October 4, 2009
Columbia Police Department detective Cyndi McLane rappels down the side of The Tiger Hotel on Saturday for Over the Edge to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.
Becky Morris, a teacher at a school for the severely disabled, makes her way down the south wall of The Tiger Hotel during Special Olympics Missouri's Over The Edge event Saturday.
From left, Ken Hoeg and his 3-year-old son, Logun, seven-year-old Tanner Lightle, front, Brittain Center and Josh Boveri, all wait for their family members to rappel off the Tiger Hotel on Saturday's Over The Edge event in support of the Special Olympics Missouri. The rare spectacle of people rappelling down the side of a large building brought quite a crowd to eighth street.
Usually, the ability to rappel down the side of a building is reserved for window washers but not on Saturday. Participants who raised money for Special Olympics Missouri got the chance to throw on a harness, get their adrenaline pumping and witness Columbia from a unique perspective in the Over The Edge event.
Over The Edge, an event to raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri, provided participants a chance to literally go over the edge — the edge of The Tiger Hotel. After suiting up, a brief gear instruction, a two-story practice rappel and an elevator ride to the top, participants pushed themselves to the limit and lowered themselves the down the side of the hotel.
"Just lean back" is much easier said than done when suspended 10 stories above the ground on the south wall of The Tiger Hotel, but Amber Lonchar, a senior at the University of Missouri and volunteer at the Over The Edge event on Saturday, did it with a smile.
Susan Stegeman, the longest standing employee of Special Olympics Missouri, hangs several stories above eighth street during her rappel off The Tiger Hotel for the Over The Edge event on Saturday. Participants who raised money for the Special Olympics got the chance to harness up, clip in, and rappel down from the top floor.
Susan Stegeman listens to Over The Edge consultant Nathan Schuster as he instructs her on the rappelling process that will get her safely down the side of The Tiger Hotel during Saturday's Over The Edge event for Special Olympics Missouri.
Missy Hood rides her Champion Quarter Horse, Watch This Way, on Sept. 30. Hood rode her horse, whose nickname is Red, to a world championship win and has been training him since he was just a year old. "Everybody should be as lucky as me to have a horse as great as Red," Hood said.
October 3, 2009
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member Justus Roberts II aims for precision during the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Roberts and the Alpha Eta Chapter will represent the men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago for the Sprite Step Off finals.
The women of Alpha Theta Omega Sorority, Inc. took home a first place prize of $8,000 in the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Alpha Theta Omega will compete in Chicago at the Regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Atlanta for the nationally televised Sprite event.
The Mid-Missouri Highsteppers performed live at the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday in the Hearnes Center. The young steppers celebrated their 30th anniversary by performing in front of a crowd of at least 1,000.
From left, MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild, Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters on Friday. The RV has been to every home Missouri football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at at time.
MU tailgater Brady Crawford attempts to jump start the 1976 Dodge Midas RV he shared with seven other MU fans on Friday. The RV has a history of being difficult to start and typically, Crawford says, "you have to talk real nice to her."
MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild (left), Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters Friday. The RV has been to every home MU football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at a time.
Avid MU tailgaters Brady Crawford (left) and Kevin Reichert attempt to jump start their tailgating RV on Friday. The 1976 Dodge Midas RV is stored at AJ's Towing, owned by Crawford's uncle Dale Payne. The tow shop is the ideal place to store the RV according to Reichert because, "it helps when you have a 30-year-old RV and a shop, too."
Kevin Reichert and Sully Fairchild are among eight friends who maintain a 30-year old RV for tailgating at Missouri football games. The group obtained and retooled parts of the RV for free by figuring out what connections each member had. Total cost for each member was $90 this season.
John Fortman concentrates as he draws the story of a man who makes up and is then attacked by a monster in his hallway during the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. Fortman's wife, who goes by the pen name Lady Darke, and his sister, Jennifer Fortman, also participated in the event.
John Mitabar, 11, looks at x-rays guided by Calvin Lewis, a pre-med student, on Saturday at a meeting of CALEB, the Science Club. Each station featured a mentor, usually either a medical student, pre-med student or doctor, who would explain the circumstances behind the x-rays.
Serenety Cave, 10, looks at a chest x-ray of a pregnant woman under the guidance of Shuaib Okponobi, a doctor, Saturday at a meeting of CALEB, the Science Club. Students looked at an assortment of x-rays and made electromagnets at the day's meeting.