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This Breakfast Club is about retention, not detention

Students are invited to start their day with the MSU Denver Writing Center.

By Cora Zaletel

February 13, 2019

Student and staff member studying in the writing centerUnlike the 1985 film, “The Breakfast Club,” the Metropolitan State University of Denver Writing Center Breakfast Club is not about serving detention. Instead, it supports retention by offering students a healthy breakfast and a bit of writing assistance to start the day, allowing students to use the Center’s computers and meeting space — while snagging a free cup of coffee and a snack.

“We know students write better when they are hydrated and caffeinated and have gotten a decent breakfast,” said Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Writing Center director and professor of English.

Breakfast Club is held in two locations, KC 415 and JSSB 201, from 8-10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The menu varies from cereal bars to Pop Tarts (a staff favorite), but the welcoming environment is a Breakfast Club staple. Regular Writing Center hours vary from location to location.

While Kleinfeld sees just a handful of students each morning, she acknowledges that the numbers add up over the course of the semester.

“Getting the word out is paramount, since students won’t access services they don’t know about,” she said.

For more information about the Breakfast Club, contact Kleinfeld at or stop by for a cup of Joe.

On Valentine’s Day, the Writing Center staff also invites all Roadrunners to a 201st-birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born into slavery and did not know his actual date of birth; he chose Feb. 14 as the day to celebrate his birth. The MSU Writing Center will honor his chosen birthday by reading and discussing black-authored texts by and about Douglass and his wife, Anna Douglass.

9-11 a.m. Thursday in KC 415

2-5 p.m. Thursday in JSSB 201

Refreshments will be served.

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