MU freshman tight end Michael Egnew

True freshman tight end Michael Egnew learned Monday he is likely to take a reserve role this season behind senior tight end Chase Coffman.

Wrestling for the gold

USA's Ben Askren, right, wrestles Cuba's Ivan Fundora in a 74 kilogram freestyle match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Fundora won the match.

Counting the minutes

Jacob St. Omer, 11, waits on his mother and younger brother to finish talking to a teacher at Russell Boulevard Elementary School during Sneak Peek. St. Omer used to attend Russell but has since moved on to sixth grade.

Taking a break from coloring

Katie Stever, 5, pauses from coloring her bright green fish to listen to the warm welcome from her kindergarten teacher.

Waiting to meet her teacher

Jami Dietz, 5, waits to meet her kindergarten teacher with her sister Addie, left, and her mother, Sarah, at Russell Boulevard Elementary School on Tuesday. Jami sings "Herman the Worm" while other students await the introduction to their first school teacher.

Waiting for takeoff

Northwest 3170 waits on the tarmac for the first passengers to board Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport.

First passenger boards first flight

Dan King, who is on his way to Little Rock, Ark., is the first passenger to board Northwest 3170, the first flight of the new Northwest non-stop service between Columbia and Memphis, on Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport.

First flight takes off from Columbia Regional Airport

The first flight, Northwest 3170, of the new Northwest non-stop service between Columbia and Memphis begins to pull away from the terminal Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport. The new service will fly three times a day on weekdays and twice daily on weekends.

Record number of freshmen rushing at MU

Potential members of sororities travel across the intersection of Kentucky Boulevard and Richmond Avenue on Monday, the first day of rush week. They will visit the 14 chapter houses between Monday and Tuesday. Each chapter will accept about 70 of the incoming students, but there are more people interested in joining the sororities than there are spaces for them.

Sorority recruits make introductions

Women of Alpha Chi Omega, left, introduce themselves to potential members on Monday, the first day of rush week. "We're a really big Greek community," said Audrey Danner, a facilitator for rush week. The final decisions on chapter placement will be made on Saturday.

Missouri Theatre performers

Performing Arts in Children’s Education members staged “Aladdin Jr.” in the renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Football practice

Brian Coulter, a junior defensive end from Baker, La., who is currently sidelined with a bad ankle sprain, watches a drill during Monday morning's football practice on Faurot Field at MU.

Edwards wins Cup race at Michigan

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning the NASCAR 3M Performance 400 auto race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards also won Saturday in the Nationwide Series race in Michigan

Eco Schoolhouse ready for 2008 school year

Grant Elementary's Eco Schoolhouse, shown here on Saturday, has walls and a ceiling that keep the temperature of the classroom steady, leaving little need for outside energy. The schoolhouse's building crew is working double time to finish in time for school.

Blessings for pets at Unitarian Universalist Church

Corinne Mann holds her pet bunny Goldilock at a pet blessing ceremony. Several members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia took their beloved pets to a blessing ceremony on Sunday.

Pets get blessings at Unitarian Universalist Church

Fran Reynolds introduces her two dogs, Maggie on the left and Toby on the right, during a pets blessing ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. Members of the Church brought their pets to be blessed on Sunday.

Chase speaks

Phyllis Chase visits with Alex Geyer, right, and Andrea Morales at Mill Creek Elementary School during her time spent as Columbia Public Schools' superintendent. Chase announced her retirement Aug. 5 and sat down for an interview with the Missourian Aug. 7.

Tiles made of corn

Steve Schaefer shows Avery Danziger samples of the tile he is preparing to install in the Eco Schoolhouse. Schaefer said that the tiles, which are made of corn, are likely the first of their kind to be installed in the area.

Tiling the floor

Avery Danziger films Steve Schaefer (front) and his brother Mike, both of Steve Schaefer Flooring, while they prepare the floor of the Eco Schoolhouse for tiles. The tiles being installed are made of corn.

Making budget

Ken Leija films architect Nicholas Peckham and contractor Scott Powell outside of the Eco Schoolhouse. Leija and others are making a documentary about the building of the schoolhouse. According to Powell, all of the labor and much of the building supplies have been donated. "It's a $250,000 building on a $30,000 budget. That doesn't happen everyday," he said.