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"We have to help ourselves"

Artist Grant Blackwell smokes a cigarette in between Lakota Coffee and 9th Street Tattoo on Jan. 21. "He's like a lead singer without his band - he's nothing," Blackwell said of Barack Obama's presidency. "Obama is not going to help us. We have to help ourselves."

Clearing the snow at West Junior High

John Johnson, West Junior High School custodian, works to clear snow from the sidewalks surrounding the school on Tuesday. “I’m not a winter person,” he said.

Clearing the snow

Dennis Young tosses ice melt to Andrew Marcy in the Steak and Shake parking lot on Worley Street on Tuesday. Although there was enough snowfall for the pair to stay busy, they said they were expecting the conditions to be worse.

Douglass point guard Brandon Gleason

Brandon Gleason is scoring 19.3 points per game, is a straight-A student and also maintains a job at Truman Veterans Hospital during the season.

Students listen to 'The Dream is Now' discussion

Interested MU students and members of the community gathered at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on Monday for "The Dream is Now," a panel discussion about the historical changes occurring in America's socio-racial climate from the time of Martin Luther King Jr. to that of Barack Obama. From left, Dr. Michael Ugarte, Dr. K.C. Morrison, Lyn Williams, Kelley Robinson, and Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton.

Dr. K.C. Morrison and Lyn Williams

Dr. K.C. Morrison, a political science professor at MU, and Lyn Williams, founder of the "Change Today" civic group, were two of the five panelists who spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. discussion panel held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on Monday. Dr. Morrison reminded those in the audience that though an African American president is a step in the right direction, the battle against racism is far from over.

Clyde Ruffin

CORRECTED CAPTION: Clyde Ruffin, the chair of the Department of Theater of the University of Missouri, reenacts the famous "I have a dream" speech during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Gala at Memorial Union on Monday. "It's always challenging," said Ruffin, who enacts the speech every year. "It's probably one of the most important speeches of the 20th century. You have to find your own style and still remain true to (Dr. King)." An earlier version of this caption misstated Ruffin's title.

Dr. Johnette Morrison, Almeta Crayton and Dr. K.C. Morrison

From left, Dr. Johnette Morrison, Almeta Crayton and Dr. K.C. Morrison engage in an animated conversation during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gala Celebration at Memorial Union on Monday. Later that evening, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee of the University of Missouri honored Crayton with an award for her dedication to the community of Columbia.

Sampling specimens

CORRECTED CAPTION: Emma Teixeiro of Madrid, Spain, prepares DNA specimens for a polymerase chain reaction, a method to amplify DNA. Teixeiro, who came to Columbia in January 2008, works as assistant professor for Molecular Micobiology and Immunology and Surgery at MU. An earlier version of this caption included an incorrect acronym for polymerase chain reaction.

One for the books

On the shelves, between the stacks, and down every row of the Columbia Public Library rest thousands of books. The library is open to the public and is located at 100 W. Broadway.

Debbie Shenker

"If an African-American can be president, then a woman can be president and a Jew can be president and I don't think anybody was thinking that a few years ago," said Debbie Shenker. "He has been outspoken in support of Israel and I expect that to continue."

Jim Krueger

"What can we do for a president right now?" said Jim Krueger. "At first I was disturbed by President Obama because of rock-star status. Every time I heard him speak he turned me around. I hope people understand that he's got a difficult job."

Brent Lowenberg

"He's got everybody at the table and brings everybody together," said Brent Lowenberg. "There's a need to help fellow man and woman and work towards social justice."

Obama's religious tolerance is practical, proper

H.R. Chandrasekhar, professor of physics at MU, shares his thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. He said he thinks Obama’s broad religious reference was practical for a president. “What he’s acknowledging is that there are people here who belong to all these religions,” Chandrasekhar said. “They all have to live together and feel welcome and accept it, so that’s the point he’s making. And that’s the way it should be.”

Middle ground is the most appropriate for Obama

Kuljit Sandhu shares her thoughts on President Obama's inauguration speech at Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday. "Too much liberalism, that takes us away from discipline. And too much conservatism, being conservative, it takes us away from each other, so I think the middle ground is the best," Sandhu said.

Faith and politics

Rajini Tolani, left, and Santokh Singh offer prayers during the birth celebration of Guru Gobind Singh at the Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple on Saturday.

Dancing in the year of the ox

Dancers dressed in traditional Chinese costumes perform at the opening ceremony of a temple fair on the eve of Chinese New Year in Beijing, China on Sunday. Temple fairs opened across the city as Chinese prepared to celebrate the year of the Ox.

Missouri in Second Life

Missouri's Information Technology Services Division started using Second Life in November 2007 to target recruits from the millennial generation, those who were born between 1980 and 1995. Madison Lyle, left — the avatar of Jan Grecian, technology specialist with the state's Information Technology Services Division — and Jedadiah Juran — the avatar of Paul Wright, information technology director for the departments of education — are standing near the Missouri space in Second Life.

Ten years with ceramics

Yukari Kashihara has been working with ceramics for about 10 years. She graduated from MU with a master's degree in fine arts in 2003. "The first time I touched clay it was fun," Kashihara said. "I fell in love with the material, the medium, the clay."

A collection of teapots

Teapots are among the pieces in Yukari Kashihara's exhibit at Orr Street Gallery.
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