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The UNews Best Of Awards 2015

[toggle title=”Best Asian Food – Kin Lin”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Brunch – Eggtc.”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Mexican Food – La Taqueria Mexico”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Breakfast – The Corner Restaurant”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Fast Food – Chipotle”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Food on Campus – Pizza 51″][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Frozen Treats – Yogurtini”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Vegan/Vegetarian Food – Café Gratitude”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Bar Food – Westport Flea Market”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Sandwich Shop – Pickleman’s”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Barbecue – Joe’s Kansas City”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Tattoo Parlor – Grimm Tattoo”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Hair Salon – Wonderland”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Bank – U.S. Bank”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Performing Arts Venue – The Kauffman Center”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Bar – The Foundry”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Gay Bar – Missie B’s”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Concert Venue – The Midland”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Karaoke – Missie B’s”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Local Bands – The Strive”] The Strive is breaking ground with a fiery, infectious spin on today’s rock/pop vibe that simply must be heard. They have been featured at Warped Tour and the Red, White & Boom Festival. After seeing the band’s energetic, passionate show, fans are left raving long after it has ended. Check out the band on their YouTube channel: The Strive. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Radio Station – 96.5 The Buzz”] Kansas City’s alternative rock station. With programs such as Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz and Church of Lazlo, listeners are entertained each time they tune in. 96.5 The Buzz will host their annual Buzz Beach Ball concert series July 25.  [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Movie Theater – The Alamo Drafthouse”] Located at 1400 Main Street, The Alamo Drafthouse is a fun, quirky and unique movie-going experience. From the full-service bar, to the quote-along nights, there is something for every film lover to enjoy.  [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Professor – Scott Stackhouse”] Scott Stackhouse teaches acting, directing and voice. Since earning his M.F.A. at the University of California-Los Angeles, Stackhouse has worked regionally and nationally as an actor, director, vocal coach and fight choreographer. He spends his summers at Seaside Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida where he most recently directed “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Commedia Pinnochio.”  [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Academic Department – Theatre”] The UMKC Department of Theatre focuses on encouraging undergraduate artists to obtain a liberal understanding of the world while learning the basics of theatre in a professionally oriented setting. The centerpiece of the UMKC Department of Theatre is the MFA professional training program. The program is routinely recognized as one of the best in the nation. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Administrator – Linda Kurz”] Linda Kurz began teaching at UMKC, as an adjunct professor, in 1995 and joined the faculty full-time in 1997. Kurz teaches courses in Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Public Speaking for Professionals, Communication Theory and Interpersonal Communication. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Principal Undergraduate Advisor, Internship Coordinator and Director of the Basic Course for the Department of Communication Studies. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best UMKC Building – Miller Nichols Library”] Miller Nichols Library, located on the Volker campus, is UMKC’s largest library and houses the general collection, Music/Media Library, LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives. Miller Nichols is a great spot for students to spend their time, especially during finals. With designated quiet floors to The Roasterie coffee shop, Miller Nichols has something for everyone to help with their studies.  [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Student Organization – University News”] The University News is UMKC’s independent student newspaper and has served the UMKC community since 1933. The U-News is the go-to for any and all campus-related information. Located at 5327 Holmes St., The University News is produced out of what once used to house the local NPE affiliate, KCUR 89.3. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best UMKC Sports – Men & Women’s Soccer”][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Alumni – Roze Brooks”] Roze served as the Editor-in-Chief for the University News, UMKC’s independent student newspaper. She currently attends KU and has a position as Sexuality and Gender Diversity Graduate Assistant at the university’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best UMKC Athlete – Eilise O’Connor”] Eilise is a guard on UMKC’s women’s basketball team. She holds the school’s record for finishing with the most points (1,700), most rebounds (500) and most assists (475). [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Campus Resource – Miller Nichols Library”] The Miller Nichols provides several useful services in one big building. From the computer labs and the many tutoring amenities to the Roasterie coffee shop this library has everything you need to succeed. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best UMKC Decision of 2014 – Smoking Ban”] UMKC this year passed a smoking ban on its campus. It restricts students and faculty members to smoking only on city property. UMKC is now one of 1,543 colleges with smoking and tobacco bans. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Worst UMKC Decision of 2014 – Budget cuts to various departments”] Budget cuts to various departments. This school year many departments on campus took a big financial hit. The colleges of Arts and Science got hit the worst. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Landmark – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art”] The Nelson art museum is a persistent reminder of Kansas City’s love for art. In 2007 Time magazine listed the Bloch building of the Nelson museum as its number 1 new and upcoming architectural marvels. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Entertainment District – Westport”] Westport is known for its nightlife and party atmosphere. It is the ideal place for drinks and shows. And if you don’t like one bar just go to another, there are plenty. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Park – Loose Park”] Loose park is expansive and healthy. With its many trees, fields and pond, it is easy to see why this is the best park in town. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Place of Worship – Unity Temple”] Unity Temple on the Plaza is a church steadfast in its want for a peaceful planet. The temple first started hold services in 1948. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Publication – The Pitch”] The Pitch is a free, weekly publication. It features news from all around Kansas City about local need-to-know-information and incoming arts, movies and music. You can pick up copies of the Pitch in or near any local businesses around the city. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Athlete – Eric Hosmer”] Eric Hosmer plays first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. He won the Rawlings Gold Glove in 2013 and 2014. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Organized Race – The Color Run”] “The Happiest 5k on Earth” has come to Kansas City several times. The course is typically around Kauffman Stadium. The event takes place this year on May 30. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Gym – Swinney Recreation Center”] The Swinney Rec center, located on UMKC’s Volker Campus, provides students and visitors with a healthy and friendly place to exerciseFree weights, machines, an indoor and outdoor track, basketball courts and much more create a great place for all athletes or those who just like to stay active. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Sports Team – The Royals”] Kansas City’s major league baseball team is the reason to love the color blue. The team made it to the World Series last year but sadly did not win. However, things are looking good this year. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Neighborhood – Brookside”] Nestled between The Plaza and the Waldo area, Brookside is a laid-back, family friendly neighborhood with many restaurants and shops. The combination of old style architecture and friendly neighbors make it a great place to be young and alive. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best KC Stadium – Kauffman Stadium”] Kauffman Stadium is the home of The Royals. “The K” celebrates its 43rd season this year. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Local Event – First Fridays”] First Fridays is a gathering of local artists and performers in the Crossroads District on the first Friday of each month, weather permitting. It hosts a couple hundred separate events and exhibits each month all over the downtown area. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Best Category We Forgot – Best Coffee Shop”] Kansas City is home to a multitude of coffee shops. Picking just one can be too hard. [/toggle]

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