Archive for August, 2013

From left, Courtney Merage, Montana Knapp and Jessica Markowitz are the team behind "Americano." Photo: Jake Schuus

Film students go behind the camera to shoot their own short documentaries

Each year, students in the University of Denver’s film studies and production program get the chance to put their technical training to the test, dividing into teams to conceptualize, shoot and edit their own short films. Students alternate each year between narrative films — fictional movies with a script — […]

Women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team provided one of the highlights of the entire 2012–13 school year when senior Nicholette DiGiacomo completed a hat trick in dramatic fashion, recording her third goal of the game in overtime against Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament, giving DU its first berth […]

Women’s basketball

The Pioneers enter the fray in the Summit League as head coach Kerry Cremeans begins her second year at the helm. Although Cremeans will have to fill a gaping hole in the lineup after the graduation of point guard Emi Smith — the program’s all-time leader in assists — the […]


Women’s volleyball coach Jesse Mahoney enters his second year at the helm in 2013, looking to improve on a 2012 season that was one of the team’s most successful seasons in recent years. DU finished 2012 with a 17-13 record powered by an offense ranked first in the WAC and […]

Swimming and diving

On the men’s side, the Pioneers return 20 letter-winners from last season’s squad, which posted a fourth-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Leading DU’s first season in the Summit League for head coach Brian Schrader is senior Kyle Milberg, who was recognized as the MPSF Swimmer of […]


The Pioneers will look for their 22nd national title in 2014 after finishing fourth at last year’s championships under alpine head coach Andy LeRoy and Nordic head coach Dave Stewart. Denver’s alpine team returns sophomore Kristine Haugen, who became just the sixth skier in NCAA history and the first Pioneer […]

Men’s soccer

Coach Bobby Muuss led the Pioneers to 11 wins last season — the second best finish in the team’s NCAA Division I history — and Denver returns 18 players and six starters for the 2013 campaign. The Pioneers will, however, need to fill the void left by five graduating seniors, […]

Men’s basketball

Head coach Joe Scott’s team earned a share of the WAC regular season crown last year after posting an overall record of 22–10 and going 16-2 in conference play. The team went on to earn a spot in the National Invitation Tournament, the Pioneers’ first post-season selection since 2005. The […]


If an atmosphere of change and turnover is a daunting prospect for new coach Jim Montgomery, the former standout at the University of Maine isn’t admitting it. Former head coach George Gwozdecky is gone. So is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the program’s home for six decades, and so are […]


After finishing fourth at the NCAA regionals last year, DU should be poised once again to make waves nationally. The team finished the 2012–13 regular season with a Regional Qualifying Score ranking of 196.470, the highest in the program’s history. Leading the way during the 2013–14 season should be senior […]

DU athletics teams gear up for a season of new challenges

DU athletics teams gear up for a season of new challenges

Don’t feel bad, Pioneers fans, if you have to consult a scorecard to make sense of some of your favorite teams’ new rivalries. Given that it is a time of unprecedented change in DU’s athletics department, keeping a few notes handy will be perfectly understandable. Old rivalries have passed by […]

Alums open new restaurants in DU neighborhood

Alums open new restaurants in DU neighborhood

Three new alumni-owned establishments have opened in the DU neighborhood since January. Here’s a look at the new spaces and their Pioneering owners.   Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery, 2730 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit #19; Owner: Alex Comisar (BSBA ’07) Backstory: Taking a cue from homegrown chains such as Chipotle […]

Body of work: Alumnus Phil Heath talks about his journey to Mr. Olympia

Body of work: Alumnus Phil Heath talks about his journey to Mr. Olympia

Phil Heath thought basketball was his destiny. He was wrong. Though Heath came to the University of Denver on a basketball scholarship, he ended up finding much more success in the world of bodybuilding. In 2012 he claimed his second consecutive Mr. Olympia title, and in September 2013, he’ll return […]

University announces gifts to fund new building and STEM initiative

University announces gifts to fund new building and STEM initiative

The largest financial gift in University of Denver history will support the construction of a new campus home for engineering and computer science. Chancellor Emeritus Daniel Ritchie has donated property valued at $27 million to the School of Engineering and Computer Science, which in May was renamed the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science in honor of Daniel Ritchie’s father. The […]

Julie Sarama and Douglas Clements. Photo by Wayne Armstrong

Morgridge duo developing new innovations in childhood learning

Preschoolers may not be able to calculate the circumference of a circle or ponder the delights of pi, but they’re more than ready to enjoy a standing play date with patterns, shapes and numbers. In fact, says Professor Douglas Clements of the Morgridge College of Education and the Marsico Institute […]