Now is a suitable time to drill down on a community announcement by Chancellor Jeremy Haefner during his COVID-19 briefing on April 29th. Chancellor Haefner stated that DU’s planning efforts, led by his appointed team, will include, “an exploration into ‘property acquisition, mergers, and acquisitions’ of other universities and/or businesses.”
Jason Evans, a DU alumnus and former CNN journalist who now lives in Denver, has recently started a new blog called “inthebluecrewdu” which addresses news topics and stories in the wider University of Denver community. He recently scored a 30-minute interview with DU Chancellor Jeremy Haefner. Among the topics covered were specific questions regarding both DU Athletics in the pandemic era, as well as questions about the recent IRISE controversy with the Pioneer nickname. With Jason’s permission, we’ve clipped Haefner’s answers to these key questions below. If you’d like to read the entire interview, you can read it on Jason’s blog, here.Continue reading Chancellor Haefner Comments on DU Athletics and Recent Pioneer Nickname Events→
On May 4, 1970, 1,500 DU students gathered on the University of Denver campus to publicly mourn four students at Kent State University in Ohio who were shot and killed by national guardsmen. The protest also centered on President Richard Nixon’s foray into Cambodia which risked an extension of the Vietnam War.
Illustration:DU’s IRISE Institute used this poster to promote undergraduate sessions. Note the Denver Boone image filled with arrows and a sign stating, “Decolonization Territory – No Pioneers Allowed”.
A University of Denver institute is teaching DU students to protest against what the institute calls DU’s “historical and present-day oppressive toxic campus environment(s)”, and using Denver Boone and the word “Pioneers” as explicit targets of the online sessions as they “demand institutional change”. Continue reading DU Encourages Students to Target Boone, Pioneer Nickname→
For years we have openly dreamed about DU membership in the Mountain West Conference or the BIG EAST, packed with schools just like the University of Denver. Sure, it means jumping onto a plane and traveling 1,000 or 2,000 miles for games, often in non-revenue sports, but this was in the old ‘normal’ and made good sense.
Photo: The Duffy Roll Cafe on Pearl Street is offering curbside pick-up
The Crimson & Gold Trail is a program that promotes University of Denver alumni-run businesses. As many LetsGoDU readers know, DU alumni operate a number of excellent hospitality businesses in the Denver Metropolitan area. We have previously encouraged readers to support these entrepreneurs and their employees who have poured their blood sweat and tears into a variety of hospitality businesses in and around Denver and now, we’re doubling down on that call for support in these tough times thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Eat Denver. Drink Denver. Support Denver.→
According to information shared with the DU Faculty Senate, undergraduate enrollment appears solid for the summer and fall. Compared to last year’s enrollment, spring is holding at 94% and fall is 102% of the prior year. If this holds, the University of Denver would appear to be on relatively solid footing given the uncertainty surrounding the future thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. If this holds, it would stand in stark contrast to many published reports by other colleges and universities across the country. Continue reading DU Admissions Successfully Battling COVID-19 Headwinds→
The 2020-2021 collegiate athletic seasons may very well be lost.
With a COVID-19 vaccine still expected 12-18 months away and disease transmission still largely fueled by physical contact between people, Universities, sports leagues (and fans) will likely not take the risk of filling stadiums and arenas until such risk has been effectively mitigated. Administrators (and parents) are also not likely to want to expose student-athletes to travel, cramped locker rooms and contact sports with the associated risks. The same concerns extend to the wider University of Denver community — as it may well need to reduce potential liability through exposure in classrooms, common areas, busy dorms, and social interactions. Therefore, it is possible, if not probable, that much of the next school year could be held online, rather than in-person.
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→