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Honoring Naveh-Benjamin [Photo]

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces Etti Naveh-Benjamin as a recipient of the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence during a surprise visit to her classroom on Monday. Chancellor Deaton and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz presented Naveh-Benjamin with the fellowship, which includes a $10,000 award.

Missouri hires Miami basketball coach [Photo]

Miami Hurricanes head coach Frank Haith reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., on March 10. Haith has agreed in principle to take over as coach at Missouri, leaving the Miami basketball program after seven seasons, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press late Sunday night.

Taylor Combs [Photo]

Taylor Combs is a columnist for the Missourian. Her major is in magazine journalism; her minor is in women’s and gender studies.

J. Crew advertisement [Photo]

This image, sent as a promotional e-mail to J. Crew customers, shows company president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her 5-year-old son, Beckett. Pundits have criticized the ad because Beckett is wearing pink toenail polish.

Ready for a fight [Photo]

Mike Barnett catches his breath while sparing on Jan. 27 at Hulett House Gym in Columbia. "I wish I knew why the guys aren't showing up, but I guess I can take that as a compliment," Barnett said, about the failure of his competitors to show up for matches.

Taking a break from the music [Photo]

Festivalgoers mingle outside Thespian Hall during an intermission from the evening of performances at the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival on Saturday night in Boonville. The evening of performances concluded the two-day music festival

Storytelling and music combined [Photo]

Rhonda Rucker gestures while telling a story in between songs during the evening of performances at the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival on Saturday at Thespian Hall in Boonville. The group Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, of Knoxville, Tenn., perform with a variety of instruments including, banjo, spoons, harmonica and bones.

Hoping for relief [Photo]

A Japanese woman sits near a fence Saturday beneath a car hanging on a fence, part of the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the area in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture in Japan. Many residents hope officials will soon turn their attention to providing housing and other needs instead of being distracted by problems at nuclear power plants.

'Concierge' doctors limit patients [Photo]

Lewis Weiner speaks with a patient at his office in Providence, R.I., in mid-March. Weiner limits his practice to patients who pay an annual fee of $1,500, whether they needs his services or not. Instead of juggling 2,000 or more patients, these doctors can concentrate on a few hundred, stressing prevention and acting as advocates with specialists and hospitals. "I get to know the individual," he said. "I see their color. I see their moods. I pick up changes in their lives, new stressors that I would not have found as easily before. It's been a very positive shift."

Big Muddy Folk Festival Jam workshop [Photo]

Expert and beginner musicians perform during the Old-Time Jam workshop Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church during the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville. Over 20 musicians played in the workshop, where participants were invited to play in a jam session with festival performers.

Possum Holler Fiddlers perform at festival [Photo]

A group of fiddle players called the Possum Holler Fiddlers perform traditional fiddle music for a crowd on Saturday during a fiddle workshop in the Christ Episcopal Church for the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonvillle. The festival featured a variety of workshops and jam sessions from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Dulcimer lesson at the Big Muddy Folk Festival [Photo]

David Lindsey demonstrates to Cheryl New and Diane Crouch how to embellish a tune‚ a style of playing‚ on a hammered dulcimer at the First Presbyterian Church during a workshop for the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival on Saturday in Boonvillle. New, of Springfield, Mo., said she became interested in the hammered dulcimer when she and her husband would go to the Silver Dollar City theme park to watch a hammered dulcimer performer.

Phyllis Dale smiles at the Big Muddy Folk Festival crowd [Photo]

Phyllis Dale leans back in her seat and smiles at the crowd while playing the piano at the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival on Friday night in Boonville. At the end of her set, Dale recounted a sentimental memory of a previous time in Boonville when a fan asked her for her autograph.

Performing at the Big Muddy Folk Festival [Photo]

The Rain Dogs, from Kansas City, perform their string band and classic blues music at the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Booneville. The Rain Dogs closed out the first evening of music, following four other acts.

Listening to the Rain Dogs at the Big Muddy Folk Festival [Photo]

More than 200 people packed Thespian Hall in Boonville to watching the Rain Dogs perform during the 20th annual 2011 Big Muddy Folk Festival on Friday night. Thespian Hall is a pre-Civil War opera house where the festival brings in acts to pay tribute to the past and celebrate the coming times.

Christine Harbin [Photo]

Christine Harbin is a policy analyst for the Show-Me Institute and a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Final round of Missouri Geographic Bee [Photo]

Jack Greer, a student at Frontier Middle School in O'Fallon, shows his answer for a question in the final round of the 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee on Friday at Memorial Union. Greer was one of 100 students who qualified to compete in the statewide competition.

Gearing up for the geographic bee [Photo]

John Gallagher, a student at Little Flower Catholic School in Richmond Heights, looks up at his parents, Kathy and Tim Gallagher, before the start of the final round of the 2011 Missouri Geographic Bee on Friday at Memorial Union. To prepare for the competition, Gallagher said he studied maps and played online games.

Preparing Big Muddy barbecue [Photo]

Pieces of scrap pulled pork sit out as cooks prepare the food for the Big Muddy Barbecue outside of Turner Hall before the events for the 20th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival begin Friday in Boonville. Besides pulled pork, the Big Muddy Barbecue featured ribs, chicken and bratwurst.

Museum employee tries to paint like Monet [Photo]

Shannon Stone, an employee in marketing and communications at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, tries to paint like Claude Monet with the use of a interactive touchscreen display during a media preview of Monet's "Water Lilies" exhibit Friday in Kansas City. For the first time in 30 years, the three-panel work of the Impressionist artist will be on display at the museum and will run from April 9 through Aug. 7.
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