Jerry Rowden watches as regular customers Lisa Thill Franck and daughter Kristina, 2, "test" a flute on July 18. Franck is a private flute instructor in Columbia and "sends all [her] students to Jerry."

Columbia College welcomes a variety of students

Miranda Brinsa, 19, left, greets her friends after purchasing supplies at the bookstore in the Atkins-Holman Student Commons on the Columbia College campus on Monday. Brinsa and her friends, from left, Jillian Rathert, 20; Keriann Russell, 21; Chris Hawkins, 20; and Jamila Kerr, 21, chose to attend Columbia College because of its smaller size. "The professors know who I am; I'm not just a face in the crowd," Brinsa said.

Early bird textbooks at MU bookstore

Elliott Cade helps incoming freshman Amanda Meyer find her box of "early bird" textbooks at the MU bookstore on Monday. Students can reserve textbooks online and pick them up in a box at the start of the school year.

Students swarm outside Middlebush at MU

A mass of students swarm the entrances to Middlebush, an MU arts and sciences building, as morning classes let out on Monday.

Searching for books at MU bookstore

Amanda Chandler, a senior art student, searches the shelves for books on fibers at the MU bookstore on Monday.

Lines at MU bookstore

Students shuffle up the stairs of the MU bookstore to reach the back of the line to purchase textbooks on Monday, the first day of classes. Two separate lines for students making purchases and returning textbooks snaked through the aisles of MU-branded merchandise.

Chase Daniel lifts Redskins

Redskins quarterback Chase Daniel, right, takes the ball from Redskins center Will Montgomery in Friday's preseason victory over the Steelers. Daniel, a former Missouri standout, threw two touchdowns in the game.

Missouri offensive lineman J.T. Beasley

Missouri offensive lineman J.T. Beasley (No. 67) says switching roles on the offensive line hasn't been a problem. "A little more tiring, but other than that, it's the same old, same old," he said.

Walking home from the first day of school

Scott Southwick walks home with his children Linus right, 5, and Polly, 7, at the end of their first day of school on Monday. While Scott was picking up the kids from Lee Elementary School, his wife had started her first day back to classes as a professor at MU.

Recalling the first day of school

Linus Southwick, right, 5, takes a moment to tell his father, Scott Southwick about his first day of school at Lee Elementary School on Monday. Linus started kindergarten today.

Waiting for sister after first day of school

Dane Horn, 3, right, waits in the shade with his mother Sarah Horn outside of Lee Elementary School for his big sister to finish her first day of school on Monday.

Families move in to Stephens dorms

Sarah Vincent, 20 and a senior at Stephens majoring in theater, and her father Darrell Vincent rearrange a chest of drawers after thinking long about where it should go. Sarah is concerned about her dad's movement. "Clumsiness runs through our family," Sarah said.

Stephens students move in

Having unpacked their stuff in a dorm room at Stephens College, Victoria Hambrick, left, and Whitney Anderson have a conversation about what they did during the summer. Whitney is a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in psychology. "I like to advise and help people," she said. "My aunt is schizophrenic, so I want to help her too." Victoria is a 19-year-old sophomore student majoring in legal studies.

McCaskill answers questions at town hall meeting

Sen. Claire McCaskill answers questions regarding health care during a town hall meeting held Monday at the Moberly Area Community College in Moberly.

Audience member asks question of Claire McCaskill

An audience member stands to ask Sen. Claire McCaskill a question during the health care forum held Monday at the Moberly Area Community College in Moberly. The crowd seemed apprehensive about Obama's health care proposal, but most tended to agree that some sort of health reform was needed. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has been holding a series of meetings on the president’s plan throughout the state.

Scoping the scene

Rock Bridge sophomore Cameron Brindkamp, 15, waits for his friends to arrive before heading to his first class on Monday. Brindkamp, like all incoming sophomores, will be aided in acclimating to a new environment by a team of more than 70 senior mentors.

First bell

Rock Bridge High School students make their way back to school on Monday morning to start off the new school year. "Our goal is to have every student be successful and the enjoy high school experience," Rock Bridge principal Kathy Ritter said.

Walking in

Elementary students arrive with their parents in tow at Paxton Keeley Elementary School for their first day of classes Monday morning. Paxton Keeley started classes on Monday, as did nearly every other public school in Columbia.

Coming prepared

Second-grader Christian McCormick, 7, right, and third-grader Foster McCormick, 8, center, gather their school belongings with their mother, Marty, left, on their first day of the 2009-10 school year at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Monday morning. The boys, like many other Paxton Keeley students, brought supplies other than their school equipment with them to help stock their classrooms.

Spring in their step

Parents walk their children to school on the first day of classes at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Monday morning. The relatively new elementary school is located just behind the Columbia Mall on Park de Ville Drive.