From Readers

FROM READERS: International athletes deal with distance off the track

International track and field athletes cope with being away from home by forming a new family at MU.


FROM READERS: Safe and Sober sensitizes teenagers to dangers of alcohol

MU student Garrett Adams has been a contract speaker for the statewide program Safe and Sober since 2013. He talks to teenagers about the dangers and risks associated with underage drinking.

MEET COLUMBIA'S PETS: Introduce your animal friend to Columbia

Do you have the cutest, coolest or weirdest pet in Columbia? We want to meet it.

ANY QUESTIONS: How many biscuits high is The Tiger Hotel?

Just in case there is a lull in a conversation, here's a starter to help it move along.

FROM READERS: Encountering genocide memories and new progress in Rwanda

MU junior Kaycee Nail shares her experiences studying abroad in Rwanda. She calls for acknowledgement of the genocide that took place in Rwanda and of the progress the country has made since then.

TELL US: What has changed in Columbia (and what do you hope doesn't change)?

Take a walk down memory lane and tell us how Columbia has evolved.

ANY QUESTIONS: How well-maintained are Columbia's bridges?

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Columbia Parks and Recreation see a need for major repairs of pedestrian and road bridges.


FROM READERS: Eating vegan in Columbia

Ann Wade, an MU junior, faces challenges eating a vegan diet in Columbia, such as finding vegan dishes and the more expensive prices. She suggests that restaurants create vegan options, label menu items as vegan and offer vegan varieties with simple substitution.

TELL US: What would you ask the School Board candidates?

Four candidates are running for three positions on the Columbia School Board. What questions do you have for them?

FROM READERS: Can you be a feminist and wear high heels?

Feminism doesn't care about your fashion sense — just your sense of equality.

True/False Film Fest attendees cope with winter weather Sunday

True/False Film Fest-goers clashed with single-digit temperatures, sleet and snow to get to documentary showings in downtown Columbia on Sunday.


FROM READERS: GMOs and your right to know

For those who wish to eat without a backseat driver, there's an option.

FROM READERS: How I fought my eating disorder

Ryan Branson thinks men with eating disorders are stigmatized. He shares his own story about fighting the disease. Currently, he's doing more research to help other men dealing with eating disorders.

SOCIAL TRUE/FALSE: 15-second movie reviews and social scenes

Contribute your own one-word movie review during True/False.

FROM READERS: Stephens College crews meet challenging weather head-on

Stephens College's critical staff members received a book from President Dianne Lynch of thanks from students and employees for keeping the sidewalks clear, campus safe and everyone fed through the February winter weather.

FROM READERS: Listen to scanner traffic from the University Village walkway collapse

Reader Brad Wilmot explains how he gathered and edited the scanner traffic from the University Village walkway collapse.

FROM READERS: Working with children who have disabilities offers rewards

Working with children who have disabilities teaches volunteers not to take things for granted.

FROM READERS: A note to new parents of a 'Born Just Right Baby'

A baby doesn't need 10 fingers and 10 toes to be "perfect."

ANY QUESTIONS: Was the snake lost in an MU dorm room ever found?

The snake reported missing in Defoe-Graham Hall in January was found on Feb. 11

FROM READERS: Columbia roller derby is about community support

Now, just six months later, Columbia is really starting to feel like home. When I broke my ankle, fellow Derby Dames stayed with me through surgery, lent me crutches, and constantly offered words of encouragement and support.