If you were on campus this past Thursday, you couldn’t have missed it. First you knew that something wasn’t quite right, everyone and their dog (I’m not exaggerating) were wearing red. Somehow campus was alive from 4:00-6:30 p.m. and Holden was blocked off across the entire stretch of campus. People had war paint on their faces. What are the hooligans up to now some might ask?
Thursday night football! First game of the year following a season Mules fans can hang their hats on. I would say some excitement was in the air. This “street fair” that attracted over 5,000 people in 2010 is truly an underestimated event. Its potential is huge, depending on the direction the school wants to go with it. In class we just broke down the 6 key parts of sticky messages. “Get the Red Out” completed many of the requirements.
Simplicity – “Get the Red Out” is short and sweet and most people can figure out that you need to wear some sort of red clothing for the day. Even better is the fact that most students have a red shirt. Freshmen are given a red alumni in training shirt every year.
Unexpectedness – It isn’t everyday that Holden is closed down, in fact I think Homecoming is the only other time I have seen it happen. Let alone it is shut down for a street fair.
Concreteness – It is the first home football game every year. It isn’t confusing and when people the majority of other people wearing red, they join in. It is human nature.
Emotions – Enjoyable event for everyone, there were bounce houses for kids, taking pictures with Mo, free items given away, and even food.
Credibility – the University is the anchor of this town.
Stories – After everything else builds up this event is supposed to promote “one” cooperative community. The stories told will come from those who attend and are part of the community.
There is one thing that I have noted about this school since transferring here and it is pride. People are proud to go here and people who work here are proud to be connected to it. The community that has been created here lives and dies by the school. Remember after the loss to Northwest last year? The only other time I have ever seen a place that upset was when Mizzou announced Frank Haith as the new mens basketball coach. On Saturday Oct. 8, 2011 I look forward to wearing red, swelling with emotions, watching the mules dominate the bearcats, and loving this school because of the community that has been fostered here.