Columbia Muslims gather after first day of Ramadan

Columbians met at Islamic Center of Central Missouri to break their fast, pray and listen to Sheik Abou Alhassan Haggag of Cairo, who will recite the entire Quran over the course of the month.

MU students prepare Tiger Garden for upcoming year

Tiger Garden, a student-operated floral shop located inside the Agriculture building on the MU campus, has been serving students since 2005. Students running the floral shop learn botany and business skills.

Pony club members are tough riders, devoted caretakers

The Hinkson Valley Pony Club is about teamwork and responsibility. "With football or baseball you can put your bat or ball in your closet and not think about it for a week," says district commissioner Lora Blair, "but you can't do that with horses."

Hot-air balloon rides become occasions for celebration

Many people take hot-air ballon rides to celebrate for birthdays, anniversaries and more.

SLIDESHOW: Moberly drive-in theater provides outdoor entertainment

The drive-in theater, about a half-hour drive from Columbia, is a popular entertainment during summer months.

Piano sales decline, but the instrument isn't expected to disappear

Piano sales have been declining for many years. But, people in the community don't see the disappearance.

Columbia native impersonates Neil Diamond in his "Black Diamond Experience"

Theron Denson, who says he's the "planet's only" black Neil Diamond impersonator, will be performing at Boone Tavern on Aug. 6.

Dear freshmen: Here's a bit of advice before starting college

An introduction to Collegetown.

A typical day in the life of a freshman at MU

Three upper-class students relive a typical day from their freshman year in hopes of preparing incoming freshmen for their first year of college.

The Rec Center: Three levels of exercise possibilities

The MU Student Recreation Center was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the No. 1 campus recreation facility in America.

Plenty of places for bargain shopping in Columbia

Finding clothes on a college student's budget can be difficult, but a number of retailers in Columbia make the task much easier.

New students' questions answered

Summer Welcome staff provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from incoming freshman.

Shop around and buy local for the best textbook deals

The Missourian offers tips for students seeking textbooks.

Navigating the campus library properly can pay dividends later

Finding your way around  Ellis Library is an essential first step after arriving at Mizzou.

Keep the ball rolling — MU athletics tickets and more

Find out how to get your tickets to MU sporting events.

Freshmen urged to weigh pros, cons of credit cards

Credit cards can be dangerous, but with planning, they can also be helpful. College is a good time for students to learn smart credit skills.

How to find your way around campus

Biking, walking, driving — all of these options and more are available for students at MU.

Students and alcohol: Not a smart mix

There are many misconceptions regarding alcohol abuse on campus, and, although it occurs, it may not be as prevalent as expected.

Tech deals abound for bargain-hunting students

Students going back to school these days need more than books, pens and paper. 

Three levels of exercise possibilities meet nearly every need

More about the Student Recreation Complex at Rollins Avenue and Hitt Street.