From Readers

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

If you’d like to share your experience with preschool or early childhood education and care, please contact us at or call the newsroom at 573-882-5720 and leave a message for Marie.

FROM READERS: The Missouri-Kansas rivalry is still alive

Sports enthusiast and journalism student at Arizona State University Jeff Vinton writes about the history and continuation of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry, despite switching conferences.

Got a skill? Share it as part of Missourian's how-to guide

Show off your expertise and teach us something. We want to tap into and share the expertise of our diverse community in a how-to guide in our From Readers section.

FROM READERS: Health specialist busts a few myths

We get enough fluid in the foods we normally eat, especially when we eat more foods like fruits and vegetables, which are mostly water. There’s no scientific basis for the “eight glasses” myth.

FROM READERS: Coal Free Mizzou more than a club for one student

Coal Free Mizzou meets with administrators and energy processionals on a monthly basis,and talks of energy transitions are promising, Kelsey Wingo says.

FROM READERS: Columbia student raises awareness about Syrian relief efforts

In late June, Radhia Khenissi and some friends held a fundraiser to help people affected by the unrest in Syria. They raised $23,000.

FROM READERS: For mother, 'inspiration' has a deeper meaning

Jordan, 7, and her mom, Jen Reeves, watched Aimee Mullins speak Wednesday at MU. Reeves and Mullins grappled with the word "inspirational" and when it should be used as a compliment.

FROM READERS: You're invited to celebrate Grandma Janet's life and spirit

Help celebrate the life and legacy of my mother, Janet Barnes, and her unsinkable, unstoppable, fighting spirit.

Where: Riechmann Pavilion
 at Stephens Lake Park
, 2300 E. Walnut Street 
Columbia, MO 65201

When: Oct. 17 from 4:30 p.m. until around 7:30 p.m.