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New ‘Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund’ to enhance DU Gameday Experience

Welcome to the Homecoming Weekend at DU!

Since LetsGoDU’s inception in 2008, our core purpose/mission has never changed  – to elevate school spirit at the University of Denver. It’s far more than just rah-rah stuff – we believe the bond between a school and its alumni and sports fans is a sacred one and that’s why we do what we do, all year long. If you are reading this far, chances are you are a serious Denver fan, and we’re so glad to have you with us in our shared community. Continue reading New ‘Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund’ to enhance DU Gameday Experience

Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff

Photo courtesy Jason Evans & Fight Oar Die

Denver Pioneer head hockey coach David Carle, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, and the media all came out Monday afternoon on campus to meet “Fight Oar Die”, the DU supported team of veterans who will row across the Atlantic this December. Also on hand was “Woobie,” the 30-foot rowboat the men hope will carry them to victory. Continue reading Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff

Fight Oar Die: DU Partners with Veterans to Fight PTSD

Photo courtesy Fight Oar Die

The spirit of the University of Denver will be felt on the lonely and dangerous open waters of the Atlantic this fall.

Fight Oar Die,” the first all-veteran team to compete in the dangerous 3,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, will set out in a unique partnership with DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). Continue reading Fight Oar Die: DU Partners with Veterans to Fight PTSD

Jim Montgomery leaving but leaves lasting legacy in Denver

Photo courtesy of Maddie MacFarlane Photography

They always tell you to leave everything better than when you found it. Whether you’re a kid learning to respect your surroundings or a regular adult houseguest, it’s just common courtesy to leave things in better shape after you’ve left. That’s never a thought that crosses your mind when it comes to sports, though. In sports, it’s about winning. For proud programs, it’s about winning championships. In his five years at the helm of the Denver Pioneers hockey program, Jim Montgomery found a way to bridge the gap and do both.

In case you missed the news yesterday, Jim Montgomery is leaving his post as head coach at DU to take the same job with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The general consensus was that it was never a matter of if ‘Monty’ would take a head coaching position in the NHL but a matter of when. Two days ago, when became now. Continue reading Jim Montgomery leaving but leaves lasting legacy in Denver

2018 NCAA Skiing Championships Preview

Tim Healy is a special contributor to LetsGoDU with expertise and access to the DU Ski Team. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@609Healy) as the NCAA Skiing Championships get underway.

It’s that time of year again. The second weekend of March brings us the annual NCAA Skiing National Championships and DU’s best chances to add to their already gigantic collection of national titles. This year’s championships are being held in the Pioneers’ backyard in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Continue reading 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships Preview

DU Men’s Rugby challenges rival NMHU for playoff spot this weekend

Editors Note: DU’s Rugby club is enjoying their 50th anniversary this season. Guest writer Zach Ziegler is a player on the squad and former President – Epsilon Chi Chapter, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

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College relationships are hard. Many don’t last. Sometimes one party invests far more than the other, changes leagues, or even just find someone new. For DU Rugby’s rivalry with the Colorado College Tigers, it was all three. After a number of years thrashing the Tigers, the Pioneers said adios to CC and moved into the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), where they have developed a budding rivalry with the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos. Continue reading DU Men’s Rugby challenges rival NMHU for playoff spot this weekend

The five culture traits DU must correct to earn back our trust

The past weeks have been excruciating ones for the University of Denver community, as the behavior of DU administrators created a deep gash in the University’s relationship with many of its alumni and fans. The senior DU administrators’ dishonest mascot policy and its arrogant implementation banning Boone, the insidious plan to drop the Pioneer name and replace it with “Trailblazers”, and the maddeningly slow, often tone-deaf reaction of university officials once exposed, were all damaging. Just as damaging in the long term, however, is the University’s failure to present us with any kind of problem recognition, contrition or roadmap for improvement. Continue reading The five culture traits DU must correct to earn back our trust

BREAKING: DU Board Chair Doug Scrivner confirms that DU will keep Pioneer Nickname

DU Board Chair Doug Scrivner

Our Crimson and Gold-tinted nightmare appears to have made a major breakthrough: There will be no nickname change. According to University of Denver Board chair Doug Scrivner, ‘Pioneers’ is here to stay.

In an email reply to a concerned alumnus that Scrivner gave permission to share with everyone, and which we’ve quoted below, Scrivner explained that despite the recent controversy, the nickname will remain.

The University has also changed its web site:Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 5.44.05 PM

We now consider the Pioneer name officially “safe” for now.

Read Scrivner’s email below: Continue reading BREAKING: DU Board Chair Doug Scrivner confirms that DU will keep Pioneer Nickname

Your handy guide to LetsGoDU’s coverage of DU’s current identity scandal

January 3, 2018: Sneaky Mask Policy Bans Boone

January 4, 2018: Disingenuous Policy Deserves a Rebuke

January 5, 2018: DU Athlete Shares His Pioneer Story

January 7, 2018: DU Official Reveals Mask Policy Aimed at Boone

January 8, 2018: DU’s 20 Year History of Terrible Mascot Screw-ups

January 9, 2018: Your Responses Making Difference as Pressure Mounts

January 10, 2018: Trailblazers? DU Colluded on Name/Mascot Change

January 13, 2018: Letter Confirms Collusion at Highest Levels-Who did it?

January 15, 2018: DU Blazes Trail of Dishonesty, Malfeasance, and Deception