Even Groucho Marx, the comedian who quipped, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will accept me as a member” could have found something to do at Missouri S&T, where students are welcome to join any of more than 200 different student organizations. Even during the Marx Brothers’ movie-making heyday — in the ’30s and ’40s — Groucho and his brothers easily would have found a student organization on the Rolla campus where they could fit in.
It was a recipe for disaster.
Walter Lounsbery, AE’78, MS AE’85, lived in his landlord’s basement apartment, a small space that had been carved into four little rooms with a common kitchen and bathroom. Despite his lack of cooking skills and a gas oven that had no pilot light, he survived most of his freshman year. He didn’t gain the dreaded “freshman 15,” but he wasn’t starving either.
The Missouri S&T BBQ Club recognizes all styles of barbecue, but their specialty is pulled pork. “There are as many styles and opinions about good barbecue as there are people,” says Kevin Brady, the club’s advisor. “Pulled pork is made from shoulder roasts, sauced with tangy southern sauce, and served on the bun with slaw.”
In the 1980s, Jason McHaney saw an ad for yearbook photographers in the student newspaper, the Missouri Miner. Though he had his doubts, he decided to go to a meeting to get more information. The offices of the yearbook, the Rollamo, were on the third floor of the Rolla Building at the time. “I will always be glad I made the climb up those stairs,” says McHaney, ChE’91.
At the start of each school year, when Missouri S&T’s athletic teams gather for their annual NCAA compliance and informational meeting, director of athletics Mark Mullin opens the meeting by talking about his expectations for the student-athletes in the program.
Step onto the court and, as teams hurl rubber projectiles at each other, it’s pretty clear that quick reflexes are essential for both watching and playing this playground sport. As teams like Buster McThunderstick or Hooligans try to channel moves from Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller, players try their best to dodge the balls that eventually slam into nearby walls.
Lions, dragons and camels paraded through downtown Rolla last fall, illustrating that everyone loves a parade, regardless of their native country.
From the depths of the Earth to the wild blue yonder, study-weary S&T students in need of a break find some pretty unusual places to burn off steam.
Friedman is 45 years old. A retired IBM programmer in Austin, Texas, he lives in an apartment playing the stock market and making collages from pictures cut out of magazines. He is also the main character in Matthew Goldberg’s latest novel. Goldberg teaches creative writing in S&T’s English and technical communication department.