I have a confession to make. As you all know, I work for the university. If you don’t well, you do now. Part of my job is to take pictures. More specifically, I take the Grizzy Gear Monday pictures. *GASP* *shock* YOU?! Yes, me. However, there is a wee bit of a catch. I’m going to say it. Whew. Here I go. The first step is to admit I have a problem: Hi, my name is Tori, and I sometimes creep on people to find Grizzly Gear. Before you judge, hear me out. I have to, it’s not an addiction I swear! But first, in unison now, “Hi, Tori!”
People do not just line up for these pictures. The majority of these pictures aren’t sent in. I literally have to find people on campus wearing Grizzly Gear. I’m doing a scavenger hunt for Grizzly Gear every single Monday. This sounds fun, right? Okay, sometimes it is. But usually I am creeping on people in Lybyer trying to discreetly see the front of their shirt as they are staring at a computer screen. I’m not exactly tall (5′ 1/2″) so looking over people isn’t an option. I don’t really want to bother their studying or social mediaing, (It’s a word now.) so I quietly come behind them and stare as I turn the corner, trying to glimpse their shirt. Sometimes they catch me looking and I’m all like, “Nothing! I’m doing nothing! Go back to your work, and quit looking at me!” Not really. I scurry away looking for someone else, or I point blank ask them if that’s a Grizzly Gear shirt because now they’re distracted by this short girl armed with a camera, peering over a computer divider trying to look at their chest for MSU-WP insignia.
After I repeat this process a few times, I finally hit the jackpot: an unsuspecting Grizzly Gear wearer. “Hi, you’re wearing Grizzly Gear, and it’s Grizzly Gear Monday. Can I take a picture for the university’s Facebook? Their eyes fill with terror and uncertainty as I convince them that I am NOT just some creepy student obsessed with Grizzly Gear, but it really is my job. Once they are satisfied I am who I say I am, they begin to resist, starting with, “But I look so bad today…” I quickly tell them they’re beautiful (Yes, even the men. Men are beautiful too.) because all of them are. Finally, my charisma works, (usually) and I snap pictures before they can change their mind, thank them, and I sprint away because I think I saw someone wearing a blue shirt that could be Grizzly Gear….
I am not a stalker. I just sometimes appear to be one on Mondays. I will continue to do this every Monday until I graduate or the task is bequeathed to someone else, but you can help my effort! YOU, yes, you can wear Grizzly Gear and do several things: You can either wait for me to find you (highly unlikely, my timing is awful, plus I will kind of be creeping on you), you can e-mail us (Us being the University Communications office) a picture of you or your friends or your acquaintances or your enemies wearing Grizzly Gear to email@example.com, or you can put it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (or all three!) and use hashtags #msuwp and/or #GrizzlyGearMonday, and I will find it! The ONLY requirement is that you’re wearing something Missouri State University-West Plains. I’ve taken pictures of people holding MSU-WP bags, in t-shirts, in MSU-WP sweatpants, etc. Let me make this clear: you don’t have to be a current student. Don’t have Grizzly Gear? Drago College Store does, and they’re willing to sell some to you. They even have a clearance section. If you’re curious what my pictures look like, here’s the link: http://goo.gl/mG5Vhd .
So, show your Grizzly pride and help me creep on one less person.
P.s. We like selfies.
P.P.S. I will be getting a name tag, so convincing people that I am who I say I am could possibly be easier. Unless they think I stole the name tag…