9 Hidden Gems At DePaul University That Every Blue Demon Should Know About

9 Hidden Gems At DePaul University That Every Blue Demon Should Know About

Come check out the most hidden secrets and gems that make DePaul so unique.


With over 100 years of students and staff working and learning at DePaul, there have been many traditions and history added along the way. How familiar are you with DePaul University's history and traditions? Have you ever attended an admissions tour and think you know all about DePaul University? An admissions tour wants to sell the prospective students and guests the school. However, after serving as an orientation leader, and leading incoming freshmen in the traditions tour at orientation, I can say that the traditions tour has a different approach. This tour caters on welcoming incoming freshmen students and showing them some interesting places on campus worth noting. The purpose of the traditions tour is for students to know DePaul's top secrets that make this university unique.

1. St. Vincent DePaul Mural

The mural of St. Vincent DePaul was created by Brother Mark Elder, a Vincentian brother on faculty. In 1998, this mural was erected in and is often referred to as "The Big Vinny." The full title of this mural is "We are DePaul 2." The mural is actually made up of miniature faces, if you were to stand beneath it, you would be able to see them. The faces are real images of DePaul students, faculty and staff.

2. Painted Pillars

These painted pillars are found under the El tracks and Brother Mark Elder also painted these. The main point that Elder wanted to grasp is the history of DePaul's inclusion. The work is ongoing, with the goal of having all of the pillars painted.

 3. McGrath Arena

In this part of the tour learn and see the ways how the DePaul athletics cater to students. Learn about all the sports at DePaul and about Blue Crew, a student-run organization in promoting school spirit at all athletic games. Hear more about the new Wintrust Arena located in the South Loop and learn the school fight song!

4. St. Vincent's Circle

In this small gated courtyard between the John T. Richardson Library and the Schmitt Academic Center right across the quad stands the infamous St. Vincent's Circle. In the circle, there are statues of St. Vincent DePaul, a girl, and an African American man. The girl and African American man are listening to what St. Vincent is saying. The main point of this circle is to promote how St. Vincent is inclusive to all genders and ethnicities and this is what DePaul's mission is about. Also, if you are able to stand in the middle of the circle you can hear your voice echo. Try it!

5. Father Egan Statue

A DePaul alumni himself, John Joseph Egan unfortunately passed away in 2001. Father Egan was a Roman Catholic Priest. At DePaul, he was well known for promoting the Vincentian values. Father Egan will always question "What are you doing for justice?" This statue is located on the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Belden Avenue in front of the Student Center.

6. Interfaith Space

This room called interfaith space is located on the first floor of the student center with the main purpose of serving religious diversity. If a student does not identify themselves as Catholic and are of other religions the interfaith space is the place for students to be connected with the religion they choose to follow.

7. Cacciatore Stadium/Wish Field

This stadium completed renovations in 2010 that can now seat about 1,200 people. During the fall, catch a men or women's soccer game and in the spring watch a softball game. A concession stand is available to purchase snacks and refreshments. All DePaul students are free of charge with student ID for attending a game.

8. St. Vincent DePaul Church

Founded in 1875 by Reverend Edward Smith, this church changed locations from the corner of Webster and Kenmore Avenue to Webster and Sheffield Avenue. On May 1, 1897, the new location of the church was founded. Student mass is held every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. Also, inside the church is the Elizabeth Seton food pantry which is open six days a week that serves meals for people in need.

9. Welcome Center

This is the place to leave your marking at DePaul University. Incoming freshmen students sign their class banner. The next time students see this banner is at their senior toast and at graduation! Students also learn more about DePaul University alumni.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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An Open Letter To My RA

Thank you for not being the absolute worst.


We've all heard stories of resident assistants, the horror stories of them being the absolute worst. When you move into a dorm room one of your biggest fears is your resident assistant.

Will you get along with them, will you be able to talk to them, will they write you up for the littlest thing? They're all different but somehow, I got lucky with the best resident assistant that Missouri State University has to offer.

My RA has the brightest personality and knows how to make the best of any situation. She knew how to click with all of us the day that we moved in and made us all feel so welcomed and at home. Almost immediately after we had moved in, she was putting us all into a group chat and creating group events for all thirty-some girls, and I am forever thankful for that.

My RA was a rock to me and always stuck by my side when I needed her most despite what happened to be going on in her life at the time. She knew how to calm me down, how to keep my secrets, and how to laugh with me when I needed it most. She helped all of us create this bond that I feel wouldn't be there if it wasn't for her. She created group dinners and craft nights, movie nights and study nights, and so much more.

I was scared when I moved to college that I was going to have an RA that wouldn't really care about the experience that I have my first year. I've met many people that rarely have interactions with their RA unless they're required to attend a floor meeting. They don't feel they have someone to talk to, and the only person they really know on their floor is their roommate.

I got lucky with an RA that has a genuine passion and concern for us and for what she is there for, and if we don't feel safe and okay then she feels like she isn't doing her job right.

I have so much to thank her for that I'm not really sure where to start. I want to thank her for never really getting upset and always being reasonable with us no matter what the situation was. I want to thank her for including us on details in her life and gossiping with us even when she doesn't have to. Not only that but listening and being involved in our own drama and gossip.

I want to thank her for all of the hour or so talks whether it was crying or laughing, and reassuring us the most when we think we're going through something alone. I want to thank her for all of the dinner dates. All of the movie, song, tv show, local restaurants, attractions, and all the other suggestions she's made to us.

I want to thank her for the Women Empowerment Wednesday's when we all need it the most. I want to thank her for all of the cookie and buff dip pick-me-ups, and the shoutouts that we deserve on our birthdays.

My RA has shown me what it is like for someone to go above and beyond when honestly, they don't need to at all. My RA has inspired me in more ways than she'll ever know and has made me comfortable to do things I never imagined myself doing.

Not only this, but she has inspired me to be an RA in the future, to help all on-campus students strive to do and be the best they can even when it feels impossible. So, to the best RA that Missouri State University has to offer, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. #FreddyHouseBestHouse #FYBForever

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