March 1, 2009
Michael Amantea is a reporter and columnist for the Missourian.
Erin Horth is a member of Include Me MU and a guest columnist for the Missourian.
February 28, 2009
Matt Allen spreads the wings of a pterodactyl costume made for him by his mother. Allen wore the costume in support of the Tigers at a recent MU-Kansas basketball game.
MU freshman Matt Allen attracted attention at the MU basketball game against Kansas on Feb. 9 by dressing up as a pterodactyl. Allen took time on Saturday to show off the prehistoric costume made for him by his mother.
A Missouri Tiger paw tatoo belonging to MU senior swimmer Bryan Difford can be seen as he swims Saturday in the Big 12 Conference meet at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
True/False Film Festival volunteer Sarah Kammeyer dressed up for her position as "queen." The queens of the festival directed film goers as to what line they were to be in. Kammeyer said half of her inspiration to volunteer came from a friend's mother who had been a queen, and the other half came from her own ambitions to one day produce films.
True/False volunteer and Ragtag bartender Kyle Warren watches the progression of people purchasing food from Uprise Bakery inside the Ragtag Cinema on Friday. "I've been wearing this all day," Warren said. "I'll probably wear it all day tomorrow — I'm not going to bed tonight."
The True/False Film Festival logo could be seen all around Columbia for days. Here, the Missouri Theater displayed the logo as a screen saver between films as well as a spotlight on the ceiling.
From left, George Montgomery, Buz Picker, Bill Montgomery, Richard Sorrels, Marty Wulff and Wayne Russell listen as FENA President Mike Elzer addresses the group. The men attended the gathering of Ferguson tractor lovers Saturday at George's Restaurant in Columbia.
A collection of Ferguson tractor tools, models and memorabilia belonging to the Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America is on display. Members of the club gathered at George's Restaurant in Columbia on Saturday.
Marty Wulff of Columbia sits in front of his TO35 Ferguson tractor. Wulff brought one of his four Fergusons to show at the gathering of FENA members Saturday at George's Restaurant in Columbia.
KaShaye Mathews, 15, goes in for a shot during a 3-on-3 game at New Haven Elementary School on Feb. 2. Mathews basketball team was headed to the regional championship game on Feb. 21.
KaShaye Mathews arranges chairs at the tables in the cafeteria at West Junior High School on Feb. 17. Most of the chairs are stacked for after-school detention once a week and Mathews and her classmates put them back the next morning. They also take care of the school’s recycling and clean the teacher’s lounge every week. Mathews volunteers in the cafeteria stocking chips and milk and checking the expiration dates, said her teacher, Leslie Bishop.
Ashlyn Kasten, 22, left, helps KaShaye Mathews, 15, right, find a verse during a teen Bible study at the Salvation Army Worship Center on Feb. 11. KaShaye and her brother Mikal Mathews, 13, not pictured, have been attending services at the Center for about a year.
KaShaye Mathews jokes with her mother, Katrina Mathews, after their interpretive dance performance during the service at Salvation Army Church on Feb. 8.
KaShaye Mathews smiles as she performs on stage with her mother in front of the Salvation Army Church congregation on Feb. 8. Mathews and her mother performed an interpretive dance.
KaShaye Mathews clasps her hands and takes a moment before getting ready to perform with her mother during the Feb. 8 service at Salvation Army Church in Columbia.
KaShaye Mathews reads the program during service on Feb. 8 at the Salvation Army Church. She is an avid reader and also loves Jackie Chan.
The Columbia Board of Education chose Chris Belcher, currently superintendent of the Kearney R-1 School District, as the new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools starting in July. Belcher, who was born and raised in Kearney and is deeply rooted in the community, said that he will miss “how easy it feels in Kearney," but he wants to find a way to socialize with teachers and students in Columbia, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day.
Chris Belcher eats lunch with students of Kearney Elementary School. About three days a week, Belcher eats with students at one of the schools in his district. "I know I will probably not be able to do this as frequently in Columbia," he said. "(But) it’s an opportunity (for me) to get out into the schools."