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Loom weaving at Stephens College

Oralia Chopin weaves before a crowd in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening, during a backstrap loom weaving demonstration. Chopin is the vice president of TRAMA Textiles, a Guatemalan fair trade weaving cooperative that she said was organized to help women provide for themselves in the poor conditions caused by war in the 1980s. This was translated by Lorna McCune, a Spanish instructor and first year Anthropology Ph.D. student at MU.

Guatemalan weavers demonstrate craft at Stephens College

Amparo de Rubio, the president of TRAMA Textiles, laughs as she holds a piece of fabric in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. She said that the pattern is ceremonial and carries great religious significance in Guatemala. This was translated by Lorna McCune, a Spanish instructor and first year Anthropology Ph.D. student at MU.

Guatemalan weaver prepares for demonstration at Stephens College

Oralia Chopin weaves threads together before a backstrap loom weaving demonstration begins in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. Chopin is vice president of TRAMA Textiles, a Guatemalan fair trade weaving cooperative that offers women employment opportunities. She said that she works at the store or with the other women some days, so she can't weave everyday, but she still enjoys weaving when she can. This was translated by Catherine Withrow, a liberal arts instructor at Stephens College.

Guatemalan weaver: Pulling strings

Oralia Chopin weaves threads together before a backstrap loom weaving demonstration begins in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. Chopin, 34, has been weaving since she was eight years old. She said that her 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Carla, is already beginning to learn how to weave. This was translated by Catherine Withrow, a liberal arts instructor at Stephens College who volunteered with the women last summer and helped organize their visit from Guatemala to the U.S.

Fourth Ward candidate Read responds at debate

From left: Daryl Dudly, Rick Buford, Sarah Read and Tracy Greever-Rice are all vying for the Fourth Ward council seat. Candidate Read answers a question about the balance of power between the city manager and the importance of having council input on hiring and firing practices for the city during the Columbia Missourian's candidate debate Monday evening.

Mayoral candidates mingle at debate

From left: Mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan speaks with John Clark while Khesha Duncan, mayoral candidate Paul Love and Joan Sullivan discuss racial issues in Columbia. The debate, sponsored by the Columbia Missourian, continued with questions for the Fourth Ward candidates Monday evening.

Missourian holds mayoral candidate debate

From left: Mayoral candidates Sean O'Day, Bob McDavid, Paul Love, Jerry Wade and Sid Sullivan address questions posed by moderator David Lile of KFRU during the Columbia Missourian's candidate debate on Monday evening. Questions spanned issues including tax increment financing, St. Charles Road improvements, use tax and developments within the city.

Ugandan strappy sandals

Rachel Heaton models sandals made by Sseko Designs in Peace Park on Monday. Liz Forkin founded the company to give jobs to Ugandan girls.

Sandals of Sseko Design

Rachel Heaton models sandals made by Sseko Designs in Peace Park on Monday. Liz Forkin founded the company to give jobs to Ugandan girls.

Young women of the Sseko workshop

From left: Wangila Ednina, Kyesige Harriet, Liz Forkin Bohannon, Mercy Ahurira, Lunkuse Robinah, Nakammanya Toepista, Akello Betty, Nakiyana Teddy. The Sseko class of 2010 stands outside the Sseko workshop. The 7 girls all live and work together and will attend University in August. While in University, selected girls from the class of 2010 will continue working with Sseko in career-specific internship positions.

Ugandan Sseko stitchers

From left: Nakiyana Teddy, Akello Betty, Lunkuse Robinah, Wangila Ednina walk hand in hand on the road to the Sseko workshop. The workshop is located near the Mackerere University campus in the heart of Kampala, where several Sseko girls hope to attend college.

Sandal stitches in Uganda

Nakiyana Teddy hand stitches a fabric strap for the 2010 spring collection in the Sseko workshop. Teddy hopes to attend college to study medicine, and is passionate about providing health care to the youth of Uganda.

MU men's basketball player Steve Moore vs. West Virginia

Missouri sophomore Steve Moore, left, blocks a shot by West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler on Sunday in a second round NCAA Tournament game in Buffalo, N.Y. Moore said this season he has tried "to do some blue collar things to help us win basketball games."

BOONE LIFE: Finding work

Cheryl Wade-Coleman opens a bill on Monday, March 15. At 63, Wade-Coleman is retired and has been since 2006, but she is now looking for a part-time job to supplement the disability check she receives.

Ready for first day at school

Future Rock Bridge High School principal Mark Maus leaves a Student Council meeting Thursday after meeting with the council for the first time. Maus will start his new job at Rock Bridge on July 1.

Edwards races Keselowski

Brad Keselowski (12) races Carl Edwards (99) on Sunday during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

Missouri gymnast loses her balance

Missouri freshman gymnast Lauren Swankoski loses her balance in her routine on the balance beam Sunday at the Hearnes Center.

Missouri defeats Northwestern

Junior Rhea Taylor, tied the standing record for 110 career steals during a game against Northwestern on Sunday at Devine Pavillion. The game was moved inside because of the weather, and Missouri won 5-1.

Paddling the creek

Bryan Hopkins makes his way toward the halfway point during the Perche Creek Gutbuster river race, on Saturday. Hopkins, in his surf ski kayak, ended up finishing the race with the fastest overall time.

Holocaust exhibit opens in Kansas City

In this March 10, 2010 photo, the exhibit,¨Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race "developed by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, opens at the National Archives, in Kansas City. Renee Kaplan with the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum led a training effort to help tour guides deal with questions on the extremely sensitive topic of eugenics. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
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