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Time to Spare

Senior Ellis Tibbs successfully campaigns to reinstate MU bowling team.

Ellis Tibbs bowling

Ellis Tibbs bowls with other members of Mizzou’s bowling team at Town & Country Lanes Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

When Mizzou’s bowling team disbanded in 2010, it didn’t sit well with team member Ellis Tibbs. Not that Tibbs didn’t have other things to do. A biology major and philosophy minor from St. Louis, he tutors at the MU Student Success Center, is a research assistant in nutrition and exercise physiology Professor Jill Kanaley’s lab, and mentors in the Exposure to Research for Science Students program. Still, Tibbs wasn’t ready to give up one of his activities. Tibbs and his friend James Newman campaigned to get the team back on campus. After stacks of paperwork and meetings with university officials, the club reinstated with Tibbs as vice president. He plans to pursue medical and doctoral degrees. “If I’m not busy now, it will be a shock when I do get there,” Tibbs says. “This will make it an easier transition.”