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A Tail of Tradition

Residence halls join student organizations and community groups to celebrate Homecoming 2016

Story and photos by Sarah Sabatke
Published Nov. 2, 2016
Updated Nov. 7, 2016

Shurz 2016 float with Jesse Hall, the Columns and a cutout of Truman the Tiger

Schurz Hall was one of the few residence halls to secure a spot in the 2016 Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 22.

A student paints yellow letters on the window of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Shurz Hall residents joined efforts to paint windows during Decorate the District. Above, Caroline Watkins finishes the lettering on “FEE, FI, FO, FUM!” on the window of Chipotle Mexican grill on Thursday, Oct. 20.

This year’s Homecoming theme was “A ‘Tail’ of Tradition,” and dozens of student groups used their creativity to illustrate a variety of fairytales. Shurz Hall was one of many MU residence halls to participate in the 2016 Homecoming festivities.

The Shurz Hall team, led by Julie Gauthier, joined in efforts by various campus organizations to paint windows downtown as part of Decorate the District, right.

The students continued working up until the night before the parade, carefully replicating Jesse Hall and MU’s iconic columns for their float, above.

"[Homecoming] was really overwhelming because I didn't know what to expect, but it was really fun to represent Schurz," said Gauthier, a freshman biochemistry major from Fenton, Missouri. "The parade was really fun because we partnered with the Honors College to pass out books during the parade."

Saxophone players march in uniform

In keeping with tradition, Marching Mizzou and the Mizzou spirit squads opened the Homecoming Parade.

Students ride on a Boone County Fire District Boat

Thirty-eight student members of the Homecoming Steering Committee plan two weeks of activities around Homecoming. From left are Cameron Rolf, Hannah Yowell, Connor Jordan, Lucy Vogt and Haley Robinson.

Jaden Cox gestures at the crowd from a float decorated with mums and a large

MU wrestler and 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist J’den Cox he waves among applause from supporters and fellow students.

Gamma Phi Beta and FarmHouse float with Truman in a boxing ring

The Gamma Phi Beta sorority and FarmHouse fraternity float features campus icons and Truman in a boxing ring.

Three women cheer from the back of a pick-up truck

Members of the Legion of Black Collegians wave and cheer as they ride in the parade.

Students walk wearing red shirts and Santa Claus hats

Delta Chi fraternity and Chi Omega sorority members walk the parade together.

Women in letter jackets march in the parade

Members of Delta Sigma Theta wave as they walk in the parade.

A student holds a sign with a tiger tail and the letters

Alumni Association Student Board members Cady Lowery and Nathan Snodgrass march with the group down University Avenue.

Parade participants carry a banner that says

Around 60 students, staff, faculty and alumni representing the College of Human Environmental Sciences wear T-shirts and carry a banner proclaiming "No Hate Here."

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Last updated: Aug. 7, 2017