First MU African-American graduate student speaks to inspired audience

Gus T. Ridgel, MU's first African-American graduate student, delivers a speech Friday at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. Ridgel speaks about his experiences and the racial climate at MU when he was student.

Gus T. Ridgel, the first African-American to graduate from MU with a master's degree, spoke to an audience in the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Friday morning. Ridgel will receive recognition at Saturday's football game.

E-BOOK: Tiger Kickoff Southeastern Louisiana

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Missouri football's Fisher overcomes injury, embraces sixth season

After suffering a devastating injury to his left knee in August 2011, Elvis Fisher had a choice: fight to return to the field or leave football behind. More than a year later, he's where he belongs.

TIGERS REPORT: Analysts think Missouri, Texas A&M can survive in SEC

The SEC is widely considered to be the best college football conference in the country. Coaches and analysts think Missouri and Texas A&M are more than capable of winning some games in their first season in the conference.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students wear rain boots on campus

The rain prompted MU students to put on their rain boots Friday morning.

FROM READERS: A librarian's work not limited to books

Lauren Williams, a public services librarian for the Daniel Boone Regional Library, says her responsibilities are more technologically oriented than one might expect.

Seventh St. repair prompts further discussion of Columbia's historic brick streets

As restoration work finishes at Seventh and Locust streets, Columbia's historic brick streets spark feelings of nostalgia, economics and the future.

Rock Bridge Bruins win 27-9 against Fort Zumwalt West

The Bruins now looks forward to competing in an interstate game with Arkansas Har-Ber High School next week.


Labor of a different kind

Columbia will host a Rally for Change this Labor Day to educate the public about the increasing rate of cesarean sections in the country and raise awareness about birth options.

Columbia residents say their Labor Day plans won't be upset by the rain

Residents adapt holiday plans to the predictions of heavy rain for the football weekend.

Missouri-Southeastern Louisiana plotline

Going into its 2012 debut against Southeastern Louisiana, we give Missouri fans a few storylines to watch from the season's first game.


MU's physicians and engineers receive $5 million from Wallace H. Coulter partnership

The foundation will continue to sponsor MU's upcoming research projects for the next four years.

DEAR READER: Relief, and danger, in the remnants of Isaac

Isaac's remnants have brought much needed rain to drought-ridden Columbia, but some people along the Gulf Coast have experienced the brunt of the storm. 

The United Way 2012 Campaign Seeks $4 Million

The Heart of Missouri United Way Inc. launched its 2012 campaign on Friday with a goal of $4 million.  A new "Community Impact" mission aims for accountability and sustainability.

Rain forecast to become heavier as Friday unfolds

Periods of heavy rain are expected to continue on Saturday, according to a hydrological outlook issued by the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

FROM READERS: 'Loaves and Fishes' unites many to help those in need

Brad Bryan, a third-generation religious leader in Columbia, views a program that helps feed those in need as one of the many reasons the city is special.

Raymer brings international experience to Missouri soccer team

Not many Missouri athletes can say they've competed internationally for their country or on a prestigious club team, but Abi Raymer is not your average Tiger.

Ten things you didn't know about Southeastern Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana University has a history rich in cheerleaders, its Strawberry Stadium and magical oak trees. Take a journey with the Columbia Missourian as we better get to know Missouri's first opponent for the 2012 football season.

Jared Perry following wherever football leads him

Wide receiver Jared Perry graduated from MU in 2010 but wasn't able to get back on the football field until 2012, when he signed with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. After a seaason that earned him Rookie of the Year honors, Perry is moving on to the UFL with hopes to get back into an NFL training camp.

What's new at Memorial Stadium for Missouri football

Fans attending the Missouri football team's season opener Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana at Memorial Stadium will be the first to see the new, redesigned Faurot Field turf along with several other upgrades.