Bruins freshman tennis player Ford Zitch [Photo]

Rock Bridge freshman Ford Zitch returns the ball during his match against Glendale sophomore Paul Nahon on April 23. Zitch won the match 9-7.

Denim Day raises awareness of sexual assault, violence [Video]

MU’s textile and apparel management department hosted its third annual Denim Day on Thursday to raise awareness about sexual abuse and violence. Departmental students and faculty handed out at Lowry Mall pamphlets about sexual abuse and violence. They also provided free Denim Day buttons and safety whistles to ward off attackers.
The department also invited several Columbia and campus organizations for victims of sexual abuse and violence to the event, including The Shelter, MU’s Counseling Center and the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center.
Ashley Turner, a textile and apparel management student in charge of organizing the event, explains the history of Denim Day.

Life after Faurot Field [Video]

Cornelius "Pig" Brown, Xzavie Jackson, and several other former MU football players didn't make it to the NFL. They're hoping their stint with the St. Louis arena football team River City Rage will give them another chance. Here, they talk about life after Faurot Field.

Runaway daughter returned home [Photo]

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Friel was reunited with her family Wednesday night. The family spread the word about their search for their runaway daughter via online blogs, e-mail and Twitter, a social networking site.

A little to the right ... [Photo]

Brett Johnson, director, left, guides the actor's into their positions on the stage as they rehearse Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Everybody gather 'round [Photo]

Brett Johnson, director, center, instructs the actors during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Constructive criticism [Photo]

Brett Johnson, director, offers instruction during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Shell family sits under the maple tree [Photo]

Harvey Shell sits on his father Harvey Shell Sr.'s lap along with brother Bill Shell on his mother Dottie Mae Shell's lap. The family is sitting under the maple tree where the book gets its title.

Shell brothers relax together [Photo]

Harvey Shell, left, and brother Bill Shell relax in the Shell family's yard. Bill's birth is one of the many memories chronicled in the book.

Harvey Shell [Photo]

Harvey Shell published "Whispers from the Maple on the Hill," as a way to share the memories of his childhood. Shell lives with his wife Joanne in Columbia.

Interview with T. Boone Pickens [Audio]

MU vs. KU baseball [Slideshow]

The Missouri baseball team traveled to Kauffman stadium in Kansas City on April 22, 2009 to play the Kansas University Jayhawks. MU lost 7-3 to KU.

Kacey Rehagen pitches [Photo]

Columbia College sophomore Kacey Rehagen pitches during the first game of a double header between the Cougars and the Williams Baptist College Eagles on April 22. Columbia College won the game 3-2.

Artist Amy Stephenson [Photo]

Columbia artist Amy Stephenson works on a part of her her "Facebook" art piece at her studio in the Orr Street Studios on Thursday afternoon. Stephenson's work is currently being displayed for the spring at the Perlow-Stephens Gallery on Broadway.

Amy Stephenson [Photo]

Amy Stephenson stands in front of her pieces "Facebook," currently on exhibit in the Perlow-Stevens Gallery.

Columbia artist shows "Facebook" at Perlow-Stevens [Photo]

Ashley Fleming at bat [Photo]

First baseman Ashley Fleming swings for the ball during the seventh inning of game two of the MU women's softball double header against Iowa State on April 22. Fleming grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Oil billionaire speaks at energy summit [Photo]

T. Boone Pickens, an oil billionaire and philanthropist, speaks at the Missouri Energy Summit on Wednesday in Jesse Auditorium at MU. He has started the "Pickens Plan," which is a campaign to reduce dependence on foreign oil. "This is going to be a model in America on how to do something grassroots to Washington...It has nothing to do with politics," he said.

Native redbud in bloom [Photo]

Columbia Parks and Recreation planted a large grove of redbud trees in Stephens Lake Park two years ago. The native redbud blooms during the spring season.

Cooking a simple meal [Photo]

A group of participants from Trinity Presbyterian and Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church pooled their resources to prepare a meal of rice, carrots and potatoes in the Thai villiage simulation on March 26, 2009. The group traveled to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., to experience global poverty.