From Readers

FROM READERS: Columbia resident fosters 144th dog

Columbia resident Melissa Kron began fostering dogs four years ago. Now, she's on her 144th one and has no plans on stopping.

FROM READERS: Anti-MU22, a new campus group, promotes healthy self-image

As a freshman, it can be hard to avoid the lures of Pokey Stix and Jingo's. Anti-MU22 is a Mizzou-recognized organization that promotes living a healthy lifestyle.

FROM READERS: Faculty award winner says MU was window to a larger world

Ruth Brent Tofle, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award, acknowledges coming to MU as the moment she steered onto a global personal path — which has been dotted with journeys to Morocco, Tunisia and China — and learned to appreciate diversity.

#MIZWhereRU? MU alumni share where they ended up post-graduation

We asked Mizzou grads: #MIZWhereRU? They told us when they graduated and where they ended up for this Homecoming collection.

FROM READERS: The 'liminality' of MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology

W. Arthur Mehrhoff, Ph.D., reflects on how MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology, despite its transition to a new location, can still speak to the community.

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri Citizens Climate Lobby to launch Monday

On Monday, a group of local residents will launch the mid-Missouri chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby with a workshop.

HOMECOMING: Where in the world are MU alums?

FROM READERS: Local author talks about release of new book in fantasy series

Eric Tripp writes fantasy/adventure tales. The third and fourth books are scheduled to be published respectively on Nov. 12, 2013, and Dec. 13, 2014.


FROM READERS: Bike Resource Center offers MU students free repairs

The center aims to save students money on potentially costly bike repairs, as well as educate them about the rights and responsibilities bikers have on the road.

FROM READERS: What I learned from Almeta Crayton

Almeta Crayton believed in her community and the importance of being connected to the people living in it.

FROM READERS: Gene Robertson shares lessons from Almeta Crayton

Share your tribute to or memory of Almeta Crayton by emailing

FROM READERS: Reader shares short story, 'Marlboro Ned'

As the doors glide open, he takes another puff of his Marlboro Red, a kiss good-bye to his lover, which he flicks aside in a classic gumshoe fashion, and enters into the belly of the whale.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: Share your questions about what we do

Curious about how infographics are made or headlines are written? Confused by the accuracy check process? Want to know more about the difference between obituaries and life stories? Ask and we will answer.

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.