The University of Missouri’s held its birthday party at the MU Student Center Tuesday, commemorating 175 years. KBIA’s Emerald O’Brien reports on the celebration.
The festivities kicked off with a speech by the University’s new Chancellor, Richard Bowen Loftin, who’s first year coincides with Mizzou’s 175th. He says he is happy to become a tiger in such a landmark year. “To be part of the celebration, which is going to be not just a one day event but a year-long activity for us, is very important," he said.
Students at the event listened to the speakers and received free t-shirts, cupcakes and ice cream. Taylor Blumenthal and some of her teammates from the Mizzou Golden Girls cheered at the event. She says she was excited to participate. “I love this school so much and I – I just know, when things like this happen, I just know I made the right choice in coming here, and it’s just amazing how much we’ve accomplished in all of 175 years," she said.
Loftin says he is working to get students involved in the celebrations, which will continue throughout the year.