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Quizzing the coach

Radio host Mike Kelly, left, featured Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel on Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings as Pinkel answered questions from fans about the upcoming season during Tiger Talk. Questions varying from worries about this year's defense to discussing this week's practice schedule were answered as the coach gave supporters a chance to know how the team has been preparing for the 2008 season.

Students wait to be part of Tiger's Lair

Students wait patiently to register for the Tiger's Lair.

Waiting in line for Tiger's Lair

Students stood in line for over two hours outside of Brady Commons on Monday for Tiger's Lair tickets for the upcoming 2008 MU football season. Tiger's Lair is the official student cheering section of the Tigers, with seats at the 50-yard line at Faurot Field. Tiger's Lair also gives students the chance to be on national television during home games.

Going for gold

Cassidy Madox, a freshman from Malden, browses through gold rush T-shirts on sale at the MU Bookstore on Monday. The shirts, which promote Tiger Football, are on sale for $20.

Gold rush T-shirts

Tiger Spirit sells a variety of Gold Rush T-shirts, along with other merchandise, to promote Tiger Football.

Running into Mizzou

New MU freshmen run through the Columns during Tiger Walk on Sunday evening on the Francis Quadrangle.

New students jump for ice cream

Students try to grab tubs of Tiger Stripe ice cream being tossed into the crowd after Tiger Walk on Sunday evening. The students, part of the largest incoming freshman class in Missouri's history, could not reach the tables, so volunteers improvised delivery methods.

Marching into Mizzou

Marching Mizzou and the Golden Girls perform for a crowd of mostly new MU freshmen after the Tiger Walk on Sunday evening on the Francis Quadrangle. Before the concert, new freshmen ran through the Columns, symbolizing their entrance into MU.

A welcome treat

Cartons of Tiger Stripe ice cream wait for incoming freshmen to walk across the Francis Quadrangle after the Tiger Walk on Sunday evening at MU. Toward the end of the traditional walk, volunteers had to throw cartons into the crowd because students, part of the largest incoming class in Missouri's history, could not reach the tables.

Becoming Tigers

Incoming freshmen pass through the columns as balloons fly through the air on the Francis Quadrangle as part of the traditional Tiger Walk on Sunday evening.

They all walk for ice cream

Incoming freshmen stream toward their free Tiger Stripe ice cream after passing through the columns on the Francis Quadrangle as part of the traditional Tiger Walk on Sunday evening at the University of Missouri.

A sweet Tiger welcome

Students eat Tiger Stripe ice cream on the Francis Quadrangle as others continue the traditional Tiger Walk on Sunday evening on the Francis Quadrangle of MU's campus. The Class of 2012 is the largest incoming class in Missouri's history.

A fair day for flying

Columbians gather around Corporate Lake on Saturday night to attend Columbia Balloon Invitational. Only a small number of the balloons competing were able to take off because of a severe weather report. The competition went ahead on Sunday morning with Fred Shoening finishing fourth in his "Yankee Doodle" balloon, pictured above.

Addressing the crowd

Mary Lou Wallner addresses the members and visitors of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbiaon Friday. Wallner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians.

Sharing experiences

Mary Lou Wallner, and her husband, Bob Wallner, smile during their talk in which they presented their insights about the acceptance of gays among Christians during an event at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.

After the talks

Mary Lou Wallner speaks with Bill Hillenbrand after a talk in which Walner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians. The talk took place at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.

Edwards wins Bristol

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tenn. It was Edwards' second consecutive Sprint Cup victory.

Balloon discussions

Tharon Riley, left, discuses with Brian Taylor the latest weather report Saturday morning at the Columbia Balloon Invitational.

Grounded balloons

After being grounded Saturday morning because of a bad weather report, several competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational talk.

Ballon weather

Brian Taylor, left, discuses with Lynn McVay the latest weather report. Competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational were grounded on Saturday morning because of a bad weather report.
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