Students arrive in Colombia with crowded cars and U-Hauls | Pictures

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The students are back. MU freshmen and returning students flocked to Columbia’s campus and downtown throughout the week in preparation for the fall semester. It’s been a week full of U-Hauls, shopping trips, campus activities, and spending time with new and old friends.






Joe Breidecker removes the “vacant” sign from his new mailbox Aug. 10 on University Avenue in Columbia. Breidecker will be a senior this year and is excited to live on East Campus after living at Brookside for the past two years. His girlfriend will live next door.









From left, Hannah Owens, John Owens, Max Owens and Julie Owens move a chest of drawers in Hannah's house

From left, Hannah Owens, John Owens, Max Owens and Julie Owens move a chest of drawers into Hannah’s house August 12 on Wilson Avenue in Columbia. The dresser was purchased from a thrift store in suburban Chicago and was originally dark purple. John Owens spent 15 hours painting it white before driving it in a U-Haul to Columbia. It took three coats.









From left, Leslie Scalzo, Dominic Scalzo and Pete Scalzo load dorm supplies into their car

From left, Leslie Scalzo, Dominic Scalzo and Pete Scalzo load dorm supplies into their car Thursday at a Walmart in Columbia. Dominic Scalzo is a freshman majoring in business.









Ashlyn Green scrolls on her laptop

Ashlyn Green scrolls on her laptop outside Plaza 900 with her favorite writing hanging from her water bottle Thursday at Columbia. Green is graduating in December and has chosen to live in the dorms for her final semester. “I feel like I can be a resource for freshmen,” Green said.









From left, Hannah Brown, Cherikee Morgan, Keria Howard, Sophie Stevens and Lewis Lillard speak in front of the Thomas Jefferson statue

From left, Hannah Brown, Cherikee Morgan, Keria Howard, Sophie Stevens and Lewis Lillard speak in front of the statue of Thomas Jefferson Thursday on the MU campus at Columbia. The group met a few minutes before. “They looked gay, so we came,” Howard said.

From left, Hannah Brown, Cherikee Morgan, Keria Howard, Sophie Stevens and Lewis Lillard speak in front of the Thomas Jefferson statue









Practice members of the Baptist Student Union

Members of the Baptist Student Union train Thursday at Columbia. They were preparing for a bonfire service later that night at 10 p.m. behind the Baptist Student Union building.









Julien Sanjur, left, and Karen Stephen eat ice cream on their first date at Sparkys

Julien Sanjur, left, and Karen Stephen eat ice cream on their first date on Wednesdays at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. Sanjur, a senior, went to Kansas City for the summer, and Stephen, a junior, stayed at Columbia.



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