Meet Chelsea Thomas, a collegiette™ who knows what it’s like to be perfect. As a pitcher for the No. 12 ranked softball team, Chelsea threw the first perfect game for Mizzou since 2002 March 2, 2011. Later that week, she did it again.
Chelsea, who is originally from Pleasantville, Iowa, has been interested in softball since she was 4 and began playing T-ball. However, she hasn’t always been the pitcher she is today. Chelsea says her first start as pitcher for the Pleasantville Trojans, a community league team, was horrible. Afterward, her dad, who would become her high school coach, put her in pitching lessons. We say that turned out to be a great decision!
While softball takes up most of her time, Chelsea makes sure to give back to the community by volunteering at the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Children’s Hospital. Chelsea is also a biology major who plans on attending physical therapy school and studying softball pitching mechanics. She makes sure softball always has a place in her life.
Her Campus Mizzou: After playing softball in high school, what made you decide to continue in college?
Almost a month into the season, the Missouri softball team is off to a great start. The Tigers are 16-3, and as of March 7, the team is 14th in the nation by ESPN.com/USA Softball.
Junior Rhea Taylor is currently ranked ninth for batting average on NCAA.com with a .452 BA. Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Thomas has thrown two perfect games this season, a first for Missouri since 2002. Plus, junior Kristin Nottelmann has thrown a no-hitter this season.
The Tigers are currently in the midst of an 11-game home stand. There are still plenty of games left this season, so make sure to support your Tigers! (All home games are held at University Field.)
Meet freshman Matt Roberts, a member of the band The Gaze. Matt started the band with Missouri Baptist University freshman Jake Webb after a trip the two took to Barcelona last summer. Matt describes their music as being similar to 3OH!3. The Gaze currently has written and recorded five songs, which are available for download on their Facebook page.
The Gaze has performed at a Missouri Baptist talent show as well as coffee shops in their hometown of St. Charles, Mo. Matt hopes to begin performing solo here in Columbia wherever he can find an open mic night.
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Relationship status: Single
Interests: Playing piano and sports
Fun fact: He has played piano for 13 years.
Favorite thing about Mizzou: “I like how the campus isn’t as big as people say. You have the freedom to see the same people every day but also meet different people.”
Favorite quote: “Success is uncommon.”
Favorite TV show: The Office
Where he sees himself in 10 years: having a family
Last song played on his iPod: “Beast Mode” by B.o.B.
Finals – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Love a good singing competition but hate when you wish you had earplugs? Maybe it’s time to check out a lip-syncing competition, especially when it’s raising money for a good cause.
Held at the Blue Note, Rock It is one of the most popular RAMS (Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis) events. Organizations will compete in a lip-syncing competition as well as create a dance or skit to go along with their song or songs of choice. Tickets cost $10, and proceeds will be used to help clients at the MS Institute here in Columbia.
Hopefully in the excitement of planning your night out and looking forward to another five days of class being over, you remembered to designate a driver for the weekend. Not only is it safe, but your DD can also get free nonalcoholic drinks at participating CHEERS establishments.
“[CHEERS was created] 25 years ago, so a little before my time, but it basically started through the Wellness Resource Center here,” Jessica Schlosser, the Missouri CHEERS State Coordinator, says. “It was started as a way to encourage people to be designated drivers for their friends and reward them in a way for looking out for their friends.”
It’s simple. If you're in a group of two or more, go to one of the 68 restaurants, bars or nightclubs that participate in CHEERS, tell your waiter or waitress you're the DD and you'll receive a free nonalcoholic drink. The many CHEERS establishments include Bengal’s Bar & Grill, The Blue Note, Chipotle, Déjà Vu and Harpo’s, among others.
“I went to Houlihan’s with my roommates for the basketball game a couple weeks ago,” senior Christine Shirley says. “I just asked the waiter if they gave free drinks to the DD. They definitely had no problem being cooperative and giving me a drink.”
Tobias Epstein, the general manager of Shakespeare’s Pizza, says they do not get asked often about CHEERS but are proud to be a part of the program.
If you love supporting a good cause, come to the Hearnes Center on Friday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. for Pink Out 2011. You can support the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, which is part of University of Missouri Health Care, while watching the Mizzou women’s gymnastics team take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. $1 of every ticket sold will go to the Ellis Fischel breast cancer research program. MU students can also get in for free with their student ID.
The first 500 fans will receive a free Pink Out 2011 T-shirt, and the gymnasts will be wearing pink leotards during their meet to support breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer survivors will also be recognized.
This semester's classes have barely begun, but it’s already time to start thinking about where to live next year. Maybe you’re currently living on campus and hoping to move out of your not-so-spacious dorm room and into the comforts of having your own bathroom and kitchen. Perhaps you already live off-campus but are looking for a change. Her Campus Mizzou is here to help you find the perfect place!
When it comes to living off-campus, some students say having more space is the biggest issue for them. “Having your own personal space is the absolute best part to me,” sophomore Chloe Alexander says. “Not only do I have my own living quarters, but I also have my own bathroom, even though I share my apartment with three other girls.”
Living off-campus also provides the ability to do things you cannot in the dorms. However, it does come with added responsibilities. "Moving off-campus has been the best choice of my sophomore year,” Sierra Angell says. “My roommate and I have adjusted well to paying bills. Plus, we have had a great time cooking, decorating and simply having more space!"
Sophomore Gabrielle Sullivan recommends living off-campus if you are thinking about it at all. “What I like about Copper Beech is that it is a home away from home,” she says. “I would recommend it to anyone who liked the feel of living in the dorms but needs a little more space. You get your own bedroom and bathroom, but you still can have awesome roommates.”
Note: All prices given are per month, per person.