Welch practices for Columbia concert

Bradley Welch practices the organ in the main sanctuary of the Missouri United Methodist Church on Wednesday in preparation for a concert. He says organ playing requires a lot of improvising,

Dallas organist to come to Columbia

Organist Bradley Welch practices in the Missouri United Methodist Church for the Advent Organ Christmas Concert Friday, Dec. 12, which will be held in the church's main sanctuary. Welch, who began as a pianist, has played the organ since he was young and participates in nearly 20 concerts a year.

Working to make Columbia a hub for classical music

Breaking during rehearsal on Tuesday, Jeanne Sinquefield converses with fellow double bass musicians in the Columbia Civic Orchestra. Sinquefield rehearses with the orchestra every Tuesday evening.

Patron works to make Columbia a hub for classical music

Jeanne Sinquefield rehearses with the Columbia Civic Orchestra on Tuesday at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts. Sinquefield is an avid supporter of music and composition; she hopes to see Columbia someday become a national hub for classical music composition.

Waiting for Midnight Breakfast

Students line up for food in Stamper Commons at Stephens College. Faculty served about 200 students at the Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday.

Stephens' Midnight Breakfast

Sarafina Coleman waits for her plate of breakfast during the Stephens College Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday. This was Coleman's first time to go to the semiannual study break because she is a first-year student.


Missouri’s Bekah Mills tries to drive past Bradley’s Skye Johnson on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Mills tied for the team high with 16 points.


Missouri’s Alyssa Hollins, left, only played seven minutes in the second half because of foul trouble. She finished with 14 points.


Missouri's RaeShara Brown recovers the ball from Bradley's Monica Rogers, left, and Raisa Taylor on Dec. 9 at Mizzou Arena.

A lawyer and a consultant

Sarah Read goes over the status of First Christian Church with other members of the church planning committee.

Listening is part of the job

Sarah Read listens as other members of the First Christian Church planning committee debate the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several planning committees across the city to try to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

Sarah Bowman talks on a cell phone at Rock Bridge

Sarah Bowman, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, talks on her cell phone on Dec. 2. With her is Kyle Sherman. Students are allowed to use their cell phones any time in cell phone zones, which include the cafeteria, commons area and designated hallways.

Rock Bridge students in the school's cell phone zone

From left, Josh Gaskins, Grant Hunter and Collin Morris play on their cell phones between lunch breaks at Rock Bridge High School on Dec. 2, 2008. Rock Bridge has designated cell phone zones in which students are allowed to use their cell phones.

Ashok Cutkosky

Ashok Cutkosky won a $20,000 scholarship over the weekend in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at New York University.

Residents applaud music ensemble

Barbara Hawkins and Charles Pinney applaud at the conclusion of song by the MU Bassoon Ensemble at the Boone Landing Reitrement Center Monday evening. The ensemble played an hours worth of classic Christmas carols that residents could sing along to.

MU men's basketball player Jarrett Sutton

Missouri's Jarrett Sutton, right, moves into position during the last few minutes of the Tigers' victory against California on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Sutton tried but failed to walk on to the Missouri men's basketball team as a freshmen last season. This season he earned a spot on the Tigers' roster.

Bassoon ensemble entertains retirement home

The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by Rod Ackman, performed a variety of Christmas songs for residents at the Boone Landing Retirement Center on Monday. Ackman has been conducting the Ensemble since the fall of 2007.

Hickman basketball player Marcus Whitt

Hickman sophomore Marcus Whitt, left, takes the ball past Poplar Bluff's Chris Kilgore in Sunday's game at the Norm Stewart Classic.

MU's DeMarre Carroll vs. California

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll takes the ball past California's Jorge Gutierrez, left, and Harper Kamp in the first half of Sunday's victory at Mizzou Arena.

Separating mail

Alan Austene separates mail. He has seen a growth spurt in the past few years, with mailboxes and stops becoming more frequent on his mail route.