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St. Pat’s — Rolla Style

stpats15flash.jpg St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo by Laurie SkrivanMARCH 13, 2008- “We’re proud of our work and I hope we win,” said Jon McWade, right, a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology, who paints the cudgel with the help of fellow Sigma Nu fraternity brother Andrew Funkhouser Wednesday afternoon on campus.
(Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch pays tribute to our historic St. Pat’s celebration with coverage on page one of their Saturday tabloid version with a full-page spread on Page 5. here’s an excerpt:

ROLLA, MO — The freshmen have already beaten — and bitten the heads off of — rubber snakes, clubbing them with homemade wooden shillelaghs.

And earlier this week, a core group of students chosen by secret ballot to portray “St. Pat” and his court officially arrived in town, as they have for a century, wearing their elaborate robes and natural beards grown just for the occasion. As tradition dictated, St. Pat rode into town on the back of a green manure spreader, with pages skipping alongside, as those pulling the contraption chanted, “Cheer! Cheer! The patron saint of engineers!”

“They are pretty much rock stars around town,” said Anna Trumbley, a senior, referring to the royal court.

Hotel rooms around Rolla reportedly have been booked for weeks as the Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, gets ready today for the parade — the culmination of its two-week-long celebration of St. Patrick’s Day that is part Mardi Gras, part Renaissance Festival.