PHOTO GALLERY: MU students kick off fall semester

Monday, August 23, 2010 | 7:56 p.m. CDT; updated 12:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
MU sophomore Shaylyn Armstrong admires a print at the poster sale on Monday at Lowry Mall. Armstrong came to the sale to help a friend decorate his apartment, but she came across several posters she wanted for herself. Unfortunately, she said, she will have to wait for her next paycheck.

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COLUMBIA — In addition to the first day of classes at MU including the annual poster sale and the inevitable long lines at University Bookstore, Monday also marked an opportunity for students to check out the recently opened Student Center. Located next to the book store, the new hangout space contains several restaurants, a double-sided fireplace and lots of chairs.

MU seniors Katie Rogers and Marissa Hollowed sample a sushi roll prepared by Sunshine Sushi chef Aung Oo on Monday. Rogers and Hollowed said they have been eating at Sunshine Sushi, which moved to the new Student Center from its previous location, since their freshman year. Oo, who has worked at Sunshine Sushi for the past seven years, said he likes the spaciousness of the new location.
MU freshmen Zack Kaltenbach and Laura Hayes wait in the checkout line in the University Bookstore on Monday. Hayes said her family legacy drew her to study strategic communications at MU. "I'm starting a tradition," Kaltenbach a pre-med Biology major said.
MU freshman Tyler Thorp, a Kansas City native, stands at the head of a long line that weaved its way through the aisles of University Bookstore on Monday. Thorp said he came to MU because his parents studied there and because his sister currently lives in Columbia.
Students take advantage of the newly completed Student Center on Monday during the first day of classes. When not in class students can explore a new food court has been opened with study and eating areas, and rest by a double-sided fireplace.
Students line up outside the Plaza 900 dining hall during the lunch rush on Monday. "It's not like a home-cooked meal, of course, but it's not bad," MU freshman Kim Mueckl said.
Praveen Nagilla, an MU Campus Dining Services cashier, swipes ID cards for students on Monday as they filter into Plaza 900 for lunch. The lunch rush between noon and 2 p.m. filled the dining hall, causing the entry line to snake outside the building and causing waits at the various kiosks inside. Nevertheless, MU sophomore Sarah Gershenson said that Plaza 900 was "a lot less crowded than it normally is" when she was there after 2.
MU senior Jen Stem pauses to check a campus map on Monday morning in front of Jesse Hall. Stem thought her psychology class was located south of campus by Trowbridge but was relieved to find out that it was on the white campus instead.

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