Second Life meets real life recruitment

The Missouri Department of Information Technology is using the virtual world, Second Life, to hold job recruitment events.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi to join Mizzou’s Greek family

Students at MU are forming a Jewish-interest sorority to add diversity into the Greek community. 

New campuswide smoking policy goes into effect

Smoking is now prohibited within 20 feet of all building entrances, exits, windows and fresh air intake systems. This is the first step in reaching the goal of becoming smoke-free by 2014.

Columbia man builds and gives away computers on Freecycle

Jordan Grant enjoys tinkering with computers, so much so that now he builds them from odds-and-ends parts and then gives them away to people who need a computer but can't afford to buy it., a Web site where individuals can post and exchange items they need or don’t want anymore, is used to communicate the need.

Correction to Columbia Art League story

Season 2009 of Artrageous Fridays begins

The city of Columbia continues its tradition of Artrageous Fridays, starting Friday.

Now's the time to get a jump-start on spring gardening

Raising your own seedlings can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Besides the personal satisfaction, raising your own flowers and vegetables from seed will give you a head start on the growing season, save you money from buying plants and give you an unparalleled selection in varieties.

UPDATE: Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall

Two kinds of peanut butter crackers will be pulled because of a potential link to a salmonella outbreak. McKee Foods joins Hy-Vee, Kellogg and others in recalling products.

Self-taught jewelry maker turns hobby into business

Whether it’s squeezing in a daily morning jog, collecting post cards or blogging online, side hobbies provide a welcome escape from the monotony of daily routines. Seven years ago, Tracy Harmon of Hallsville discovered her leisure-time distraction in making jewelry.

Missouri home-cleaner turns away from chemical cleansers

For people who do more cleaning and have more exposure to non-natural cleaning agents — such as stay-at-home moms or domestic employees — there is a 54 percent increase in the risk of being diagnosed with various cancers, in addition to the potential for allergic reactions to the chemicals in certain cleansers.

IndyGround puts Columbia's hip-hop artists on the map

It's not just a record label: IndyGround is the center of Columbia's hip-hop universe and an incubator for new artists.

What is hip-hop?

It has always given voice to strong emotions. Turned to positive goals, it can be a tool for change in a community, one scholar-activist says.

Hip-hop struggles to gain respectability — and venues — in Columbia

Hip-hop has an image problem. But the people in Columbia who believe in it as an art form won't let the bad publicity get in the way of the music, which they say has an important place in the community.

Religious groups join the green movement

Columbia's faith community has been working to learn more about how to become better stewards of the Earth. A Care for Creation meeting on Jan. 25 will focus on weatherization.

The Green Bible

The Green Bible is printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink and has a cotton-linen cover.  It's being used as a tool by Christian to get people talking about the environment.

Wanted: Mid-Missouri artists to create art on a downtown traffic signal box

A project to make art of a downtown Columbia traffic signal box is intended to deter graffiti and help downtown look a little nicer.

Summer Repertory auditions open to public

Auditions for the 41st season start at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

From the fishbowl to the studio: Renee Hulshof takes on the airwaves

Renee Hulshof brings a regionally famous last name and more than a decade of seasoning as a political spouse to her new gig as Simon Rose's co-host on KFRU's "The Morning Meeting."

'Faces of Mexico' exhibit spans thousands of years

The student curator behind "Faces of Mexico," an exhibition at the MU Museum of Anthropology, wanted to focus on something that hadn't been done.

Artist finds passion in the printing

Ben Chlapek, a 23-year-old silk screen poster artist, is known for taking nontraditional approaches to his work, say a former teacher and friends. The results, however, are lighthearted.