Rock Bridge cross country coach shakes hands with runner

Marilise Stamps watches as Claudia Dunscombe and Rock Bridge cross country coach Neal Blackburn shake hands during practice on Friday. The team will compete in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn.

Rock Bridge High School seniors stretch before practice

Rock Bridge High School seniors Kayla Funkenbusch, left, and Sam Farmer stretch during their cross country practice on Friday. Farmer is ranked 11 in the state followed by Funkenbusch at 13.

Band practices formations

Marching Mizzou practices formations Friday for the halftime show during Saturday's first home game.

Band member practices in rain

Marching Mizzou member Calvin Haux practices formations during an afternoon mixed with rain and sunshine at rehearsal near Hearnes Center on Friday.

Color guard captain oversees practice

MU Color Guard captain Sammy Ackerman gives her squad a thumbs up from the podium during practice on Friday. "This is my life, this is what I do," Ackerman said. She has been in the Color Guard for three years, and this is her first year as captain.

Band members brave the heat

MU senior Zachary Suchman practices formations near Hearnes Center on Friday before the football season opener against South Dakota State University.

Marching Mizzou sings alma mater

Marching Mizzou members gather and sing their alma mater to end practice Friday.

Color Guard members practice drills

MU Color Guard member Chaney Shaw performs drills during practice Friday before the first football game of the season.

Truman's Terrace opens near Faurot Field

Truman's Terrace is located outside of Faurot Field. Capacity for the area is 1,000 people, and officials expect 350 attendees for Saturday's game against South Dakota State.

Truman's Terrace opens

Truman's Terrace, the new tailgating area at Faurot Field, opens Saturday for the Missouri Tigers' home game against South Dakota State.

Students browse The Mizzou Store on Black and Gold Friday

Shoppers of The Mizzou Store browse merchandise while others wait in the checkout line on Friday. MU hosted the first Black and Gold Friday of the fall semester in preparation for the football game against South Dakota State.

Dylan Gilbert demonstrates bacteria collection

Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, Ill., demonstrates how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during the 2012 Home Microbiome Project. Dylan’s father, microbiologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, led the project.

John Legend wears "Don't Shoot" shirt to honor Michael Brown

Singer John Legend wears a T-shirt that says "Don't Shoot" in reference to the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Legend performed Marvin Gaye’s "What’s Going On?" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Protesters take to streets

Rappers, like Talib Kweli, J. Coyle, and Lauryn Hill and others, are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in the wake of Michael Brown's Aug. 9 shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre spoke out against injustice. In this Aug. 20 photo, protesters marched in the street as lightning flashes in the distance.

Maty Mauk is one of the biggest names on campus

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk prefers his nickname to his full given name, and he's one of the biggest names on a football-crazed campus.

Jan Mees talks to Peter Stiepleman and Christine King

Columbia Public Schools Board Member Jan Mees, left, talks to Superintendent Peter Stiepleman and board member Christine King following a press conference at Columbia Public Schools Administration Building on Thursday. Stiepleman spoke about recent Missouri Assessment Program test results at the conference.

Eddie Printz passes the ball during practice

Freshman quarterback Eddie Printz passes the ball during training camp Aug. 5, 2013 at the Tiger Training Complex.

MU students and faculty celebrate National Bow Tie Day

Associate professor Antoinette Landor puts on a tiger-striped bow tie at the MU Student Center on Thursday. Landor posed for a photo with associate professor Chelsea Garneau at the Missouri Student Unions's National Bow Tie Day event.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin joins students in celebrating National Bow Tie Day

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin sports a Doctor Who-themed bow tie for National Bow Tie Day on Thursday. The chancellor posed for portraits with students wearing bow ties at the MU Student Center. Missouri Student Unions provided bow ties, plastic mustaches and other accessories as props for students without bow ties.

Veterans gather at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course

Don Briggs, right, talks to another veteran at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Thursday. Briggs spent 21 years, 6 months, and 11 days in the Army.