Playing with dirt

Jerry Hemeyer receives a flat of pots from the soil filling machine at Strawberry Hill Farms on Monday afternoon. Hemeyer has been working at the farm since January of this year. "We get to play with dirt and water all day. Our mothers used to tell us not to do that," Hemeyer said.

Mizzou Idol judges

Mizzou Idol student judges, from left, sophomore Emily Patterson, sophomore Katie Bickley, junior John Rufus Shealy junior and Andrew Lang discuss the performers they have seen while more wait for their name to be called behind them during auditions in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union. Mizzou Idol, held March 11 in Jesse Auditorium, will feature a panel of four community judges and will be open to the public to watch, listen, and also vote.

Auditioning for Mizzou Idol

MU freshman Mickey Moulder sings "Smash into You" by Beyonce during auditions for Mizzou Idol on Monday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union while MU junior and judge Andrew Lang watches. Mizzou Idol is a singing competition in the vein of American Idol, where a panel of student judges pick contestants to move to the final round held March 11 in Jesse Auditorium.

Les Bourgeois Wine Cellar

Gary Paxton carries a hose from the basement wine cellar of Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport on Wednesday. The winemakers of Les Bourgeois Winery complete the final steps of the winemaking process by blending flavors, as well as pruning the vines of the new year's crop.

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Johnson celebrates win

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory circle after winning the NASCAR Auto Club 500 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Explaining the 'Chicken chip bingo'

Amy Wells, a senior at Central Methodist University, reacts as she, senior Kristin Weimer, and sophomore Crystal Hutchinson listen to junior Danielle Perez explain the "Dang, There Goes That Chicken" fundraising event sponsored by service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. The event, to be held Sunday, Feb. 21, will be "Chicken Chip Bingo," where participants purchase a square on a grid. A chicken is set loose on the grid, and the first square the chicken defecates upon will win one-third of the money raised. The rest goes to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

Leading the discussion

Carrie Strodtman Flaspohler, information services librarian at Central Methodist University, talks at the Books Versus Film Club meeting. Flaspohler is leading discussions in two different book clubs on "What is the What" by Dave Eggers. The main character, Valentino Achak Deng, is schedule to speak on campus this week. "Out of all the countries in Africa, it sounds like they have the most problems right now," says Flaspohler, "and that's really saying something."

Discussing Sudan

Senior Amy Wells sits with senior Kristin Weimer and discusses ways for students to get involved in global issues, such as the conflict in Sudan illustrated in the book "What is the What," by Dave Eggers, at their Books Versus Film Club meeting on Wednesday.

MU women's basketball loses at Iowa State

Iowa State forward Chelsea Poppens takes a shot over Missouri forward Marissa Scott in the Tigers loss Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

MU women's basketball at Iowa State

Iowa State guard Alison Lacey, center, scrambles for a loose ball against Missouri forwards Christine Flores, left, and Marissa Scott.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford at Nebraska

Missouri's Justin Safford, right, and Nebraska's Jorge Brian Diaz battle for the tip in Saturday's game in Lincoln, Neb.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. speaks about clean energy

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. speaks in front of the Fifth Street Christian Church. Rev. Yearwood is the president of the Hip Hop Caucus and stopped in Columbia on Saturday as part of a bus tour to raise awareness about the need and potential for clean energy.

Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy press conference provides weatherization supplies

Tyrell Everett signs in before the Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy press conference Saturday outside of the Fifth Street Christian Church. After the press conference volunteers went door-to-door distributing weatherization supplies to the neighborhood.

Cox wins state wrestlling championship

Hickman freshman J'Den Cox (left) wrestles to the mat senior Andrew Early from Lafayette high school in Wildwood during the 171-pound MSHSAA Class 4 championship match Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Cox, who is 14 years old, won the championship match 5 to 0 making him the MSHSAA champion.

Seventh-grader wins chess match

Matthew Hoeppner, left, a sixth-grader, and Bob Herting, right, a seventh-grader, play speed chess for the tiebreaker for the sixth- and seventh-grade category at Gentry Middle School Saturday. Herting won the match.

Rock Bridge senior Logan Parks

Rock Bridge High School students Jordan Bley, junior, Robert DeGraff, senior, Logan Parks, senior, Matt Kelly, junior, and Director of Basketball Operations Mike Yoakum sit on the bench and watch the Bruins' game versus Helias High School of Jefferson City Friday. Parks, a varsity player, was benched for disciplinary reasons.

Rock Bridge senior Kreklow

Rock Bridge senior Ricky Kreklow drives to the basket during Friday's game. The game was the Bruins' last home game the season as well as Senior Day. The Bruins won 62-27.

Rock Bridge's Jorgenson

Rock Bridge freshman Travis Jorgenson is chased down by Helias player Dylan Gish, a freshman, during the Bruins' last home game of the season.

Rock Bridge warmups

Rock Bridge junior Dave Duffeck jumps up to shoot a basket during warm ups before the start of the Bruins' last home game of the season against Helias High School.