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Welcome back: What's new in Columbia and around campus

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:29 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 19, 2013
Cover of the Welcome Back 2013 special section.

COLUMBIA — The Missourian's  2013 "Welcome Back" edition offers a glimpse of Columbia, from MU and Tigers football to downtown living and recreation.

The publication — available online in a downloadable e-book and in print — is divided into five sections. Here is what you will find:

DOWNTOWN

Free Wi-Fi: As a test project on Broadway, Ninth Street, throughout Flat Branch Park and Courthouse Plaza, Wi-Fi has been available for free. Here are six public benches with a full Wi-Fi signal.

Transportation: Columbia Transit plans to upgrade its bus tracking system by mid-August. Here are three bus changes returning students should know about.

Concerts: Columbia's music venues, including The Blue Note and Mojo's, host a variety of bands. Here are five concerts to watch for this fall.

Food: Downtown Columbia has various options for international dining — including Asian fare, Middle Eastern cuisine, Irish food and a Polish restaurant. And don't forget dessert. There are shops that specialize in ice cream, cakes, cookies and candy.

AROUND TOWN

New businesses: Enjoy custom shaved ice flavors, free bretzel (bread-like pretzel) or an energizing workout at some of the new restaurants and businesses that recently opened or announced opening dates.

Recreation: Students can enjoy a wealth of recreational and fitness trails around Columbia. Here are 47 trails or tracks from which to choose.

Buy MU gear: The Mizzou Store isn't the only place to get your black and gold. There are at least a dozen places around Columbia that sell MU licensed items. 

Where to live: Opening in August, five new living spaces will be available for students.

Bargains: Student discounts are available at many Columbia stores and restaurants. Here's how students can find and receive them.

MU

Construction: Parts of campus are getting maintenance or makeovers before the fall semester starts. Here are four large construction projects you're likely to notice once you're back, as well as several campus road closures.

Faculty awards: Four MU professors have been honored with awards or committee positions.

Concerts: From Blue Man Group to Hungarian dancers, here are six performances to check out in Jesse Hall this fall.

New classes: Want to learn about the Darwin revolution's impact on social evolution? Or the influence of technological change on cultures around the world? Here are five interesting new classes to be offered this fall.

STEPHENS/COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Renovation: Stephens College is in the midst of an aggressive campaign to update and modernize the interiors of some of its historic buildings. Here are four renovation projects on campus.

Changes in majors: Columbia College's day campus alone offers more than 50 degree programs. The online campus has 23, and the college educates roughly 24,000 students a year. Two new degrees are being introduced to online students and to those on campus. Meanwhile, at Stephens College, four majors will no longer be offered this fall, but two are making a debut.

New science center: The Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center, a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility, opens at Columbia College this month. Here's a look at what will be available in the new building.

Faculty: Columbia College will welcome five new full-time professors and an interim president this school year. Here's a look at the new faculty members. 

MU FOOTBALL

Players: Five true freshmen are ready to make an impact for the Tigers. Here's a look at the recruits. And at the end of the season, Missouri will wave goodbye to some outstanding senior players. Here are 19 Tigers football players who going on their last season.

Schedule: See what to expect from the Tigers this season as they attempt to bounce back from a disappointing 2012. Here is a breakdown of the Missouri football schedule. Will there be a postseason for the Tigers? Working for their chances at a bowl game are healthy players and star power. Working against them is a brutal schedule combined with coaching turnover. Here are four reasons Missouri will — and four reasons it won't — make it to a bowl this year.

Marching Mizzou: The band that provides Tigers fans with all of their favorite melodies is ready to provide excitement to the faithful at Memorial Stadium. Here is a breakdown of the numbers of instruments, according to the School of Music.


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