Category Archives: University of Denver

50 Years Ago: DU Thrust into the National Spotlight with Woodstock West

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. 

This was a surprising development because DU was not known as a politically active hotbed. The protest on campus made national news and thrust the University of Denver into the national spotlight. Continue reading 50 Years Ago: DU Thrust into the National Spotlight with Woodstock West

DU Encourages Students to Target Boone, Pioneer Nickname

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

Pettersen and Ward Leaving Pioneers, Jandric and Hanson Transferring In

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Emilio Pettersen (Photo DU/Shannon Valerio)

The Denver Pioneers hockey roster continues to change, as rising junior forward Emilio Pettersen has left DU to sign an entry level contract with the Calgary Flames, while fellow rising junior Tyler Ward is transferring from DU to the University of New Hampshire, where he will need to sit out a year.  According to the Grand Forks HeraldDU will help mitigate these losses as the beneficiary of two incoming graduate transfers with immediate eligibility join the DU team next season in- all-WCHA forward Steven Jandric of Alaska-Fairbanks and defenseman Bo Hanson from St. Lawrence University of the ECAC. While DU has yet to publicly announce the two transfers, both transfers were confirmed to LetsGoDU last week. Continue reading Pettersen and Ward Leaving Pioneers, Jandric and Hanson Transferring In

University of Denver Seeking Additional Necessary COVID-19 Assistance

In an email communique to the University of Denver community, Chancellor Jeremy Haefner shared Denver’s efforts to work with government officials “however long it takes to recover from the effects of COVID-19.” Prior to the April 20th announcement,$4.6 million of the $12.5 billion pool of funds related to Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act had been allocated to DU. At least half of that will be awarded for emergency financial aid grants to students. Continue reading University of Denver Seeking Additional Necessary COVID-19 Assistance

Message Sent: No Students on Campus, No Athletics

The commissioners of the nation’s major college football conferences held a 30-minute conference call Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence and stressed that college sports cannot return from the COVID-19 shutdown until campuses have re-opened, according to an ABC news article. And, the same, likely, holds true for all other universities and sports. Continue reading Message Sent: No Students on Campus, No Athletics

Eat Denver. Drink Denver. Support Denver.

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.

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