COVID-19 Update: University of Denver Set to Make Tough Staff Decisions in Spring

Sources are telling LetsGoDU that the University of Denver has made a decision to pay all full-time employees at least through the end of April. No firm determination has been made on an extension, furloughs, or cuts past that point. As we reported previously, DU is highly-dependent on tuition revenue for operations (about 78% of operating revenue came from tuition in 2019). The University is currently shuffling underutilized staff to other departments, or not filling open roles with a few exceptions (as approved by the Chancellor’s office). Continue reading COVID-19 Update: University of Denver Set to Make Tough Staff Decisions in Spring

NCAA Officially Grants Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Spring Athletes

Senior lacrosse star Ethan Walker has an extra year of eligibility. Junior women’s lacrosse star Quintin Hoch-Bullen now has two years of eligibility. Freshman women’s golf star Anna Zanusso – the same Anna Zanusso who carded an NCAA record 61 earlier this year – gets a full 4-year do-over. Yesterday, the NCAA Executive Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all spring NCAA Division I and II athletes. In the case of the University of Denver, this includes the men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis, and golf.

As for gymnastics basketball and skiing – all three classified winter sports – will not receive special eligibility treatment under the new ruling. Continue reading NCAA Officially Grants Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Spring Athletes

Denver Athletics to Receive First NCAA Revenue Hit

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According to College AD, athletic departments will take their first financial haircut in April when proceeds from the NCAA Basketball Tournaments would have been distributed. Instead, the NCAA will distribute $225 million in June to Division I members to specifically focus on supporting college athletes. This sum represents 37% of the budgeted $600 million that was to be distributed following March Madness. The NCAA receives most of its revenue from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship television and marketing rights, as well as championship ticket sales. Continue reading Denver Athletics to Receive First NCAA Revenue Hit

Business Continues During Shutdown of Athletics

  • David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin,  D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.

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DU’s Financial Losses Due to COVID-19 Already Are & Will Continue to Be Substantial

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While we’re grieving for those people, jobs, and sports seasons that have been lost in this COVID-19 pandemic, we should also get ready for the financial fallout that is already following in its wake. And while it’s still difficult to think about money when lives are being lost all over the world to this virus, the economic consequences from this crisis are significant and only going to get worse for many colleges and universities, especially those such as DU, which are so tuition-dependent for revenue. Continue reading DU’s Financial Losses Due to COVID-19 Already Are & Will Continue to Be Substantial

Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

Editor’s Note: This article was originally slated to run ahead of the hockey team’s NCHC quarterfinal series with Omaha, which was later canceled along with the rest of the 2019-2020 NCAA season.

If you happen to find yourself in need of a toothbrush, Ilona Kovacs might be able to help you out.

That’s because a student once bribed her with one, in exchange for being able to sit in the first row of the student section. Sitting there allows one to be next to DU Whiteboard, the large dry erase board Kovacs and fellow sophomore Jack Fowle write taunting messages on for the other team. Continue reading Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Community Commons/Student Union

Prior to today’s snowstorm, work continued on the Community Commons (i.e. Student Union) along Evans Avenue. Workers have nearly completed the copper wall treatments and roughed in the roof structure as they rush to complete as much work outside today as possible. There is a lot of construction noise and traffic on Evans avenue so be sure to turn the sound down before clicking play. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Community Commons/Student Union

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Bullet Proof Sculpture and Carnegie Green

The campus is shut down but some students are still on campus along with locals strolling Carnegie Green with their kids and dogs. Take a few minutes to enjoy an afternoon on the Green with the ‘Bullet Proof’ sculpture, created during another time of uncertainty at the University of Denver. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Bullet Proof Sculpture and Carnegie Green

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Burwell Center Construction

Campus is effectively closed. You’re quarantined in your home because you’re a responsible citizen and you’re starting to go a bit stir-crazy with the news and lack of sports.

So here, take four stress-free minutes out of your day to enjoy the sights and sounds on DU’s campus – the rhythm of work continues for many in construction, facilities and grounds crew. Construction continues on the Burwell Center for Career Achievement. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Burwell Center Construction

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