Alex McElvain


Staff positions

  • Reporter
  • Senior Staff Photographer

Photos (25)

  • Photo from Nov. 16, 2009

    Two pepper sprays -- self-defense spray and law enforcement unit spray -- are displayed for sale Monday at Armygear Military Surplus store. Armygear assistant manager Brett Burns said legislation requires police sprays to contain only capsaicin, though other self-defense sprays can contain military-grade tear gas. (Nov. 16, 2009)

  • Photo from Nov. 13, 2009

    Sophomore Kyle McDonald displays the beginning stages of No Shave November on his chin. Beard enthusiasts without as much growing power can also observe variations of the classic holiday, such as Movember, during which participants do not shave their mustaches during the month. (Nov. 13, 2009)

  • Photo from Nov. 12, 2009

    Junior Kyle McDonald gestures to the work in progress growing on his face Thursday at a friend's apartment. An avid beardsman, McDonald was drawn to the No Shave November challenge by the respect he believes beards command. (Nov. 12, 2009)

  • Photo from Sept. 14, 2009

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia made audience members pee themselves at his Sept. 11 Jesse Hall performance. Birbiglia is known for his off-color comedic routines. (Sept. 14, 2009)

  • Photo from Dec. 2, 2008

    Freshman Peter Smith smokes a cigarette outside Hudson residence hall Monday. A bill that would ban smoking campus-wide is up for discussion in the Missouri Students Association Senate. (Dec. 2, 2008)

  • Photo from Nov. 11, 2008

    Veterans Ross Bridges and Aaron Sandbothe raise their glasses in memory of fallen and missing soldiers during the Mizzou Student Veterans Association banquet in Eckles Hall on Monday. At the meeting, it was announced that the MSVA's request for a veterans resource center was approved by Chancellor Brady Deaton. (Nov. 11, 2008)

  • Photo from Oct. 7, 2008

    Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, and Republican opponent Kurt Schaefer confronted higher education issues at a forum last week. Both are in agreement to support the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, which has faced financial issues since the sale of its assets. (Oct. 7, 2008)

  • Photo from Oct. 3, 2008

    Democratic legislative candidates Kelly Schultz and Chris Kelly listen as State Rep. Steve Hobbs, R-Mexico, speaks during a candidate forum Wednesday in Memorial Union. The Associated Students of the University of Missouri invited several local politicians to discuss student issues. (Oct. 3, 2008)

  • Photo from Oct. 2, 2008

    Chi Omega sorority member Lindsay Toler, a senior, speaks in favor of a measure to supply storage bins for predatory drug testing kits to fraternity houses Thursday at a joint student government meeting in Memorial Union. Toler's bill passed unanimously, as did a bill that alters how student fees are collected for campus construction. (Oct. 2, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 29, 2008

    Freshmen Lindsay Kill and Jackie Braznell listen to group leader Vicky Wilson during a Mutual Expectations discussion about large enrollment classes Monday in Memorial Union. The Mutual Expectations dialogues bring together students, faculty and administrators to voice opinions about campus issues. (Sept. 29, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 25, 2008

    Junior Miranda Leppin hangs by puppet strings at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources skit night Monday at the Missouri Theatre. Leppin, an emcee for the event, was reenacting the dance to 'N Sync's 'Bye Bye Bye.' (Sept. 25, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 25, 2008

    MU international students prepare to place their flags around Tiger Spot on Lowry Mall Tuesday during the Country Flags Ceremony. The event took place as part of MU's first-ever International Day. Flags from 42 of MU's 107 student-represented nations were on display. (Sept. 25, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 25, 2008

    Flag-bearers march past Jesse Hall after a ceremony near the Columns on Tuesday. International students dressed in traditional attire for the event, sponsored by the Missouri International Student Council. (Sept. 25, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 25, 2008

    Freshman Phil Klopfenstein listens as Peace Corps campus recruiter Tony White gives a presentation about the program during a seminar Tuesday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium. White stressed the importance of building a positive American reputation internationally. (Sept. 25, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 23, 2008

    Greek students holding signs arrange themselves according to the stages of intimacy during a demonstration Monday in Jesse Auditorium. 'From Friendship to Foreplay,' led by Andrea Mosby-Jones, was part of the new Greek2Greek educational program. (Sept. 23, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 18, 2008

    Efforts are being made to make predatory drug testing kits available soon in fraternity houses. The kits, which test urine samples for date-rape drugs, are currently available in every residence hall and sorority house on campus. (Sept. 18, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 15, 2008

    Senior Andy Mossine examines a solution in a chemistry lab on Monday. Mossine's work with macromolecules may eventually minimize the harmful side effects of chemotherapy by targeting treatment to specific areas of the body. (Sept. 15, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 15, 2008

    Chemistry department chairman and curators' professor Jerry Atwood observes one of senior Andy Mossine's samples in an MU chemistry lab on Monday. Atwood, who was recently honored by The New Journal of Chemistry, oversees Mossine's research. (Sept. 15, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 15, 2008

    Alex McElvain/Staff Photographer Senior Andy Mossine mixes two liquids at an MU chemistry lab on Monday. Mossine looks for crystallized precipitate, which can then be used to determine geometric information about substances. (Sept. 15, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 15, 2008

    Andy Mossine holds up a sample vial for inspection while conducting research on Monday. Mossine said he spends about six hours every day doing research, split between work at two separate labs. (Sept. 15, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 8, 2008

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean leads a Register for Change rally on campus Saturday morning. Dean spoke to about 200 supporters, encouraging them to join efforts to register new Democratic voters before the presidential election. (Sept. 8, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 6, 2008

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean jokes with supporters while signing autographs before a Register for Change rally on campus this morning. (Sept. 6, 2008)

  • Photo from Sept. 5, 2008

    John McCain supporter Trish Hooper watches the senator's acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday at a watch party at Boone Tavern. Hooper organized the sparsely-attended event. (Sept. 5, 2008)

  • Photo from Aug. 26, 2008

    Augustana will be touring with Counting Crows and Maroon 5 this fall. (Aug. 26, 2008)

  • Photo from Aug. 26, 2008

    Augustana frontman Dan Layus performs at this year's Fall Welcome concert Saturday on Hitt Street in front of Memorial Union. The concert was co-sponsored by the Missouri Students Association/Graduate Professionals Council College Music Committee and the Panhellenic Council. (Aug. 26, 2008)

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