April 5, 2008
Ben Sharpe, 10, gets a little tangled while trying to get his kite off the ground. "It's going pretty well, I could use a little more wind," Sharpe said.
Jack Poston, 4, looks through a microscope at mosquito larvae at Stephen's College on Saturday. The college's Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society hosted "The Magic of Science," a free event aimed at kids ages 5 to 12, which helped kids learn about everything from amphibians to "magic mood sand" that never gets wet.
17-month-old Emma Miller gets some help getting untangled from her kite by her mom Megan Miller. A lack of wind made getting a kite to stay airborne a little difficult, but it didn't prevent dozens of area children and parents from enjoying the sunny day.
Maddie East, 6, holds a black rat snake while her sister, 6-year-old Erin, observes another snake in its cage at Stephens College's "The Magic of Science" event on Saturday. The free event was sponsored by the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, and featured hands-on science and nature exhibits aimed at children ages 5 to 12.
MU's Kurt Calvert is tagged out after attempting to steal second base during the Tiger's loss to Oklahoma State.
April 4, 2008
Listen as students, teachers and participants talk about the Third Annual Children’s Museum at West Boulevard Elementary. The museum will be open to the community for a month.
El Anatsui's "Adinkra Sasa," made of aluminum and copper wire and fabric, resembles the adinkra mourning cloths of his native Ghana. His first solo show in the U.S. is at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
For El Anatsui, "Wastepaper Bag," created from discarded metal plates used to print obituary pages, represents the wasted lives of many Africans who died too young. It's part of "Gawu," the artist's first U.S. show.
Brendon Dixon and Dorothy Watson stop to talk with McKenzie Bullard at the "True Beauty" exhibit at West Boulevard Elementary School's Children's Museum on Thursday night. Dixon was a student guide who lead guests around the exhibit. "I always have a great guide, they're always very smart and know what they're talking about," Watson said.
Chris Hull demonstrates how to set one of the many mole traps in the back of her car. "They're very effective," Hull said. "I've never pulled one out alive."
MU's Jessica Giuggioli has moved into the No. 1 spot on the tennis team and has a 9-3 doubles record with her partner, Kaitlyn Ritchie.
Kaitlyn Ritchie plays against Stephanie Smith of Kansas at the Green Tennis Center on March 16. Ritchie won the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. She and the rest of the Tigers tennis team take on Texas A&M and Texas on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow pitched a shutout game against Oklahoma State on Friday night. After holding the Cowboys scoreless for nine innings, Crow took the Division I record for most scoreless innings pitched in a row. Crow hasn't given up a run in his last 42.2 innings pitched.
Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow is congratulated as he comes off the field after a shuting out the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Friday night at Taylor Field.
April 3, 2008
Michael Franzese’s father, John, served as underboss for the Columbo family in the 1960s — but to his seven children, he was just “dad.” He wanted his son to be a doctor, not a mob boss, but Michael Franzese joined the crime family when his father went to prison. Ninety-two-year-old John Franzese remains in prison on robbery charges after numerous parole violations. His son maintains his father was innocent, at least of that crime.
Franzese discusses his induction into la cosa nostra, or “this thing of ours.” There is no mafia in the United States, he said, just a series of crime families. During the height of his career with the Columbo crime family, Franzese made as much as $6 to $8 million a week. He has since renounced organized crime and speaks to students and sports teams about the dangers of gambling.
Scott Owen, a quarter-time graduate teaching assistant in the business department, said cutting tuition waivers for graduate teaching assistants would hurt MU's ability to attract top students.