Advent wreath

Ab Advent wreath sits on the altar at St. Thomas More Newman Center.

Advent calendar

Advent calendars are popular in many Christian homes, especially as a way of involving children in the season.

Chrismon tree

Ornaments glitter on a Chrismon tree at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Rock Bridge's Allison and Megan Marshall

Their coach says sophomore twins Allison, left, and Megan Marshall are helping the Rock Bridge girls basketball team on defense.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel called Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats a physical and tough football team. “That comes from his personality and what he’s about.”

Murray State basketball player Isaac Miles

Murray State's Isaac Miles won the 2006 DiRenna Award as Kansas City’s best high school basketball player. It's an honor he shares with past Missouri stars Jon Sundvold, Anthony Peeler and Kareem Rush, as well as freshman Marcus Denmon.

Economy affects recycling

MedZou examines patients

Naveen Muthu, left, discusses procedures with Lincoln Sheets at MedZou before meeting with patients Thursday as Lane Wilson watches.

MedZou evaluates patient files

MedZou students Kayla Schleicher, Daniel Miller, Vince Horne and Emily Doucette arrange patient files on Thursday.

MedZou offers free clinic

Lane Wilson and Irene Mannering double check a patient's file Dec. 11. MedZou offers a free clinic for uninsured patients and was founded by students and professors from MU's School of Medicine.

Newspapers stacked at Columbia's landfill

Bales of recyclable newspapers stacked at the landfill on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. The city of Columbia is hopeful it can get bids for its recyclable materials that would make breaking even possible.

Bales of recyclable materials at the City of Columbia Sanitary Landfill

Bales of recyclable materials are piling up at the City of Columbia Sanitary Landfill on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. With the economy struggling and recyclables decreasing in value, the city has had trouble selling much of the processed materials, and the landfill is quickly running out of storage space.

'In the Heart of the Ozarks'

"In the Heart of the Ozarks," lent anonymously to the museum, is an oil on canvas that was painted by Thomas P. Barnett, an American ( 1870-1929), in 1925. It represents “winter as the painter would like to feel winter,” said Adrienne Walker Hoard, MU professor of art and color theory.

'Winter Scene by a City Wall'

Thomas Heeremans (ca. 1640-1697) painted "Winter Scene by a City Wall," ca. 1660-1697. The piece is oil on canvas.

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.