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Students make Homecoming happen

Meet the students who drive Homecoming

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Homecoming directors Tony Wirkus, Maggie Glenski and Ben Grosdidier. Photo by Rob Hill

Working within the Mizzou Alumni Association, Tony Wirkus, Maggie Glenski and Ben Grosdidier lead the 2010 Homecoming Steering Committee. The committee of 29 students plans and executes a parade, blood drive and talent show. Check out what the trio say not only about Homecoming but also about their likes and dislikes for life in general.

Tony Wirkus

21, Kansas City, Mo.

Parks, recreation and tourism major

Self-description: Organized, ambitious, clever

First thing I thought when I found out I was a director: I need to clear my schedule for the next 11 months. 

Best idea I’ve had as a director: Creating a traditions committee so two students can focus on preserving the spirit of Homecoming across campus 

Favorite thing about Homecoming: Campus decorations, when the Greek community showcases everything it’s been working on since September

Most exciting experience: Watching the football Tigers beat Kansas to become ranked No. 1

Can’t live without: My phone

Have always wanted to: Go to the very top of Jesse Hall and look down on the entire campus

Glad I did it but wouldn’t do it again: Climbed a mountain in Utah while wearing flip-flops

Biggest fear: The unknown. I always want to be prepared.

Splurge: Caffeinated drinks

Most important quality in a sweetheart: Flexibility — I tend to overschedule myself.

Deal breaker in a romance: I couldn’t date someone taller than me; it would just be weird.

Would never: Forget the 1985 World Series, even though I wasn’t alive for it

Biggest weakness: Stubbornness

Dream job: Mizzou athletic director

Favorite game: Super Mario Brothers. I’m not coordinated enough to play any other video games.

Obsession: Anything Mizzou

Superpower I’d like to have: To not need sleep

Favorite TV show: The Office because I’ll soon be working at a place that resembles Dunder Mifflin

Favorite quote: “Each of us should do something every day that we do not want to do, but we know we should do, to strengthen our backbone and put iron in our soul.” — Henry Hitt Crane


Maggie Glenski

21, Leawood, Kan.

Journalism major

Self-description: Dedicated, motivated, energetic

Most challenging thing about being a director: Working with two guys. They are very good at teaming up on me.

My best idea as a director: Expanding Homecoming awareness through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and a blog

Biggest surprise about college life: There are no snow days.

Glad I did it but wouldn’t do it again: Attended clown camp

Most exciting experience: Kissing the 50-yard line at the 2009 Homecoming game 

Can’t live without: Diet Coke

Have always wanted to: Run a marathon, just to prove to myself that I can

A casual friend would never guess: I sleep with a nightlight

Most important quality in a sweetheart: Sense of humor 

Deal breaker in a friendship or romance: Drama. It belongs in the movies.

First purchase after winning the lottery: A new phone — mine is missing buttons.

Dream job: Account manager at a global advertising agency

First crush: Ben Grosdidier and Tony Wirkus are my only crushes.

I’d love to read the mind of: My dog, so I know what it’s like to be my best friend

Favorite game: Pig Mania — it’s entertaining and based completely on luck

Obsession: The song “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro

Superpower I’d like to have: Duplication so that I can be at two places at once

Perfect day: No tests, no meetings, no stress — just friends

Best way to relax: Lounging on the beach

Favorite quote: “If you never try, you’ll never know just what you’re worth.” — Coldplay, “Fix You”  



Ben Grosdidier

22, Springfield, Mo.

Business and biology major

Self-description: Fun, easygoing, upbeat

Why I got involved in Homecoming: You can’t beat the atmosphere or the tradition.

First thing I said when I found out I was a director: I’ve got to buy more black and gold.

What the Homecoming theme means to me: “Tradition Set in Stone” is a great way to symbolize that Homecoming will always be here.

Biggest surprise about college life: Studying is both expected and required.

Most exciting experience: The MU-KU basketball game my sophomore year when Zaire Taylor hit the buzzer beater and we rushed the court

Ultimate dinner companion: Bill Murray. The man could make a rock laugh.

Can’t live without: Hot dogs

Have always wanted to: Ace a test in college

A casual friend would never guess: I’m a huge nerd. Huge.

Glad I did it but wouldn’t do it again: Parasailing in Mexico. I got bored, but at least I can say I did it.

Splurge: Spicy chicken sandwich from Hardee’s

Most important quality in a sweetheart: Trust. It’s too easy to keep tabs on your significant other, and I couldn’t handle always knowing what she’s doing.

Most important quality in a friend: Reliability. I can forgive you for anything if I know you have my back.

First purchase after winning the lottery: Steak dinner for my friends — they couldn’t be jealous after that.

Biggest weakness: Micromanaging. Sometimes I have to pump the brakes.

Dream job: Video game tester

First crush: Topanga from Boy Meets World

I’d love to read the mind of: The smart kid in front of me in Physics 2

Best way to relax: Grilling on my front lawn

Favorite quote: “Treat trivial matters seriously and serious matters trivially.” — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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