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Ellen Eardley is Title IX candidate

Title IX administrator candidate Ellen Eardley speaks during an open forum in Leadership Auditorium at the MU Student Center on Wednesday. Eardley is currently an attorney involved in housing and workplace discrimination casework in Washington, D.C.

Ellen Eardley speaks at forum

Title IX administrator candidate Ellen Eardley addresses questions from attendees of Wednesday's open forum at the MU Student Center. Eardley hopes her law background puts her in a position "to provide a clear articulation of what standards are" for the university community.

Ellen Eardley stresses Title IX credentials

Ellen Eardley, a Title IX administrator candidate, emphasizes her approach for addressing Title-IX-related issues during an open forum on Wednesday. Part of that approach would initially include more listening to stakeholders at MU and throughout the UM system.

Students gather in Speakers Circle for candlelight memorial

Students and Columbia residents gather Wednesday in Speakers Circle for a candlelight memorial and prayer session held by the MU Muslim Student Organization for the victims of religious terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Farina Rashid takes a moment of silence

Farina Rashid takes a moment of silence Wednesday in Speakers Circle during the MU Muslim Student Organization candlelight memorial and prayer session for the victims of religious terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Ismam Islam starts lighting the candles

Ismam Islam starts lighting candles Wednesday in Speakers Circle at the MU Muslim Student Organization candlelight memorial and prayer session for the victims of religious terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan. Islam, who is a member of the Muslim Student Organization, led the memorial.

Jakeenan Gant shoots a free throw

Missouri freshman forward Jakeenan Gant shoots a free throw against Xavier on Saturday. Gant finished with 13 points, but Xavier topped the Tigers, 74-58.

Chiefs players celebrate sack

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali, right, celebrates after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the second half of Sunday's game in Kansas City, Missouri.

Gaines having impact as rookie

St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines, center, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald regroup after a play in the Rams game against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 23 in San Diego, California.

Makalya Butler plays guard at Stephens

Stephens College freshman Makayla Butler is a guard on the school's basketball team. Butler posed for a portrait during practice Wednesday.

Stephens portrait Dana Heggemann

Stephens College junior Dana Heggemann plays forward for the school's basketball team. Heggemann posed for a portrait during practice on Wednesday.

High Steppers march after parade

In this file photo, members of the Missouri High Steppers march on Ninth Street after a bike parade on Sept. 9, 2011. The two events kicked off the Root 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ weekend.

U.S. releases three of Cuban Five

Tourists riding in a classic American car drive by a billboard showing "The Cuban Five" that reads in Spanish "End the injustice. Freedom now." on Wednesday in Havana, Cuba. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences.

FROM READERS: Stephens College senior Cheyenne Smith holds her foster cat, Moe

Stephens College senior Cheyenne Smith holds her foster cat, Moe, from Second Chance. Students at Stephens College are able to foster cats and dogs through a partnership between the animal shelter and the college.

FROM READERS: Sandra Wicklund, a freshman at Stephens College, with her foster cat Emily

Sandra Wicklund, a freshman at Stephens College, is fostering Emily, a cat from Second Chance. Wicklund is a pre-veterinary student at Stephens.

FROM READERS: Tiawna Johnson, a Stephens College sophomore, snuggles up with her foster cat

Tiawna Johnson, a Stephens College sophomore, snuggles up with her foster cat, CP. There are 20 scholarships available to students at Stephens College in exchange for fostering animals from Second Chance, a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia.

Bennett calls parents of child

Rachel Bennett calls a parent to talk about a student on Nov. 7 in her office at Muriel Battle High School. "I love working with teenagers who maybe need a little more extra support, stability and encouragement, and I love working with those parents, too," Bennett said.

'Spartan Time' gives students a free period and a break

Rachel Bennett talks to Marea Brown and Eliya Todd on Dec. 5 during "Spartan Time," a free period for students. Bennett was a Spanish teacher at Oakland Middle School before coming to Battle High School, where she is now an assistant principal.

Bennett listens in on a science class to give feedback

Rachel Bennett listens in Dec. 5 as science teacher Phillip Popham helps Jordan Carothers with an assignment. Bennett does "walkthroughs" every Friday in the foreign language and science class to assess the teachers and give them feedback.

Walkie-talkie rests on Bennett's waist

A walkie-talkie sits at Rachel Bennett's waist on Nov. 7. Administrators at Muriel Battle High School use the walkie-talkies to communicate with one another.
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