Category Archives: University of Denver

DU Admissions Successfully Battling COVID-19 Headwinds

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

COVID-19 Update: University of Denver Set to Make Tough Staff Decisions in Spring

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

DU’s Financial Losses Due to COVID-19 Already Are & Will Continue to Be Substantial

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While we’re grieving for those people, jobs, and sports seasons that have been lost in this COVID-19 pandemic, we should also get ready for the financial fallout that is already following in its wake. And while it’s still difficult to think about money when lives are being lost all over the world to this virus, the economic consequences from this crisis are significant and only going to get worse for many colleges and universities, especially those such as DU, which are so tuition-dependent for revenue. Continue reading DU’s Financial Losses Due to COVID-19 Already Are & Will Continue to Be Substantial

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Community Commons/Student Union

Prior to today’s snowstorm, work continued on the Community Commons (i.e. Student Union) along Evans Avenue. Workers have nearly completed the copper wall treatments and roughed in the roof structure as they rush to complete as much work outside today as possible. There is a lot of construction noise and traffic on Evans avenue so be sure to turn the sound down before clicking play. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Community Commons/Student Union

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Bullet Proof Sculpture and Carnegie Green

The campus is shut down but some students are still on campus along with locals strolling Carnegie Green with their kids and dogs. Take a few minutes to enjoy an afternoon on the Green with the ‘Bullet Proof’ sculpture, created during another time of uncertainty at the University of Denver. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Bullet Proof Sculpture and Carnegie Green

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Burwell Center Construction

Campus is effectively closed. You’re quarantined in your home because you’re a responsible citizen and you’re starting to go a bit stir-crazy with the news and lack of sports.

So here, take four stress-free minutes out of your day to enjoy the sights and sounds on DU’s campus – the rhythm of work continues for many in construction, facilities and grounds crew. Construction continues on the Burwell Center for Career Achievement. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Burwell Center Construction

4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Ritchie School of Engineering

Campus is effectively closed. You’re quarantined in your home because you’re a responsible citizen and you’re starting to go a bit stir-crazy with the news and lack of sports.

So here, take four stress-free minutes out of your day to enjoy the sights and sounds on DU’s campus that you’re missing so dearly right now: Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Ritchie School of Engineering

And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

NCAA Announces Games Without Fans – Hockey and Basketball Impacted; NCHC Follows Suit

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and will continue to be updated with more information as it becomes available.

The same day the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a ‘pandemic’, the NCAA sprung into action Wednesday afternoon.  The NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments will be played without fans. And, this announcement further impacts other NCAA sports which Denver plays in the spring. Denver is scheduled to host Omaha in NCHC first-round hockey action this upcoming weekend, Denver hockey is hosting the Loveland NCAA Hockey Regionals March 27th and 28th and Denver Gymnastics is hosting NCAA Regionals April 2-4th at Magness Arena. Continue reading NCAA Announces Games Without Fans – Hockey and Basketball Impacted; NCHC Follows Suit

#8 Seed Denver falls in final seconds to top-seed North Dakota State, 71-69 to end season in Summit League Tourney

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DU Senior Ade Murkey (# 0), drives in his final college game against NDSU in Sioux Falls. Murkey finished with 17 points for DU. Photo: Associated Press

It was epic, heart-wrenching and at the same time, prideful.

The eighth and final-seeded Denver Pioneers Men’s Basketball Team, playing with just one upperclassman in the lineup for most of the season, saved their very best team effort for their last game, as the Pioneers took top-seed North Dakota State into the final seconds before dropping a thrilling 71-69 heartbreaker in the opening round of the Summit League Tournament at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Denver sophomore and top shooter Jase Townsend, who had tied the game up at 69-69 with 25 seconds remaining, had a chance to win or tie the game again in the final six seconds with the score 71-69, NDSU.  However, instead of shooting a three-point attempt for the win, he elected (or perhaps was instructed) to drive to the basket instead for a two-point shot to tie, drawing contact from the Bison, but not a foul call, as his layup attempt fell just wide at the buzzer, ending the game (and DU’s season) at a record of 7-24.  

North Dakota State, 23-8 and 11.5-point favorites against DU, escaped to the tournament semi-finals on Monday Night. NDSU Senior Vinnie Shahid, who is DU Senior Ade Murkey’s former AAU teammate and close friend from Minneapolis, led the Bison with 22 points, including a huge three pointer and a pair of foul shots in the final minute to seal the win for the Bison. 

The Pioneers, who shot 50% from the field in the game, outscored the Bison 39-35 in the second half. DU, who had won two of their last three games just to get to the last Summit League Tourney slot in Sioux Falls and escape last place, played their total hearts out. DU’S three best players, Ade Murkey, Jase Townsend and Robert Jones led the Pioneers with excellent performances with their season on the line. 

Murkey, a senior and the heart-and-soul of the Pioneers finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in his final game in Crimson and Gold, before fouling out in tears in the final seconds. North Dakota State coach Dave Richman called Murkey a “warrior” after the game on television, and complimented the Pioneers profusely on the near-upset. 

Townsend, who put the Pios on his back down the stretch, scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half.

Jones, the 6-10 freshman  big man, had a career-high 21 points to lead Denver in scoring on the night, with all of the points coming in the paint.

The Pioneers used solid shooting and strong defense to hold NDSU to just 39% shooting.

Indeed, the Pioneers, without their band or cheerleaders in Sioux Falls, were ‘adopted’ and cheered on by thousands of South Dakota State fans, who had arrived early for their tournament game following Denver and NDSU.

The teams traded baskets early, but it looked like NDSU might pull away after a Jaxon Knotek dunk midway through the first half. Knotek’s slam fired up the Bison crowd and gave NDSU an 18-12 lead. It didn’t last though, as the Pioneers scored the next four points.

It then looked like the Pioneers might make a run when DU freshman Robert Jones and-1 dunk at 7:13 mark tied the game at 20, but he missed the free throw and NDSU scored the next five points. Denver did get back to within one, but the Bison scored the final five points of the half to take a 36-30 lead into the locker room.

Vinnie Shahid buried a second-chance three-pointer four minutes into the second half to put the Bison up 44-36, their largest lead of the game to that point. After a stop at the other end, the all-league first-teamer hit a layup to push the lead to 46-36, which drew a timeout from the Denver bench.

NDSU was threatening to pull away again, but Denver’s Jase Townsend went on a 7-0 run midway through the frame to tie the game at 49-all, part of a 16-3 stretch by Denver that ended with the Pioneers up 58-52 with 8:33 on the clock.

The Pioneers held onto that lead until a Shahid triple put the Bison up 67-65 with 1:22 on the clock. Denver tied the game twice after that, but could never regain the lead. Shahid got fouled on a drive with six seconds left and hit both foul shots to secure the win.

Shahid led all players in the game and three Bison in double figures with 22 points. Tyson Ward added 20 points and Sam Griesel collected 10 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds.

Thus an otherwise horrible 7-24 DU season is over, but anyone watching the game had to admire the performance DU put in against a veteran Bison team. DU should return a nucleus of more experienced players next season, as only Murkey graduates.