Aaron Mantle is one of MU’s recognizable faces — students see him every day working in Brady Food Court.
Mantle said he enjoys his job because he likes talking to people and being able to help them.
“People ask questions that have nothing to do with my job,” Mantle said. “I tell them where things are at the university or where to register or pay bills.”
Mantle enjoys MU because of the mix of people. He grew up in the small town of Mexico and said talking about the different groups on campus blows the minds of people in his hometown.
“Even if there are some things that you don’t agree with, you feel that you are at least aware of what is going on,” Mantle said.
Mantle graduated from MU in 1998 with a major in business management and a minor in psychology. He stayed in Columbia partly because it is wheelchair-accessible; he uses a wheelchair because he has muscular dystrophy. He also likes Columbia because of its small-town feel, despite its larger size.
“It is big enough for lots of opportunities and things to do, but not so big you feel unsafe,” Mantle said.
When Mantle’s day of work is over, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tania, and watching the Cartoon Network.
“Ninety percent of the time, it is where I get my sense of humor from,” Mantle said.