Debbie Shenker [Photo]

"If an African-American can be president, then a woman can be president and a Jew can be president and I don't think anybody was thinking that a few years ago," said Debbie Shenker. "He has been outspoken in support of Israel and I expect that to continue."

Jim Krueger [Photo]

"What can we do for a president right now?" said Jim Krueger. "At first I was disturbed by President Obama because of rock-star status. Every time I heard him speak he turned me around. I hope people understand that he's got a difficult job."

Brent Lowenberg [Photo]

"He's got everybody at the table and brings everybody together," said Brent Lowenberg. "There's a need to help fellow man and woman and work towards social justice."

Obama's religious tolerance is practical, proper [Photo]

H.R. Chandrasekhar, professor of physics at MU, shares his thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. He said he thinks Obama’s broad religious reference was practical for a president. “What he’s acknowledging is that there are people here who belong to all these religions,” Chandrasekhar said. “They all have to live together and feel welcome and accept it, so that’s the point he’s making. And that’s the way it should be.”

Middle ground is the most appropriate for Obama [Photo]

Kuljit Sandhu shares her thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. "Too much liberalism, that takes us away from discipline. And too much conservatism, being conservative, it takes us away from each other, so I think the middle ground is the best," Sandhu said.

Faith and politics [Photo]

Rajini Tolani, left, and Santokh Singh offer prayers during the birth celebration of Guru Gobind Singh at the Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday.

Dancing in the year of the ox [Photo]

Dancers dressed in traditional Chinese costumes perform at the opening ceremony of a temple fair on the eve of Chinese New Year in Beijing, China on Sunday. Temple fairs opened across the city as Chinese prepared to celebrate the year of the Ox.

Missouri in Second Life [Photo]

Missouri's Information Technology Services Division started using Second Life in November 2007 to target recruits from the millennial generation, those who were born between 1980 and 1995. Madison Lyle, left — the avatar of Jan Grecian, technology specialist with the state's Information Technology Services Division — and Jedadiah Juran — the avatar of Paul Wright, information technology director for the departments of education — are standing near the Missouri space in Second Life.

Ten years with ceramics [Photo]

Yukari Kashihara has been working with ceramics for about 10 years. She graduated from MU with a master's degree in fine arts in 2003. "The first time I touched clay it was fun," Kashihara said. "I fell in love with the material, the medium, the clay."

A collection of teapots [Photo]

Teapots are among the pieces in Yukari Kashihara's exhibit at Orr Street Gallery.

A couple of artists [Photo]

Yukari Kashihara and her husband, Thomas Scharenborg, who is a photographer, have their work featured at Orr Street Gallery.

Orr Street pottery show [Photo]

Some of Yukari Kashihara's ceramic work signifies qualities she said she desires, such as "peace, happiness and serenity." She also wants her work to show different kinds of beauty - the "subtle and quiet."

Pancake Day [Slideshow]

The 59th annual Cosmo Luncheon Club's pancake breakfast raised money for diabetes.

Grooming after the performance [Photo]

Hannah Yoder, left, and Crystal Reisig brush their horses down after their performance at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon.

Steady hand [Photo]

Hannah Yoder, a member of the Jack Knife Hollow Hick Chicks, remains steady even as her horse acts up a bit during the Hick Chick performance as part of the Horse Celebration at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Yoder's twin sister is also on the drill team, and her mother rode for seven years.

Fighting to keep the ball [Photo]

MU's DeMarre Carroll protects the ball against Texas Tech defenders Mike Singletary (32) and Alan Voskuil (20) during the game on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Free-throw focus [Photo]

MU's J.T. Tiller concentrates between two free throws during the Big 12 Conference game against the Texas Tech Red Rangers on Saturday. MU won the game with 97-86.

All fired up [Photo]

MU's mascot, Truman the Tiger, and the MU dance team fire up the audience during a time-out at the Big 12 Conference contest between MU's basketball team and the Texas Tech Red Rangers on Saturday.

Pep talk [Photo]

Mike Anderson, head coach of the MU tiger's basketball team, addresses his team during the Big 12 conference game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday.

Tiller takes charge [Photo]

MU's J.T. Tiller (4) drives the lane against Texas Tech's D'Walyn Roberts (5) during the Big 12 Conference game on Saturday.