January 26, 2009
Interested MU students and members of the community gathered at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on Monday for "The Dream is Now," a panel discussion about the historical changes occurring in America's socio-racial climate from the time of Martin Luther King Jr. to that of Barack Obama. From left, Dr. Michael Ugarte, Dr. K.C. Morrison, Lyn Williams, Kelley Robinson, and Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton.
Dr. K.C. Morrison, a political science professor at MU, and Lyn Williams, founder of the "Change Today" civic group, were two of the five panelists who spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. discussion panel held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on Monday. Dr. Morrison reminded those in the audience that though an African American president is a step in the right direction, the battle against racism is far from over.
CORRECTED CAPTION: Clyde Ruffin, the chair of the Department of Theater of the University of Missouri, reenacts the famous "I have a dream" speech during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Gala at Memorial Union on Monday. "It's always challenging," said Ruffin, who enacts the speech every year. "It's probably one of the most important speeches of the 20th century. You have to find your own style and still remain true to (Dr. King)." An earlier version of this caption misstated Ruffin's title.
From left, Dr. Johnette Morrison, Almeta Crayton and Dr. K.C. Morrison engage in an animated conversation during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gala Celebration at Memorial Union on Monday. Later that evening, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee of the University of Missouri honored Crayton with an award for her dedication to the community of Columbia.
CORRECTED CAPTION: Emma Teixeiro of Madrid, Spain, prepares DNA specimens for a polymerase chain reaction, a method to amplify DNA. Teixeiro, who came to Columbia in January 2008, works as assistant professor for Molecular Micobiology and Immunology and Surgery at MU. An earlier version of this caption included an incorrect acronym for polymerase chain reaction.
On the shelves, between the stacks, and down every row of the Columbia Public Library rest thousands of books. The library is open to the public and is located at 100 W. Broadway.
January 25, 2009
"If an African-American can be president, then a woman can be president and a Jew can be president and I don't think anybody was thinking that a few years ago," said Debbie Shenker. "He has been outspoken in support of Israel and I expect that to continue."
"What can we do for a president right now?" said Jim Krueger. "At first I was disturbed by President Obama because of rock-star status. Every time I heard him speak he turned me around. I hope people understand that he's got a difficult job."
"He's got everybody at the table and brings everybody together," said Brent Lowenberg. "There's a need to help fellow man and woman and work towards social justice."
H.R. Chandrasekhar, professor of physics at MU, shares his thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. He said he thinks Obama’s broad religious reference was practical for a president. “What he’s acknowledging is that there are people here who belong to all these religions,” Chandrasekhar said. “They all have to live together and feel welcome and accept it, so that’s the point he’s making. And that’s the way it should be.”
Kuljit Sandhu shares her thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. "Too much liberalism, that takes us away from discipline. And too much conservatism, being conservative, it takes us away from each other, so I think the middle ground is the best," Sandhu said.
Rajini Tolani, left, and Santokh Singh offer prayers during the birth celebration of Guru Gobind Singh at the Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday.
Dancers dressed in traditional Chinese costumes perform at the opening ceremony of a temple fair on the eve of Chinese New Year in Beijing, China on Sunday. Temple fairs opened across the city as Chinese prepared to celebrate the year of the Ox.
Missouri's Information Technology Services Division started using Second Life in November 2007 to target recruits from the millennial generation, those who were born between 1980 and 1995. Madison Lyle, left — the avatar of Jan Grecian, technology specialist with the state's Information Technology Services Division — and Jedadiah Juran — the avatar of Paul Wright, information technology director for the departments of education — are standing near the Missouri space in Second Life.
Yukari Kashihara has been working with ceramics for about 10 years. She graduated from MU with a master's degree in fine arts in 2003. "The first time I touched clay it was fun," Kashihara said. "I fell in love with the material, the medium, the clay."
Teapots are among the pieces in Yukari Kashihara's exhibit at Orr Street Gallery.
Yukari Kashihara and her husband, Thomas Scharenborg, who is a photographer, have their work featured at Orr Street Gallery.
Some of Yukari Kashihara's ceramic work signifies qualities she said she desires, such as "peace, happiness and serenity." She also wants her work to show different kinds of beauty - the "subtle and quiet."
January 24, 2009
Hannah Yoder, left, and Crystal Reisig brush their horses down after their performance at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Yoder, a member of the Jack Knife Hollow Hick Chicks, remains steady even as her horse acts up a bit during the Hick Chick performance as part of the Horse Celebration at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Yoder's twin sister is also on the drill team, and her mother rode for seven years.