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E-Week in brief

E-Week king candidates Chance Baragary, left, and Nick Harvey earn the return of their shillelaghs. Photo by Amanda White

Growing green

E–Week pranksters took advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures to sow a crop of shamrock cookies outside the College of Engineering’s administrative headquarters. The doughy crop sprouted in the trees fronting Lafferre Hall at the week’s beginning, withstanding both stiff winds and curious onlookers.

Students recognized E–Week’s playful traditions in other areas of the campus, as well. This year’s celebrants also dressed MU’s Thomas Jefferson statue on the Francis Quadrangle in engineering green, and painted shamrocks and E–Week messages on the MU law school’s windows.

Civil engineering seniors Kyle Schmutzler, at left, and John Steiber won the 2007 egg catapult contest with a machine balanced by about $35 in pennies. Photo by Jan Wiese-Fales

Pennies worth more than their weight at egg catapult contest

Pounds of pennies helped propel two College of Engineering seniors to victory in this year’s E–Week egg catapult contest, launching a full week of activities celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

By tradition, CoE students kick off E–Week’s on–campus activities with a competition in which participants use homemade catapults to launch eggs at a frying pan several dozen feet away. Whichever team managed to catapult three eggs—and break them—closest to the frying pan placed 60 feet away won, under the rules of this year’s March 12 contest.
Total Eclipse of the Heart, comprising John Steiber and Kyle Schmutzler, won $50 and four bright pink irregular T-shirts by landing two eggs within four feet of the frying pan. The team’s winning catapult relied upon a plastic jug filled with about $35 in pennies for a counterweight, Steiber said.

“Getting the dimensions right was the toughest part,” Schmutzler said.

Second place went to Team Gerald R. Ford, which won post–it notes and a candy bar, said Jesse Van Engelenhoven, a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior who organized the contest. Can’t Hit a Target took third place, bringing home a box of cookies and a central processing unit, he said.

An edible version of the College of Engineering's emblem-a shamrock-commemorates E-Week. Photo by Jan Wiese¿Fales

Royal serenade

E–Week king candidates Chance Baragary and Nick Harvey performed the “Engineers’ Lament” as well as the “Engineers’ Song” while hungry engineering students consumed more than 400 hot dogs and brats after the egg catapult competition.

The duet was inspired by the theft of their ceremonial shillelaghs, which king candidates must carry everywhere during E–Week. A successful thief traditionally sets the candidate an embarrassing task before returning the shillelagh.

“I was on guard before,” Baragary said. “I’m even more on guard now.”

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