Stafford Hall 2007

Spencer Ernst and friends play Catan in the 2nd floor lounge of Stafford Hall in November 2007.

Stafford Hall 2007

The outside of Stafford Hall in 2007.

Stafford Hall room

This is a typical women's room in Stafford Hall in 2006.

Demolition begins on Stafford Hall

A backhoe rips into the third floor of Stafford Hall on Thursday morning as demolition begins on the first of two dormitories this year. Stafford Hall will be replaced by University Hospital's new patient care tower. Spirtas Wrecking Company is the demolition company. Stafford was built in 1947 at the same time as three other dormitories: Johnston, Graham and Cramer halls.

Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey comic strip

Mort Walker smiles while sitting at a drawing table in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.

Mort Walker and Cookie

Mort Walker poses with a cutout of Cookie, the Army chef in the Beetle Bailey comic strip in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.

The evolution of Beetle Bailey

A 1984 promotion page from King Features Syndicate, Inc., shows the evolution of Beetle Bailey.

Beetle Bailey strip references The Shack

In June 1989, the Beetle Bailey strip referenced Mort Walker's days at "The Shack," which was a watering hole Walker and his friends would visit in the 1940s.

First Beetle Bailey comic strip

The first Beetle Bailey cartoon strip created by MU graduate Mort Walker included local landmarks such as Memorial Union and The Shack. The Shack, a local watering hole in the 1940s and decades later destroyed by fire, was where Walker conceived of the famous strip that eventually ran in more than 1,500 newspapers.

Stamp honors Beetle Bailey comic

This stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and his longtime foil, Sgt. Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Beetle Bailey stamp, initially unveiled in July, is being honored for its connections to MU and mid-Missouri. Beetle Bailey's creator, Mort Walker, is a 1948 graduate of the university.

Checking times for Missouri 340 race

Bill Harris, 61, checks his time and schedule with Dan Vincent, a member of the Missouri 340 race support crew. Vincent was present at the beginning of the race in Kansas City and moved along all of the checkpoints as the rowers came ashore. On Wednesday, Easy Living, with paddlers West Hansen, of Austin, Texas, and David Kelly, of San Rafael, Calif., finished at 8:48 p.m. and won the men’s tandem division of the race and the first-place award of $600. The team set the race record for the fastest finish of for the men's tandem division in 36 hours and 48 minutes. Los Humangos Paddleos with paddlers Wally Wederich, of Yorkville Ill., and Nick Josefik, of St. Joseph, Ill., crossed the finish line at 9:02 p.m., finishing second overall. Beauties and Barnacles crossed the finish line at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, finishing the race in third with a time of 38 hours and 5 seconds. The dragon boat was the only one competing in the voyageur class of the race. The team consisted of 19 paddlers from across the country.

Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at Summerfest

Dom* Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson complete the headlining band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, for Summerfest. The group performed Wednesday night outside The Blue Note.

Gathering for Summerfest

Hundreds gathered Wednesday outside the Blue Note on Ninth Street as Big Smith from Springfield played. Big Smith and Columbia's own The Hatricks opened for Carolina Chocolate Drops for the Summerfest performance.

Asian carp in Illinois

In this 2006 file photo, Jim Kirby, an outdoor writer from Palos Park, Ill., prepares to shoot Asian silver carp as they start jumping alongside his boat during a bowfishing trip near Utica, Ill. A federal judge has set Sept. 7 as the next hearing in a multistate lawsuit demanding tougher action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania want to close locks and install barriers to stop the voracious fish.

Kitchen fire extinguished

Columbia Fire Department and ambulance personnel responded to a fire at 1000 Claudell Lane on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, and the name of the apartment owner was not released at the time of the accident.

Jackson back at practice

Junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson watches as the MU football team practices drills Wednesday at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. Jackson suffered an injury to his left wrist two weeks ago, but he was catching passes at the practice.

Getting ready for class

Kelvin Rico, 6, center, and his classmates watch as the instructor, Russ Taft, leads them in a chant during a tae kwon do class Wednesday at Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. Taft always begins and ends each class with a chant of a similar nature.

Learning the right positions

Russ Taft, chief instructor, helps Ali Assadian, 4, position his hands as he holds his ssahng jeol bong for drills Wednesday at the Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. To help the students learn to swing the ssahng jeol bong, Taft has them swing the ssahng jeol bong at a foam ball, like a baseball bat.

Jerrell Jackson vs. Colorado in 2009

Jerrell Jackson, left, pulls in a one-handed catch last October in a victory over Colorado.

Arcade games at Galactic Fun Zone

Bartender Sara Schulz, 21, plays an arcade game in the empty bar at the Galactic Fun Zone on Tuesday. It is empty now, she said, but previous parties have been well attended. She projects it will become more crowded after the bowling alley and ballroom are completed.