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Hosing off

Both of the final teams competing in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mud Ball Tournament wash down after the championship game on Saturday.

Ready to serve

Bladder Splatters team member Greg Link prepares to serve at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri Mud Ball tournament on Saturday. The Bladder Splatters won the final game 15-8 in the championship match.

Washing up

Bladder Splatters team captain Michael Elley washes his face after his team won the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mud Ball tournament on Saturday. His team took second place two years ago, and five of the seven players on the team are family members. "We are a very competitive family," Elley said.

Victory hug

Teammates Myles Branch and Hayley Christensen hug after their team wins the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri Mud Ball tournament on Saturday. Twelve teams competed in the tournament that began at 10 a.m. and was held behind the Columbia Career Center.

Post-victory cleanup

First-year player Hayley Christensen pulls duct tape off her shoes after her team, The Bladder Splatters, took first place in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri Mud Ball tournament on Saturday. "They [her teammates] said it would keep our feet from slipping out of our shoes," Christensen said.

Mother explains why she came to Summer Welcome

Robin Jenkins, left, speaks with Nathan Stephens, director of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, at the Mizzou & You dinner during Summer Welcome on Tuesday. "I want to make sure, as a parent, that my son is doing things for the right reasons," Jenkins said of her attendance.

Students take a break from Summer Welcome festivities

Xavier Wegmann, left, Tim Gray, center, and Brendan Giljum take a break from their hectic Summer Welcome schedule in the second floor lounge of Hatch Hall. "We're getting the partying out of our systems now," Gray said with a laugh.

Incoming MU freshmen attend orientation

Incoming MU freshmen attend the College of Arts and Science's divisional orientation on Tuesday at Conservation Hall during Summer Welcome.

Students tour MU during Summer Welcome

Incoming freshmen and their guests walk past the inscribed bricks Tuesday outside the Reynolds Alumni Center during a Summer Welcome campus tour. Tuesday marked the 19th session of the Summer Welcome program, with one final session on Wednesday for freshmen and one on Thursday for transfer students.

MU senior directs Summer Welcome traffic

Senior Kenny Wiley directs Summer Welcome traffic into the Virginia Avenue Garage on Tuesday morning. "We dress up in costumes to try to put a smile on their face at 8 a.m.," Wiley said about the incoming students and their guests. Approximately 5,500 freshmen have attended the Summer Welcome program this year.

Summer Welcome Revue introduces students to MU traditions

Summer Welcome leaders perform for incoming freshman at the Summer Welcome Revue on Tuesday in Jesse Auditorium. The revue introduces freshman to MU traditions and the college experience through song, dance and humor.

Incoming MU freshmen walk across Carnahan Quadrangle

Senior Cole Donelson leads a morning tour of incoming freshmen and their guests Tuesday across the Carnahan Quadrangle during the 19th session of Summer Welcome. According to Jeff Luker, the New Student Programs graduate assistant, 295 students and 400 guests signed in for Tuesday's Summer Welcome session.

Washington Gikunju

Washington Gikunju, a visiting fellow at the Missourian from Kenya

Tree branch smolders on power line

A branch of an uprooted tree smoldered on a high voltage power line on Redbud Lane Thursday morning in Columbia's Quarry Heights neighborhood. The tree uprooted around 5:30 a.m., knocking down three understory trees and utility lines. The Columbia Fire Department, Water and Light Department and a tree removal service crew cleared debris and restored power to the block by 9 a.m.

Lining up to cheer

On their first night with the Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Dance team, Andrianna Walter, 8, and Falen Singleten, 11, learn their first cheer. The group, lead by Sonrisa Wood and Athena Hord, uses dance and cheer routines to build self esteem in young girls.

Big stretch

Kyleigh Fuller, 8, warms up for Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Cance practice on Wednesday night with a back-bending stretch called a bridge.

Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group practices

Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.

Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group practices

Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs' cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.

Sam Russell's hand-cycle bike

Sam Russell's hand-cycle bike allows him to crank and steer with his hands and arms. Russell, who was paralyzed three year's ago in a trail bike accident, will ride the hand-cycle bike with friend Carl Edwards in the Ride with Carl for Sam next Wednesday on the MKT trail.

Grandfather holds granddaughter

Roy Harrison holds his 4-year-old granddaughter Alisa Maier as she arrives home Thursday in Louisiana, Mo. Alisa Maier smiled broadly at the crowd gathered Thursday in the yard where she was abducted three days earlier.
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