A language in motion

Nancy Oster, a certified sign language interpreter, signs at the City Council meeting on Monday. Oster also works for Sorenson Communications as a telephone interpreter and for Columbia Interpreting Services.


Nancy Oster signs at a City Council meeting. Missouri law requires that an interpreter be present at civic proceedings, including public meetings.


"It's such a beautiful language to watch," Nancy Oster said of American Sign Language. Oster is a certified sign language interpreter.

Pickens works off the court to help teammates on the court

K-Kay Perkins is known for her solid play off the bench.

Hard work results in better Big 12 play for Lawrence

Sophomore Keon Lawrence has made a habit of improving his play when conference season begins.

MU club lacrosse player back in the fold after spending last season in Kenya

MU junior and club lacrosse player John Roman took the season and semester off last year to spend five months in Kenya.

No Columbia hotels have completed safety certification program

Ted Berryhill, general manager at the Days Inn off I-70 Southwest in Columbia, works at the front desk of the hotel on Feb. 25. There are no barriers that separate the desk worker and the guests, but there are several video cameras that record the activities there.


Ted Berryhill, general manager at the Days Inn off I-70 Southwest, at work on Feb. 25.


Several monitors near the front desk of the Days Inn hotel are used to display video from about 20 security cameras in various places around the hotel property.

Spring buds eager to sprout, but first, more snow

Encouraged by recent warm weather, flower bulbs spring to life at the Shelter Gardens, perhaps indicating winter’s end is near.


Imminent snow shouldn’t threaten this budding rose stem, although experts say bad freezes could have dire results.


Teeming with life in warmer months, the Shelter Gardens at 1817 W. Broadway presented a barren landscape Monday.

MU student enjoys coaching youth basketball

Daniel Thode, coach of the Flying Squirrels youth basketball team, looks on as Kyle Peterson, right, drives down court with the ball in a game Saturday at Smithton Middle School.

Starting comes second for MU wrestler and ROTC member

Missouri senior wrestler Vince Demarest, right, balances his time between his obligations to the wrestling team and his duties as a member of the school's ROTC unit.

Speaker sees hypocrisy in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Norman Finkelstein lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the MU Old Alumni Center on Monday night. Before the lecture members of the Chai' Times staff distrubuted pamphlets titled, "Keep This in Mind: What to know before you go."


Members of the Chai' Times staff hand out pamphlets and Israeli flags before the lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict given by Norman Finkelstein at the MU Old Alumni Center on Monday night. According to the handout, the Chai' Times staff are "deeply disturbed by his invitation and are severely disappointed in MU's misjudgment that this speaker could have any sort of positive influence on our education."

Johnson's humor helps MU women's basketball team

Jessra Johnson’s sense of humor is something MU coach Cindy Stein says she is glad to have, but Stein also said Johnson had to learn when to keep her funny quips to herself.

Columbia College men's basketball coach<br>humble about 500th win

Columbia College’s Christian Lewis gets off a shot under the basket against Missouri Baptist’s Dane Rawlins.

Love and bean soup

Belva Crane, left, prepares to serve food with her daughter Marla Johnson and granddaughter Heather Johnson at the annual Ham and Bean dinner at American Legion Post 152 in Ashland. The event is hosted by the American Legion Womens Auxilary in order to raise money for veteran services and youth scholarships in the community.


Belva Crane was 15 years old when she met her husband, Frankie, at a dance at Post 152. Frankie had just returned from the Korean War when they met — they have now been married for 51 years.