Alcohol-free Friday night provided by Mizzou After Dark

Mizzou’s Memorial Union was transformed into an exciting, color-filled, get away for students and families alike, the evening of Friday, April 7. Tigers in the Chocolate Factory, an event sponsored by Mizzou After Dark and MSA/GPC, offered students a fun and collaborative night free of alcohol.

Both Stolter Lounge and Bengal Lair were filled with delectable food and snack items. Tables lined the walls topped with everything from sandwiches to skittles, free for spectators to indulge on. Those in attendance were given a chocolate bar with the possibility that it would bear one of five golden tickets. Throughout the evening, prizes were given to golden ticket holders.

“It’s just really nice that Mizzou offers things like this,” said freshman nursing major, Skylar Woods. “I’ve honestly met a lot of people coming to these activities. Plus it’s free so why wouldn’t I want to come?”

Being an out-of-state student, Woods said she initially struggled finding things to do on weekends due to the lack of people she knew. However, she said Mizzou After Dark was able to offer her the outlet she needed to find others who shared similar interests.

Freshman animal science major, Miranda Coulson, attended the event with several of her close friends, hopeful for what the night would have in store. Neither Woods nor Coulson won the golden tickets, but were still thoroughly impressed with the night’s events.

“Tonight proves that you really don’t need alcohol to have a good time,” said Coulson. “I love that we can get together in such a non-judgmental environment and meet people from different backgrounds who are all here just to have fun.”

Mizzou After Dark and MSA/GPC offer students a variety of events during the academic school year. For a complete listing of events visit


Betty Thomas

About the Author Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way. A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.