Dance, dance, dance

Full-time ballerinas need a break sometimes ... or maybe they just need to breakdance. Dancer Zach Young, who practices with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, also helps teach three levels of hip hop classes at the Columbia Performing Arts Center.

New Fight Song

Jeff and Lydia Garwood created their own version of the Tiger Fight song. Watch them perform it here.

Meet biker Santa

The Santa Claus at Mid America Harley-Davidson meets and greets Harley enthusiasts of all sizes.

Walking to raise money for AIDS

A group of 21 Rock Bridge High School students walked 21 miles on the MKT Trail on Friday, raising $5,700 for the Youth Aids organization.

Gary Forsee announced as new UM System president

Gary Forsee, the former CEO of Sprint Nextel Corp., was named the 22nd president for the UM System on Dec. 20, 2007.

Giuliani in Columbia

The former New York mayor spoke and took questions for about an hour on topics ranging from national defense and the threat of terrorism to education and the economy.

New Media Expo

Students in the New Media Network, who are from the First Ward, exhibited their photography and audio works at the Ragtag Cinemacafé on Tuesday night.

Snow falls on Columbia

The first significant snow of the year blanketed Columbia on Thursday, creating a winter wonderland complete with snowmen and traffic snarls.

Laughter yoga

Laughter yoga started in India in 1995 and combines exercises with a little bit of stretching and deep breathing. You do not need to feel happy, have a sense of humor or need a reason to laugh. Sarah Samson has started a laughter club in Columbia and uses the phrase "Fake it 'til you make it." The exercises, such as making a milkshake and electric shock handshake, generate fake laughter that often turns genuine.

Living with Celiac disease

Donna Kasper, a 15-year veteran of the gluten-free diet, knows how to manage Celiac disease. Her daughter Allyson, 10, is just learning. She follows her mother’s advice to the tee, but sometimes finds it difficult to juggle her identities as kid and Celiac patient.

Boehm Interview

Columbia police Chief Randy Boehm discusses the recent rise in crime and the community’s role in preventing and solving crimes.

Cross Country Extreme race

The fourth annual Cross Country Extreme, or XCX, race was hosted by Off Track Events on Saturday in the fields and wooded areas directly behind the Midway Expo Center as a fundraiser for Columbia Second Chance . It drew hundreds of participants from around the region who were encouraged to dress in costume for the non-timed race through four miles of forest, field and obstacles. Prizes were awarded for placement in the race and costume categories.

Child art

Watch children of all ages work on art projects and tell why they love it so much.

Veterans parade

MU ROTC sponsored the 22nd annual Veterans Day Parade on Sunday morning. The parade stretched from the MU Columns to the Boone County Courthouse, where a memorial ceremony was held in observance of the holiday.

Veterans Day vigil

MU ROTC began a 24-hour Veterans Day vigil at the Boone County Courthouse on Saturday. The vigil commemorated all Boone county veterans.

The big move — by bike

Volunteers gathered at the home of Ian Thomas to help move cabinets, chairs and other office supplies from his home office to the new PedNet office at 101 N. Seventh St. in Columbia on Friday. Coalition staff and about 20 volunteers moved five home offices to the organization's new location, using only bikes, backpacks and bike trailers.

Columbia's alley issue

City Manager Bill Watkins ventured out into two downtown alleys with Missourian reporters last week. He examined the alley between Broadway and Cherry Street and an alley behind Wabash Station at Tenth and Ash streets. Watkins pointed out pros and cons of developing businesses in both alleys.

Chili Challenge

The third annual Chef’s Chili Challenge to benefit the Central Missouri Food Bank was held Thursday evening at the Fieldhouse, 1107 E. Broadway, and was hosted by the Columbia Jaycees. People from local restaurants and the mid-Missouri area gathered to cook chili while attendees sampled recipes and listened to live music by the Dustin-Crider Duo. Steve Henderson, a 54-year-old Columbia resident, won the People’s Choice Award for the top-ranked chili voted on by those in attendance. He received $500 and donated half of his winnings to the Downtown Optimist Club.

Centro Latino held its annual fall Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration at Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus Saturday, Oct. 20. Children and parents were invited to dance and dress up in costumes for the party, the proceeds from which will go to benefit the Centro Latino after-school program.

MU Homecoming campus decorations

MU's Homecoming weekend kicked off Friday night with the house decs competition in Greektown. Take a look at the scenes from the event and learn more about the art of pomping.