Photo by Shane Epping
Tibetan monks Tezin Tashi and Lobsang Paljor work on a mandala sand painting, an art form dating back to sixth century, as Cody Mangogna and Sierra Gastler take pictures in Ellis Library.
The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery have been working on the mandala all week. The millions of grains of sand used to create it are made from rock and marble and dyed with water color at a monastery in India. A chakpur is used to hold the sand, and a thurma is used to release it. Eight monks will have contributed to the mandala by the time it’s finished at noon Thursday.
The mandala represents the universe in divine form.
Thursday evening the Tibetan monks perform “Sacred Music and Sacred Dance” at 7 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium.
Image of 1978 Halloween Homecoming program cover, featuring a ferocious costumed tiger, courtesy of MU Archives.
We know what scares you this time of year. Midterms. Flu. Longhorns.
Fortunately, Mizzou takes the fear factor down a notch this week for Columbians, providing a monstrously large number of strictly fun frights for trick-or-treaters and their cohorts.
Trick or Treat through Missouri History
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
State Historical Society of Missouri
Learn about bats, bones, ghosts and the spookier side of history at the State Historical Society, located in the Ellis Library building. Bonuses: Face painting, crafts, treats and education. 573-882-7083
Tiger Night of Fun
5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hearnes Center Field House
Trick-or-treat at the Hearnes Center. Come in for a big bash complete with ghouls, ghosts and games. Bonuses: Lots of treats without weather worries. 573-874-7460
Haunted Museum Tour
6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
MU Museum of Art and Archaeology
The museum’s eeriest attractions come to life on Halloween night. Meet in the lobby of Pickard Hall for a guided tour of the building’s dark nooks and creepy crannies. Bonuses: movies and treats. 573-882-3591
Spirits of Mizzou
We can neither confirm nor deny that various buildings on the MU campus are haunted. But we do know where the bodies are buried.
The MU Archives “Spirits of Mizzou” feature provides a map to the grave sites of prominent Tigers whose names should ring a few bells: Jesse, Lathrop, Defoe, Lowry, Rollins, etc. Learn a bit about the lives and accomplishments of the great scholars and university leaders, and/or visit their graves in nearby Columbia Cemetery.
Mizzou students now can flip through a high-circulation national newspaper without getting ink on their fingers—or even making a trip to the news stand.
USA Today has launched an online edition of its publication that college and university students can read for free. If you’re a Mizzou student, you can access the e-edition from the campus server or sign up with your MU e-mail address to have it delivered to your inbox. Read it online, or download it.
Along with the full text from the print newspaper, the online edition offers digital multimedia features such as embedded videos, interactive games, an audio function (to have the newspaper read to you) and feedback options.
Check it out.
Human-Animal Interaction Conference explores the healing powers of furry companions
Tuffy the miniature horse is cute, right? A pet, a mascot, a conversation piece?
Don’t let his stature deceive you. Tuffy is a workhorse. He’s a vital team member in the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) at Mizzou.
Tuffy (right), his colleague Cookie (below) and scores of other animals help researchers investigate the benefits of humans’ relationships with pets. Their participation in HAI studies expands health-care professionals’ knowledge of how animals can help their human companions stay fit, lose weight, recover from illnesses, learn to read, adapt to the aging process, reduce depression and anxiety, and improve their overall well-being. Animals help perform day-to-day tasks for people with disabilities and, in some cases, may even be able to detect cancer in its early stages.
This week ReCHAI hosts the International Society for Anthrozoology Human-Animal Interaction Conference at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. From Oct. 20 through Oct. 25, scientists discuss the roles of human-animal bonds in fields such as in nursing, veterinary medicine, psychology and weight management.
Students in Professor Rebecca A. Johnson’s human-companion animal interaction course circle Cookie the therapy horse. Johnson is the director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction and this week leads a conference about the health benefits human-animal bonds. Photos by Shane Epping.
Marty Becker, a veterinary contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America, gives a special presentation at the conference called “The Power of Love: The science and the soul behind that affection-connection we call The Bond.” Conference-goers also can expect appearances by four-legged experts.