Fairview United Methodist Church nativity

As part of a live nativity at Fairview United Methodist Church, a wise man, played by Susan Burpo, offers gifts to baby Jesus and his parents, Joseph and Mary — played by Caleb Siefkas and Chelsea Chambers. The nativity is an annual event hosted by the church each year.

Van Johnson

Van Johnson in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in 1964.

MU women's basketball player RaeShara Brown

Missouri's RaeShara Brown scored a career-high 11 points Tuesday against Bradley.

Greg Wasserman mug

Greg Wasserman is a reporter for the Missourian.

Playing beer pong at Reactor Field

Steve Winters, 21, throws a Ping Pong ball toward the other end of the table while playing beer pong at Reactor Field before an MU football game. Winters played with his friends while tailgating before the game against Kansas State.

Beer pong ball falls into cup

Before an MU football game, a Ping Pong ball is tossed and bounces on the cups before landing in one. Steve Winters and his friends custom made the table which is painted in MU colors to play the game

New lives new stories

Debbie and Willie Jones display the side of their cardboards representing their daughter’s birth and Willie’s cancer recovery.

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.