Storm the Gate

Columbia, Mo. – Scooter the Cougar led a small army of wide-eyed freshman through the iconic Rogers Gate on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the first ever “Storm the Gate.” The event was part of the ongoing celebration of all the new faces that will be seen around campus.

Fellow students, alumni, family and friends turned out to show their support for the class of 2016. “Welcome Home,” signs could be seen throughout the crowd as the freshman began a new chapter of their lives.

Dave Roberts, assistant dean of student affairs, helped organize the event as a gesture of commendation of the freshmen’s arrival to Columbia College, as well as an invitation to join the family of Columbia College.

“Storm the Gates is really about promoting team spirit and having fun in a stress free environment. It’s a chance for the new students to meet and mingle,” Roberts said. “We’re hoping to create a vibrant campus life experience for the new incoming students.”

The evening was full of song, dance, creamy frozen custard and jubilation. Among the students in attendance were some seasoned veterans like Stephanie Okayoli, a sophomore at Columbia College.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to interact with each other and to come to have a good time,” Okayoli said.

Mark Bollinger, one of the true freshmen that stormed the gate, was impressed with every aspect of the college and was very optimistic about the new school year.

“It’s a really friendly place, and I’ve been meeting a lot of new people. Everyone is really outgoing and helpful,” Bollinger said. “A lot of the faculty and staff have said that if we ever needed anything to just swing on by their office. I really think I’m going to like it here.”