Elementary school tornado drill

Lisa Cunningham's first grade class at Rock Bridge Elementary School practices a tornado drill on Thursday in the school's media center. The school participates in a statewide tornado drill once a year.

Discussing diversity

The Chancellor's Diversity Initiative organizes a town meeting Thursday in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at Monsanto Auditorium. During the meeting, five KU students delivered a banner that expresses their support for diversity at MU.

Listening to talk about diversity

MU Chancellor Brady J.Deaton, left, listens to Samantha Pugh from the University of Kansas during a town hall meeting Thursday at Monsanto Auditorium in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU. Five KU students visit MU to deliver a banner that expresses their support for diversity at MU.

A show of unity

Five University of Kansas students deliver a banner that expresses their support for diversity on campus during a town hall meeting in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU.

Supporting diversity

Drew Case from the University of Kansas, left, and Lawrence Hale of MU listen to a panel discussion during a town hall meeting Thursday about a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU.

Missouri's Steve Moore banged up in Big 12 men's basketball tournament loss

Missouri forward Steve Moore is attended to by a trainer after a sideline collision with a cameraman in Thursday's loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in Kansas City.

Stein era ends in MU women's basketball team's loss to Texas

Missouri coach Cindy Stein, right, talks with forward Jessra Johnson during a time out in the Tigers' loss to Texas on Thursday in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

MU women's basketball player Amanda Hanneman shines in final game

Missouri's Amanda Hanneman, left, tries to get around Texas defender Kathleen Nash. "... That’s what I wanted to do, just give my all and that’s what happened.” Hanneman said.

Freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff

MU freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff performs during her floor routine on Friday night, Feb. 19, 2010, during the competition against Oklahoma University in the Hearnes Center. OU won the meet 197.05 to 195.50.

Red Line Saxophone Quartet

From left, Brandon Kies, Doug O'Connor, Gai Qun and Quinn Lewis of the Red Line Saxophone Quartet pose for a group photo. The four are students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. In the 2008 Plowman Competition, Red Line was given one of the judges’ special recognition awards.

John Payne

John Payne is a research assistant at the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri-based think tank.

MU pitcher Kelly Fick vs. Western Illinois

MU pitcher Kelly Fick earned the win Wednesday against Western Illinois in relief.

Mayoral candidate forum questions

Missouri freshman J. J. Bowles, an ambassador of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, reads over questions written by audience members at the mayoral candidate forum held in conjunction with the Missouri Students Association on Wednesday. A key topic of the evening was whether to install security cameras downtown.

Mayoral candidate Bob McDavid

Mayoral candidate Bob McDavid answers a question Wednesday evening at a forum held on the University of Missouri's campus.

Mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan's wife, Joan

Joan Sullivan, wife of mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan, listens to the candidates speak at a student forum on MU's campus Wednesday evening.

Mayoral candidates

Columbia mayor candidates Jerry Wade, Paul Love, Sid Sullivan, Bob McDavid and Sean O'Day answer questions at a forum Wednesday sponsored by the Missouri Students Association and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.

Hospital hopes for faster connections

Modenia Burk, an information system team supervisor at Boone Hospital, explains how the hospital’s computer records are stored in the data room of the building’s basement. The equipment behind her allows medical professionals to access records from remote locations. Burk said some of the hospital's files are massive and it could use a faster Internet connection. Hospital officials are hoping Columbia is selected to test Google Fiber.

Connected servers

Networking cables connect Boone Hospital’s servers, which contain patient records, to a command center computer in the hospital. The hospital’s data rooms must be kept at or below 77 degrees to protect the computer system.

A close shave

Alyssa Vachon shaves Steven Devore in the parking lot in front of I B Nuts & Fruits Too and Upscale Resale on Wednesday. People across the country are participating in Gillette's bus tour, which has visited the hometowns of NASCAR drivers. Carl Edwards canceled his appearance in Columbia, where three people attended the event.

Stephens basketball player Tia LaFavor shoots a free throw

A free throw with only 27.8 seconds left in Stephens' final game of the season gave Tia LaFavor exactly 1,000 points for her career with the Stars.