Mo's Makeover

Time for a Makeover
Banner posted on the UCM website to encourage votes
Mo the Mule turned 93 on February 15, 2015.  A celebration was held in honor of his birthday on Friday February 20, 2015.  However, this was not just any regular celebration; it was one where he got a makeover!  Fashion and Apparel Merchandising students were asked by University Relations to create an updated look for Mo that also represented the entire student body.  Thirteen fashion students submitted complete looks and a committee that included Mo himself, chose the top three looks.  These three looks combined elements from several different stylist's outfits.  UCM staff, students, faculty, and alumni could cast their votes until Thanksgiving.  The results would be shared at Mo's birthday.

The Big Event
Melissa Abner and fashion majors recognized at event
The big day finally came with over 100 guests to help celebrate.  Mo's birthday party contained many fun activities to celebrate not only his birthday but also the grand reveal.  There were performances from the UCM Mulekickers and cheerleaders, as well as a raffle provided by Spotlight.  One cannot forget to mention the wonderful free refreshments and cake at the event.  Students could also take silly photos with Mo in his new outfit after the big reveal, and got the chance to sign his birthday card.  Professor Melissa Abner and the thirteen fashion students who submitted outfits were also recognized during this time.  However, the best part of the entire event was seeing Mo bust onto the stage with his new look.

Mo's birthday card
The Reveal
Mo burst through the curtains and onto the stage in his new outfit, which included a letterman's jacket, dark-wash jeans, a UCM shirt, and red Converse.  Over 1,000 votes came in from students, alumni, staff, and faculty and the winning option was number two.  The fashion designers who created his new look were Jessica Williams and Madelyn Parkhurst.  Williams noted that "the fact the school let the student body make the final decision on the outfit shows that the students' voices matter."  Mo also seemed to be pleased with the new outfit as he posed for multiple pictures.  

Mo strikes a pose in his new outfit

This is a celebration that Mo, UCM, and fashion majors will always remember.

See the big event, grand reveal, and personal interviews here:

Written by: Katelin Ritchhart


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