Figures of musicians adorn this double-chambered Peruvian whistling vessel. The Lambayeque people, best known for their metal and gold work, also created stone masterpieces such as this whistle.


This Peruvian plume was probably used as either a simple fan or as a headdress to mark the importance of an individual. Its exact purpose is unknown.


This Peruvian textile fragment shows warriors with weapons and trophy heads. Ancient people from the Midwest might have produced textiles, too, but organic materials tend to decompose in the Missouri climate.


Alex W. Barker, left, director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU, left, has a conversation with Ray Wood about the gorget with a jaguar engraved on it.

Tigers senior sets career home run, RBI records

Missouri sophomore left fielder Aaron Senne swings at a pitch delivered during the first inning of the Tiger's game against William Woods University on Wednesday. Missouri won the game 16-9.

Third shot's the charm?

Drake University student Mandi McClue gets a mumps immunization shot from Polk County Health nurse Lori Parsons. Most of the college students who got the mumps in a big outbreak in 2006 had received the recommended two vaccine shots, according to a study that raises questions about whether a new vaccine or another booster shot is needed.

Morel mushroom mania

New lawn-cutting business goes green

Robert Johnson, owner of Green Team Lawn Care, pushes a non-motorized lawnmower across the lawn of a home in east Columbia. Johnson avoids using fossil fuels by using a bike to trailer his man-powered equipment across town.


Robert Johnson carefully trims the street edge of a home in east Columbia. Rather than using modern, gas-powered lawn equipment, Johnson relies on an old-fashioned pushmower, long-handled clippers and a broom.


Robert Johnson switches from bicycling shoes to grass-cutting shoes. Johnson uses a bike to trailer his non-motorized lawn equipment from one job to the next.


Robert Johnson opts for a push-broom instead of a roaring blower. Johnson uses no fossil fuels in his business, preferring instead to trailer his old-fashioned equipment around town.

Passover preparation takes time and a lot of cleaning

Rachel Rubin, a student intern at the Hillel House, puts away dishes after washing them in preparation for Passover on Wednesday afternoon at the Hillel House in Columbia. In preparation for the holiday, volunteers spent nearly a week cleaning and preparing the kitchen for use.

Photos of the Week

MU freshman Claire Stuckel, left, Elizabeth Augustine, center, and Amanda Fleming, right, listen as the names of the students and teachers killed at Virginia Tech last year are read off during a vigil Wednesday evening on the Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. About 150 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.


Missouri freshman Mallory Benedict, from Lynchburg, Va., mourns as the names of the victims of the Virgina Tech shooting are read aloud during a vigil Wednesday evening at MU. About 150 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.


People gather to enjoy the warm weather Wednesday afternoon on the Francis Quadrangle at MU. Wednesday's temperatures reached into the upper 70s.


MU junior Molly Redman relaxes on the Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday afternoon as temperatures reached into the upper 70s.

MU swimmers transition to long course

The MU swimming team recently transitioned from the short course 25-meter pool used in the college season to the 50-meter pool used for the remainder of the seeason.


Freshman Melissa Jamerson works on her butterfly stroke at a recent practice. She said that long course suits her stroke well.

Complaints against police show racial disparity

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri NAACP, speaks before the Columbia Citizen Oversight Committee at the Armory Sports & Community Center on Thursday. Ratliff and dozens of other Columbia residents gathered to voice the need for citizen review of the Columbia Police Department as well as to recount personal grievances with the department.

Walk-on getting his chance with MU football team

At 5'5" and 195 pounds, redshirt freshman Titus Wonsey draws comparisons to short, thick NFL running backs like Maurice Jones-Drew.