MSU Denver students know Valentine’s Day plans, not next university prez

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Posted Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Lopez and Alba agreed that the message for the world on Valentine's Day should be rooted in respect and love for one another

Shiao Lopez (Right) and Roberto Alba (Left) agreed that the message for the world on Valentine’s Day should be rooted in respect and love for one another. [Photo: Miriam Mimi Madrid]

Students unaware of Janine Davidson on Valentine’s Day
By Miriam Mimi Madrid

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Students shared their thoughts about Valentine’s Day, while Janine Davidson, the finalist for the university president position at Metropolitan State University, visited their campus.

Several students with doubt on their faces admitted to being completely unaware of the university’s final candidate. Only one of the six students interviewed was close in guessing the first letter of Davidson’s name and her gender.

MSU senior Tamika Gallaway said, “She’s a woman, I know that. I just read over it fast, but think her name starts with a J.”

Danielle Deal, Morgan Gurss and Sydney Frite of the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha shook their head in unison when asked about Davidson. [Photo: Miriam Mimi Madrid]

Danielle Deal, Morgan Gurss and Sydney Frite of the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha shook their head in unison when asked about Davidson. [Photo: Miriam Mimi Madrid]

Danielle Deal, Morgan Gurss and Sydney Frite of the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha shook their head in unison when asked if they knew who Davidson was.

They were outreaching for their new sorority at the Tivoli Union, the same building where Davidson was finishing a department chair open forum.

Community College of Denver students Shiao Lopez and Roberto Alba, were also unaware of Davidson, but affirmed knowledge of their institution’s president, Everette J. Freeman.

When asked about the nature of Valentine’s Day most students said that it’s a day about friendship and family.

MSU Denver student Tamika Gallaway believes the holiday should be about love, but has become a day of consumerism aimed towards having sex.

MSU Denver student Tamika Gallaway believes the holiday should be about love, but has become a day of consumerism aimed towards having sex. [Photo: Miriam Mimi Madrid]

However, Alba says, “Most of cheating happens in Valentine’s Day. I don’t have any experience with that, but for me it’s about love and spending time with family eating flautas.”

Gallaway affirms that the holiday should be about love, but has become a day of consumerism aimed towards having sex.

“You shouldn’t have to spend money you don’t have to try to get sex,” she says.

Lopez and Alba agreed that the message for the world on Valentine’s Day should be rooted in respect and love for one another.

“If we don’t we are shit out-of-luck,” Alba says.

Janine Davidson has accepted the position of university president and her term will begin this July where she will start a committed partnership with the university and student body.

“I plan on going to the gym, going home and going to bed,” said Metro State criminology student Tyler Dalton.

“I plan on going to the gym, going home and going to bed,” — Metro State criminology student Tyler Dalton. [Photo: Aaron Germani]

Unknown MSU President, Unknown Valentine’s Plans
By Aaron Germani
DENVER, Auraria Campus – Janine Davidson, Metro State’s newest potential president, seems to not be known by many students on campus, and neither are their plans for Valentine’s Day.

Davidson was interviewed today by MSU Denver trustees, alumni and department heads and seems to have the job locked down. Although this is a large story for the institution, many students have not heard the news.

“I have no idea who it is,” said Metro student Nadia Van Bieber.

A shade more informed, Metro student Wendy Poolui said, “I know she is new, and she is a woman,” but did not know her name.

Davidson is not widely known across campus, and neither are many student’s plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A large number of students across campus aren’t celebrating the holiday of love.

“I plan on going to the gym, going home and going to bed,” said Metro State criminology student Tyler Dalton.

Some students even plan on going on a date with someone other than Prince Charming. “I have a date with homework and Grey’s Anatomy,” said Van Bieber.

Although some students have plans to be alone on this holiday, some still want to celebrate the day with loved ones. “I am going to dinner with my family,” Poolui said.

Knowledge of Davidson and romantic love do not seem to be spreading through campus so much this year, but next year could be a different story.

On the other hand, staff member of Auraria’s faculty coffee shop, Stacy Rule said her boyfriend gave her a present, bought her candy and will be making her dinner.

Auraria’s faculty coffee shop’s, Stacy Rule said her boyfriend gave her a present, bought her candy and will be making her dinner. [Photo: Audrey Frye]

Happy vibes are created on Valentine’s Day
By Audrey Frye

DENVER, Auraria Campus — The sight of flowers, candy and gifts sprinkle the air on Auraria campus. Sweethearts walking down the hall can see multiple tables are displayed with stuffed animals, flowers and treats.

Valentine’s Day is universal to share moments of love and express appreciation, but why do some think it is complicated or awkward? Some people do not have plans, but they enjoy the idea of Valentines and the energy that is in the air.

“The atmosphere of Valentine’s Day is about love,” says MSU Denver student Ann Than. “The mood is better and everyone seems happier.”

Students spend the same amount of time on Valentine’s Day as learning the new MSU Denver president, Janine Davidson. Ann Than said she was going to do

“The atmosphere of Valentine’s day is about love,” says MSU Denver student Ann Than.

“The atmosphere of Valentine’s Day is about love,” — MSU Denver student Christy Worth [Photo: Audrey Frye]

something simple and go to dinner. She felt the reason students do not know about the president is because there is no announcement. Than said she focuses more on school than searching for information and updates like that.

“I haven’t heard any news of the [new] president,” says MSU Denver student Carlos Antonetty. “I haven’t tried to look up the information either.”

Antonetty will spend his Valentine’s Day hanging out with his friend. He likes the feeling of valentines in the air because people usually get together.

On the other hand, staff member of Auraria’s faculty coffee shop, Stacy Rule said her boyfriend gave her a present, bought her candy and will be making her dinner. She welcomes people with a warm smile and a friendly greeting. She has flowers all around her desk and in the office.

“I like the vibe that is in the air of everybody being happy and the love that is around,” Rule said.

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[Photo: Jennipher Darnell]

Love Is Not in the Air
By Jennipher Darnell

DENVER, Auraria Campus – MSU Denver is already halfway through with the Spring 2017 semester. Students are gearing up for midterms, Spring Break and the hope of warmer weather to come. With the seasonal holidays already passed, some often forget or avoid Valentine’s Day altogether.

Some MSU Denver Students have taken a more independent approach on this beloved holiday.

Theater student, Kelcee Covert is busy spending Valentine’s Day at rehearsal for her role in the department’s upcoming play, “Once Upon A Mattress.” Performances are scheduled for Feb. 23-25, March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Kelsey Smith, another MSU Denver student, single, did not care if it was a holiday or not, she was going to do what she wanted to. This consisted of leaving work, going home, eating dinner and playing her favorite video games.

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[Photo: Mayra Cabrera]

Valentine’s Day Reality
By Mayra Cabrera

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Red roses, balloons and teddy bears fill Auraria Campus as Valentine’s Day has arrived and love has filled the air. As you see many couples being extra lovey, that wasn’t the case for Auraria students Ciara Spikes, Cristobal Montoya and Christina Torrez.

These college students certainly were not as excited for the holiday as others carrying gifts for their loved ones. Ciara and Cristobal were outside St. Cajetan’s Church as they were having an intriguing conversation.

Everyone says Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your relationship, but many students revealed that this day shouldn’t be the only reason to show your love to your partner.

“Valentine’s Day is a lame made up day that makes people buy unnecessary and expensive gifts, that kind of love should be shown from the heart and not be shown as to how much you can buy,” Torrez said.

For those who remember Valentine’s Day and decide not to make a big deal out of it, there are others who did not even acknowledge it.

“I didn’t even know it was Valentine’s Day, I’m just going home and doing some homework,” Spikes said.

With this response there is definitely a convincing reality that Valentine’s Day isn’t really a day that needs to be celebrated.

“For Valentine’s Day I’m going home and crying,” Montoya said.

Sometimes this love filled day isn’t so loving at all, there will always be two sides, either people are for it and decide that on this day all the love in the world should be given to that special person or have that same exact love for someone and treat it like just another day.

Jenny Kenny(left) Greta Erickson (right)

MSU Denver Jewelry Club members Jenny Kenny (left) Greta Erickson (right) [Photo: Ali Watkins]

Valentine’s Day Plans Come Second to Schoolwork
by Ali Watkins
DENVER, Auraria Campus – There was a common theme today among the Auraria Campus: Valentine’s Day would be overshadowed by responsibilities.

Tuesday afternoon, students were bustling around campus. Greta Erickson was neatly adjusting the display of her Valentine’s Day jewelry booth. Erickson was selling an assortment of eclectic necklaces, rings and bracelets by the MSU Jewelry Club in the Arts Building. Jenny Kenny, a fellow club, member, said that she had class until 9:30 p.m. For Kenny, this would be the most festive plan she has for today.

Kenny’s not the only one bogged down with school. Augustine Kagnoni has a long day on campus. He plans on unwinding after class and work by watching Netflix with his roommate. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, celebrating the holidays becomes difficult to fit into the busy schedule of a college student.

Amanda Pruess [Photo: Ali Watkins]

“Pink hatted” Amanda Pruess plans to spend her Valentine’s Day with her kitty. [Photo: Ali Watkins]

Amanda Pruess, like many others, has low key plans after school, but she’s making the best of it. She dressed for the occasion, sporting a pink top, hat and glittery eyeliner. Pruess said she is looking forward to spending her Valentines night with her cat.

Friends Jimmy Finnegan and Will Coleman joked that they have plans romantic together after classes. They didn’t know what the rest of their Valentine’s Day held for them, but knew about the new MSU Denver President.

Many students had trouble remembering President Janine Davidson’s name, but a buzz has surrounded her candidacy nonetheless. Coleman recalled hearing about her service as the undersecretary for the U.S. Navy. It’s inevitable that her President Davidson will be commonly known as she assumes office.

Jacqueline Samuel plans to stay home do homework and rest.

Jacqueline Samuel plans to stay home do homework and rest. [By Brooke Jones]

Excited for Valentine’s Day! But do you know who the president of MSU is?
By Brooke Jones

This Valentine’s Day students, have one thing in mind LOVE! Couples to single’s have special plans for tonight’s events. Smiles and excitement filled the hallways of West Classrooms, with two questions in mind. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? And who is the new President of MSU Denver?

MSU Denver student Wendy Pooley smiled. “Um,” she replied. “I know that our school is currently looking for a new President. I also know that she is a she. But, I do not know her name.”

Even though Wendy was unsure about the name of the new President of MSU, she was sure about what she was doing later on Valentine’s! “Hanging with my family!” She said she and her family were going to see a movie.

Walking down the halls of West Classroom you can notice colors of reds and pinks, balloons and cupcakes. Standing next to the to the lockers were two friends chatting.

“Do you know who the new President of MSU Denver is?”

“No,” Brandon Lorenco said, “I go to CCD. So I really never knew who the old President was,” he said with a cool side smirk on his face.

Do you know what you are doing for Valentine’s Day?

“Absolutely! Going to a Circa Survive concert with a buddy of mine. There’s going to be a lot of bars and heavy drinking.” The smirk slowly turned into a bright, white smile.

“And you?” Bailey Cabanah sighed, “I work at the Fillmore, Sting plays tonight. It’s not ideal but hey.” And the President, “No, she said laughing, I am also a CCD student.”

Further down the West hallways, two lovebirds were kissing. Cupid definitely shot these two with his arrow of love. “Hi, what are your names?” “Keysi Cordero and Alex Poe” The couple said in unison. The couple sat with excitement as the two questions came up again. “Do you two know who the new President of MSU Denver is?” The couple looked at eachother and answered no, we don’t.”

“What are special plans do you for Valentine’s Day?”

There was a small pause, “Keysi has planned a special picnic lunch for the both of us later after our classes. It is going to be magical!” Alex Poe said. Looking over at Keysi she had a settle smile.

“Later, Alex is taking us to this really nice restaurant. They play the cello while you dine.”

The night was still young for these two lovers on Valentine’s. Walking away they kissed passionately.

Jacqueline Samuel, was sitting working like any other morning. She was glued to the computer screen as the door slowly opened. “Hello, do you know who the new President of MSU Denver is?” “No” she answered. “I have no clue.” She said as she looked off to the side, with a puzzled look on her face.

“Any special plans for Valentine’s Day?”

“Nope, I just want to get some homework done and rest.”

It didn’t bother Jacqueline that she didn’t have a date. She just wanted to enjoy her own company. Most students didn’t know who the new President was, but they were ready to enjoy either their own company or the company of another. Janine Davidson will be the new President soon. Even though most of the students did not know of her, they will soon. But one things for certain, she will be loved by the students at MSU Denver.

Students Know Valentine’s Day Plans, not Next University President
By Matt Miller
DENVER, Auraria Campus – Love is in the air on Metro State University’s campus, but the new school president might not feel it. Valentine’s Day can mean different things for students and even though they are aware of what today means for many, some aren’t aware of who will be leading their university soon.

“I have no idea what’s going on with that,” said Brett Franklin, an MSU student.

Today though, he’ll be studying. “I’m a history major and I have a lot of homework.”

Devin Black was not aware of the change at the university either. “No, this is my first year here,” he said regarding who the next president would be. Valentine’s Day did not have a major impact for him either today. “Nothing much. Getting something to eat after class with a friend,” he said.

Janine Davidson will be coming from a position as the undersecretary of the U.S. Navy to start as MSU’s president. “I do know it’s a female, but I don’t know her name. She’s coming from the military right?” asked Morgan Wise, another MSU student. She has been staying somewhat up to date on the transition, but didn’t know the exact details. She plans on celebrating the day with her friend and roommate by getting dinner together.

As Weather Warms Students Forget What Time of Year it is
By Emily Moyer

DENVER, Auraria Campus – Feb.14, 2017 the ideal sun-shiny day to celebrate love in the Mile-High City. This year as weather warms up, people begin to break out their spring and summer wardrobes early, instead of trudging through the winter snow to buy their Valentine’s bouquets of flowers. It’s the perfect day to take someone for a walk in the park, instead of to a dark movie theater.

In true fashion people would normally be taking advantage of the nice weather, but instead it seems the sunshine has sparked Spring Fever in everyone. The weather was sunny and 48 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Love was in the air. Or was it?

“Oh Shit!!! I completely forgot it’s Valentine’s Day,” said MSU Denver student Jose Salazar suddenly realizing he’s in trouble. Unlike the absentminded Salazar, some students on campus remembered the special day. There were several female students wearing brightly red colored dresses, making the other students feel inferior about their evening agenda.

Auraria student Alex Duong who hadn’t yet hopped over Valentine’s Day, straight onto Easter, had a bouquet of flowers for his girlfriend, April, after her lecture.

Romance and chivalry hasn’t died after all on the MSU Denver campus.

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