CU Denver students crowd around the Learn with Purpose button display at a Spring Fling booth

Sarah Geary and Britany Trujillo, both CU Denver freshmen studying biology, decided to come to campus early on Thursday just so they’d have time for the food, fun and games of Spring Fling 2014.

“It’s really fun. The energy is really awesome,” Trujillo said. “It makes coming to school fun.”

Spring Fling has been a tradition on the Auraria campus for at least 15 years. This year, the spring weather couldn’t have been more perfect as shorts-wearing students flocked to the booths, food trucks, games and live music at Tivoli Commons and across the campus.

Geary and Trujillo enjoyed selecting buttons from the CU Denver Learn with Purpose button display. Students won CU Denver Lynx T-shirts, water bottles, pennants and other prizes if a sticker was inside one of the three buttons they selected. The buttons featured an array of clever art and slogans—all designed by CU Denver students.

“We’re still a part of the CU system, but I think the CU Denver name sets us apart—we’re our own school,” Geary said as she selected a Learn with Purpose button. “It’s cool that we have a mascot that’s different, too. We’re not the Buffs, we’re the Lynx.”

Thousands of students attended the tri-institutional event over two days, blowing off steam before the onset of final exams. The event combines CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Community College of Denver. Various student organizations, campus departments and other booth operators saw a steady stream of students dropping by for information, play games, or to pick up a few freebies.

“Spring Fling is a perfect representation of the inclusive and diverse energy that encompasses the Auraria campus,” said Amanda Kister, a graduate assistant for student organizations in the CU Denver Office of Student Life. “As one of the most popular tri-institutional events offered, Spring Fling promotes collaboration among student organizations, local and national vendors, and nonprofit community partners. The event is an opportunity for student engagement to increase among CU Denver, MSU Denver, and CCD students, faculty, and staff.”

(Photo at top: CU Denver students crowd around a Learn with Purpose button display at a CU Denver booth as part of Spring Fling on the Auraria campus on April 24.)

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