It’s St. Patrick’s Day. It brings back college memories. Some of you may wonder why a small engineering college in the middle of nowhere Missouri would have a large St. Pat’s celebration. Well, here’s a piece of trivia to for the deep, dark recesses of your brain – St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineering. What better excuse for a big party?
This year is MSM/UMR/MST’s* 100th “Best Ever”. I got my green for the first time ever – the special addition hoodie.
Some things that only my fellow Miners will understand:
- “Kill the snake, freshman! Kill the snake!” (Try explaining to a foreign student why a guy was beating the head off a rubber snake with a small tree while a guy was yelling at him like a maniac.)
- “Get your green!”
- “Only X days until the best ever!”
* The university began as Missouri School of Mines (MSM) in the late 1800s. Sometime mid-1900s the name was changed to University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). I graduated from UMR in 1996. Over the last few years, for some reason it’s been in vogue for Missouri colleges to change their names. So as of January 1, 2008, MSM-UMR is no longer. It is now Missouri University of Science & Technology or Missouri S & T or MST for short. I don’t like it. They’d just better not mess with Joe Miner with his pick ax, pistol and slide ruler.