From Readers

FROM READERS: Reader shares poem about funny experience

Margaret Prezioso-Frye wrote a poem after a store cashier mistakenly took her for an actress.

FROM READERS: Give 'peeps' a chance

The Food Bank communications coordinator, Scott Gordon, shares his experience with an MU journalism student and encourages us all to "give peeps a chance."

FROM READERS: What I've learned from leading walking tours

Kellie Kotraba, editor of Columbia Faith & Values, writes about what she's learned about the community and community engagement through her work.

FROM READERS: Voice your opinion on downtown access, circulation, parking

The members of the Access, Circulation and Parking Committee invite community members to give their say on city plans.

FROM READERS: International student's dream of attending MU comes true

MU senior Paula Ottoni dreamed for years of attending college in America. After nearly 14 moves and a financial crisis that devastated her family, Ottoni became an international student at MU. This spring, she will graduate.

FROM READERS: Thank you, Almeta Crayton, for your service

Columbia is keeping its collective eye on the medical condition of Almeta Crayton, the city's first black councilwoman, who is in critical condition. The Missourian is inviting you to share your messages of thanks.

FROM READERS: Humans vs. Zombies president reflects on friendships formed while fighting undead

Joe Rexwinkle loves the chaotic, but close-knit, atmosphere of the game Humans vs. Zombies. The next game starts Nov. 6.

LET'S TALK: The underreporting of rape and sexual assault at MU

The Missourian's ongoing coverage of the problem of sexual assault aims to encourage dialogue that can lead to change.

FROM READERS: Why does work suck in your 20s?

Patrick Miller, with The Crossing's campus ministry at MU, urges 20-somethings to stay motivated when working less-than-stellar jobs. Success isn't necessarily measured by money or promotions.

FROM READERS: Bank employee shares passion for Relay for Life

Tatha Todd, a Boone County National Bank employee, shares how cancer has affected her life and what she does to help others fight the battle.

ANY QUESTIONS: Where do Columbia recyclables go?

Parts of the process change every month, so there's no one answer available.

FROM READERS: How to clean the inside of your desktop computer

Cleaning the inside of your desktop computer two times a year can prolong its life.

ArtTalk: Celebrating rebellion with MU Theatre Department

"Spring Awakening," this year's fall musical, won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical will run from Wednesday to Sunday.

FROM READERS: Reflections of a Latino during Hispanic Heritage Month

Miguel Ayllon, president of MU Voz Latina, is grateful to Columbia for the opportunities it has provided him. He also urges other Hispanic people in leadership positions to advocate for social justice and inclusion.

FROM READERS: Charles Davis, former MU journalism professor, reflects on move home to Georgia

Charles Davis recently took over as dean of the University of Georgia's journalism school. Although the former MU professor feels nostalgic for Columbia, he has no doubt "the old Bulldog is home."

FROM READERS: Alternative Spring Break helps students find their niche

Mason Kerwick went on his first Alternative Spring Break trip in 2012, and it proved to be the experience that helped him find himself and feel at home at MU.

FROM READERS: Columbia bikers collaborate to inform public on bike safety

Nina Wajrowski, an MU student and bike-riding advocate, wants people to join her for a Critical Mass bike ride on Wednesday to make cars aware of bikers who ride in the street.

FROM READERS: Young filmmaker's documentary challenges standardized testing

Ankur Singh took a semester off school to film a movie about the human side of public education debates. He has just completed the documentary, called "Listen," and says his inspiration came from a troubling high school experience.

FROM READERS: Man kayaks 15 miles on Missouri River to support cleanup efforts

Graham Zimmerman of Jefferson City was one of more than 150 people who competed in the fourth annual Race to the Dome, a kayak and canoe race held to raise money for Missouri River Relief.

IN THE WORKS: Identifying problems, seeking solutions in early childhood education

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