MU sends off seniors with ceremony, picnic [Video]

Before MU’s Class of 2010 graduates next weekend, some seniors took part in the Senior Sendoff tradition Wednesday afternoon. Participants assembled on Francis Quadrangle and walked north through the columns toward downtown Columbia. The walk symbolizes the students’ transition from academia to post-college life. The event concluded with a picnic and concert on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, where students 21 and older received a free beer. Here, MU seniors Nick Woodbury and Matt Shepley describe what the event means to them as soon-to-be graduates.

The Hatrick plays on Mel Carnahan Quadrangle [Photo]

Pat Kay, left, Brian Heffernan, center, and Sean Canan, members of The Hatrick, perform on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle as part of the Senior Sendoff activities on Wednesday.

Band performs at MU Senior Sendoff celebration [Photo]

MU seniors Robert Specking, left, and Brian Douglas listen to The Hatrick perform on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle as part of the Senior Sendoff festivities on Wednesday.

Scott Christianson's finance report [Document]

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Senior Sendoff includes "Where Are You Going?" map [Photo]

MU seniors Lyndsey Nielsen, left, Jill Granger and Tyler Hoffman push pins onto the "Where Are You Going?" map on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle as part of the Senior Sendoff ceremony on Wednesday.

Bondi Wood's campaign finance report [Document]

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MU seniors congregate on Francis Quadrangle [Photo]

MU seniors congregate around the columns on Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday. The students then went to the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle for free food, drinks and music.

MU students participate in annual Senior Sendoff celebration [Photo]

Seniors walk and jog between the columns on Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday. The Senior Sendoff ceremony marks their graduation from the university and their entrance into the alumni community.

Cassie Belek to appear on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' [Photo]

Cassie Belek, a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism from Overland Park, Kan., will be a contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on Friday and the following Monday. Belek said that if she won big, she would repay her parents for helping her pay for school, pay her brother’s loans and move after graduation.

MKT trail closes section for bridge repair [Graphic]

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Boone County Clerk's statement on Bondi Wood [Document]

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Adjusting helmets before a ride [Photo]

Melinda Farhangi helps her husband Mehdi adjust his helmet before they start their lesson.

Director of Mizzou Band Camp steps down [Photo]

Michael Knight, who had previously directed Mizzou Band Camp, is stepping down at the semester's close from his position as associate director of bands at MU and director of Marching Mizzou.

Tracy Lane to be new Ragtag director [Photo]

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Missouri pitcher Tyler Clark against Missouri State [Photo]

Missouri pitcher Tyler Clark throws in the early innings against Missouri State.

Rock Bridge junior Wilson Pfeiffer takes the low road [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior slides into third base under Jefferson City fielder Connor Hager in Tuesday's Bruins victory.

Leslie Roettgen [Photo]

Leslie Roettgen of Marshall came to Columbia in 2004 to receive drug treatment therapy for methamphetamine use. After staying clean for several years, Roettgen relapsed into meth and prescription drug abuse, and died in the summer of 2009 at Arrow Rock State Park of an overdose of methadone, a prescription drug used to treat heroin addiction.

Rock Bridge baseball player Ryan Phillips makes the tag [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Ryan Phillips tags out Jefferson City's Torre Thompson at second base in the Bruins' win Tuesday over the Jays. Phillips had sat out the Bruin's past three games with a concussion he suffered in practice.

GetAbout holds first adult bike lesson [Slideshow]

GetAbout Columbia held its first lesson for adults to learn how to ride bicycles Tuesday. The hour-long lesson featured instruction from program director Janet Gordon and program assistant Larry Simonson.

DIAGRAM: Meth Effects [Graphic]

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