Gymnasts ready themselves for Beauty and the Beast

The MU gymnastics team watches as members take turns practicing their floor routines Thursday. The team will compete in the Beauty and the Beast competition Friday against Illinois.

Pre-diabetes screening

Richelle Koopman has developed a tool, shown on the computer screen, to pre-screen patients for diabetes from ages 20 to 64. “It’s totally based on easily measurable or self-reported data,” Koopman said. “What’s really new about it is that it goes down to age 20.” Most previous diabetes screening tools were designed for older patients.

Shakara Jones a stabilizing influence

Sophomore forward Shakara Jones fends off KU's Aishah Sutherland on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena in a 74-60 victory for the Tigers.

Carroll leads in pressure situations

MU's DeMarre Carroll protects the ball against Texas Tech defenders Mike Sinletary, 32, and Alan Voskuil, 20, during the game on Jan. 24 at Mizzou Arena. Carroll is Missouri’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, and he’s done his part leading the Tigers in pressure situations. But so far at the end of close games, he hasn’t gotten many chances.

MU gymnasts focus on the balance beam

MU junior, Sarah Shire, works on the balance beam during practice on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Hearnes Center. During practice, assistant coach Amy Smith blared loud music and shouted chants at the girls while they practiced to prepare them for Friday's noisy meet.

MU flower delivery

Randy Slaughter, left, delivers a floral bouquet to an MU address, his first stop on the morning of Feb. 7. "I like this job — it's something different every 10 minutes," Slaughter said.

Slaughter prepares Allen's Flowers deliveries

Randy Slaughter gathers arrangements for the morning’s deliveries at Allen’s Flowers in downtown Columbia on Tuesday. Slaughter has worked at Allen’s Flowers for about 8 months, and previously worked for a flower distributor. He said he always knew the shop had a great reputation but didn’t realize the extent of it until he started working there. “Secretaries are like, ‘I haven’t gotten Allen’s flowers in a long time!’” Slaughter said.

Students receive Gettysburg address

Fifth-grader Mariah Emme, 10, of Paxton Keeley Elementary was one of many students that played around with volunteer Larry Rollins after the Lincoln assembly ended. The event provided a chance for students to share their learned knowledge of Lincoln, his presidency and death.

Julian Cheatum

Age: 13
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Assistant treasurer
Interests: Basketball, track

Charity Gant

Age: 12
Grade: 7th grade at Lane Middle School
Position: Assistant secretary
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

KaDarrius Anderson

Age: 14
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Education chair
Interests: Basketball, piano

Gary Smith

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: Second vice president
Interests: Football, track
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Stephany Cox

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: President
Interests: 2008 Homecoming queen, cheerleading
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Myah McCrary

Age: 15
Grade: 9th grade at West Junior High School
Position: Secretary
Interests: Cheerleading, dancing, Tae Kwon Do
Other organizations: MAC Scholars, National Junior Honor Society

A warm embrace

Actors Richard Hinschberger, left, and Bill Farfan, share a tender moment as lead characters Albin and Georges in the Columbia Entertainment Company presentation of Jean Poiret's "La Cage aux Folles." The tale of passion, hardship and acceptance will premier at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at CEC.

Directing a scene change

Judy Olson, director of the Columbia Entertainment Company's presentation of "La Cage aux Folles," watches the cast rehearse from the covert darkness of the theater's back control booth. At the end of one particularly serious scene, Judy shouted for the orchestra to stop playing when the next scene's score began before the stage had been cleared. "I don't want that peppy music playing at such a sad moment," Judy explained when asked when the upbeat tunes should come in. "Wait until he's completely offstage."

Rehearsing for 'La Cage aux Folles'

Aric Jarvis plays Mercedes, a saucy member of La Cage night club's female impersonating performers, Les Cagelles. Kathy Peters accompanies the orchestra on piano. The Columbia Entertainment Co.'s presentation of "La Cage aux Folles" premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Law student, professor prepare

Carly Duvall, left, and Rigel Oliveri, associate professor of law at MU, get ready for a mock trial in Hulston Hall on Feb. 11. MU law students, along with high school students and members of the community, presented this mock trial for the notorious St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Waiting to be called

Haley Atkins, left, and Michelle Heck, witnesses at the Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial, watch the proceedings of the courtroom on a TV screen while waiting to be called in.

Massacre mock trial

From left, Carly Duvall, Rigel Oliveri and Caleb Jones listen to the prosecutor during the Al Capone Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial on Feb. 11.