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Dancers prepare for "Woman"

Sierra Terrance, Becky Walker and Nicole Beasley rehearse for "Woman". The one-hour show will include performances by The Dragon Flies Belly Dance Company, Moon Belly Dance Ensemble and Outer Limits Hip-Hop Team.

Rehearsal at Moon Belly Dance Studio

Stephanie Whitbey, rehearses with Kandice Grossman, artistic director of theatrical dance show "Woman". The dances are divided into three acts — sex, body and God — all of which Grossman described as unique and powerful.

"Woman" rehearsal

Kandice Grossman, artistic director of "Woman," a theatrical dance show, rehearses with her students at Moon Belly Dance Studio. The performance will be Saturday Dec. 13 at the Blue Note.

MU swimmer Jake Hoffmann freestyle

Senior swimmer Jake Hoffmann is a captain on the MU Swimming and Diving team and is well respected by both his coaches and teammates.

Stephens basketball player Cara Leis

Stephens forward Cara Leis braves a Principia double-team while driving for a layup.

MU swimmer Jake Hoffmann

Jake Hoffmann, a senior captain on the Missouri men's swimming team, works on his backstroke at practice Dec. 2. Hoffmann said he knew he could be part of something special the first year he was with the Tigers.

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.

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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.

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

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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.
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