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A centennial celebration Together, the Athletics Department and MAA have worked to make the centennial celebration one to remember for alumni, students , and fans. LINDSEY DAVISON Staff Writer This Saturday marks 100 years of football, rich tradition and togetherness. More significantly, it means coming home. The Mizzou Alumni Association has been working hard to make the centennial Homecoming celebration one to remember. “Homecoming is always a crazy atmosphere,” Executive Director of MAA Todd McCubbin said. “There’s a lot of affinity for Mizzou and Homecoming.
People love to come back. It’s always a special time. I would say the centennial has taken that up a couple notches. People have talked about for a long time, and there’s a big build-up for this weekend, and we’re ready for it.” Although the production is generally put on by MAA, the athletics department plays a major role in making sure the football game and events surrounding the game run smoothly. “Homecoming is run by the Alumni Association, and we partner with them every year,” said Emily Janssen, Director of Marketing for the athletics department. “Obviously, the Homecoming football game is a part of that, and we work together to determine the best home game for that.” From a game standpoint, Janssen said that the production is very similar to last year’s Homecoming game in which MU upset Oklahoma, but that the centennial celebration was
a ticket-booster for this year's installment. “We’re expecting a great crowd,” Janssen said. “It’s the 100th anniversary of Homecoming, and that’s helped us sell a lot of tickets. Compared to last year's Homecoming against Oklahoma and everything that went along with that, they’re very comparable." As far as differences for the centennial, McCubbin noted new events and opportunities provided by MAA, including the Romp, Chomp and Stomp Homecoming tailgating event that will take place in the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle directly after the Homecoming parade Saturday morning. “The name came from an event that happened in the '40s and '50s right here on campus,“ McCubbin said. “We think it’s cool to bring that back and have a live band, food, drinks and all of that. We’re going to have close to 3,000 people attending that, so that will be a nice, big
event and a great way to celebrate Homecoming.” McCubbin also noted that several alumni return for the Homecoming tradition and are interested in touring the campus. The number of tour guides available is limited, though, because this is a prime time for prospective students to visit campus as well. To solve this problem, MAA partnered with several other departments to create an audio tour that is free of cost and features special Homecoming landmarks and traditions. The most evident change in this year’s Homecoming compared to previous Homecomings is the atmosphere that the centennial brings. “While campus gets excited for Homecoming every year, this year that excitement seems to be amplified even more,” MAA Coordinator of Student Programs for MAA Caroline Bien said in an email. “Many
campus departments and entities have worked to promote and celebrate Homecoming in different ways.” The new level of energy is something that the athletic department is bracing for. “As far as the atmosphere, it goes hand-in-hand with having a large crowd there, and we’re expecting to have a huge crowd on Saturday,” Janssen said. Even the football team is feeding off of the new level of energy.“I’m sure the intensity and emotions of the crowd will really do a good job of helping us,” senior safety and captain Kenji Jackson said. “I know it helps me play when the crowd is really into it. It’s fun to play in those types of atmospheres. It can be a spark for us and help us to victory.” The Tigers will hit the gridiron against Iowa State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Faurot Field.
MISSOURI FOOTBALL 1)
FIFTH DOWN DENIES TIGERS VICTORY
31 33 In one of the most infamous games in college football lore, Missouri was denied an upset victory when officials lost track of the drive and allowed Colorado to score on a fifth down. OCT. 6, 1990
31 12 Nebraska had beaten MU by a combined score of 98-0 the two previous years, but special teams and defense pushed Missouri to victory. It remains as the highest-ranked foe any Tiger team has ever beaten, and it took 30 years for Missouri to best Nebraska in Columbia again. OCT. 13, 1973
AS MISSOURI CELEBRATES ITS 100TH HOMECOMING, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE MOST IMPORTANT GAMES IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL HISTORY.
MOVES TO 2) MUNUMBER 1 MISSOURI VS
36 28 As storied as the Border War rivalry had been, the Tigers and Jayhawks had never met in a game with so much on the line. With the momentous, program-changing win, Missouri earned ultimate bragging rights over its rivals. NOV. 24, 2007
TO THE 3) WELCOME SPOTLIGHT MISSOURI VS
36 27 Never in Tigers history has a game with such hype exceeded every expectation. With ESPN and ABC setting the spotlight on Columbia for a day, Missouri stepped up and shocked the nation. OCT. 23, 2010
SHATTERS 5) SMITH NEBRASKA HEX MISSOURI VS
31 24 Missouri hadn't come close to beating Nebraska in 25 years. Quarterback Brad Smith led the Tigers back from a 17-point deficit to break the losing streak in front of the third largest Faurot Field crowd since 1995. OCT. 11, 2003
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Missouri needs to find a conference before the music stops Not a soul exists within the University of Missouri network that doesn’t understand the gravity of the school’s current conference alignment issue. Everyone has a dog in the fight; some bark louder than others. But to take the fullest bite of the grave situation, one must first chew the pre-game food for thought necessary to a making a confident and informed call:
The Factors: Academics, money, stability, prestige, competitive outlook. These are the major headliners of breaking down a decision such as this, in a very roughly ranked order. The Tip of the Iceberg: A metaphorical matchup between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 is what we can visualize, but Missouri doesn’t need to just decipher between the two conferences. It needs to feel confident that where it is going is actually where it wants to be. In the broad categories of money, athletics and academics, the Big Ten is certainly the ideal destination. Although the league isn’t going to expand without Notre Dame’s membership, one can’t blame Missouri for exploring the possibility a final time (though these discussions need to take place behind closed doors.) The Academic Standard: This publication has voiced many concerns regarding the academic impact of a conference switch, which is an enormous factor considering the foregrounds these athletics programs actually represent. One must also remember that academic revenue will also always outweigh athletics revenue. In a breakdown of U.S. News & World Report college rankings, the SEC has an average ranking of 95 for 13 schools. The Big 12 boasts an average of 106 for nine schools after TCU joined this week. Missouri would give the SEC just its fourth Association of American Universities member out of 14 schools. It would give the new Big 12 just as many. It's clear that a move to the SEC really wouldn’t impede Missouri’s academic conference standing, but it also doesn’t offer much improvement. Missouri has an obligation to search for that improvement. Wins over Record: While contemplating Missouri’s potential to win in the SEC is important, it surely cannot be a reason to join or not join. It’s about the long-haul. Programs are granted the opportunity for growth within the confines of the system. Missouri won’t be an Alabama, ever, just as it won’t be an Oklahoma. The idea is that a program that invests in quality leadership and system can blossom into a quality program to some degree. A Safe Seat: Maybe Missouri can have more success in the Big 12. Maybe the revenue will work itself out. Or maybe the entire league will fold like a house of cards, and the Tigers will be left wondering why they didn’t take the opportunities once laid before them. Reservations about the SEC are most certainly justified: in our perfect world, Missouri would join a conference with immense academic prestige in a region defined by more than Saturdays in the fall. Ideally, Missouri is going to continue to foster a growing academic and athletic reputation, and to do so on a bigger stage yields rewards even a stable Big 12 cannot match. Missouri can continue to play musical chairs if it wishes, but we all know what it’s like to be the one without a seat when the music stops. The SEC won’t have this chair open for long. The music might not last for much longer, either.
Hungry Tigers welcome Homecoming Missouri football hopes a celebratory Columbia atmosphere will kick-start its season. NATE ATKINS Associate Editor On last year’s Homecoming, Missouri played host to both ESPN’s “College GameDay” for the first time in school history and to a nationally televised primetime matchup between its No. 11 Tigers and the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners. The Tigers pulled off the upset, celebrated at midfield with a crowd that would soon carry the goal posts out of the stadium and created one of the nation’s premier images of the 2010 college football season. This season’s Homecoming football game doesn’t exhibit quite the flash. The unranked Tigers will play the unranked Iowa State Cyclones Saturday
at Faurot Field. The game isn’t in primetime; in fact, it will not even air on TV. But it is the centennial Homecoming game, a historic marker for the nesting grounds of a tradition started at Missouri in 1911 and honored at colleges all across the nation today. And when it’s Homecoming at Faurot, that’s all the flash some may ever need. “I’m sure the intensity and the emotion from the crowd will really do a good job helping us,” senior safety and captain Kenji Jackson said. “I know it helps me play when the crowd is really into it. It’s fun to play in those (types) of atmospheres.” The Tigers could use an energy boost. At a disappointing 2-3, the team hasn’t won a game since its last appearance at Faurot Field, a 69-0 victory over Western Illinois on Sept. 17. Rather, it’s fallen to three teams currently ranked in the Top 25 – No. 18 Arizona State, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 17 Kansas State — all on the
Missouri hopes its 100th homecoming celebration is topped off with its sixth win in seven years. PAT IVERSON Sports Editor
road, all in the form of fourth quarter comeback attempts that weren’t meant to be. “These guys are hurt,” senior tight end Michael Egnew said after Saturday’s 24-17 loss to Kansas State. “It always hurts when you lose to tough competitors.” The Tigers hope the return home will improve their fortunes. Iowa State enters the contest at 3-2, hungry to reach just its second bowl game in six years. Aware that it can’t take an opponent for granted in its own desperate plight for a win, Missouri has spent the week searching for it's strengths rather than dwelling on the unchangeable. “There’s not magic out there," coach Gary Pinkel said. "I don’t wake up and (think), ‘Boy, I hope things work out, I hope we win.' That doesn’t work. You win because you prepared well, you play well and you’re coached well.” Such preparation paid off in years past against Iowa State, which hasn’t beaten Missouri
since 2006. Last year’s 14-0 loss to the Tigers ended the Cyclones’ season, leaving them one win shy of bowl eligibility. This season, the Tigers hope to generate more points on an Iowa State defense that has allowed 33 points per game this season. To reach their offensive goals, the Tigers will have to find better ways to capitalize on offensive production by scoring early and converting on field goal and third down attempts, all struggles that have plagued the Tigers through their first five games. In Pinkel's words, magic can’t cure the Tigers. Lessons learned from the disappointment, however, might. “We can’t forget this is a game we love, and it’s going to bring some hard times,” Jackson said. “But it’s ultimately going to make us better players, better coaches, and we’re going to learn from the mistakes we’ve made and do better.”
MU to stream Iowa State game online The Iowa State game was left off the Big 12 television package this weekend. PAT IVERSON Sports Editor
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Missouri’s centennial Homecoming against Iowa State will be a historic day for both the university and the Athletics Department. After the game was left off this weekend’s Big 12 Conference television package, the MU athletics department announced Wednesday the Iowa State Homecoming game would be streamed live online for the first time in Tiger football history. The broadcast will be free for Mizzou AllAccess subscribers, but will cost non-subscribers $9.95 to view. The video feed on the webcast will be similar to the one on the scoreboard at Faurot Field while the Mizzou Radio Network broadcast will provide the audio. The Big 12 will air four games on FX, Fox Sports Net, ABC and ESPN2, but Missouri’s game is not included. It will be the second conference game in as many weeks that won’t be televised, since Oklahoma State’s game at Kansas last week was not broadcast. Each of Missouri’s eight games was televised last season. The announcement comes only a few months before the department launches the Missouri Network, an online-based sports network that will be free to the public. The network is set to broadcast multiple sporting events, including at least one football game. According to a report in the Kansas City Star last month, the university wishes to keep the network free of charge. Instead of being a source of revenue, the school hopes it will positively impact recruiting. There is no indication whether the Iowa State webcast will be a preview of things to come from the network. An MU spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
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“Romp, Chomp, Stomp” was adopted as the motto for spirit pep rallies.
In MU’s first Homecoming game against KU ended in a 3-3 tie. Ten thousand people attended the game. There had always been a border battle between MU and the University of Kansas, but in 1911, MU’s Director of Athletics Chester L. Brewer invited alumni to “come home” for the game against KU that year. More than 9,000 fans were present for the game that year.
The “Thundering Thousand” student spirit group was created.
“All-School” Homecoming dance was established.
Homecoming was cancelled because of an influenza epidemic.
MU alumni were called to “come home” to MU to make sure attendance for Homecoming games would be high. The “Old Grads” walked in a parade before the MU vs. KU Homecoming game in 1913.
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Thirty-two thousand people attended the game.
Fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha present its house decorations during Homecoming.
1954 Students gather for the “Romp, Stomp, Chomp!” rally in the Brewer Field House during Homecoming in 1946.
Homecoming attendees gath the MU Homecoming bonfi
MU played Nebraska during the 1929 Homecoming game.
A float designed by art stude displayed during the Homec parade.
The Tigers beat then No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners 36-27. Not only was it the Homecoming game, but it was the first time in school history that the campus hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay,” in which it set an unofficial attendance record of more than 18,000. After pulling off the upset of the top-ranked Sooners, MU fans stormed the field for the first time since 2005. The victory catapulted Missouri to a 7-0 start and to a No. 6 ranking in the BCS the following week.
orated cars drive in the mecoming Parade in downtown umbia during the 1963 mecoming events.
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The tradition of Homecoming King and Queen was started.
Throughout its history, it was only the Homecoming queen that was crowed. In 1977, Kappa Alpha Theta nominated Don Downing for Homecoming King. During his time at MU, Downing was a senator of Missouri Students Association, president of Phi Eta Sigma and a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board. He now serves on the Board of Curators 34 years later.
The 100th Homecoming Game comes against Iowa State.
More than 48,000 people came to the game against Texas, an MU win.
Mort Walker came to MU to celebrate Homecoming.
A student donates blood at the blood drive (above) and sorority girls perform Homecoming skits. (below).
MSA crowns a queen for the 1990 homecoming festivities.
A Homecoming celebration on the quad.
The Homecoming ceremony at the football game.
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Greek Life community shows off talent
Chapter pairings displayed their singing, acting and dancing abilities. Katie Yaeger Staff Writer
After weeks of running lines, blocking scenes and choreographing dances, MU’s Homecoming Talent competition gave the entire MU community a reason to celebrate. Community members gathered at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night in Jesse Auditorium to watch Greek Life houses group up to perform original skits. Each group incorporated elements of MU into skits centered around a specific celebration. “I feel like you can’t go wrong with the celebration theme,” Kappa Delta President Rose Eppensteiner said. Pi Beta Phi President Julie Vossbrink said she saw the chapters incorporate more creativity into this year’s skits. “In previous years, we were supposed to focus a lot on Homecoming,” Vossbrink said. “Truman would save the day. This year, a lot of chapters went outside the box and did things differently than they’re used to.” Monday night began with Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Order’s “Into the Woods: A HallowHomecoming.” Three witches cast a spell during Delta Gamma’s Halloween party, turning four guests into the characters they portrayed. A guest dressed as Little Red Riding Hood received help from the Big Bad Wolf and saved her friends from the wrath of the witches’ curse. Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Delta Chi took the stage for the second performance of the night. “A Very Jewish Christmas” told the story of how Santa’s Jewish accountant debates whether to take Christmas off and celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah with his family. In Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Tau Delta’s “Homecoming Olympics,” Columbia hosted these coveted athletic games. Announcers narrated competitions between teams from countries such as the United States, Canada and “Fratopia.” Truman leaded Team USA to win the Homecoming game. Phi Mu, Phi Delta Theta and Phi Kappa Psi’s skit, “Truman Goes to the Masters,” showed how Truman wins the Putt-Putt National Championship so he could rebuild Faurot Field and save Homecoming. Alpha Chi Omega and Lambda Chi Alpha wrapped up Monday’s
Clayton Hotze and Justin Pierce/Staff Photographers
Members of Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Theta preform their skit, “The Real Founders of America,” on Wednesday night at Jesse Hall. Winners will be announced with the Homecoming final announcements 8 p.m. Sunday on the steps of Jesse Hall.
performances with “Pride and Presidents,” in which presidents came to life during a field trip to the Presidents’ museum. A student helped restore peace between the fighting presidents. Audience members returned Tuesday for a second night of highenergy performances. Gamma Phi Beta and Pi Kappa Alpha began the night with their Kentucky Derby skit, where a jealous competitor tried to slip award-winning horse Zoomin Truman sleeping pills, but the eccentric character Helga diverted his efforts. Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Gamma Sigma and Tau Kappa Epsilon portrayed a wedding gone wrong in their skit, “An Ex-traordinary Wedding.” When the groom’s ex-girlfriend impersonated the bride and married him, the wedding singer and the rest of the cast of characters helped the groom realize his mistake. Alpha Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Nu depicted pre-college woes with their skit, “The Disasterous Acceptance Letter.” In the skit, a jealous father-son duo attempted to exchange another student’s MU acceptance letter with a false rejection letter, but were caught by the other
boy’s father. Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho and Beta Sigma Psi ended Tuesday night by parodying a popular MTV show, “My Super Sweet Sixteen.” Truman’s younger sister, Trudy, plans an extravagant birthday celebration coinciding with the centennial Homecoming in “Trudy’s Super Sweet Sixteen.” Wednesday night began with “Billy’s Birthday Nightmare,” performed by Pi Beta Phi and Pi Kappa Phi. The night before his birthday, character Billy dreamed the clown his mother hired kidnaps him. Billy’s toys then came to life and save Billy from the wrath of the clown alongside Billy’s mother and his admirer, Ruth. Delta Delta Delta and Delta Upsilon’s “Late Night in Ireland” follows Truman and friends in a quest to the rainbow which will restore Truman’s coloring from a curse from a leprechaun that turned it green. In Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi and Sigma Pi’s “Who Dropped the Ball?,” a couple from the ‘50s accidentally transported to 2011 in a time machine but returned to their rightful time period before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve. Chi Omega, FarmHouse and
Kappa Sigma incorporated magic into their celebration with “When Voodoo Takes Over Mizzou.” In the skit, Iowa State’s mascot, Cy the Cardinal, stuck a pin into a voodoo doll of Truman, temporarily ending his school spirit. An MU student stole the voodoo doll, removed the pin and restored Truman’s enthusiasm. Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Theta ended the performances with a twist on American history entitled “The Real Founders of America.” After the British captured several American colonists, colonist Dolores romantically entices Commodore Daughtry, leading to the release of the colonists and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Michelle Gerchen, assistant director of Alpha Chi Omega’s skit, said the talent competition came together well. “I think everyone worked really hard, and it definitely showed,” Gerchen said. “You see the personality of each house in each skit, and it was cool to see everyone else’s.” Recordings from all three nights can be viewed online. Winners will be announced with the Homecoming final announcements 8 p.m. Sunday on the steps of Jesse Hall.
TALENT PAIRINGS Monday, Oct. 10
Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Order "Into the Woods: A HallowHomecoming" Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Delta Chi "A Very Jewish Christmas" Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Tau Delta "Homecoming Olympics" Phi Mu, Phi Delta Theta and Phi Kappa Psi "Truman Goes to the Masters" Alpha Chi Omega and Lambda Chi Alpha "Pride and Presidents"
Tuesday, Oct. 11 Gamma Phi Beta and Pi Kappa "Kentucky Durby" Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Gamma Sigma and Tau Kappa Epsilon "An Ex-traordinary Wedding" Alpha Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Nu "The Disastrous Acceptance Letter" Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho and Beta Sigma Psi "Trudy's Super Sweet Sixteen"
Wednesday, Oct. 12 Pi Beta Phi and Pi Kappa Phi "Billy's Birthday Nightmare" Delta Delta Delta and Delta Upsilon "Late Night in Ireland" Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi and Sigma Pi "Who Dropped the Ball?" Chi Omega, FarmHouse and Kappa Sigma "When Voodoo Takes Over Mizzou" Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Theta "The Real Founders of America" CASEY PURCELLA | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
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restaurants prepare HOMECOMING EVENTS CALENDAR Downtown for Homecoming weekend Many downtown establishments said the day of the game is their busiest of the year. DANIEL SHAPIRO Staff Writer
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than $2. Harpo’s general manager Jared Ater said the restaurant is hosting multiple parties for Homecoming weekend. “We have partnered up with the MU Alumni Association and we are hosting two separate university parties on Friday," Ater said. "One is for Greek Life and then we are hosting the Mizzou Homecoming Steering Committee Reunion.” Ater also said Harpo’s has been streaming Talent productions all week. Harpo’s will have more staff on hand and will set up auxillary bars, work on selling their retail and feature their new smoked wings, Ater said. “We treat these weekends differently,” Ater said.
1: Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Tau Delta 2: Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Theta 3: Delta Delta Delta, Delta Upsilon 4: Alpha Chi Omega. Lambda Chi Alpha 5: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Beta Sigma Psi 6: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon 7: Alpha Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Nu 8: Pi Beta Phi, Pi Kappa Phi 9: Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha 10: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Chi 11: Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi 12: Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Kappa Alpha 13: Phi Mu, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi 14: Chi Omega, Farmhouse
Columbia restaurants and bars have decided to spice up their traditional weekend plans for the centennial MU Homecoming celebration. Locations such as Shakespeare’s Pizza, Tropical Liqeurs and Harpo’s are opening their doors early Saturday. Shakespeare’s will open a little earlier than normal and Trops will open at 9 a.m. as opposed to 12 p.m. Harpo’s will
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open at 6 a.m., the earliest they are allowed to open. Shakespeare’s marketing manager Kurt Mirtsching said Shakespeare’s kitchen will stay open later to accommodate the larger-than-normal crowds. “We’re not doing anything special, just what we always do, but a lot more of it,” Mirtsching said. “Homecoming has been our biggest day ever the past couple of years.” Campus Bar and Grill will sell their menu items at regular prices instead of their traditional discounts because of the anticipated business that comes with Homecoming weekend. Bambino’s Italian Café plans to have drink specials during and after the game, during which no drink will be more
> Homecoming Headquarters; - Reynolds Alumni Center > Reynolds Alumni Circle Drive > 10 a.m.-7 p.m. -Homecoming check in and alumni social event > 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Greek Town -Campus Decorations -Spirit Rally @ 7:30
100th Homecoming Royalty Legion of Black Collegians Homecoming Royalty was announced at the annual Homecoming Ball on Wednesday night. Homecoming Royalty will be announced at the MU vs. Iowa State football game Saturday. Of the 10 students on Homecoming Court, a King and Queen will be chosen.
Compiled by Katie Yaeger and Bailey Otto, of The Maneater staff Photos by Justin Yang, staff photographer, and courtesy of Mizzou Alumni Association
MICHAEL HOWALD -Senior -Political science major -From Chesterfield -Nominated by Delta Sigma Phi
TYLER KEEL -Senior -Industrial engineering major -From Lee’s Summit -Nominated by Beta Sigma Psi
DANIEL O’CONNOR -Senior -Finance and real estate major -From Cameron -Nominated by Delta Tau Delta
ZACH PAROLIN -Senior -Strategic communications major -From Parkville -Nominated by the Alumni Association Student Board
NICK PELLEGRINI -Senior -Finance mathematics major -From Danville, Ill. -Nominated by Delta Tau Delta
ASHLEY DAVIDSON -Senior -Biochemistry and nutritional sciences double major -From Joplin -Nominated by Kappa Kappa Gamma
SARAH BOWMAN -Senior -Occupational therapy major -From Springfield, Mo. -Nominated by Kappa Kappa Gamma
MELANIE MASON -Senior -Biological sciences major -From Macomb, Ill. -Nominated by Global Medical Brigades
TAYLOR MINGER -Senior -Family and consumer sciences education major -From Naperville, Ill. -Nominated by Kappa Delta
KING: REGINALD WILSON -Senior -Broadcast journalism major with a minor in sociology -From St. Louis
QUEEN: ASHLEY EDWARDS -Senior -Business marketing major with a minor in human development and family studies -From St. Louis
KAM PHILLIPS -Senior -Social work major -From Fort Worth, Texas -Nominated by Dream Outside the Box PRINCE: DESHAWN WOODARDS -Junior -Communications major and business minor -From Chicago
DUCHESS: BRIDGET BRADLEY -Sophomore -Pre-Journalism major and business marketing minor -From Washington, D.C.
PRINCESS: ASHLEY CARPENTER -Junior -Psychology and sociology double major with a minor in women and gender studies -From Downers Grove, Ill.
DUKE: ZACHARY MCGOWAN -Sophomore -Convergence journalism major -From Kansas City, Mo.
COUNTESS: DANIELLE POLLARD -Freshman -Physical therapy major -From Chicago
COUNT: DONOVAN CHARLESTON -Freshman -Accounting major -From Alton, Ill.
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From first Homecoming King to curator TUCKER MOORE Staff Writer While students across campus are looking forward to the centennial Homecoming celebration, UM System Board of Curators member Don Downing is instead taken back 44 years to when he was nominated as MU’s first Homecoming King. In 1977, Downing made history as the first MU student to earn the title. Previously, MU had only ever elected a Homecoming Queen, but decided that year to join the small group of schools that also chose Kings. Downing said it was a new concept to the students on campus. “No one had even heard of a Homecoming King before,” he said. The Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity originally nominated Downing. Then, every living unit was allowed to nominate a senior for the Homecoming court, including
residence halls and Greek Life houses. In the weeks following, Downing, along with four other finalists, had undergone multiple interviews with alumni, trips around the state to promote MU and a student vote. The announcement of Downing’s victory came at a breakfast at the Hearnes Center on the day of Homecoming. For him, the achievement was worth more than just a crown. “My father was there, and was very proud,” Downing said. “My mother had passed away the year before, and it made me proud to promote the school I cared about so much.” A native of Kennett, Downing now works as an attorney in St. Louis. He said winning the title had an effect on the rest of his time at MU. He was involved in the Missouri Students Association, and after the nomination was asked to be the campaign manager for the next MSA presidential election. Later,
Downing was appointed the Presidential Assistant of Student-Faculty Committees. He attributes part of his later success in MSA to his Homecoming victory. “People knew me from Homecoming, and I don’t think I could have gotten the MSA job without it,” he said. Since Downing’s election, much has changed with the Homecoming Royalty process. Mizzou Alumni Association Director Todd McCubbin said candidates are no longer nominated from living units, but rather from student organizations. Instead of traveling the state to promote the university, the Homecoming finalists participate in many activities and service projects around campus. Now, the King and Queen are crowned during halftime of the football game. Despite changes, some aspects remain the same. “It’s a cornerstone tradition of the
Homecoming celebration,” McCubbin said. “Royalty candidates proudly represent themselves, their campus organization and the university.” Downing has witnessed these changes from a unique vantage point. He now serves on the UM System Board of Curators. Downing is working with the board to improve faculty salaries and obtain more research funds. He has two sons that attend the university and tries to make it to at least one football game a year. Downing said he believes the tradition of Homecoming has been preserved extremely well. Although there might be more activities now, the structure is very much the same. “The students are still proud of their school,” Downing said. “The school spirit is still alive and well.”
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