Dressler family [Photo]

The Dressler family poses for a family photo outside of Mizzou Arena for Jordan Dressler's high school graduation in May 2009. From left to right: Mark Dressler, Ashley Dressler, Jordan Dressler, Hannah Dressler, Jennifer Dressler.

Mark Dressler [Photo]

Missouri forward Mark Dressler attempts to block a pass from Kansas guard Darnell Valentine in the Tigers' Big Eight postseason tournament semifinal loss to the Jayhawks on March 5, 1980.

Hickman's Lyle Harris [Photo]

Hickman senior point guard Lyle Harris, No. 3, catches his breath with his teammates during a Kewpies practice Dec. 10 at Hickman High School.

MU gymnast Sarah Shire [Photo]

Missouri senior Sarah Shire practices her routine on the balance beam during Monday's gymnastics practice.

Freshman guard Sydney Crafton [Photo]

Freshman guard Sydney Crafton dribbles down the court in Thursday night's game. The Jefferson City native played nine minutes in the second half.

Frazier takes a shot [Photo]

Sophomore Kendra Frazier takes a shot during the second half of the game against Texas-Pan American. Frazier saw 13 minutes of playing time during the Tigers' win.

Gee drives to the basket [Photo]

Missouri's Bailey Gee drives toward the basket past Texas-Pan American's Sherrell Davis.

MU women's basketball vs. Texas-Pan American [Photo]

Texas-Pan American's Shavon Walker puts up a shot, and Missouri's BreAnna Brock falls to the ground while defending the basket Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri won the game 83-34.

Shakara Jones' layup [Photo]

MU forward Shakara Jones goes for a layup against Texas-Pan American on Thursday night. The Tigers blew out the Lady Broncos 83-34.

MU's Amanda Hanneman [Photo]

Amanda Hanneman, guard for the MU women's basketball team, prepares to pass the ball during the first period of the game against Texas-Pan American on Thursday at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Missouri won the game 83-34.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel [Graphic]

Hanukkah, the Celebration of Lights in Judaism, begins today at sundown and continues for eight days and nights. The dreidel is a game typically played after lighting the menorah, a candelabrum used in the holiday ceremony.

THE BEAT: Douglass High designated Title 1 school [Audio]

Kevin Kelly [Photo]

Kevin Kelly runs a small business from home just outside of Columbia. He develops software for chemistry applications. Kelly has a strong background in chemistry and this is why he says that "people that worked in the laboratory understand better what users want."

Wrapping with care [Photo]

Pregame playmakers: Sports medicine department dedicated to athletes [Video]

MU junior Keith Sparks didn’t know anybody when his internship began.  But it wasn’t long before his fellow interns in the sports medicine department dubbed him, “Sparky.” Sparks puts in between 30 to 60 hours of unpaid time as an intern, working with the defensive line, setting up the training room and preparing the sideline for game days.
Although he joined the staff to gain hands-on experience to help with his physical therapy major, he said he has enjoyed the internship enough to consider a career in sports medicine. He has attended each game this season and will head to the Texas Bowl with the team in December.

Populations of students with dependents [Graphic]

The populations of students with dependents for public four-year undergraduate and public graduate institutions are shown to be declining based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Effect of pain pills on vaccines [Graphic]

MU researchers have found evidence that some common medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen inhibit enzymes that could affect a vaccine’s effectiveness.

Ensley at day care [Photo]

Kristy Ensley chases her son, Jayden Wilkes, 2, around the playground so they can go home from the Student Parent Center in University Village on Thursday, Nov. 19. Ensley, a biology student, said the day care is a blessing because of its affordability and close proximity to campus.

Smile for the camera [Photo]

Naomi Clark and her 7-month-old daughter, Liberty, at the Student Parent Center in University Village on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Clark is a member of MIZFIT, an organization that helps MU student-parents network and support one another.

Runners-up celebrating [Photo]

Stormwater Logo Contest runners-up Allie Smith, left, and Megan Pearson pose for a picture taken by Smith's mother, Valerie Brightwell, at the Boone County Commission Chambers on Wednesday. Both girls are sophomores at Centralia High School.