Teen enjoys playing at J. W. 'Blind' Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival

Thirteen-year-old Benjamin Anderson peruses a table of ragtime books and CDs in the lobby of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts where he performed earlier in the day as part of the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. This year marks Anderson's third year performing at the festival with a promotion to official performer status. "I'm going to keep playing in this as long as they let me," Anderson said. In addition to piano, Anderson plays the violin and clarinet.

Volunteers collect tickets at jazz festival

Volunteers Pat Lawnick-Ritchie and Dave Phillippe greet music lovers and collect tickets during the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. The two-day festival closes with late-night with jam sessions located at the Regency Hotel Downtown.

Greg Williams

Greg Williams is the new director of University of Missouri System research parks.

John Williamson

File photo from April 3, 2008 of John Sam Williamson.

Column work done to sustain bases

Workers perform repairs to the six bases of the columns, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected to enclose the area on Monday.

Repairs made to MU Columns

A worker repairs cracks in the base of a column, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected on Monday to enclose the area.

Boone County National Bank Evacuation

Firefighters Samanta Lamp and Kyle Fansler leave Boone County National Bank after a small fire in an elevator caused the building to be evacuated around 5 p.m on Tuesday. A man was trapped in the elevator at the time of the fire but was unharmed, according to Jim Weaver, a public information officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Weaver said that elevator doors are designed to close when smoke is detected in order to protect occupants from smoke and flames.

Fire at Academic Hall

The MU Columns were originally part of Academic Hall, which burned down in an electrical fire Jan. 9, 1892.

Charlotte H. Hall mug

Charlotte H. Hall is senior vice president and editor of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.

Voicing concern over search warrants

Donald Warren speaks to the Columbia City Council about the non-necessity for search warrants for nonviolent crimes at the council meeting on Monday. His appearance comes after the Columbia Police executed a search warrant on the house of Jonathan Whitworth, a Columbia resident who was suspected to be in possession of marijuana. Warren said that the execution of a search warrant is inherently violent and quoted from publications of the Cato Institute to support his statements.

Prof of year Adams

Chemistry professor John Adams poses for a portrait in his office on June 4. Adams is one of three University of Missouri Professor of the Year award nominees.

Prof of Year Sims2

Wendy Sims is a University of Missouri professor and director of music education. Sims has been nominated for the United States Professor of the Year Award. To be nominated for this award she had to have around six letters of recommendation submitted by colleagues and former students as well as preparing a packet of her work. The award will be given out in August.

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Professor and director of music education, Wendy Sims looked over some work students Bryan Koermer and Ryan McLouth are doing while joking with them. Sims has been working at the University for 25 years and has been nominated for the United States Professor of the Year award.

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Dr. Anthony Lupo assisted atmospheric science student Eric Weber with his Ph.D project on air pollution dispertion modeling in MU's Agricultural building on Monday morning June 7.

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Dr. Anthony Lupo taught his first Numerical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences and Natural Resources class for the summer in MU's Agricultural building on Monday morning June 7. Lupo is holding up “punch cards,” which, before the late 1970s, were used to create a computer program. Lupo "wanted to show the students that computing has advanced much since then." The class consists of three graduate students who learn programming skills ultimately applied to weather forecasting and research.

Prof of Year THREE

MU faculty nominated Anthony Lupo, John Adams and Wendy Sims for the U.S. Professor of the Year. The award is sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.

Emery Lovett performs at Art in the Park

Singer Emery Lovett, backed by Big Babe & the Chump Change Band, sings Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” during Art in the Park on Sunday.

Jason & the Scorchers lead singer performs at Art in the Park

Jason Ringenberg, under the name Farmer Jason, puts on a children's show during Art in the Park on Sunday. Ringenberg is widely known as the lead singer of Jason & the Scorchers, an alt-country band that was especially influential in the 1980s.

Chump Change Band saxophonist plays at Art in the Park

Saxophonist Kenneth Brantley of the Chump Change Band takes a solo in the music tent hosted by the Columbia Art League during Art in the Park on Sunday. The band has shared the stage with many blues legends, including Buddy Guy and Chuck Berry, and have been a staple of Columbia's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival.

Remembering the war in Bosnia

In this May photo, Sadeta Bobaj, left, and her daughter Edina Ademovic cry together at Bayless High School in St. Louis after viewing a documentary video created by Edina and five other students about their parents' experiences in Bosnia during the war.