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FROM READERS: Pregnant college students deserve more support

It's possible to be both pregnant and a student at the same time, but it presents unique challenges.

Columbia residents share their favorite places on Earth

At the dedication for the Children's Grove in Stephens Lake Park, Columbia residents reflected on their favorite places on Earth, in honor of Earth Day.

ArtTalk: Different materials influence style of handmade bohemian jewelry

Columbia artist Mary Anne Flesch uses a wide range of materials to produce unique pieces of art.

FROM READERS: Heather Green takes on Law School while continuing to compete in track, field events

Heather Green sustained an injury to her foot that led her to sit out a season of her track and field career. She's back in action now, but she also is a full-time law student at MU.

FROM READERS: Student heads back home to Albania after 6 years

During the Balkan conflict in the late 1990s, Vasian Markollari fled with his family to Missouri. Six years after his last visit, he takes us on a trip through his home city in Albania: the capital, Tirana.

TELL US: What has your mother passed on to you?

In honor of Mother's Day, we'd like to hear about what your mother has passed on to you.

FROM READERS: MU freshman gives back to the community, learns valuable life lessons

During the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative Alternative Break this year in Dallas, one freshman discovered the importance of compassion and brotherhood.

FROM READERS: Preventing dog bites takes understanding

Certified dog trainer Steven Bishop gives insight to canine behaviors that could lead to biting.

FROM READERS: Bark for Life of Boone County fundraises for American Cancer Society

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, walk, K-9 unit demonstration, contests, an obstacle course and a cake walk.

FROM READERS: Past 'taps' talk about secret society experience

Members of MU's secret societies share their experiences about how Tap Day changed their perspective of campus life.

FROM READERS: Deployments bestow Columbia veteran with lessons in resilliency

Jamie Melchert has served in the Missouri National Guard for 16 years. Melchert said he is grateful for the experience gained and the lessons learned from his career at the organization.

FROM READERS: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture can help gardeners prepare for spring

The feeling of accomplishment after a good session in the garden overpowers the sore, out-of-shape muscles. Looking out over the patch (whether a few square feet or a few acres) after the work is done brings up feelings of hope and optimism for the year.

FROM READERS: Small towns instill a sense of belonging, a place to call home

Megan Blakemore lived in Sturgeon until she was 20 years old. In this photo essay, she describes her hometown pride and discusses the value of small communities.

ArtTalk: Folk singer/guitarist David Dearnley makes up for lost time

David Dearnley performs predominately solo, singer/songwriter original, acoustic music.

FROM READERS: Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

I don’t really understand why race is so important to the identity of someone because I always thought that people saw me as just me.

QUIZ: From Peeps to Lent, how well do you know Easter traditions?

Test your knowledge of Easter traditions by taking this quiz.

FROM READERS: Men in LGBTQ community can reduce transmission of HIV, STIs

Males in the LGBTQ community are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The Men’s Leadership and Activities Network wants to help change this trend.

FROM READERS: Close up of winter gives way to spring

MU alumnus Doug Hardesty enjoys taking photos of nature in his free time.

FROM READERS: Peace Studies offers look at Vietnam protests

Peace Studies Professor John Kultgen invites the public to attend a panel discussing the long term affects of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations that were held on campus in 1970.

FROM READERS: Seventh-graders turn out for first track and field meet

The short season for Columbia's seventh-grade track and field teams has begun. The teams from the area schools gathered last week at Battle High School for the season opening meet.