Who was @IWU_QuadSquirls? And why did he/she have to graduate? Will they continue their tweets?
I take it you’re a new student. For all those upperclasspeople who haven’t been browsing the IWU Admissions site or obsessively searching the Twitterverse for absurdist phraseology relating to a low-down or tree-top perspective on the IWU quad, @IWU_QuadSquirls is a Twitter account purporting to come from a squirrel who lives on campus. When the university administration started seeing these tweets fly by, the accounts’ hidden identity quickly became standard watercooler gossip. I tried to tell people it really was a squirrel with a Blackberry, but those stodgy administration-types didn’t believe me. Then one day, the Admissions office decided this squirrel was awesome enough that it deserved a place on their website, and it very quickly gained a wide audience among prospective students.
Fast forward a couple of months to the end of April and this shocking (shocking!) revelation:
And it quickly became apparent that the squirrel had gained enough class credits to graduate. There have been a few tweets since, but nothing earth-shattering like a gang war over the takeover of the account or as if I had stomped a little harder than usual.
So, that’s the backstory. The squirrel’s identity remains a topic of gossipsation to this very day. Even I, your near-iwumniscient mascot, can’t honestly say that I know who runs that account or what its fate may be. I can only hope, as much as you do, that we will continue to be blessed with nuggets of wisdom like this: