If it seems that this annual preseason preview piece is coming at an odd time, you’d be absolutely right. It’s December 1st and the NCHC is officially kicking off its season – Omaha and Minnesota Duluth hit the ice this afternoon at 2:35 pm MT – that no one was totally sure was even going to happen a month ago in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s been a weird, brutal, and altogether taxing year. Nearly nine months after the 2019-2020 season was abruptly canceled in one of the most surreal weeks of our lives, we’re sitting back down and thinking about what’s to come over the next four months of college hockey. But as rough as this year has been and may continue to be in certain ways, there is a bright spot: college hockey is finally back and the puck drops on Denver Hockey’s 71st season in a little more than 24 hours. Continue reading 2020-2021 University of Denver Hockey Season Preview
Our best to everyone who is a part of Pioneer Nation. In what has been one of the most complicated years in DU history, we are thankful to have Denver Athletics as a healthy distraction during complex times.
Thanks to our readers, contributors and commenters.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
The LetsGoDU Team
For a number of months, high-level University of Denver administrators had openly discussed the possibility of a satellite mountain campus. Initial discussions hinted at the possibility of a location outside Frasier, Colorado at Devils Thumb Ranch. However, a new Sky High News report indicates DU’s formal interest in buying and preserving the historic Beaver Valley Lodge in Winter Park, Colorado, located in Grand County. Continue reading DU’s Mountain Campus Moves Another Step Closer to Reality in Grand County
As always, it’s a great day to be a Pioneer. But perhaps it’s even better today than most others.
University of Denver Chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner finally made an official public statement that the school will retain the popular 95-year old nickname “Pioneers,” according to a long letter October 21st sent to alumni and responding to anti-Pioneer posters’ demands, linked here. Continue reading DU Reaffirms Pioneers Nickname, Finally Puts Issue to Bed
While University of Denver Jeremy Chancellor Haefner has yet to commit to keeping the Pioneer name, he has asked for “the [DU] community’s patience” to prepare his response to a small group of protesters who are demanding that DU get rid of the Pioneer nickname by February of 2021. Continue reading Chancellor Haefner Requests “Community’s Patience” as Pioneer Nickname Remains In Doubt
In a year when almost nothing seems normal, DU announced a virtual homecoming to help the DU community experience a sense of normalcy this fall. The events are designed to blend philosophy, academia, and athletics in a series of virtual, online meetings with DU leaders, stakeholders and guests.
The homecoming goal is to engage body, mind and spirit in a series of virtual, on-line events. Continue reading DU Announces Virtual Homecoming October 19th-24th
We’ve had it. Enough already.
We’re tired of years of DU’s faculty and staff working behind the scenes and now, directly orchestrating protests with the objectives of smashing DU traditions and further dividing the DU community. Continue reading It is High Time DU’s Divisive Faculty-Led Anti-Pioneer Protests End
Denver Athletics has launched a year-long campaign to recoup some of the losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. DU still has the cost of administrative staff, support staff, student housing, and now, with the resumption of sports, the cost of travel, equipment, and associated support costs. According to the 5280 Together COVID Relief Fund announcement, “We face unprecedented losses in revenues and added expenses as we work to bring our student-athletes back to competition, keep them safe and provide a first-class experience at DU.” And the goal? One million dollars during the 2020-2021 season. Continue reading DU Reaches Out for Community Support with 5280 Together COVID Relief Fund
DU’s affable Chancellor Jeremy Haefner is employing transparency along with an active communication plan and zero tolerance to provide DU the best possible chance to maintain on-campus learning this fall. And it’s working – so far. Continue reading DU Eyes Scorecard Instead of Fall Scoreboards in COVID-19 Battle
Many people tend to discount university rankings but they are truly meaningful to students and especially parents when there is a premium to attend top-ranked schools and universities. DU received fantastic news today when it was announced that the University of Denver jumped 17 spots from #97 a year ago to #80 among 400 national universities. Continue reading DU Jumps 17 spots to #80 in US News & World Report Annual College Rankings