Cellist plays at symposium celebrating Haydn, Mendelssohn

Cellist Darry Dolezal performs Franz Joseph Haydn's Trio in G Major, Hob. XV:25 "Gypsy Rondo" on Sunday evening at the Reynolds Alumni Center at MU. The MU music department will present several concerts and lectures on Haydn and Mendelssohn this week.

Children learn the stories behind X-ray printouts at science club meeting

John Mitabar, 11, looks at X-ray printouts under the guidance of premed student Calvin Lewis at the Oct. 3 meeting of Caleb, the Science Club. Each station featured a mentor, usually either a medical student, premed student or doctor, who would explain what was shown on the X-rays.

At science club, students learn to interpret X-rays

Serenety Cave, 10, looks at a chest X-ray of a pregnant woman under the guidance of Dr. Shuaib Okponobi at the Oct. 3 meeting of Caleb, the Science Club. At the meeting, students looked at an assortment of X-rays and made electromagnets.

Aaron Johnson works on an unfinished quilt

Aaron Johnson works on one of his unfinished quilts at school in Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 24. Johnson creates art despite his blindness from a brain tumor when he was 13. A.J. 's art will be the feature of a one-man show on display through Accessible Arts at the Kansas School for the Blind beginning Sept. 30.

Tim Barnes during Tigers' season opener

Missouri Offensive Lineman Tim Barnes waits on the football during the first half of the Tigers season-opener against Illinois Sept. 5, 2009.

Visitors at the Lewis & Clark Trailhead monument

In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 photo, Pat, left, and Loren Holmgren of Clancy, Mont., look at the Lewis & Clark Trailhead monument in Jefferson City. Nearly 1,800 visitors learned about the Corps of Discovery's Captain's Mess from Jefferson City-area volunteers this travel season. The anniversary of the Lewis and Clark military expedition may have passed. But the local Lewis and Clark Task Force has remained faithful to its mission, which is education, said chairman Charlie Palmer.

Homebuyers take advantage of incentives

Kris and Heather Carmichael with their son Kolton stand outside their newly purchased home in northeast Columbia on Monday, Sept. 28. The Carmichaels were able to take advantage of an $8,000 federal incentive for first-time home buyers.

CROP Walk participants stop for refreshments

Rashed Nizam passes out water and dates to CROP walkers at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia on Sunday. Nizam says center sponsored 10 walkers in addition to serving as a water stop along the route.

Stuart Eiken of Rock Bridge High School

Stuart Eiken, No. 22, in his Rock Bridge High School football uniform in 2008.

Police detective rappels for Special Olympics

Columbia Police Department detective Cyndi McLane rappels down the side of The Tiger Hotel on Saturday for Over the Edge to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.

A teacher rappels to raise funds for Special Olympics

Becky Morris, a teacher at a school for the severely disabled, makes her way down the south wall of The Tiger Hotel during Special Olympics Missouri's Over The Edge event Saturday.

Family and friends of the rappellers for Special Olympics

From left, Ken Hoeg and his 3-year-old son, Logun, seven-year-old Tanner Lightle, front, Brittain Center and Josh Boveri, all wait for their family members to rappel off the Tiger Hotel on Saturday's Over The Edge event in support of the Special Olympics Missouri. The rare spectacle of people rappelling down the side of a large building brought quite a crowd to eighth street.

Rappellers raise money for Special Olympics

Usually, the ability to rappel down the side of a building is reserved for window washers but not on Saturday. Participants who raised money for Special Olympics Missouri got the chance to throw on a harness, get their adrenaline pumping and witness Columbia from a unique perspective in the Over The Edge event.

Going over the edge at 'Over the Edge'

Over The Edge, an event to raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri, provided participants a chance to literally go over the edge — the edge of The Tiger Hotel. After suiting up, a brief gear instruction, a two-story practice rappel and an elevator ride to the top, participants pushed themselves to the limit and lowered themselves the down the side of the hotel.

MU senior rappels to raise money for Special Olympics

"Just lean back" is much easier said than done when suspended 10 stories above the ground on the south wall of The Tiger Hotel, but Amber Lonchar, a senior at the University of Missouri and volunteer at the Over The Edge event on Saturday, did it with a smile.

Stegeman rappels for Special Olympics

Susan Stegeman, the longest standing employee of Special Olympics Missouri, hangs several stories above eighth street during her rappel off The Tiger Hotel for the Over The Edge event on Saturday. Participants who raised money for the Special Olympics got the chance to harness up, clip in, and rappel down from the top floor.

Stegeman receives rappelling instructions

Susan Stegeman listens to Over The Edge consultant Nathan Schuster as he instructs her on the rappelling process that will get her safely down the side of The Tiger Hotel during Saturday's Over The Edge event for Special Olympics Missouri.

'Reining' Champions

Missy Hood rides her Champion Quarter Horse, Watch This Way, on Sept. 30. Hood rode her horse, whose nickname is Red, to a world championship win and has been training him since he was just a year old. "Everybody should be as lucky as me to have a horse as great as Red," Hood said.

On to the finals

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member Justus Roberts II aims for precision during the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Roberts and the Alpha Eta Chapter will represent the men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago for the Sprite Step Off finals.

Steppers take first place

The women of Alpha Theta Omega Sorority, Inc. took home a first place prize of $8,000 in the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Alpha Theta Omega will compete in Chicago at the Regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Atlanta for the nationally televised Sprite event.