Nixon talks about economic development [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon listens to Richard Fleming, president and CEO of St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Thursday. Nixon was in Columbia to address the first meeting of the steering committee of the state's 2010 Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth.

Vote on Prop C [Photo]

A pickup truck carries a large sign that reads "Vote Aug. 3 Yes Prop C" outside a rally and fundraiser for supporters of a ballot measure to block the new federal health insurance law in St. Charles. Missouri will become the first state to the test the popularity of President Barack Obama's top policy accomplishment with a statewide ballot proposal attempting to reject its core mandate that most Americans have health insurance.

Steps of Jesse Hall [Photo]

Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at an ice cream social held during the 2008 Summer Welcome. Parents can keep in touch with their children while they are away at school by using e-mail, text messages and Skype.

Ushering in the new class [Photo]

Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the 2008 Summer Welcome.

Culture Shock [Photo]

Nguyen Thi Minh Ha, left, and Thuong Nguyen, right, graduate students studying public administration, look over donated bed sheets with help from volunteer Diane Driver at the International Friends Center. About 12 to 13 percent of MU students are culturally diverse.

Students take back the night [Photo]

From left, Kim Scates, Brittany Russell, Amy Williams and Sharon Giles lead the annual Take Back the Night march on Sept. 17, 2009. The march, which wound through MU, aimed to raise awareness about sexual violence.

MU Idol [Photo]

Student judges Emily Patterson, Katie Bickley, John Rufus Shealy and Andrew Lang discuss the performers they have seen while more wait for Mizzou Idol February 22 at Memorial Union.

Senior send-off [Photo]

Seniors race through the columns on May 5. The ceremony marks their graduation from the university and their entrance into the community.

Paint the town [Photo]

During homecoming week, businesses downtown decorate their storefronts to show support for the hometown team. Other popular events for college students include the homecoming parade and blood drive competition sponsored by Greek Life.

Studying for final exams [Photo]

Krista Schwendinger, left, and Kyle Holt study on opposite sides of a desk on the first floor of Ellis Library at MU in 2004. Unaware of each other’s situations, they are both studying for upcoming economics tests.

New Brady Commons for a new class [Photo]

Renovations to Brady Commons, which began in 2005, are scheduled for a Homecoming Week completion. An official opening ceremony will be held Oct. 21. When finished, the student center will hold five restaurants, a bank and ATMs, meeting rooms, event spaces, lounges, student media centers and offices.

Outside the student center [Photo]

Outdoor seating is available at the University Bookstore at the new student center. Five new restaurants are scheduled to open in the Student Center at 7 a.m. on Aug. 18.

Checking out the University Bookstore [Photo]

Students shuffle up the stairs to the second floor of the MU bookstore to reach the back of the line to purchase textbooks on the first day of a fall semester.

If you have a question, they can help [Photo]

Elliott Cade helps Amanda Meyer find her box of “early bird” textbooks at the MU bookstore. Students may reserve textbooks online and pick them up at the start of the semester.

Student ID card office [Photo]

Amanda Chandler, an art student, searches the shelves for books at the MU bookstore before classes start. The TigerCard office is also located in the bookstore.

Protecting yourself against disease [Photo]

MU graduate student Rebecca Mowry receives an H1N1 vaccination from nurse Jessie Baylor in Memorial Union. The Boone County Health Department, along with the Healthy for Life: Atkins UM Wellness Program, gave free H1N1 vaccinations to MU students, employees and their families last winter.

Transportation during winter [Photo]

Noah Myers gets on line to board the 102E bus with his bike in January after work at the Root Cellar. Despite the cold weather, he still needs to ride his bike as he lives 10 minutes away from his bus stop. “It was real bad yesterday, but at least I have mittens today,” Myers said.

Ash Wednesday [Photo]

Sacred Heart Catholic Church has Mass seven days a week, including a Hispanic Mass at 1 p.m. Sunday. Sacred Heart is located at 1115 Locust St.

Australian Exchange Students [Photo]

Katarina Taurian, Belinda Jepsen, Anastasia Casey, Adam Duggan, Tara Fedoriw-Morris, Nishtha Handa, Michael Pedersen, and Sophie Lewis are eight exchange students from Australia who spent three weeks at MU.

The Blue Note Summerfest [Photo]

Spectators of the Ninth Street Summerfest are gathered May 26 in front of the Blue Note to enjoy a night of music and dance. Of Montreal was the headlining performer of the night as the first concert in the Summerfest series.