The real man behind the bibs

The real man behind the bibs

by Erin Kreiman

Many will hate to see this guy graduate. He studiously keeps many students awake during class by asking professors witty questions. He’s always up for a fun time. And he keeps Simpson students safe as a member of Campus Security. We should all sleep better at night knowing senior Andrew Mitchell is on campus.

Mitchell, aka Bibs, earned his nickname in high school, but was officially dubbed Bibs by senior Scott McCarty. It’s an accurate nickname.

“I went on youth group mission trips every summer,” Mitchell said. “The old men, as wise as they were, always wore overalls to hold their tools. It always seemed more convenient than strapping a tool box to their back and moving from job site to job site.”

After carrying them around for a day, he claims to have lost $1,000 worth of other people’s tools.

“So, I decided to invest in a pair of overalls,” Mitchell said. “I’ve bought a new pair every year since. Then I had five. The nostalgic ones only get worn to weddings and funerals. “

Don’t doubt him. He’s actually worn bibs to a wedding before. Mitchell does get dressed up although he claims the occasion is rarely called for. He has a suit in his closet just in case.

“It’s just not as comfortable as a pair of holey overalls,” Mitchell said.

He’s full of ideas to improve the Simpson experience for everyone. For example, Mitchell’s idea for increasing school spirit is to give every Simpson student $10 before a sporting event.

His favorite pastimes at Simpson include shaving his friends’ backs and enjoying a good dip of chew with his buddies.

“People always said that high-school relationships last forever,” Mitchell said. “But I only stayed in contact with about four people from high school. In college, I think I’ve truly met the people that I’m going to hang out with for the rest of my life.”

Mitchell doesn’t just care about his friends though. As part of the security staff, he cares for every student to an extent.

“I just want to make sure everybody gets home happy and safe, and [they] don’t break anything,” Mitchell said.

After graduation, Mitchell anticipates that he’ll either be working on George W. Bush’s farm in Texas, or moving in with John Epperson while he works on his master’s degree.

“It’s all about connections,” Mitchell said.