MU football player Brandon Gerau

Missouri junior wide receiver Brandon Gerau is a Columbia native who played high school football for the Rock Bridge Bruins.

Columbia College soccer player Brian Eike vs. Missouri Baptist

Columbia College junior midfielder Brian Eike scored the first goal of the game Thursday night against Missouri Baptist.

Columbia College soccer player Edgar Reyna vs. Missouri Baptist

Columbia College midfielder Edgar Reyna scores on a penalty kick against Missouri Baptist on Thursday night at Owens Stadium. It was the Cougars' second goal of the game in a 3-0 victory and gave Reyna his 11th goal of the season.

MU men's basketball player Kim English at Big 12 media day

Missouri guard Kim English talks to reporters at the Big 12 men's basketball media days Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Homecoming preparation continues

Fraternities and sororities team up to work together on house decorations. As part of the decorations, each group does a decoration skit that goes along with it. A few of these groups talk about their house decorations and what can be expected from their skits.

Faulty gas line believed to be cause car fire

Firefighters survey the scene of a car fire on the corner of Locust and Providence late Thursday afternoon. A faulty gas line was believed to be the cause, though it has yet to be determined due to extensive damage to the vehicle.

Getting ready for 'GameDay'

ESPN crews work into the evening Thursday setting up for "College GameDay" on the Francis Quadrangle. Filming doesn’t begin until 9:45 a.m. Saturday, but attendees will be allowed into the area as early as 3:30 a.m.

Firefighter exstinguishes car on Providence

Firefighter Harris extinguishes a car fire on South Providence late Thursday afternoon. The car, belonging to Kevin Horner, suddenly burst into flames when he approached the corner of Locust Drive.

Kaylen Knepp freestyles window design

Freshman Kaylen Knepp, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, helps decorate the windows of Shakespeare's Pizza for homecoming weekend on Thursday. Knepp said that they had general ideas of what they wanted do with the windows, but mostly showed up and just did whatever they wanted.

Kappa Kappa Gamma member decorates Shakespeare's Pizza's windows

Sophomore Ellyn Turner, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, helps decorate the windows of Shakespeare's Pizza on Thursday. Every year fraternities, sororities and other MU organizations decorate windows downtown as part of the homecoming competition.

Drinking coffee as students decorate windows of Kaldi's

Patrick Gibson, 24, drinks a coffee at Kaldi's while Kappa Alpha Theta members Aubrey Johnson and Jordan Sievers, both freshmen at MU, decorate windows on Thursday. Gibson said that the activities outside were only a minor distraction to his coffee break, but he did find it slightly awkward.

Kappa Alpha Theta members paint windows

Members of Kappa Alpha Theta work together to decorate the windows of Kaldi's on Thursday. Also working with Kappa Alpha Theta were two fraternities, Sigma Nu and Alpha Gamma Sigma.

Student paints on Kaldi's window for Homecoming

Sophomore Emily Armstrong, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, works on homecoming window decorations outside Kaldi's on Thursday, October 21st, 2010. Armstrong was one of the main designers of the window decoration and was overseeing much of the work being done.

Decorating Yoguluv's windows began at 9 a.m.

Senior Wes Delane, a member of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Student Council, works on decorating the window of Yogoluv for homecoming weekend on Thursday. Work on the Yogoluv windows began around 9 a.m., and the council had until 4 p.m. to complete their decorations. "I have a feeling we are going to be here until 4 to get this done," Delane said.

New Student Center

Students explore a new section of the student center, which showcases a display of the history and memorable elements of MU, on Thursday. Unions Ambassador Cole Donelson said that the dark stones around on the fireplace are from the original floor of Memorial Union.

Preparing for 'GameDay' at MU

From left, Stephen Satrazemis, Matt Foster and Pat Hally set up for ESPN "College GameDay."

Students check out Beetle Bailey decorations

Juniors Joe Ruggieri, 22, and Adrian Rodgers, 21, check out the new section of the student center on Thursday.

Setting up for 'GameDay'

The crew sets up for ESPN's "College GameDay" on Thursday. It takes two days to set up for the event which will take place on the Francis Quadrangle on Saturday.

Tiger drawn on Yogoluv's window

Junior See Yang, a member of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Student Council, draws a tiger on the window of Yogoluv for homecoming weekend on Thursday. Yang said that the council had bought 12 window markers total and hoped that they had enough.


An employee cleans Mort's Grill on Thursday. The restaurant is coming to the latest portion of the new student center slated to open Friday. The new section will also be home to a new rendition of The Shack, heavily decorated with images of Beetle Bailey, the famous comic character invented by Mort Walker.