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Three Tigers, One Roar

Meet the 2012 Homecoming directors, and glimpse their take on life, love and Homecoming.

From left, Jordyn Klackner, Richard Devero and Karee Hackel

Photo by Mary Fama

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Three students lead a Homecoming Steering Committee of 34 students who spend months planning and executing one of the nation’s best celebrations of its kind. Meet directors, from left, Jordyn Klackner, Richard Devero and Karee Hackel, and glimpse their take on life, love and Homecoming.

Jordyn Klackner

St. Charles, Mo., Secondary English education

  • Self-description: Small but mighty
  • Hardest thing about being a director: Balancing life, sleep and Homecoming
  • Biggest “oops” I’ve made as a director: Deluding myself that office duty would be only one hour. Turns out we like one another, and so the hours turn into mornings, afternoons and evenings.
  • Biggest surprise about college life: People really do live on ramen noodles.
  • Most exciting Mizzou experience: Rushing Faurot Field after the Tigers beat Oklahoma in the 2010 Homecoming game
  • Ultimate dinner companion: Someone you share a laugh with and who picks up the check
  • Can’t live without: My crazy family
  • A casual friend would never guess: I was bald until I was 3.
  • Biggest fear: Fish and worms. Just ew.
  • Splurge: Starbucks tall iced coffee with skim milk and vanilla
  • Most important quality in a boyfriend: Humor. Sometimes you just need to let loose and laugh.
  • Deal breaker in a friendship or romance: If you can’t handle country music — see ya!
  • First purchase after winning the lottery: St. Louis Cardinals season tickets and a plane ticket to Europe
  • Biggest weakness: McAlister’s World Famous Sweet Tea
  • Dream job: This is a nerd alert — I want to teach language arts at the high school I graduated from.
  • First crush: ’N Sync’s JC
  • I’d love to read the mind of: My dogs
  • Who would play you in a movie: Tina Fey: She’s a little awkward but quirky and sweet.
  • Obsession: Pinterest
  • Favorite TV show: Friends. I secretly wish they were my friends in real life.
  • Favorite quote: “Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Richard Devero

Dallas, Mechanical engineering

  • Self-description: Entertaining, light-hearted, a true son
  • On “Many Tigers, One Roar,” the Homecoming theme: It means there are Tiger fans everywhere, but we are bound by a common love for Mizzou.
  • Favorite thing about Homecoming: Campus decorations. I visited Mizzou in high school and saw the whole community coming out and getting excited about Mizzou.
  • Biggest surprise about college life: College students are not as stereotypical as movies make them out to be. The student body is full of smart and responsible people.
  • Most exciting experience: The MU–KU basketball game when fireworks went off in Mizzou Arena
  • Ultimate dinner companion: George W. Bush
  • Can’t live without: Twitter, to keep up with my Dallas teams. It consumes most of my phone battery and drives my friends crazy.
  • Always wanted to: Sky-dive
  • A casual friend would never guess: I’m an Eagle Scout.
  • Biggest fear: Snakes. How do they move without legs?
  • Most important quality in a girlfriend: Sense of humor
  • Most important quality in a friend: Loyalty
  • First purchase after winning the lottery: Beach house
  • Would never: I’m open to anything unless snakes are involved.
  • First crush: Jennifer Aniston on Friends
  • I’d love to read the mind of: Albert Einstein
  • Favorite game: Risk. I love to strategize and play with friends and family.
  • Who would play you in a movie: Zac Efron
  • Obsession: The Dallas Stars hockey team
  • Dream job: Dallas Stars color commentator
  • Perfect day: Sitting on a beach, eating a lobster for every meal
  • Favorite TV show:Friends. I watched it growing up with my sisters, and it reminds me of them.
  • Favorite saying: “No shoes, no shirt, no problems.”

Karee Hackel

Sarasota, Fla., Journalism

  • Self-description: Creative, driven, independent
  • Got involved in Homecoming because: My experience with Homecoming gave me a connection to Mizzou that I didn’t have as an out-of-state student.
  • Most challenging thing about being a director: Time management. I have seven-plus weekly meetings as a director. It’s insane, but I love every minute of it.
  • First thought when I found out I was a director:
  • I need to call my mom!
  • Favorite thing about Homecoming: The camaraderie. From working on a parade float to attending campus decorations, the experience creates lifelong friendships.
  • Biggest surprise about college life: That you can have only two of the following: good grades, a normal sleep schedule or a social life
  • Ultimate dinner companion: John Krasinski. I’m obsessed with The Office and Jim Halpert.
  • Can’t live without: Family. My parents are my best friends.
  • Have always wanted to: Go to Europe
  • A casual friend would never guess: My natural hair color is strawberry blonde. I change hair color with the seasons.
  • Most important quality in a boyfriend: Sense of humor
  • Most important quality in a friend: Dependability
  • Deal breaker in a friendship or romance: Lying
  • First purchase after winning the lottery: A loft in New York City with an exposed brick wall
  • Would never: Sky-dive
  • Dream job: Working for Glamour, Marie Claire or Vogue. I absolutely need to live in New York.
  • First crush: Daniel Radcliffe from the Harry Potter series
  • I’d love to read the mind of: Chelsea Handler
  • Favorite game: Scattergories: I always dominate.
  • Would play you in a movie: Emma Stone: She’s down-to-earth, relatable, unique and just hilarious.
  • Obsession: Chocolate-covered peanuts
  • Perfect day: Laying on the beach with a stack of magazines and my Kindle
  • Favorite TV show: The Office
  • Favorite quote: “Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is over. And do not be troubled over the future for it has yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it’ll be worth remembering.” — Ida Scott Taylor