Poster sale at MU is colorful start to new school year

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 8:05 p.m. CDT
Students gathered under a tent at Lowry Mall to look for posters for their new rooms.

COLUMBIA MU freshman Nathan Sackman flipped through dozens of posters around noon Friday at MU's Lowry Mall as he tried to find the perfect images to decorate his new dorm room at the annual poster sale sponsored by the Department of Student Life.

“I like that they are doing it because the walls in my dorm are so empty,” Sackman said. “It lets me bring a little bit of creativity in there.”

Sackman was among dozens of college students who endured the heat and sweated under the big tent while perusing the hundreds of colorful posters lying on tables for sale. Although Sackman was primarily interested in the more abstract offerings, others at the sale gravitated toward posters of their favorite bands, movies, athletes and sports teams.

Alexander Rosca, the cashier, said everything from music to TV, movies, icons and a bunch of other arts are popular at MU.

“Sports is definitely the biggest hit here. People love sports here," he said.

Adam Roland, a freshman journalism major who plays for the Missouri football team, is excited about a poster of Bo Jackson that he found.

“I used to have some Mizzou posters in my room before I came here,” he said. He bought a poster of “Heisenberg,” his favorite character from the TV show “Breaking Bad.”

MU freshman Jessica Luu got a free MU shirt from another school opening event and was also really excited about the poster sale.

“I think it’s a great way to show students that colleges are a lot different than high school, and there are a lot of activities that are happening around school. So you can really get involved with everything,” she said.

For freshmen who don’t know many people at MU yet, semester opening events such as the poster sale have gotten them geared up for the new semester.

“I really do like beginning when everyone just moves in, like especially before classes, because it just gives us so much time to meet other people,” Sackman said. “I’ve met so many people just within the first couple of days living here, and I think it’s great that they have this time before classes start.”

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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