Nixon vows to avoid cutting higher education budget in 2010 [Photo]

Anthony Jackson, left, and Matt Sheppard, right, look on as Gov. Jay Nixon announces his plan to help cap Missouri's rising tuition costs at a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 21 at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center.

Dyer anticipates 'inclusivity' [Photo]

Linda Dyer, staff assistant to the director of undergraduate studies for the economics department at MU, sits in her office on Wednesday. Of Obama's presidency, she said, "I think he is very committed to addressing the economic issue and health, but I was excited about his focus on the 'inclusivity' of all classes and people."

Economy key for Zéphir [Photo]

Flore Zéphir, professsor of romance languages and literatures, teaches in her class at MU on Wednesday. Of Obama's presidency, she said, "I'd like for him to stabilize the economy and see if he can work out a solution so that people don't lose their job and they don't lose their houses."

Squire prioritizes economy [Photo]

Peverill Squire, Professor of Political Science, in his office at MU, Columbia on Wednesday said the economy is the most important issue facing the country. "The economy is the No. 1 issue. It's a situation that could deteriorate further, which would have significant political implications for the president and for the Democratic Party. I think he has to tackle it quickly to try to at least slow down the degeneration of the economy, if not turn it around."

Gov. Jay Nixon discusses higher education funding [Audio]

Gov. Jay Nixon and other higher education leaders met Wednesday to discuss an agreement to protect Missouri universities from tuition increases.

Nixon release on funding pledge for higher education [Document]

Click here to download a PDF copy of Gov. Jay Nixon's news release pledging no funding cuts to Missouri higher education institutions.

INAUGURATION: Campaign memorabilia available at a Blue Note party [Photo]

Local Democratic Party volunteers sold campaign memorabilia on Tuesday evening at the Blue Note's Tatters to Tuxedos Inaugural Ball in Columbia.

INAUGURATION: Barbie Reid shows off her composite Obama poster [Photo]

Barbie Reid shows her photo composite poster to Patsy Johnson of Jefferson City as Vicki Hobbs looks on. Johnson liked the poster so much that she decided to buy one for herself.

INAUGURATION: Picking out buttons at the Blue Note's inauguration event [Photo]

Ann Breidenbach helps her young friend Nora Hargett pick out an Obama button at the Blue Note's "Tatters to Tuxedos" Inauguration Ball in Columbia on Tuesday evening.

INAUGURATION: Watching the Obamas' Neighborhood Ball [Photo]

Daryl Kirkland-Morgan, left, and Lauren Grant listen to singer Beyonce's performance as part of the Obamas' Neighborhood Ball, an inaugural celebration featuring performances as well as the First Couple's dance. The broadcast was shown on the big screen as part of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center's inaugural celebration festivities Tuesday night at MU.

INAUGURATION COLMBIA: Disappointed in telecast quality [Photo]

Sarah Scanlan of Columbia watches the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama in Memorial Union at MU. Scanlan was frustrated by the poor broadcast quality. "This . . . is miserable," Scanlan said. "I'm really disappointed that the university couldn't set this up properly. There's a reason why nobody is here. Because this is useless."

0121Richbow [Photo]

Last year as a sophomore, Toy RIchbow started all but three games at point guard.

INAUGURATION COLMBIA: Rapt attention [Photo]

At a watch party for Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU, students, faculty and staff watch as Joe Biden takes the oath of office for vice president.

INAUGURATION COLUMBIA: Gathering to watch [Photo]

Students, faculty and staff gather at a watch party for Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU.

INAUGURATION: Shamans perform ceremony to honor Obama [Photo]

Shamans Juan Osco, left, and Luis Valle hold a picture of Obama while performing a ritual honoring Obama's inauguration in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday. Twelve faith-healers from the Apus-Inka association dedicated an ancient Quechua ritual to send Obama strength during his presidency.

INAUGURATION COLUMBIA: Applauding the swearing-in [Photo]

Eric Wright, right, and Billy Herbert applaud after Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office. They attended a watch party for the inauguration ceremony at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU.

0121English [Photo]

Freshman Kim English has started the past two games for Missouri in place of Matt Lawrence.

INAUGURATION: Joe Biden takes the oath of office [Photo]

Joe Biden, left, takes the oath of office as vice president of the United States on Tuesday.

INAUGURATION: President George W. Bush and Obama hug [Photo]

Former President George W. Bush, right, hugs Obama after he was sworn in on Tuesday.

INAUGURATION: Obama at the lectern in Washington [Photo]

Obama delivers his inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.