Alyson is a freshman at the University of Missouri studying journalism with an emphasis in strategic communications. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and has been shooting for four years. When she isn’t shooting, you can find her involved with many organizations and clubs on campus, including Kappa Delta sorority and the Association of Latin American Students at Mizzou.See feature
Amanda is a freshman journalism major from St. Charles, Missouri. Amanda started shooting her freshman year of high school in a photojournalism class and immediately fell in love.See feature
Emil Lippe is an undergraduate at MU majoring in photojournalism with a minor in business. Born and raised in Dallas, Emil grew up with a passion for sports. He decided to pursue photojournalism after being a photographer for the yearbook staff at his high school.See feature
Emily Nevils is the assistant photo editor at The Maneater and a sophomore photojournalism student minoring in art and middle eastern studies at MU. Emily was born in Columbia but grew up in Ethiopia, where she discovered her passion for photography and storytelling. After graduation, she hopes to live abroad and pursue a photojournalistic career in the Middle EastSee feature
Jessi is a sophomore from Kiowa, Colorado, pursuing a dual degree in photojournalism and cultural anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Jessi started shooting when playing with her mom’s camera and fell in love with photography through the 4-H program and high school programs.See feature
Julia is a freshman at MU studying journalism, with an intended emphasis in photojournalism. Even though she is from Omaha, Julia is a true Iowan at heart and began taking pictures at family gatherings and her siblings’ sporting events so she didn’t have to socialize as much.See feature
Lacey is from Kansas City and is currently studying journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. She stared editing photos at age 12 and soon after began shooting with her dad’s digital camera. She made photos of anything and everything; the rest is history.Go somewhere
Born in Springfield, Missouri, but raised in rural Ozark, Lane grew up helping build her family’s farmhouse in between long hikes through a 160-acre wood. She discovered photography around age 12 and is now a freshman at MU.See feature
Maddie is a freshman from Kansas City. She is studying journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism and minoring in French and peace studies. Maddie received her first DSLR camera in seventh grade and has been addicted to photography ever since. When she isn’t taking photographs, you can find her reading, attending concerts, playing soccer, mountain biking or rock climbing.See feature
Group Feature: Paparazzi at Cosmo Skate Park
To kick of the semester and catch up after winter break, the photo department staff decided to take a field trip. We wanted a local place where none of us had shot before; we wanted to put together a gallery as a staff. On a Saturday afternoon, headed to the skate park at Cosmopolitan Park in northern Columbia. Enjoy these images from our adventure off campus and onto the concrete.
A quote by Brené Brown fills the screen during a Circle of Sisterhood meeting in Strickland Hall. The meetings are held every other Tuesday, with each one focusing on a different topic. This week’s topic was “Love Yourself.”
Freshman Anthony Lupo is a Trulaske College of Business Ambassador and a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Cornell Leadership Program and Missouri DECA. He is pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Textile and Apparel Management.
Lupo has profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, and he wears hearing aids in order to hear more accurately, but he said that does not hold him back from excelling in many different aspects of his life.
"I have never let my disability get in the way of doing anything,” Lupo said. “In fact, it actually motivates me to do all that I can to become successful with a disability.”
Bailey Valadez: Songs You Should Be Listening to This Month
With a diverse campus and city comes a diverse taste in music. There are countless platforms of music sharing and downloading, which has made it easy to gain access to and share favorite songs. The trend of making monthly playlists for friends, family or anyone who happens to stumble upon them has become a fad for students and residents alike.
Whether a collection of old, new or all from the same genre, student creators couldn’t stop listening to their music during February. Monthly playlists, or even just song recommendations, are a great way to get exposed to new and diverse music — music that may fall outside your traditional picks and that you may end up enjoying.
Take a look at some of this month’s top recommendations from other students around you:
Thomas Rechenberg, a freshman at Mizzou who is studying documentary journalism, listens to all his music via Apple Music. He tends to listen most when he walks to class; classical is his go-to when he attends the daily study hall hosted by the fraternity he is pledging. “Perfect moments are almost always accompanied by music,” he said.
Thomas's Pick:33 ‘GOD’” by Bon Iver
Kaila Echevarria, a freshman at Mizzou who is pursuing a dual degree in documentary journalism and film studies, listens to all her music on both Apple Music and Spotify. As a musician, music has been a big part of her life for as long as she can remember.
Kaila's Pick:“Free Room (feat. Appleby)” by Ravyn Lenae
Katie Radel, 20, a business and marketing major who works at the store Route in downtown Columbia, says she only listens to music about an hour a day, and mostly when she is with friends. She does enjoy going to concerts, experiencing what most would call “music coming to life.”
Katie's Pick:“Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
Logan Gibson, a freshman majoring in journalism, listens to his music via Apple Music. He finds himself listening to music whenever he walks or drives anywhere. “Sharing music can be as innocent as showing your friends what you like or it can be a way of giving other people an idea of what it feels like to be you,” he said.
Logan's Pick:“Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac
Janie Backs, 22, works at Muse, the clothing store in downtown Columbia. She earned a dual degree in textile and apparel management and marketing with a focus on merchandising and product development. She uses Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud whenever she listens to music, which is “all the time,” she said. “What’s magic about music is that in every race and every gender, it’s something that everybody can resonate with,” she said. “No matter what language we speak, even if we’re a first-world country or a third-world country, everybody has music.”
Janie's Pick:“Eat The Light” by Lotus
Oriana “Ori” Rodriguez, a freshman majoring in strategic communications, listens to all her music via Spotify and is never afraid to sing at the top of her lungs to her favorite songs when surrounded by friends. “I listen to music because I feel like it takes me to a different place,” she said. “Away from my head, away from things that may be happening or any negative feelings.”
Oriana's Pick:“Start a Riot” by BANNERS
Gavin Easley, 20, is visiting his friend Kaila Echevarria from Jefferson City, where he is a business major at Lincoln University. He listens to all his music via iTunes. “Music is art,” he said. “We’re surrounded by it all the time. We’re connected because of it.”
Gavin's Pick:“Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean
Abby Klitzing, 21, is studying textile and apparel management. She started working at Slackers about six months ago. She listens to music most when she is driving or walking around campus. “Whenever I’m having a hard time, music gives me a different place to go,” she said. “You know, dive into whatever that song is about. It detaches me from whatever I’m currently going through.”
Abby's Pick:“Same Drugs” by Chance the Rapper
Emil Lippe: Joy of art drives WildysWorld
For artists, being spontaneous is natural. Stacy Self is an artist with a wild side — a muralist, to be exact. After working in commercial art at the St. Louis City Museum for many years, Self decided to change her ways, skip town with her son Simon, and move to Columbia to start a new life.
"I quit my job at the City Museum, and Simon and I left,” she said. “We just took off, I cut my dreadlocks off and was like 'I'm going into the woods' so I took the name Wildflower.”
Self, who also goes by Wildy, became interested in the idea of making a living off of her own original work but wanted to find a way to bring the community together, so she opened her own studio space, WildysWorld.
"I have created an interactive art studio for the community, for everyone to enjoy art so that everyone can feel the joy of art making and not just looking at it on the wall thinking they're not an artist."
The joy of art making is what drove Wildy to open her new studio. Despite working alone, the space gives plenty of room for positive vibrations that help her with her creative process.
"I like things that don't have answers,” she said. “I like people to think and explore their own imaginations."
Jumping out of a comfortable situation in St. Louis with a steady job was risky, but she said the transition to life in Columbia has gone well. At WildysWorld, groups can come make art for team-building purposes or to just have fun and paint. Once the group is done with the piece that they have all created, Wildy will add the finishing touches and send the art off.
Making murals was not the only goal that Self had in mind when coming to Columbia. In a joint effort with ARTlandish Gallery owner Lisa Bartlett and several other independent artists in Columbia, Self founded Artists for Social Justice.
"She is a fearless artist,” Bartlett said of Self. “I think just being around her is empowering because she just kind of exudes that energy."
The group is still new, but their goal is to put on four major art exhibits throughout 2017 that help spread awareness for social justice.
The first exhibit that Artists for Social Justice put on was the Nasty Women Art Exhibit, which opened in February 2017. Approximately 100 pieces about gender equality were donated to the exhibit. All of the proceeds from the exhibit will go to Planned Parenthood.
In addition to the Nasty Women Art Exhibit, Artists for Social Justice is already planning on their next exhibit which will be about immigrants in the U.S. There is no timetable for the opening of the next exhibit.
Emily Nevils: Columbia Chili Cookoff
Forty-five teams came together with hopes to raise over $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia during 12th Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Feb. 18.
Each team, sponsored by a local business or organization, decorated a booth and prepared chili for participants to taste and judge. At the end of the afternoon, awards are given out for teams’ themes, decorations and the best-tasting chili. Tickets were $18 and the proceeds went towards the Boys and Girls Clubs in Columbia. Participants wandered through the maze of tables and booths, many elaborately decorated, tasting chili from little Dixie cups and voting for their favorites. To finish off the afternoon, the Missouri High Steppers performed a routine in front of a captivated audience.
Valorie Livingston, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia, said that with about 800 people in attendance, the Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Boys & Girls Clubs, which support families and children in need. “The more money we raise, the more kids that they can serve.”
Jessie Dodge: Mizzou Idol returns for 2017 edition
Nine contestants gathered to compete in Mizzou Idol, judged live on Feb. 25. For the first full round, each contestant performed one song and received feedback from the judges. Three were selected for the final round: Jewell Paine, Ian Teoh and Kylie Lawrence, where they performed one final song. Paine’s final round performance of Billy Joel’s “To Make You Feel My Love” captured the win, making her the 2017 Mizzou Idol champion.
Julia Hansen: The Last Six Weeks of Winter
On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. However, temperatures were high throughout the majority of the month, specifically when they hovered in the upper 60s to mid-70s in Columbia for most of the weekend of Feb. 17-19. Students took advantage of the warm weather during this weekend by breaking out their shorts and moving activities outside. Based on these student signs, could spring come earlier at MU than the groundhog predicted?
Photo illustration. The combination of light, literature, and curiosity can wield endless power and influence, seen here with Steven Millhauser’s "Voices in the Night."
Lane Burdette: Small Places, Big Spaces
“All the good pictures here have already been taken.” This was one of my first thoughts after arriving at MU. I envisioned potential photographic angles of Memorial Union, Jesse Hall and Lowry Mall but dismissed each one. Surely all the best shots of these iconic locations already belonged to the hundreds of thousands of photojournalists, artists and hobbyists that have walked Mizzou’s grounds over the past hundred years.
Months later, my search for original MU images would start accidentally when, reclining on the second floor Schurz lounge sofa, I looked up. Four months of this room, this couch, and I’d never looked up. Suddenly, the ceiling was a gradient of smooth color and light, and I was running for my camera: I’d finally found an angle of Mizzou I’d never seen before.
My search for new angles continued through the weeks. Walking back from calculus, I considered road bridge photos. Passing by Jesse, I noticed a wayward fire escape. My regular visits to the Tucker Greenhouse made me consider how few people knew the building was public; I started to plan when I could return with my camera. Overall, my photographic process (which included lying on the ground to get the perfect upshot and leaning too far over a koi pond) earned me odd looks, a waterlogged phone, and (hopefully) some unique images of MU.
Maddie Davis: Day of Doughnuts
Harold’s Doughnuts, located on Ninth Street, celebrated Valentine’s Day with a doughnut bar.After opening the shop in 2015, Michael Urban — the owner and operator — has hosted a Valentine’s Day doughnut bar every year since then.
Urban said that when Harold’s Doughnuts first opened, he came up with a doughnut bar concept that took place every weekend night. Those events were successful, so it prompted him to infuse that idea with a Valentine’s Day celebration.
“Everybody is out and about, looking for things to do that weekend,” he said. “Valentine’s Day is pretty sweet, so we thought that we would try to fit in.”
For the 2017 Valentine’s Day event, Harold’s Doughnuts partnered with Top Ten Wines and The Candy Factory.
Three different kinds of doughnuts headlined the event. The first — called the Coffee Toffee Doughnut — was a Bismarck doughnut filled with made-from-scratch coffee cream and topped with a Nutella drizzle and The Candy Factory’s almond toffee chips.
The second doughnut — named Sweet Love — was a Bismarck doughnut filled with pastry crème filling and glazed with vanilla bean icing. It featured a Candy Factory chocolate-covered strawberry on top.
The third and final doughnut — dubbed Nuts About You — was a long john filled with peanut butter mousse, glazed with chocolate, drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with The Candy Factory’s chocolate-covered Nutter Butters and sweet and salty nuts.
Urban said he is pleased with how well the event has gone for the past three years.
“As long as it continues to do well, we’ll keep doing it,” he said.
Sophia Nedelco: Bringing Mongolia to Mizzou
Mizzou Mongolian Awareness Day, hosted by Multicultural Hour and the Mongolian Culture and History Association, was celebrated Feb. 23 in Memorial Union. About 40 people attended the the free event that began with a presentation about Mongolian culture. After that, participants enjoyed Mongolian music, food and activities such as writing names in Mongolian script and ankle bone games.