Students share memories of Tiger Walk

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Some students remember the symbolism of Tiger Walk, a school tradition for incoming freshmen.

Their procession through the columns, from one side of Francis Quadrangle to another, serves as a rite of passage into life at MU.

Other students remember the free food.

Carrie Bien, the coordinator of student programs for the Mizzou Alumni Association, which sponsors the event, said the Tiger Stripe ice cream is definitely part of the celebration.

"We let the balloons go, and it's a mad race for the ice cream," Bien said.

Most MU students have had some taste of Tiger Walk. The Alumni Association estimates that at least 80 percent of freshmen participate each year.

Here's what some MU students had to say about that experience:

"I remember the girls I met from my dorm. We all went there in our matching T-shirts from the dorm. And so it was bonding for the girls in the building. And it was just fun to see how excited the other freshmen were." — Imani Dyson, class of 2013

"I just remember everybody got behind the columns and we were told to rush through, and then they had ice cream at the end. ... I guess the thing is, they say if you don't walk you won't graduate — or something like that." — Sam Jersak, class of 2011

"I was a freshman in the band, so I got to run through in the first wave and then got to play for the kids who came through afterwards. So it's like a huge thing, you know. It's my first year and my first time and I'm also playing for people too, so it was really nice." — Kevin Jerez, class of 2011

Allie Mutz, class of 2010, participated in both Tiger Walk and Tiger Prowl, a similar ceremony where graduating students walk through the columns — this time away from Jesse Hall — to symbolize their exit from the university.

"Especially the senior one, it was just a lot of excitement and anticipation for the future and what we were going to be doing afterwards," she said. "I thought it was a neat symbolism thing. I really liked going through the columns. I thought it was cool. I like that tradition of Mizzou."

Bien said the whole city is invited to come watch Tiger Walk, which will feature performances by Marching Mizzou and the Golden Girls.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

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