MU's Ashley Fleming makes contact [Photo]

Freshman Ashley Fleming swings for the ball during a double header against Saint Louis University on Wednesday.

Leading role [Photo]

Chris Blackerby plays the role of Frank Charles in the upcoming production of "Flyin' West."

Directing [Photo]

Clyde Ruffin observes a rehearsal of the play "Flyin' West." He is the director.

Sittin' around [Photo]

Constance Stanley, left, who plays Minnie Dove Charles; Alesha Harmon, who plays Sophie Washington; and CortneyJo Washington, who plays Miss Leah in the MU production of "Flyin' West," sit around the dinner table during a rehearsal of Act I.

In rehearsals [Photo]

The cast of "Flyin' West," an MU theater department production directed by Clyde Ruffin, rehearses on Feb. 18. The show opens Thursday.

The mediator [Photo]

Afton Thomas plays the role of Fannie Dove in "Flyin' West" during a rehearsal on Feb. 18 at MU's Rhynsburger Theatre. Fannie Dove is the mild-tempered mediator between the bickering pair of Sophie Washington and Miss Leah.

Economy 101: Payday lending [Video]

The Missourian's second installment of the Economy 101 series features Brenda Procter, an associate state extension specialist in personal financial planning, talking about the pitfalls and questions surrounding the practice of payday lending.

True/False banner [Photo]

A history of Lent [Graphic]

After a weekend of Carnival and Mardi Gras festivities, many Christians participate in a 40-day period of repentance and humility known as Lent.

On the run [Photo]

Missouri's RaeShara Brown goes after a loose ball against Texas' Erika Arriaran on Tuesday.

MU's Jones goes for the ball [Photo]

MU’s Shakara Jones, left, tries to control the ball against Texas’ Ashleigh Fontenette on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

Art for an epidemic [Photo]

Students, faculty, parents and community members were invited to Rock Bridge High School on Tuesday to attend a student-driven dialogue about the rising global AIDS epidemic, hosted by Matt Cone's Contemporary Issues class. The figure is a part of student Kelsey Saragnese's project.

Rock Bridge student Kelsey Saragnese [Photo]

Kelsey Saragnese, a student in the Contemporary Issues class at Rock Bridge High School, discusses the rising rate of AIDS in India as part of an informative seminar led by students on Thursday. Saragnese and the other students made works of art to serve as illustrations during their intimate dialogue with listeners.

Rock Bridge students use art to address AIDS epidemic [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School students in Matt Cone's Contemporary Issues class met Tuesday morning to use artwork they had made about the AIDS virus as a starting point for intimate dialogue about the epidemic to interested students, parents, teachers and other community members. The Contemporary Issues students had a rigorous test last week about AIDS that helped prepare them for this event.

Gary Forsee at Appropriations Committee hearing [Photo]

UM System President Gary Forsee speaks with Jim Moody after the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Feb. 24, 2009.

Wolfert ready for Big 12 meet [Photo]

The Big 12 meet will be the end of Jeff Wolfert's college diving career. He will be signing with an agent in hopes of landing an NFL contract.

Up for grabs [Photo]

MU's Shakara Jones, 44, and RaeShara Brown, right, go for a rebound against Texas on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

Anderson returns to Columbia [Photo]

Texas' Yvonne Anderson tries to shoot over Missouri's Toy Richbow during the second half Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Anderson had three points and three rebounds.

Fire District funding comparisons [Graphic]

Getting ready for districts [Photo]

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon talks to his players during practice Tuesday. The Bruins start the postseason against Holt on Wednesday.