PHOTO GALLERY: Ellen Eardley is a Title IX candidate

Ellen Eardley participated in a forum that showcased her candidacy for the Title IX administrator position Wednesday at MU. She hopes her legal background will help guide new standards at the university.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students gather in Speakers Circle for candlelight memorial

Students gather Wednesday in Speakers Circle for a candlelight memorial and prayer session for the victims of religious terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan. The MU Muslim Student Organization hosted the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Assistant principal dedicates her life to her children in and out of school

Rachel Bennnett, an assistant principal at Battle High School, became involved in education to try to influence as many lives as possible. She had a stroke in her 30s, a life event that made her passion to help grow.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dozens attend menorah lighting ceremony at MU

Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri hosted a lighting ceremony Tuesday at MU. After lighting the 9-foot menorah, students and faculty enjoyed latkes and doughnuts. The group will also hold a public menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday outside the Daniel Boone City Building

PHOTO GALLERY: Menorah lighting ceremony at the MU Student Center

Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor in the MU School of Law, lights the candle for the first night of Hanukkah during a menorah lighting ceremony Tuesday in the MU Student Center. This is the third year that Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri has hosted a menorah lighting on the campus.

PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary students sing carols at MU

First-graders from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School sing holiday carols in a concert Tuesday on the steps of MU's Memorial Union. Students braved cold weather to perform holiday carols outdoors for those passing by.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers lend a hand at Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Since 2009, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture has focused on the environmental and health benefits of raising food locally. Over that time, volunteering and food production at the center have increased.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle girls basketball beats Helias

Battle High School girls basketball played Helias High School on Monday at home. Battle went on to defeat the Crusaders 40-33. The Spartans are now 6-3 on the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School loses to Helias in basketball

Battle High School fell to 2-5 on the season with a last-minute loss of 52-50 on Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge boys basketball beats De Smet 81-49

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team beat De Smet 81-49 Monday at home.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Mall hosts Santa Claus photo booth for pets

The Columbia Mall held a photo booth for pets to get their pictures taken with Santa every Monday from Nov. 17 to Dec. 15.

FROM READERS: A visit with Santa at the Thompson Center

Children with autism and their families were invited to spend time with Santa at MU's Thompson Center on Dec. 6, away from crowds and noise that can sometimes be challenging for children on the autism spectrum.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cherie Rutter volunteers as 'Sugar Angel'

Cherie Rutter has been baking cakes professionally for about 30 years. She is a "Sugar Angel" volunteer baker for the nonprofit organization Icing Smiles that provides cakes for children and teens with illness and disabilities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball takes down Northern Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 47-44 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. With the win, the Tigers improve to 8-2 on the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou loses to Xavier

Forward Jakeenan Gant played his first game of the season for the Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. The Tigers lost to Xavier 74-58.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri's loss to Xavier draws season-high attendance

The Missouri men's basketball team lost to Xavier 74-58 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jingle Bell runners and walkers hit the street

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday in downtown Columbia raised more than $42,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. More than 600 people registered to participate.

PHOTO GALLERY: Connie and Gerald Cunningham go back to the Wild West

Connie and Gerald Cunningham run Bucksnort Saloon, a cowboy-themed saloon in Blackwater, Missouri. The saloon is decorated in an 1880s style and contains a collection of antiques.

PHOTO GALLERY: Protestors fill downtown Columbia, block Broadway Friday night

Protestors blocked the intersection of Broadway and Hitt Street on Friday night in response to Roxy's nightclub using the phrase 'Hands Up Pants Up' on wristbands promoting its dress code policy. The protests moved throughout downtown Columbia blocking busy intersections including Cherry and Tenth streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball defeats Colorado 53-50

Missouri women's basketball defeated Colorado, 53-50, on Friday behind a strong second half defensive performance.