Tibetan tour looks to raise awareness [Photo]

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India perform mandala sand painting as part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, in Ellis Library at MU. The tour aims to share Tibetan art and culture, raise awareness about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and raise funds for exiled student monks in India.

Exiled monks construct mandala [Photo]

From left: Lobsang Pelger and Yeshi Palden, exiled Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, carefully construct a mandala in the Ellis Library at MU. They rub a tool called a thurma against the ridges of a hollow cone-shaped tool called a chakpur to slowly release the colored sand held within it.

Mandalas carry special meaning [Photo]

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi use colored sand to paint a mandala. Each mandala carries a special meaning and this one represents Avaloketeshvara, the embodiment of compassion, the deity of which the Dalai Lama is considered a manifestation. Six monks take turns painting over four days, and plan to complete the mandala by noon on Thursday, when it will be ceremonially swept up and dispersed in a flowing body of water to signify the impermanence of all things.

Eighteen colors are used in a mandala [Photo]

Bowls called ting, full of colored sand, sit on a table next to the tools used to construct the mandala in Ellis Library. About 18 different colors are typically used to paint a mandala and specific colors are used for certain symbols.

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins [Photo]

Cody Hawkins was the starting quarterback for Colorado this season until struggling with interceptions.

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen [Photo]

In his first start this season, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen threw for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Buffaloes 34-30 win against previously undefeated Kansas on Oct. 17 in Boulder, Colo.

Soybean farmer discusses future of biotechnology [Slideshow]

Kelly Forck lives and works on Forck Farms in Jefferson City, a working farm of 500 acres that produces corn and soybeans in rotation. Forck, who is the president of the Missouri Soybean Association, has worked with soybeans for most of his life, yet says he would never grow tired of them. A believer in the benefits of using biotechnology — also known as genetic engineering or hybridization — Forck adapts the type of beans he produces to marketplace needs, and sees a bright future in store for biotechnology. Today, biotechnology can be used to alter the flavor, color, protein content and herbicide-resistance of soybeans. Tomorrow, Forck hopes, biotechnology might be used to help prevent or even cure diseases.

Berry Building [Graphic]

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: With its final renovations nearly complete, the Berry Building is set to reopen in November. John Ott oversaw most of the North Village projects with the goal of maintaining the history of the area. Many of the buildings have gone from retail and office space to art studios and galleries, restaurants or apartments with the hopes of revitalizing the neighborhood.

Berry Building to undergo renovation [Photo]

Renovations are being finished up this month on the Berry Building, located at Orr and Walnut streets.

Effects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis on Knee [Graphic]

The knee is a common joint affected by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Effects include cartilage and bone loss, along with swelling of the joint and joint capsule. This causes the knee to be swollen and can make it difficult to walk.

The Missourian mentioned on ABC [Video]

ABC/ESPN announcer Brent Musburger references Columbia Missourian football writer Robert Mays' "10 things that make Texas a bad homecoming opponent" during the Missouri-Texas national broadcast on Oct. 24.

Sarah Read [Photo]

Sarah Read laughs with other members of the First Christian Church planning committee as they debate about the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several other planning committees across the city to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

New Missouri Theatre CEO [Photo]

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Show-Me Solar team takes 11th in international Solar Decathlon [Graphic]

After two years of hard work and a week of competition, the Show-Me Solar team successfully built its 2009 solar house and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon took place from Oct. 8-21 and hosted 20 teams from all over the world.

One in 50 million: contractor [Photo]

Jamie Kroll, a private contractor in Columbia, disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Kroll, his wife and two sons do not have health insurance because at a cost of $18,000 a year for the entire family, not including dental, they cannot afford it.

One in 50 million: Kroll [Photo]

Private contractor Jamie Kroll disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Because he is self-employed, Kroll cannot afford to pay $18,000 a year, nearly a third of his annual income, for private health insurance for his family. "Generally it isn't a big deal. I'm healthy and my family's pretty healthy, but every five or six years or so I cut my finger on a saw, and then I've got a problem," Kroll said.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile [Photo]

During the school day, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile likes to joke with his coworkers in the physical education department at the school. After school on the football field, he brings an intensity to his job that exemplifies the work ethic he tries to instill in his players.

Reesing, Kansas struggle [Photo]

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) passes the ball during the first half against Oklahoma. Reesing threw three first-half interceptions.

H1N1 Consent Form - Spanish [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in Spanish.

H1N1 Consent Form - English [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in English.