2008: A year of profound change for some

Embracing our changes that made 2008 a memorable year.

Tiller and Taylor create opportunities for Tigers

The junior guards focus on assists and steals and leave the scoring to their teammates.

MU football looks toward the future

The Tigers will look to build on program's success in 2009.

Social networking isn't a waste? Duh

A study published by the MacArthur Foundation concluded that social network sites like Facebook and MySpace actually don't waste kids' time. Hadn't you heard?

Maclin shines

If the Alamo Bowl turns out to be Maclin’s last game as a Tiger, he won’t be disappointed. “I caught Chase Daniel’s last pass at Mizzou,” Maclin said.


Life Changes: MU student serves in Afghanistan

MU senior Aaron Briscoe spent the past year in Afghanistan with the Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team.  Using his talents in agriculture, Briscoe was able to help the Afghani people improve their farming practices.

Life Changes: MU graduate finds first job in Korea

Burgundy Anderson received business and psychology degrees from MU, but she is now working in Korea teaching English to middle and elementary students. For her, life after college has brought unexpected challenges and rewards.

Life Changes: Leonor Jurado, born in Ecuador, became a U.S citizen

It took her about nearly 10 years, and she said she feels safer here.

Life Changes: Stephen Webber: Missouri's 23rd District House of Representatives

Stephen Webber calls his election in November to the General Assembly a life-changing event.  Just two years out of college, the 25-year-old Columbia native won a seat representing the 23rd District.

Life Changes: Columbia photographer had first baby in 2008

Pregnancy came as a surprise to Kelsey Hammond and her husband, Joe Chevlier. “I didn’t believe it was real until the first ultrasound,” Hammond said.

Life Changes: African refugee builds a new home in Columbia

Aaron Ruvugwa moved to the United States in 2004 from Rwanda as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His family moved to Columbia in 2006. With help from Habitat for Humanity, he will become a first-time homeowner in early 2009.

Life Changes: Widow moves forward after losing husband in 2008

Bonnie Cassida lost her husband this past year, leaving her to raise three children  and to pastor an entire church alone. She finds her grieving a way to minister to others.

Life Changes: Friends create knitting business in 2008

Bex Oliger and Shella Watson took a chance on a new business, True Blue Fiber Friends, and have created a welcoming place for knitters and a new understanding of their friendship.

Life Changes: Couple marries 69 years after first encounter

Earl, 87, and Marian, 86, Lubensky married on Aug. 19 in Columbia. But it took 69 years for them to get to the altar from the time they met and first fell in love.

Laurence Bowers makes plays in limited minutes

Blunt has a job waiting for him

The outgoing governor has been hired by an equity firm led by Mitt Romney's son Tagg.

First person files for open school board seats

Jeannine H. Craig, 75, has 12 years experience on a school board in Illinois. Eleven of those years were spent as president, which gives her the experience necessary for the job, she says.

Study shows 'drunk' doesn't cut it when describing intoxication

MU graduate student's study also finds women describe intoxication with 'gentler' terms than men.

Holiday programs help 5,500

More than 5,500 individuals received special gifts this holiday season, thanks to generous donations from the Columbia community.

2008: A year of bad news for news

In 1946, almost 36 percent of Americans read a daily newspaper. Now only 18 percent read either a daily or Sunday edition.