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New hotel to anchor DU transformation

Photo:DU has plans to develop this parcel at South University and Buchtel Avenue. Options under consideration include a hotel, retail, welcome center, and graduate student housing.

The gateway to the University of Denver is going to change dramatically in the next five years. As part of DU’s vision to open up the campus to visitors, the Denver community and students, DU has assembled the parcels (pictured below – red)  necessary to move forward on a major 5-year capital project at the southwest corner of Buchtel and University. The property, bordered by Buchtel Blvd, South University, and Asbury is located to the east of the Ritchie Center, will be redeveloped in Phase II of a 5-year development plan.  Continue reading New hotel to anchor DU transformation

Cal State-Bakersfield WAC exit could spell future change for DU

Will Cal State-Bakersfield’s announced exit from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC)  start the conference realignment dominoes falling? With UMKC rumored as a potential Summit League target, the WAC  could be down to seven schools – even with the recent addition of California Baptist.

Bakersfield applied for Big West membership in 2010, but was rejected and has been a member of the WAC since. The addition of CSU-Bakersfield maintains balance as (5) members of the Big West are part of the Cal State system while 5 are from the University of California system. Hawaii remains the lone member from outside of California. Continue reading Cal State-Bakersfield WAC exit could spell future change for DU

Colorado College students move to unionize

Photo: Could CC students unionization require Burning Man Festival attendance?

This past week, the CC Student Newspaper, The Catalyst, posted an article regarding current efforts by students to unionize at the $52,818 per year college. The goal of the effort is to take on “the organizational structure which takes after the namesake unions that catalyzed the labor movements in the U.S. and across the world.” After some research, we have found their list of their Top 10 priorities: Continue reading Colorado College students move to unionize

Colorado Springs owns the Tiger Spirit

The opening stanza in Colorado College’s Alumni hymn says it all, “O Colorado College fair, We sing our praise to you.”  And, this year’s squad is as fair as it gets at 7-7.

But a .500 record has delighted their fan base after only winning 6 games two years ago and 8 games last season.

The recent upturn in Colorado College hockey fortunes has bolstered community spirits, too. People in The Springs have adopted the Tiger spirit – and there are signs of a new attitude all over town. Continue reading Colorado Springs owns the Tiger Spirit

Denver Wilts Under Air Force Pressure, 61-59

The University of Denver (3-5 overall, 0-0 conference) streaked out to a large lead against Air Force (4-3 overall, 0-0 conference) at Magness Arena Saturday afternoon – but the Pioneers could not hold on. The Pioneers had a fairy tale start to the game and enjoyed leads of 18 to 3 and 27 to 5 before falling to the pressing Falcons. Continue reading Denver Wilts Under Air Force Pressure, 61-59

Denver Swept by Cal Poly 3-0

The University of Denver (23-6) played Cal Poly (27-2) at legendary Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus Friday night in round 1 NCAA play.

Denver fell to the Mustangs 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-18).

Going into the match, Cal Poly had won 21 of 26 matches 3-0 so the Pioneers were facing a red hot Mustangs squad. Outside hitter star Torry Van Winden was the player of the match with 21 kills. Taylor Nelson had a whopping 41 assists.

Cassie Baird led DU with 11 kills. Piyusha Boteju had 17 assists and libero Cassidy Rooke had 8 digs to pace the Pioneers.

Denver Falls in the NCAA Tournament
Photo: Compliments Summit League

After four consecutive trips to the NCAA”s, Denver has yet to capture a game in the first round. Coach Tom Hogan and his staff’s goal must make some changes to make a deeper run in the NCAA’s. Continuing to improve their non-conference schedule would seem to better prepare them for this higher level of competition. Nonetheless, another fine season with a regular season championship and conference tournament championship- their fourth in four years.

DU Women’s Volleyball to Face Cal Poly in First Round NCAA Tournament Action

DU volleyball (23-5) got the word slightly after 7:00 pm MT Sunday night that they will be facing  Cal Poly (26-2) in NCAA first round women’s volleyball. Should they win that contest, they are likely to play #15 UCLA. The winner is likely to face #2 Florida in the third round of this bracket and #7 Minnesota in the Regional Finals with the winner advancing to the Final Four. No easy path for sure. The good news is that the Pioneer’s seeding allows them to play another squad that is not seeded in the Top 16. That makes this a realistic opportunity to win a game or two – or even the match before facing a top seeded side.

DU’s first round match will be held at 6:30 MT Friday at UCLA.

The top four seeds for the tournament are (#4) Kentucky, (#3) Stanford, (#2) Florida, (#1) Penn State.

How much longer must Denver Men’s Basketball fans wait?

It seems like this is annual column at LetsGoDU. How long, if ever, do fans have to wait to watch the DU men’s basketball make the NCAA Basketball Tournament?

A little longer.

But, with Rodney Billups in year two, a program changing its playing style to ‘up-tempo’, a reliance on 4-year players (when over 700 NCAA Division I players transfer schools each season), a 1-bid league with a tournament in a hostile location (Sioux Falls) and a modest amount of historical success – what is the roadmap to success for Denver? Continue reading How much longer must Denver Men’s Basketball fans wait?

DU Volleyball Powers Past ORU for Title

The #1 seed University of Denver (22-5 overall), faced a pesky Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (15-13 overall, 11-3 Summit League) squad but used their power game to push past the #2 seed visitors, 3 – 1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16). Emma Willis had 15 kills, Ellie Anderson 25 assists, Tina Boe had 6 blocks, and Piyushu Boteju had 11 digs. To top off the team effort, Kayla Principato was named the MVP of the Summit League Tournament. Principato had 12 kills and 27 total attempts/attacks. ORU was paced by senior Laura Milos with 25 kills and a whopping 51 total attempts/attacks. Continue reading DU Volleyball Powers Past ORU for Title

Denver Sweeps To Summit League Volleyball Finals

Denver – #1 DU women’s volleyball (22-5 overall, 12-2 Summit League) swept #4 seed North Dakota State University 3-0 Saturday afternoon (25-11, 25-20, 25-22). The win sends Denver to the Summit League finals at 2:00 Sunday against the winner of the #4 South Dakota vs. #3 Oral Roberts winner.

Denver was led by Becca Latham’s 20 kills, Cassidy Rooke’s 17 digs, Emma Willis’ 7 blocks, and a team hitting percentage of .318 vs NDSU’s .138. Denver’s pressure and pace forced a number of hitting errors by the Bison and DU’s power game was too much for the visitors. Continue reading Denver Sweeps To Summit League Volleyball Finals