For the past 150 years, the University of Denver has been enriching minds and cultivating leaders in our community. To help commemorate the occasion, DU has been hosting a variety of events in honor of the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
This past weekend, students, alumni and staff celebrated the sesquicentennial with a mixture of activities at “The Big Event.” Sturm Hall, Driscoll Green, Ritchie Center and the Driscoll Student Center were full of delicious food, games, prizes and endless activities for participants to choose from.
Guests had a long list of activities to partake in. Each building surrounding the Driscoll Green lawn carried out different ventures. From sugar cookie decorating, an Improv show, Laser tag, casino night, calligraphy, Trivia Night, and ice sculpting, there was never a dull moment. Students were even able to zip line across the lawn, play in hamster balls in the Olympic sized pool, play archery tag, and tour the DU campus like they’ve never seen it before, in horse drawn carriages.
“I typically don’t get an opportunity to go out a lot because I’m always working, but my roommate dragged me out. This is seriously the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” said Sophomore Aliyah Montgomery.
The Big Event was not only a great night to honor DU and its incredible journey for the past 150 years, but it was a fantastic way for the student body to connect. Strangers became friends at Zumba classes and others became alliances during competitive games.
“None of my friends wanted to play archery tag so I just joined a random group. During the game, someone from the other team almost got me out but one of my teammates had my back and took them out first. My team won so we continued to play and became undefeated for like two hours. It was exhausting but we did good!” said Ali AlMarhoon.
Clubs and organizations helped orchestrate the big event. Many of them hosted and ran many of the activities. Club Italia, Graduate Student Government, Tango Club, Cooking Club, Colleges against Cancer, Delta Sigma Pi, the Programming Board and countless others spent months brainstorming for great events they believed our students would enjoy.
“It took a lot of planning but I think it turned out great,” said Delta Delta Delta Sorority member, Maura Shea. “We had so many people come out. You could just see everyone having a genuinely good time. It’s nice because it’s a little relaxation time before finals.”
150 years is an extensive amount of time. Throughout those years, the University of Denver has continued to add on to one of the components DU was built on: a vibrant community. So happy birthday DU! We shall continue to celebrate 150 years of pride, excellence and engagement.
Mireya Saenz, Class of 2014