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Denver Men’s Hoops 2019-2020 Season Preview: Reset & Refocus

Photo: Denver Pioneers Basketball

After a last-place finish in the Summit League a year ago, the Pioneers were picked by conference coaches to finish in the cellar once again this season. Not exactly what DU hoops fans want to hear. This season will be a reboot with new assistant coaches, four freshmen, three junior college transfers and just two upperclassmen. Continue reading Denver Men’s Hoops 2019-2020 Season Preview: Reset & Refocus

DU Administration’s Pioneers ‘Double Game’ leaves DU student-athletes caught in the middle

As we near Homecoming Weekend, hockey will take center stage but it’s easy to forget that student-athletes have been caught in the middle of the ‘friendly crossfire’ of the Pioneers ‘debate.’

While the DU Administration tries to manage a homegrown crisis, divided between tolerance and intolerance of its own Pioneer nickname, DU’s athletes are caught in the middle. Competing as Pioneers, they give their blood, sweat, and tears for DU, but remain in a direct line of internal fire, as a handful of DU’s senior administrators and a handful of student pawns take shots at the Pioneer name. Continue reading DU Administration’s Pioneers ‘Double Game’ leaves DU student-athletes caught in the middle

DU Fails to Respond to Pioneer Nickname Issue

It’s been nearly a month since our Sept. 9th piece when we asked DU to publicly affirm the Pioneer nickname as well as reinstate the Pioneer nickname to those programs where it was dropped. To date, DU has failed to respond.

In 2019, DU senior administrators removed the Pioneer nickname from at least three longstanding programs. Pioneer Passage was changed to “New Student Convocation”; the Pioneer Awards were changed to the “Crimson and Gold Awards” and the Pioneer ID Card abruptly appeared without the Pioneer name (although after the DU community caught wind of this, the card was ‘restored’ with an option for cardholders to choose cards without the ‘Pioneer’ name).  For more details on these changes, see the link here. Continue reading DU Fails to Respond to Pioneer Nickname Issue

Safeway sponsorship proves power of ‘Pioneers’

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Athletics

The recently announced University of Denver athletics sponsorship with Safeway shows the power of the ‘Pioneers’ nickname. Without a doubt, the on-campus benefits look substantial where “Safeway will receive exposure at the Ritchie Center, Peter Barton Stadium, DU Soccer Stadium, print, digital, game day takeovers, radio advertising and exclusive use of marks. The multi-year contract will surround all DU NCAA sports with a unique and specific emphasis on women’s sports & wellness. Safeway will also contribute to the Pioneer Nutrition Station which will benefit the wellness and performance of DU student athletes.” Continue reading Safeway sponsorship proves power of ‘Pioneers’

Reader Poll: Will In-N-Out Burger Change Your life?

They’re coming. The iconic California-based burger chain, In-N-Out Burger, will be building a distribution facility and office and breaking ground on restaurant sites along the front range. They are starting in Colorado Springs but have secured a restaurant site in nearby Park Meadows. Still, no sites on the drawing board for the Denver City limits – yet. But Colorado Boulevard and Broadway locations can’t be far behind, can they?

So, how will the In-N-Out Burgers entry into Colorado impact you? Participate in our poll below:

What do you think of In-N-Out Burger?

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LetsGoDU Super-POLL™ Picks Pioneers Yet Again

Make that 15 consecutive seasons with the University of Denver Pioneers as the top pick to win the 2019-2020 national championship.

As the LetsGoDU staff poured thru stats, drank pots of coffee and consumed 3-dozen Duffy rolls, Denver hockey emerged as the clear favorite in the LetsGoDU Super-POLL™  to win their ninth  National Champion on April 11th, 2020 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota-Duluth will be playing Little Caesar to Denver’s Brutus in the finals. And third place? A log-jam between two eastern powers Boston College and Providence. Continue reading LetsGoDU Super-POLL™ Picks Pioneers Yet Again

Outstanding DU Food Service worker needs our help

Sometimes when you least expect it, someone makes a difference in your life. A food service worker at Centennial Halls, Benita Foote, needs our help. Her daughter, Tanasia Famber, has established a GoFundMe page to help her mother with transportation. Ms. Foote has been employed full-time at DU for the last 16 years. Unfortunately, she was in a serious car accident and has preexisting diabetic neuropathy which makes her 3:00 am walk to the bus a challenging task. The funding goal is to raise $10,009 for regular transportation from her home in Aurora to the University of Denver campus. Continue reading Outstanding DU Food Service worker needs our help

DU’s Promises Made, Promises Broken

In the movie, Mary Poppins says, “Sounds like a ‘pie crust promise’ — easily made and easily broken”.

Well, DU makes a whole lot of pie crusts, which is especially rich coming from a school that promotes its honor code and pitches us continually on the virtues of its integrity. As administrators change frequently at DU, it’s important to remind those in power at DU that we alumni and fans have long memories, and we notice when our school lies to us or tries to trick us regarding the University of Denver’s cherished identity.

Here is a brief recap of DU identity-related trickery over the last 18 months: Continue reading DU’s Promises Made, Promises Broken

Denver public gives giant thumbs down to DU’s nickname meddling by 100-1 ratio

The Denver public has spoken loudly, and they clearly don’t want DU to mess with the Pioneer nickname — by a 100-to-1 ratio.

For a University that wants more engagement with the local metro area as a high strategic plan priority, this firm rebuke of DU’s recent efforts to erase the Pioneer name should provide quite a clear roadmap of how NOT to win public favor.

A Channel 7 Denver 360 TV news report gave us our first chance to measure local public reaction to DU’s recent efforts to erase the Pioneer nickname on the DU Campus. And there was an overwhelming reaction on the station’s Twitter and Facebook pages, supporting the Pioneer nickname by a ratio of nearly 100-to-1. Continue reading Denver public gives giant thumbs down to DU’s nickname meddling by 100-1 ratio