Willa Cather was the spirited and witty editor of the school newspaper, The Hesperian from 1892 until 1893. Though her initial goal upon entering the University in 1891 was scientific, the publication of her writing in local news set her on a new course. Cather was never very popular among the students because of her boyish style and outgoing manner. In later life, Cather would gain great fame as author of books including O Pioneers!, My Antonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop (Thacker).
George Flippin was the first African American athlete to play on the football team. In 1892 the team faced racism when The University of Missouri football team chose not to play against a black man; Flippin's teammates supported Flippin despite his skin color. Flippin was also the president of the Palladian literary society and a popular figure on campus. After graduating from the University in 1896, he received a medical degree at the University of Illinois Medical Schoo (Knoll 29).
Louise Pound left quite a mark on the University. Though believed to be slightly less intelligent than her brother Roscoe, she matched him in pranks and jokes. Louise also beat her brother in the realm of sports as she was an extremely talented athlete. Pound was an athletic star at the University, beating the Canadian and U.S. tennis champions in Chicago (Geyer). She also won medals for golfing and bicycling, and she earned her degree in 1892 in English philology. In her later life, Pound would become president of the Modern Language Association (Knoll 33).
Roscoe Pound earned his degree in botany in 1888 at the University. Pound led the Sem. Bot., a group of male students that met to read scientific papers under Charles Bessey. It is widely known that Pound was quite a prankster. Though Pound left for Harvard in the year of 1899-1900, he returned to work as a lawyer in the Lincoln community in the following years. He revived the Sem. Bot., and he continued to study biology at the University with Frederic Clements, future editor of The Omaha World Herald and Pulitzer Prize winner. Pound went on to become the Dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 until 1936 (Knoll 30).