COLUMBIA — Jack Brand remembers the costume he wore at a Halloween party on the MU campus in the mid-'70s.
A former resident adviser in Hatch Hall, Brand was dressed as a conehead with another staff member, Dave McAllister.
"We got a couple of highway markers and cut off the base," McAllister said, describing their costumes.
Fond memories, like this one, returned when Brand, McAllister and six other former resident advisers of Hatch and Schurz halls reunited Friday to see how the halls had changed.
After gathering for a group picture of former and current advisers outside Hatch Hall, the group went inside to tour the 6th floor.
Then and Now
The former advisers walked through the halls in amazement. The hallway is now carpeted and the floor plan looks different. The space that was once where the advisers lived has been converted into a lounge area.
When the group reconvened in the first floor lounge, the former and current advisers sat in a circle and discussed the changes.
In the '70s, Hatch and Schurz halls became coed. At the time, men and women lived on separate floors. Today, the floors are coed.
Also, the former advisers relied on different technology to communicate while on call. Instead of the cell phones, they had the "bat phone," a landline phone installed on each floor.
"A lot of the things have changed, but the general feel of the floor is similar," Brand said. "It looks like it's gotten a face lift."
McAllister, who worked in Schurz Hall, noted that the rooms look more comfortable and functional.
Brand also noted a change in the relationships between the advisers and their residents. While Brand's job had more of a policing role, the current advisers focus on building community.
What Brand values most from his experience as an adviser are the relationships he built with other staff members. He made close friends and still maintains those friendships.
"I met a lot of good students on the floor and forged some lifetime friendships," McAllister said.
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