MU basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Oregon [Photo]

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon drives to the basket against Oregon's Jay-R Strowbridge (55) and E.J. Singler, right. "We came out with the W, and that’s the most important thing,” Denmon said of the 83-80 victory.

Rock Bridge player Lindsey Cunningham vs. Rolla [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior point guard Lindsey Cunningham scored 14 points Thursday night in Rock Bridge’s 63-43 win over visiting Rolla. “As a point guard, she’s the coach’s right-hand person,” Bruins coach Jill Nagel said. “She sets the tone for us.”

Hickman girls basketball player Aqua Corpening vs. Helias [Photo]

Hickman senior Aqua Corpening drives for a layup Thursday against visiting Helias. Corpening scored a game-high 26 points to help the Kewpies come back from a slow first half.

MU junior crowned Miss Missouri USA [Photo]

Hope Driskill, an MU junior, was crowned Miss Missouri USA in Springfield last month.

MU volleyball players keep superstitions [Photo]

Missouri volleyball players Caitlyn Vann, left, and Julianna Klein both say they are superstitious and don't want to jinx their team. Vann has a specific routine before matches involving chewing gum, and Klein refused to cut her hair until the regular season ended.

Michael Scott plays Frank Nifong in holiday re-enactment [Photo]

Michael Scott will play Frank Nifong, a Boone County surgeon who was instrumental in establishing Boone County Hospital, during a re-enactment of Christmas 1905 in the Maplewood House. Actors portraying members of the Lenoir and Nifong families and will interact with visitors, discussing both local and national events from the early 20th century.

Stolen Christmas decorations returned [Photo]

These Christmas decorations were stolen from the Wetmore residence on Skylark Drive, then later returned after police arrested two suspects.

Forsee to take extended leave [Document]

The Board of Curators met in special closed session Thursday and agreed to an extended leave for UM System President Gary D. Forsee following his wife’s recent cancer diagnosis after emergency surgery last week that will require him to be away from the office.

O Christmas tree, how tall are your branches? [Graphic]

Shelter Insurance on West Broadway will light its annual Christmas tree in a ceremony at 6:15 p.m. Friday. The 30 foot artificial tree is one of the tallest in Columbia. Still, it is small compared to the tallest ones in the United States this season. The tallest living tree is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and continues to grow. The largest cut tree this year is at the Outlets at Anthem shopping center in Phoenix and reaches 110 feet.

GRAPH: November's temperature warmer than average [Graphic]

November experienced warmer weather than average, but it wasn’t without its cold days. Although there were many drastic increases and drops throughout the month, no new record temperatures were reached.

Shasun founder announces MU partnership [Photo]

Abhaya Kumar, founding director of Indian pharmaceutical company Shasun, speaks at a press conference at the MU Life Science Business Incubator on Thursday about the partnership between his company and MU researchers to develop new treatments for prostate cancer.

Celebrating a new partnership [Photo]

MU researchers Raghuraman Kannan and Kattesh Katti, Robert Churchill, dean of the MU School of Medicine, and Abhaya Kumar, the founding director of Shasun celebrate the foundation of the new drug development company, Shasun NBI, which will work on further development of a prostate cancer treatment that uses gold nanoparticles.

Perusing magazines [Photo]

Alicia Jones, 6, looks through a magazine as she and her dad spend some time perusing the aisles in Village Bookstore while her mom shops at the store next door Tuesday, Nov. 30. In September 2010, Village Books moved to a new location, which was much larger than its original store.

Browsing Village Books [Photo]

Nathan Spencer, of Ketchikan, Alaska, browses the aisles of Village Books while in town to visit his sister for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Spencer works on tugboats during the summer and says that he reads between 50 and 60 books during his free time on the boats. "I saw a used bookstore and I couldn't resist," Spencer said, "On the tugboats we read just about anything."

Reading to her son at Village Books [Photo]

Becky Cahalin, of Columbia, reads a book to her son, Cooper Cahalin, 4, in the kids section of Village Books on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Cahalin said that she likes coming to Village Books to read to her son because of the quiet atmosphere.

Checking out at Village Books [Photo]

Kimberly Watkins (left) and Kelly Osborn are checked out by co-owner of Village Books, Becky Asher, on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Watkins and Osborn are both regulars at Village Books and often bring in used books to trade in for store credit, though they left with a box full of books that Asher did not accept.

Reading a book [Photo]

Cooper Cahalin, 4, presses down a button to make the windshield wipers noise on a sing-a-long book while his mom, Becky Cahalin, reads to him in the kid's section of Village Books on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Cahalin said that she and Cooper come to Village Books about once a month to read through children's books and pick one out to buy. "We will usually read about 10 before he decides on one," Cahalin said.

GRAPH: Adults enrolled in degree-granting schools [Graphic]

The enrollment of adults over 25 has been increasing at U.S. colleges and universities. The National Center for Education Statistics has projected the number of enrolled adults through 2018.

Beerup does Pilates at Stephens College [Photo]

Pam Beerup does Pilates at Stephens College's Health and Wellness Challenge class on Nov. 15

Pilates at Stephens College [Photo]

Corrie Hutchinson, a library director at Stephens College, does Pilates during the Stephens College Health and Wellness Challenge on Nov. 15.