MU tailback Derrick Washington

Last season, Derrick Washington led the Tigers in rushing for the second straight year.

Beetle Bailey mascot

Beetle Bailey leans against a pillar in the brand new MU student center on Thursday. With the Beetle Bailey stamp being released and the current rebuilding of The Shack, Bailey joins Truman the tiger as an important MU mascot.

Beetle Bailey wishes Missourian happy birthday

Alumn Mort Walker sent the Columbia Missourian a special 80th birthday card to help commemorate the milestone.

1965 disappearance now called kidnapping

Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill was 2 1/2-years-old when she disappeared from the front porch of her family's home in Cape Girardeau in 1965 and was never found. The FBI has now declared the case to be a kidnapping. Elizabeth Ann Gill is shown here in an undated family photo. Her family always believed she was snatched and, 45 years on, the FBI has reclassified her case as a kidnapping and reopened the investigation.

The demolition begins at Stafford Hall

Spirtas Wrecking Co. beings the demolition of Stafford Hall with an excavator punching a hole through a window on the third floor of the building at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. According to MU's website, Stafford Hall was built in 1947 and housed about 230 students

An avalanche of bricks

Bricks, wires and mortar come tumbling down as the demolition of Stafford Hall began Thursday. The hall, built in 1947, is being cleared for a new hospital building.

Saying good-bye to dorm room

Erich Arvidson, 21, of Cape Girardeau watches from inside Pershing Commons on Hitt Street as demolition begins on his old residence hall, Stafford Hall. Arvidson lived in Stafford Hall for the 2009-10 school year and said that he had stopped by to see if demolition had begun. "They're working their way toward my room," said Arvidson as the large backhoe ripped though Stafford's walls, from the top floor towards the bottom. Arvidson lived on the ground floor.

Building named for Marine

Construction workers from Spirtas Wrecking Co. continue to tear down Stafford Hall. The residence hall was named after MU graduate Richard Yeater Stafford. Stafford was killed at Guadalcanal where he was serving as a captain in the Marine Corps during World War II. In 1943 a U.S. Navy destroyer was also named after Stafford.

Elizabeth Ann Gill

Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill was 2 1/2-years-old when she disappeared from her Cape Girardeau home in 1965 and was never found.

Premium Standard Farms

No trespassing signs at the entrance to a Premium Standard hog operation near Berlin, Mo., are shown.

The walls come down

Construction equipment rips out the walls of Stafford Hall on Thursday. The demolition of the 63-year-old residence hall is expected to be completed in September. Then work will begin on the leveling of neighboring Cramer Hall.

Stafford demolition under way

Demolition of Stafford Hall began Thursday. The hall, built in 1947, is being cleared to make room for a new hospital building.

Car sharing comes to MU

A new Toyota Prius in the Memorial Union parking lot, one of four cars available for rental at MU.

Kuettel outside Stafford Hall

Marissa Kuettel poses in the courtyard between Stafford and Cramer halls in 2006.

Stafford Hall Valentine's Day

First floor Stafford Hall residents gather in the corridor for a Valentine's Day dinner.

Stafford Hall 1970s

Kent Heitholt, former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor, lived on the ground floor of Stafford Hall in the early 1970s.

Stafford Hall corridor

An inside corridor of Stafford Hall in 2007.

Stafford Hall 2007

Spencer Ernst and friends play Catan in the 2nd floor lounge of Stafford Hall in November 2007.

Stafford Hall 2007

The outside of Stafford Hall in 2007.

Stafford Hall room

This is a typical women's room in Stafford Hall in 2006.