The newspaper at UMR is the Missouri Miner
, a student-run publication. The Miner
puts out an issue a week during
the school year, and can be read online.
There are two broadcast radio stations associated with UMR; KUMR and KMNR. KUMR is member-supported public radio, typically
playing classical, bluegrass and jazz music, as well as National Public Radio programs. KMNR is a student-run radio
station which plays a very diverse range of music, mostly depending upon the mood and inclination of the DJ. There is also an amateur
radio station, WØEEE.
St. Patrick's Day
The dominant cultural event at UMR is St. Patrick's Day.
Every year boasts being the "Best St. Pat's Ever!" During St. Pat's, students wear green sweatshirts (which are sold as
fundraisers throughout the season), carry shillelaghs, and party. The city of Rolla paints the streets near UMR green for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. One
tradition is the killing of rubber snakes (in commemration of St. Patrick's
mythical banishing of snakes from Ireland). The previously mentioned shillelaghs are
used in this practice.In past years, students would dunk themselves into a green-colored pool of goo known as Alice,
effectively dyeing their
skin and hair green for several days. Alice
was discontinued by the school administration in the mid-nineties due to health concerns (students who had consumed excessive
amounts of alcohol tended to urinate in the pool, making it very disgusting).The rationale for the celebration is that St. Patrick is the patron
saint of engineers. Among UMR students, St. Patrick is better reconginzed as an emblem for university than the offical
mascot, Joe Miner.