While the University of Denver continues to address the issues and costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual #1DAY4DU campaign continues this year with a new twist. Rather than donations being directed to a variety of departments and clubs, donors are encouraged to contribute to the new Student Commons (i.e. student union).
In our view, no single gift to DU at this time would be more important than supporting this new campus asset. With many students, staff and friends of the university in quarantine, nothing offers the DU community more promise than a gathering place which brings people together again in the heart of the DU campus.
While DU is addressing the unfortunate costs of the pandemic, we can play a small role in helping DU get back on its feet.
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.”
A decommittment from incoming 6’4″ guard Omar Rowe may have opened up the gates for DU to secure a steady scorer to support Jase Townsend and Robert Jones.
DU has received a verbal commitment from 6’4″ shooting guard Eric Moenkhaus from Greenwood, Indiana and Lincoln Trail Junior College. A proven scorer, Moenkhause scored 25 points in his final game, a junior college district quarterfinals game in March. A guard/wing, Moenkhaus has displayed an efficient scoring touch at stops with Lincoln Trail College with 10.0 points per game while shooting 45.5% from the field, 42.7% from beyond the arc and 76.5% from the free throw line. Continue reading Natural Scorer Added To DU Men’s Hoops Roster→
After much of the country had called it a night yesterday, Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse reported that one of the most coveted graduate transfers in the portal – All-American Yale attackman Jackson Morrill – had made his decision on where to play for his final year of eligibility. Xanders reported that Morrill had defied the predictions and decided to come west to play at Denver. In Morrill, the Pioneers add not only the 2nd-best transfer in the portal – 2020 Tewaaraton frontrunner Michael Sowers was #1 and he chose Duke – but they gain the 2nd-ranked scorer in Yale history (220 points on 113 goals). Continue reading Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale→
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→
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 Herald, DU will help mitigate these losses asthe 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→