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Rappellers raise money for Special Olympics

Usually, the ability to rappel down the side of a building is reserved for window washers but not on Saturday. Participants who raised money for Special Olympics Missouri got the chance to throw on a harness, get their adrenaline pumping and witness Columbia from a unique perspective in the Over The Edge event.

Going over the edge at 'Over the Edge'

Over The Edge, an event to raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri, provided participants a chance to literally go over the edge — the edge of The Tiger Hotel. After suiting up, a brief gear instruction, a two-story practice rappel and an elevator ride to the top, participants pushed themselves to the limit and lowered themselves the down the side of the hotel.

MU senior rappels to raise money for Special Olympics

"Just lean back" is much easier said than done when suspended 10 stories above the ground on the south wall of The Tiger Hotel, but Amber Lonchar, a senior at the University of Missouri and volunteer at the Over The Edge event on Saturday, did it with a smile.

Stegeman rappels for Special Olympics

Susan Stegeman, the longest standing employee of Special Olympics Missouri, hangs several stories above eighth street during her rappel off The Tiger Hotel for the Over The Edge event on Saturday. Participants who raised money for the Special Olympics got the chance to harness up, clip in, and rappel down from the top floor.

Stegeman receives rappelling instructions

Susan Stegeman listens to Over The Edge consultant Nathan Schuster as he instructs her on the rappelling process that will get her safely down the side of The Tiger Hotel during Saturday's Over The Edge event for Special Olympics Missouri.

'Reining' Champions

Missy Hood rides her Champion Quarter Horse, Watch This Way, on Sept. 30. Hood rode her horse, whose nickname is Red, to a world championship win and has been training him since he was just a year old. "Everybody should be as lucky as me to have a horse as great as Red," Hood said.

On to the finals

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member Justus Roberts II aims for precision during the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Roberts and the Alpha Eta Chapter will represent the men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago for the Sprite Step Off finals.

Steppers take first place

The women of Alpha Theta Omega Sorority, Inc. took home a first place prize of $8,000 in the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Alpha Theta Omega will compete in Chicago at the Regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Atlanta for the nationally televised Sprite event.

Mid-Missouri High Steppers perform at Hearnes Center

The Mid-Missouri Highsteppers performed live at the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday in the Hearnes Center. The young steppers celebrated their 30th anniversary by performing in front of a crowd of at least 1,000.

RV Lead Photo

From left, MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild, Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters on Friday. The RV has been to every home Missouri football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at at time.

RV — Jump Start

MU tailgater Brady Crawford attempts to jump start the 1976 Dodge Midas RV he shared with seven other MU fans on Friday. The RV has a history of being difficult to start and typically, Crawford says, "you have to talk real nice to her."

AUDIO: "Each person that's involved in this brings a different kind of aspect to it."

RV — Railings

MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild (left), Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters Friday. The RV has been to every home MU football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at a time.

AUDIO: "A lot of our fellow tailgaters in the area, they ask about the deck."

RV — Conversation

Avid MU tailgaters Brady Crawford (left) and Kevin Reichert attempt to jump start their tailgating RV on Friday. The 1976 Dodge Midas RV is stored at AJ's Towing, owned by Crawford's uncle Dale Payne. The tow shop is the ideal place to store the RV according to Reichert because, "it helps when you have a 30-year-old RV and a shop, too."

AUDIO: "Once we pulled in and set up the deck and everything, everybody took a liking to it."

John Fortman participates in 24 Hour Comics Day

John Fortman concentrates as he draws the story of a man who makes up and is then attacked by a monster in his hallway during the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. Fortman's wife, who goes by the pen name Lady Darke, and his sister, Jennifer Fortman, also participated in the event.

MU medical students teach kids about science

John Mitabar, 11, looks at x-rays guided by Calvin Lewis, a pre-med student, on Saturday at a meeting of CALEB, the Science Club. Each station featured a mentor, usually either a medical student, pre-med student or doctor, who would explain the circumstances behind the x-rays.

Kids look at x-rays at science club meeting

Serenety Cave, 10, looks at a chest x-ray of a pregnant woman under the guidance of Shuaib Okponobi, a doctor, Saturday at a meeting of CALEB, the Science Club. Students looked at an assortment of x-rays and made electromagnets at the day's meeting.

Aspiring writers work at 24 Hour Comics Day

Aspiring writers, from left, Eric Yearwood, Robyn Seale, and Noah Medling pen and draw their tales as part of the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. Participants aimed at a page per hour in this 24-hour event. Their diverse stories included time travel and the public education system, a robot falling through the sky, and a bear who encounters a ritual in the woods.

'Mercy Street' rendering

Dustin Hoffmann works on a comic book adaptation of Peter Gabriel's song "Mercy Street" as part of the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. The song was inspired by poet laureate Anne Sexton's work of the same name. Hoffmann used it and several of Sexton's works as his inspiration for the comic.

Duplex damaged by fire

Columbia and Boone County fire officials battled a residential fire at 5101 Silver Mill Drive on Saturday afternoon. The duplex is the home of Gisell and Kelly Ballenger and their three sons. There were no injuries, and the adjoining duplex suffered no damage.

Derrick Fogle, the Hacky Sack guy

Derrick Fogle performs a Hacky Sack trick at Speakers Circle on the MU campus on Sept. 17. Fogle, who frequents Speakers Circle each Thursday, has been kicking for more than 30 years. "I picked it up when I was a teenager and just never quit doing it," he said.
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