St. Pat’s: No. 104-119

Our St. Pat’s story was born of mischief and rebellion, but it has evolved into something that gives the campus its “best-ever” tradition.

No. 104: Alice
Alice doesn’t live here anymore. But from the early ’60s until the late ’90s, this vat of goo was an integral part of the St. Pat’s experience. Dozens of knights had the honor of being “baptized” into Alice.

No. 105: Cudgels
Walk carefully and carry a big, big stick.

106_George.jpgNo. 106: George Menefee
Our first St. Pat ever.




107_PaintedStreets.jpgNo. 107: Painted streets
Fortified by a pre-dawn breakfast of biscuits and gravy, St. Pat’s alumni trek to Pine Street on the morning of the parade to paint it green. 6 a.m. never looked so green.



108_Shillelaghs.jpgNo. 108 : Shillelaghs
Walk carefully and carry a not-so-big stick. Just don’t take it into the classroom.



No. 109: St. Pat’s Ball
In the big band era, the ball was a big deal. In recent years, this tradition has been revived.

No. 110: Snake Invasion
This isn’t Ireland, so we have to drive the snakes off campus before St. Pat’s arrival every March. Students use their walking sticks to bludgeon the critters — and occasionally bite their heads off. (It’s OK. The snakes aren’t real.)

No. 111: St. Pat’s buttons
Button, button, who’s got the button?

No. 112: Sweatshirts
“Got your green yet?” Every year, St. Pat’s reps hawk this apparel all over town, in all kinds of weather. For many alumni, the sweatshirts become heirlooms, passed down through generations.

No. 113: St. Pat’s Jackets
When baby reps grow up, they get a jacket and they don’t take it off — at least in public — until they graduate. As the jackets age, they tend to fade … and ripen.

114_StPatsBoard.jpgNo. 114: St. Pat’s Board

Is it a board or a committee? Only the board (or committee) knows for sure. Either way, this is the group that makes St. Pat’s the Best Ever, year after year.



No. 115: Stooge-a-Thon
Nyuk. Nyuk. Nyuk. What better way to cap off a day full of follies than to catch the knucklehead antics of Moe, Larry and Curly (or Shemp, Joe or Curly Joe) on the big screen? Those “Three Stooges” shorts we used to watch on Saturday mornings played late nights in downtown Rolla movie theaters during St. Pat’s past.

116_Queen.jpgNo. 116: Queen of Love and Beauty
Love and beauty reigns. But don’t forget about peace, happiness, chastity, virtue, desire, ecstasy, honor and devotion. (We’re not making this up.)



No. 117: Follies
Green people! Green dogs! Sometimes green pot-bellied pigs! Attempts at humor! St. Pat’s Follies are sometimes silly, occasionally crude, and always part of the Best Ever tradition.

No. 118: Manure spreader
What other campus has a tradition involving a manure spreader? St. Pat and his crew have been riding into Rolla on such a contraption for more than a century.

No. 119: St. Pat statue
For almost 40 years, St. Pat resided in the library under the false pretense that he was bronzed. (The statue was actually made of plaster.) Originally commissioned in 1970, the pattern for the statue was made by St. Louis sculptor Rudy Torrini. Now St. Pat
really is bronze and keeps watch over the library from his station north of Toomey Hall.

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