For anyone wondering what life is like for students at the University of Denver, logging onto Twitter to explore the hashtag #DUstories provides a worthwhile account of how Pioneers spend their days on and around campus. Students tweet, reporting their lives and their peers’ lives, to update the world on DU’s academic achievements, extracurriculars and sports, great places to eat, and even professorial wisdom.
This blog represents the lives of Denver Pioneers from their perspective, on their platform–Twitter.
Favorite Food & Drink Locales
South Pearl Street is only a few blocks from campus and offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutiques. A trendy spot in Denver, South Pearl Street is an easy, fun place for students that are looking for a break from studying, hungry after a day of classes, or needing a new outfit.
Park Burger is a casual and delicious spot, offering DIY burgers, vegetarian and gluten-free options and good old-fashioned double quarter-pound beef patty burgers.
Gaia Bistro has delicious baked goods, egg dishes, crepes and sandwiches at prices that are affordable for college students. This restaurant/cafe is a must for anyone in the Denver area.
The homemade sausage, red pepper, onion and swiss scramble, pictured above, is a filling dish for foodies and hungry brunchers alike.
Students on the Street
Talking to DU students is truly the most effective way to understand their day-to-day activities, feelings, and thoughts on the best parts of being a Pio. Kelly Mahaffey is a junior majoring in Finance through The Daniels College of Business that just returned from a semester studying abroad in the capital of Thailand–Bangkok. Although she was sad to see her much-anticipated adventure come to an end, getting back to the University of Denver with friends, the mountains, and other wintertime Colorado-esque activities proved “totally worth it”.
Year-after-year, the university exemplifies its dedication to improving its students’ intellectual and world experience through multiple events. The Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence is held annually during winter quarter and serves as a platform for discussion and rethinking perspectives on diversity around campus and the nation. Debates, workshops and presentations are advertised as part of the Summit and include the topics students want to learn more on.
Pioneer Athletics are ranked top among NCAA colleges without a football team and are a huge part of life for student athletes and fans. Going to games to watch friends and classmates compete is a regular weekend activity. Pioneers are often passionate about their sports teams, making predictions on upcoming season-outcomes. Annie Brown, another junior, predicts that Men’s Basketball will have an outstanding season because all the fall sports teams ranked nationally i.e., Denver Athletics is on a roll.
Being in Denver means that almost anywhere on or around campus is prime for a beautiful view of the mountains, downtown, or just Colorado’s clear skies. However, few places around the University of Denver stand out as particularly beautiful with the sun shining, snow glistening, and the antique architecture of the buildings. In particular, the very center of campus, to the right of Anderson Academic Commons boasts impressive scenery.
The University of Denver is well-known for its wide array of clubs, organizations, teams and activities. The Driscoll Student Center is often a hub of activity as students move from class to class while adverts and the members of dozens of extracurriculars set up shop in hopes of inspiring more student participation. A bulletin board crammed with flyers and brochures sits comfortably in Driscoll awaiting attention from passersby.
It’s not hard to imagine why students and faculty love the University of Denver and love to show their school spirit. All across campus people are seen wearing Pio spirit-wear, representing their school colors, traditions, mascot, logo and sports teams. Hayden Cox, a Media, Film & Journalism Studies student, looked casual-cool wearing a Denver hoodie in class today.
Winter quarter at Denver is one of the best in the eyes of DU students; being able to go to the mountains to ski, sledding in Wash Park, and warm-weather gear is loved by Pioneers. The snow, being near-foreign to a Texas-girl, is one of my favorite parts of Winter at the University of Denver.
Professors on the Street
Being that DU is a premier university, students are able to learn (who knew that’s what we were here for?) from qualified, engaging professors that invest massive amounts of time and energy into our educations. Professor Leah Persky, with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, promotes and encourages captivating, worthwhile discussions in her class, Gender & International Relations, on Feminist Ontologies. Believing that “social media is everywhere, it connects people, distracts most, and has significantly changed the way people interact and learn,” Professor Persky shares her opinion on the role of social media in society today.
By far, the best part of being a University of Denver student is the variety of people there is to interact with. The diverse selection of peers Pioneers are exposed to serves to challenge perspectives and create a space for open-mindedness. As such, Jack Quinn, a junior at DU just having returned from a semester abroad in Seville, Spain, was feeling stressed about homework this week and, instead of taking a yoga class, deep-breathing, or getting in a quick nap, relieved his stress through Freestyle Rapping.
Twitter, being a social network, serves to connect people around the world through retweets, likes and @ replies. By communicating with other tweeters, information is exchanged and enjoyed.
Park Burger, being an active commercial tweeter, retweeted and replied to my tweet on enjoying lunch at their restaurant, effectively using my tweet as a marketing tool.
I replied to one of @paige_lawlor’s tweets from #DUreporters on the wicked-cold weather in Minnesota at a Vikings game via USA Today.
Upon hearing the news of David Bowie’s passing, I had to reply to @Chris_Lowell_’s tweet expressing my sadness.
@Mellodyao featured DU alumnus in a tweet hoping to predict the outcome of the upcoming Men’s Basketball season; proud, I replied sharing how glad I was to be a Pioneer.
I laughed at @hillconch’s tweet about Ian McBrady’s methodology in predicting the turnout of the Men’s Hockey season and replied, joking along with them.
One of the benefits of being able to interact with other tweeters is exchanging knowledge. I did just that in replying to @annab_27’s tweet from Kaladi Brothers Coffee, suggesting she try one of their worth-the-calories scones.
Replying to @lindsay_miner’s tweet, featuring sophomores Justine Gildea and Ainsleigh Mitchell and the @DUAlphaPhi house, I wondered if they lived in or near my old room in the house.
Bonding over mutual likes, dislikes, and hobbies over Twitter is one of many ways the network connects its users. In reply to @paige_lawlor’s tweet of Vail Mountain, I found a friend I can take a ski lesson with.
Knowing exactly where in Anderson Academic Commons this picture was taken by @hillconch, I liked her tweet of the beautiful view of the sunset.
Alex Adams was featured in @paige_lawlor’s tweet and, being a friend of mine, I liked the tweet.
I loved @annab_27’s filter on her picture of Breckinridge Mountain and liked her tweet.
Peeking into the lives of Pioneers is never boring; from mouth-watering burger joints, breath-taking mountain shots, Freestyle Rappers, to professors that know our potential better than we do, the University of Denver is the only place I want to be.