loftin has been commended on social media sites and during the latest open forum for being direct about the way harassing comments will be dealt with by the university. Messages posted on an anonymous social media app, Yik Yak, after a Ferguson-related demonstration on campus last fall brought harassing online commentary to the fore. 'Lets burn down the black culture center & give them a taste of their own medicine,' one of the anonymous Yik Yak comments said after the event last December. Police have identified the IP addresses the comments were posted from and are continuing to investigate the Yik Yak case and others. At last week's forum, Loftin read the Missouri statute that outlines how harassing language can be a misdemeanor and, from there, how it can be elevated into a felony hate crime. 'There are consequences of your language,' Loftin said. 'This isn't the university' policy; 'this is the law.' On Wednesday, the chancellor suspended a student who posted negative remarks online in response to another student's letter to the editor in the Maneater, the MU student newspaper. The letter, written by MU senior Farah El-Jayyousi, was a response to the Missouri Students Association and Graduate Professional Council decision to show the film 'American Sniper' on campus in April. El-Jayyousi described how the screening makes her feel unsafe as a Muslim student on campus. The university hasn't released the name of the student Loftin suspended, but MU police sent the case to the Boone County prosecuting attorney for possible charges. Loftin is considering what other administrative actions can be taken. Loftin said he will consider several ideas that surfaced during last week's forum, including a shorter cultural sensitivity training program ' with a participation mandate ' to fill the void until Hudson's committee gets off the ground with more ideas. Students also asked for more transparency from Loftin, hoping to see weekly, if not daily, updates on what he's working on, whom he's meeting with, etc., to address the campus race issue. Loftin said he's thinking about how to distribute such updates to students. Loftin also said last week that he is considering making the school's chief diversity officer report directly to him. Middleton said he hopes the ongoing effort to get into the hearts and minds of others through education efforts inside and outside the classroom works, but since the campus shifted to that focus a few years ago with the creation of the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, he isn't confident that dramatic changes have been made. 'I like to think it has made some change in the hearts and minds of people, and that in the long run we will see the benefit of it,' Middleton said. Middleton said he hopes that, in the meantime, the discussion will remain about increasing diversity and not just by bringing in more minority students and faculty. 'Greater numbers of' diverse populations 'improve climate, no doubt, but let's not let the numbers drive that,' he said. 'Having more people of color heightens learning. It heightens the culture. If you latch onto that idea, then you're motivated to improve the quality of your product, not motivated to achieve some number.'