January 1, 2009
“I’m going to college, getting a new car, changing my appearance. … I’m excluding people out of my life. One more person that doesn’t benefit me.” — Stephany Williams, 18, Columbia
“My New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to people, be more kind, not so mean. Like the other day, I told a girl get out of my way because she was standing in front of me, she was tall. I thought that was mean. I don’t want to do stuff like that again.” — Jordan Anderson
“Let’s just cut down on the amount of material stuff we have and be happy with what we have. Not buy used books at bookstores or stuff that sits around on the shelves and you just look at.” — Kristin Schaadt of Moberly, 39
“This is first year I don’t have a resolution because last year didn’t work. I just decided not to make resolutions because it’s too depressing.” — Matt Poppa, 30
“I am kind of a superstitious artist. Whatever piece of art I am working on New Years’ Eve, I have to finish it by the start of the next year, but I never finish. So, my resolution is to finish a piece of art that I am working on today.” — Grant Blackwell, 25
“I want to have PlayStation 3 in 2009. I like the basketball game a lot." — Trevione Gardner, 5
Noah Medling fences with Glen Connoley at the Activity and Recreation Center on Thursday. The ARC housed the Happy New U fitness event, which included classes and demonstrations of ways to stay physically fit in the new year.
Missouri's guard says his goals for Saturday's game at Georgia are simple. "Pretty much all I want to do is win. I would take that over anything," Tiller said.
Noah Medling, right, fences with Glen Connoley at the Activity and Recreation Center on Thursday during the Happy New U event. Connoley drove from St. Louis to help his brother-in-law, Patrick Morgan, who was putting on fencing demonstrations. Morgan is manager and head instructor of Columbia Classical Fencing LLC.
Catina Topasch leaps into the air during a conditioning workout at the Activity and Recreation Center's gym during the Happy New U fitness event Thursday. Topasch was leading a Body Combat workout routine to a group of more than 150 people, including Mayor Darwin Hindman.
Kenny Greene leads a large group in a tai chi lesson Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center during "Happy New U."
“One (resolution) is to get into a good college. Another is to finish ‘Dr. Zhivago,’ ‘The Godfather’ and Stephen King’s collection. And I hopefully want to get a boyfriend before a year finishes.” — Christine Jeon of Singapore, 19
“I’m calling it ‘100 new things.’ For 2009, I can’t buy more than 100 new items. Necessities don’t count, but it does include gifts.” — Larry Simonson, 28
“I want my career and table tennis playing to go the next level. I also want to spend more time at the ARC and help more people play table tennis.” — Paul Xiong, 43
“I want to get a place to live with a roof over my head.” — David Tye, 43
“I have a baby due in July, so I would like to spend more time learning how to cook.” — Jessie Linneman, 24
“We had a great 2008, so I hope to keep it the same.” — Jim Schauwecker, 52
“I hope to quit smoking, get a new job, have better control of my finances and do more hunting.” — Jeff Wegs of Moberly
Andrew Del-Colle writes a regular opinion column for the Missourian.
December 31, 2008
From left to right, Nate Smith, Sam Budzyna, Nicole Mello, Pat Hanson, Daisy Smith and Matt Dreier stop for a photo after the First Night 5K on Wednesday. Dreier finished first and Mello was the first woman to cross the finish line in the annual race through Columbia.