By BEN FRENTZEL
Sunday mornings are typically reserved by college students to sleep off the previous night’s festivities. But 90 local college students were out and about last weekend for something different.
MU parking lot CG-17, at Rollins Street and Tiger Avenue, turned into “The Jungle” for the first time on Saturday. The Jungle is a designated tailgating area for student organizations and is run by the Missouri Students Association. ¦ Eve Edelheit
BY WALKER MOSKOP
COLUMBIA — MU’s new student-only tailgating spot didn’t exactly live up to its name Saturday afternoon.
“The Jungle” avoided the problems that resulted in the closure of previous student hotspots Reactor Field and Frat Pit, such as fighting and underage drinking, but it failed to draw much of a crowd. Vast sections of the lot at the corner of Rollins Street and Tiger Avenue were unoccupied throughout the afternoon leading up to MU’s home football game against McNeese State.
Of the 54 available spots in the lot, 13 were reserved by six organizations, said Ben Hansen, director of the Missouri Students Association’s Department of Student Activities. The Student Bar Association, with around 50 members present, had by far the largest showing.
The lot has several restrictions, including bans on vehicles, underage drinking and hard liquor.
Because the tailgate was an official university event, five police officers were assigned to the lot, MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said.
A few blocks away, a noticeably different scene existed at the tailgate held at the Newman Center, where a large crowd and dozens of vehicles filled the parking lot.
A new street sign bearing the MU black and gold colors is mounted at the intersection of Ninth Street and Elm Street. Sixteen of the 123 new street signs the university added throughout campus a few weeks ago have already been taken.
Sixteen of the 123 new black and gold MU-themed street signs the university added throughout campus a few weeks ago have already been taken, said Campus Facilities Communications Manager Karlan Seville.
Last week, MU sophomore Zach Toal was arrested on suspicion of stealing two signs — Providence Road and Champions Drive, said Capt. Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department. Toal, a redshirt freshman on the MU wrestling team, was caught on a video surveillance camera.
Four signs, which are valued at $50 each, were returned to their original locations, Seville said.