By Brandon Buscher, 23News Reporter

Former University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was inducted into Q.E.B.H. April 22, as part of the 89th annual Tap Day ceremony held at MU. Q.E.B.H. was one of the six secret societies that inducted 69 students, in addition to multiple staff and faculty members who were also “tapped.”

Tap Day is an annual tradition at MU, where the six secret societies at the university reveal their selections for admission into their respective organizations. Q.E.B.H., LSV, Rollins Society, Mortar Board, Omicron Kappa Delta and Mystical Seven participate in the ceremony.

“Each individual possesses an intrinsic catalyst that drives his or her desire to promote or enact change,” Mortar Board member Cara Hartwig of Mortar Board said when presenting the 2016 class of Mortar Board initiates.

All of the organizations differed slightly in their specific mission and message. While the societies maintain their image of secrecy, community service and scholarly achievement were the combining factors that determined acceptance into their ranks.

“Certainly they are good students academically so they are recognized for their academics; their scholarship,” Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs said of the student taps.

“It’s always interesting to me because they are not necessarily the students we see the most, but in fact are really doing some amazing things,” Scroggs said .

Missouri Students Association President Sean Earl gave a speech following the ceremony.

“As we move in the direction of diversity and inclusivity on an international scale, I give credit to the students and campus leaders,” Earl said.

He emphasized the importance of acknowledging the past as the university progresses in the future, and gave credit to the importance of the student voice.

“A lot has happened since last year’s Tap Day, but there is one thing that has not changed, the power and importance of the student voice,” Earl said.


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