Iowa State men's basketball player Melvin Ejim vs. Missouri [Photo]

Iowa State's Melvin Ejim was blocked by Missouri guard Matt Pressey, center Steve Moore and guard Ricky Kreklow.

Studying with mom [Photo]

In preparation for the SAT, Kelsie Small, 13, works on reading comprehension with her mother, Kimberly Small, at Anthony's Italian Restaurant in Columbia on Friday. Kelsie is part of the Talent Identification Program (TIP) run by Duke University, which gives gifted students the opportunity to take the SAT early.

Seventh-grader takes SAT [Slideshow]

Friday night, seventh-grader Kelsie Small sat in Anthony’s Italian Restaurant eating cheese sticks and studying for the SAT with her mom, Kimberly Small. It was less than 12 hours before the big test and she said she felt nervous. As part of Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), Kelsie is one of thousands of seventh-graders across the nation who were given the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT a few years early.

'Ideal' [Photo]

Erik Rosenberg, left, discusses Eric Sweet's piece, "Ideal," at the opening reception of "Where I End and You Begin," a University of Missouri graduate showcase Friday. The piece took Sweet 15-16 hours to complete using the "idea of perspective drawing to show depth."

Frosty's big brother [Photo]

MU students armed with shovels, a laundry basket and recycling container work together to build a snowman on David R. Francis Quadrangle Friday. "The one we made last year was nine feet tall and we want to make this one bigger," said Forrest Meyen, a senior Mechanical and Biological Engineering student.

Analyzing artwork [Photo]

Ann McGinity analyzes Anna Cranor's piece, "Nine Stages of Grief," at the opening reception of "Where I End and You Begin," a University of Missouri graduate showcase held Friday evening at The George Caleb Bingham Gallery.

Jefferson's snowman [Photo]

A small snowman sits upon the book of the Thomas Jefferson statue on the David R. Francis Quadrangle Friday evening.

'Nine Stages of Grief' [Photo]

Ann McGinity and Katherine Murrie view "Nine Stages of Grief" by Anna Cranor at a graduate showcase, "Where I End and You Begin." The gallery features the work of twelve artists in the Bingham Gallery and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

bridge to be replaced [Graphic]

Interim President Steve Owens [Photo]

Steve Owens was recently selected as the University of Missouri System interim president.

Family in library [Photo]

Olivia Andelin, 4, elicits a laugh from her 6-month-old sister Helen Andelin on Friday at Columbia Public Library while their mother, Jessica Andelin, reads them a book. "We're planning to move to Mexico, Mo., and one of our biggest heartaches is that we'll miss the library here. We usually visit at least once a week," Jessica Andelin said.

Tumbling around the library [Photo]

Robbie Brockman, 3, and Olivia Andelin, 4, take turns tumbling on whale-shaped cushions at the Columbia Public Library Friday afternoon. Frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall have kept many Columbia families inside for the past few days.

Plow removing snow [Photo]

A plow begins to remove the remaining snow from the road on Friday. The snow was left from Wednesday's storm, which dropped more than 8 inches on the city.

Columbia cars on plowed road [Photo]

Cars navigate the roads in downtown Columbia on Friday. To clear the roads, plows have created snow barricades forming two lanes for traffic.

Kurt Jefferson in the Middle East [Photo]

Kurt Jefferson, a professor at Westminster College, spent nearly three weeks in Jordan traveling throughout the country as he took part in a training seminar on “Islam and Middle Eastern Culture.”

Foster animals seek happy homes [Photo]

In this Jan. 12, 2011 photo, Christine Spanley, center, and her daughters Madison, 12, left, and Olivia, 8, right, play with their dog Ellie at their home in Jackson. Spanley has fostered and adopted multiple animals from Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, including Ellie.

Principal Melvin Bishop seeks to re-open school [Photo]

Willie Harris Elementary School principle Melvin Bishop, who wants to re-open Blackhurst Elementary, chats with preschoolers.

Playing with their foster dog [Photo]

In this Jan. 12 photo, Christine Spanley, right, and her daughters Madison, 12, left, and Olivia, 8, center, play with the family's dogs Biscuit, left, and Ellie at their home in Jackson Spanley has fostered and adopted multiple animals from Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, including Ellie.

Amanda Koellner [Photo]

Amanda Koellner is a columnist for the Missourian.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg [Photo]

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg reacts during the second half of a loss against Kansas on Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa. Hoiberg is seeking his first win in Columbia against Missouri on Saturday.