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Tibetan tour looks to raise awareness

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India perform mandala sand painting as part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, in Ellis Library at MU. The tour aims to share Tibetan art and culture, raise awareness about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and raise funds for exiled student monks in India.

Exiled monks construct mandala

From left: Lobsang Pelger and Yeshi Palden, exiled Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, carefully construct a mandala in the Ellis Library at MU. They rub a tool called a thurma against the ridges of a hollow cone-shaped tool called a chakpur to slowly release the colored sand held within it.

Mandalas carry special meaning

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi use colored sand to paint a mandala. Each mandala carries a special meaning and this one represents Avaloketeshvara, the embodiment of compassion, the deity of which the Dalai Lama is considered a manifestation. Six monks take turns painting over four days, and plan to complete the mandala by noon on Thursday, when it will be ceremonially swept up and dispersed in a flowing body of water to signify the impermanence of all things.

Eighteen colors are used in a mandala

Bowls called ting, full of colored sand, sit on a table next to the tools used to construct the mandala in Ellis Library. About 18 different colors are typically used to paint a mandala and specific colors are used for certain symbols.

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins

Cody Hawkins was the starting quarterback for Colorado this season until struggling with interceptions.

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen

In his first start this season, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen threw for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Buffaloes 34-30 win against previously undefeated Kansas on Oct. 17 in Boulder, Colo.

Berry Building to undergo renovation

Renovations are being finished up this month on the Berry Building, located at Orr and Walnut streets.

Sarah Read

Sarah Read laughs with other members of the First Christian Church planning committee as they debate about the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several other planning committees across the city to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

New Missouri Theatre CEO

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

One in 50 million: contractor

Jamie Kroll, a private contractor in Columbia, disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Kroll, his wife and two sons do not have health insurance because at a cost of $18,000 a year for the entire family, not including dental, they cannot afford it.

One in 50 million: Kroll

Private contractor Jamie Kroll disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Because he is self-employed, Kroll cannot afford to pay $18,000 a year, nearly a third of his annual income, for private health insurance for his family. "Generally it isn't a big deal. I'm healthy and my family's pretty healthy, but every five or six years or so I cut my finger on a saw, and then I've got a problem," Kroll said.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

During the school day, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile likes to joke with his coworkers in the physical education department at the school. After school on the football field, he brings an intensity to his job that exemplifies the work ethic he tries to instill in his players.

Reesing, Kansas struggle

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) passes the ball during the first half against Oklahoma. Reesing threw three first-half interceptions.

Couple collects glassware

A Japanese couple, Kiwamu and his wife, Yuki, spend quality time at Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall on Oct. 18. When they learned about Fire-King a year ago, Yuki found it pretty and useful, whereas Kiwamu found it cheap. Today, however, both Kiwamu and Yuki look for a line of Fire-King that satisfies their taste and need. "We appreciate the distinctive quality exhibited in the Fire-King line," Yuki said.

Wheelchair dancing teaches lessons

Instructor Chris Pruitt gives ballroom dancing lessons Oct. 15 to Lorraine Cannistra, a resident of Lawrence, Kan. Cannistra is a member of Groovability, a Kansas City wheelchair ballroom dance troupe that will host a Dance-a-Thon to raise money this weekend.

Columbia's First Arthritus Walk

Participants of the Arthritis Walk round the track at Stankowski Field on Friday, September 11, 2009. Rebecca Staggemeier and Jackie Piel brought the Arthritis Walk to Columbia.

Susan Hughs participates in Arthritus Walk

Susan Hughes suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and walks five to six days a week to help with the pain.

Walk with Me

Pins lie at the registration table of the event which raised about $5,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

Tight-knit Group

Knitters of Ravelry Happy Hour meet at True Blue Fiber Friends on Oct. 16, 2009. Michelle Fobbs continues to work to try and finish her project even while other knitters take a break.

Weaving Relationships

Barbara Gruner, left, Mandy Huelsmeyer and Bex Oliger chat on their way out after the group's Happy Hour.
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