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2009 November: Community News

2009 November: Community News

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*Explore Denver program
*Convocation address
*New restaurants
*Hollywood producer
*DU hockey anniversary
*Explore Denver program
*Convocation address
*New restaurants
*Hollywood producer
*DU hockey anniversary

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 Explore Denver program
 Convocation address
 New restaurants
 Hollywood producer
 DU hockey anniversary
John Moore, theater critic for
The Denver Post
, reads his part during DU’sproduction of 
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
, an epilogue to the originaloff-Broadway play
The Laramie Project
. The project paid tribute to gayUniversity of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was lured from aLaramie bar, tortured and left for dead in 1998. DU was one of the manytheaters around the world that simultaneously performed the epilogue onOct. 12, the anniversary of Shepard’s death. Local luminaries joined DU facultyand staff in the staged reading, including Moore, DU Provost Gregg Kvistad,Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver-area stage actors.
Remembering Matthew
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Think pink
Coors Fitness Center was graced with a splash of pink during the month of October  thanks to a cancer awarenessproject. In recognition of Breast Cancer AwarenessMonth, fitness equipmentmanufacturer Cybex donated10 cents for every mile loggedon a pink treadmill that wasin the center’s cardio deck.The money will be donated to the Breast Cancer ResearchFoundation. As of Oct. 27, DUmembers logged 1,224 miles,raising $122.
DU scores high marks on green report card
The University o Denver hit the books last year on sustainability,and this month’s “Green Report Card” shows the rewards o hard work.The 2010 Sustainable Endowments Institute’s CollegeSustainability Report Card gives DU a B-plus grade, animprovement over last year’s B-minus. The higher gradestems rom improvements in several categories, including en-dowment transparency, administrative leadership and com-mitment to combating climate change.Lyndsay Agans, chair o the DU Sustainability Council, saysshe’s happy with the grade but says there is room or improvement.DU dropped a grade in the “green building” category despite anumber o new buildings recognized as “green” by nationally acceptedbuilding standards. Tom McGee, DU’s energy engineer, says the reason or  the drop may be due to some reporting mandates that will be rectied this year.Regionally, DU was a strong perormer on the report. The top rating in the RockyMountain Region went to the University o Colorado, which earned an A-minus. DU’s B-plus tied or second with Colorado College. Further down the list, University o Colorado-ColoradoSprings, University o Montana-Missoula and University o Utah rated Bs. Colorado State Univer-sity earned a C-plus and the Colorado School o Mines trailed with a D-plus. The lowest-ratedschool in the region is Brigham Young University, with a D-minus.The institute proled 332 schools through 48 indicators — including building assessments,recycling programs and endowment investment policies — to create the ratings. The institute is aspecial project o the Rockeeller Philanthropy Advisors and is based in Cambridge, Mass.>>www.greenreportcard.org.
 —Chase Squires
New program helps undergrads explore Denver
Denver oers many cultural and scientic acilities, and now DU undergraduate students canexplore some o the city’s gems or ree.The new Explore Denver program provides ree tickets to undergraduates or the Denver  Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum o Natureand Science. The program also oers deeply discounted tickets to Denver Center or the Per- orming Arts perormances. For instance, tickets to the musical
are available or $10.Explore Denver is an initiative o DU’s Undergraduate Student Government — ormerly the AUSA Senate — and the Student Comptroller’s oce, and the tickets are unded by thestudent activity ee. The Undergraduate Student Government has allocated $30,000 or theprogram this year.“Part o being a student at DU is enjoying what Denver has to oer and being an active par- ticipant in the lie o the city,” says Carl Johnson, director o student programming and Greek lie.“There is so much to do here, it’s just a matter o choosing what to do.”“This program is a great and inexpensive way or students to get o campus and enjoy themany attractions that the city o Denver has to oer,” says Antoine Perretta, president o theUndergraduate Student Government. “Students will be able to broaden their cultural experi-ences by attending shows, visiting the museums, and enjoying the outdoors.”Faculty members are encouraged to utilize the ree tickets or class outings.Tickets are available at the Explore Denver ticketing counter on the rst foor o DriscollNorth. The ticket desk is open Monday–Friday rom 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 —Jordan Ames
Volume 33, Number 3
 Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Carol Farnsworth
Editorial Director 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
Managing Editor 
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07)
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Community News
is published monthly by theUniversity of Denver, University Communications,2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208. TheUniversity of Denver is an EEO/AA institution.
Community News
at 303-871-4312or tips@du.eduTo receive an e-mail notice upon thepublication of 
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Students pitched about
tentsoutside the Ritchie Center box ofceSept. 25–26 in anticipation o thesale o DU hockey season tickets.Some students even camped outor
hours. Nearly
 student tickets were sold. Seasontickets cost $52 or
 games. The Pioneershockey team—now inits
year—islooking to add anotherNCAA championshiptitle to the
 the team hasalready won.
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Menu options near DUgrow with two newrestaurants
Holy guacamole! Illegal Pete’s is open atlast.The Boulder-born taco and burrito chain that has struggled or nearly two years to set upshop in a ormer pizza parlor at the intersectiono East Evans Avenue and Williams Streetstarted serving customers Oct. 8.“We’ve been waiting or this since the endo our reshman year,” says DU senior DianaHocker.“I think it’ll be a great spot or people tocome and hang out,” says Jamie Gingrass, aninternational business major who ancies the vegetarian burrito bowl. “It’s casual and laidback. They’ll attract a lot o students.”David Berenson, chie operating ocer o Illegal Pete’s, hopes she’s right.“Pete’s has been in business or 14 years,and this restaurant represents everything weknow about how to design a restaurant andhow to run a restaurant,” Berenson says.It’s been a long time coming. Companyowner Pete Turner has ve other healthyrestaurants in Denver and Boulder, but hestruggled to get nancing when the recessiondried up credit. It was only ater President Obamagoaded the Small Business Administration in thespring that nancing began to loosen.Once a loan was secured, Turner begana major overhaul o the 55-year-old buildingat 1744 E. Evans Ave., including roo, utilities, fooring and a nity garage-style pass-through rom the bar to an outdoor seating area.Turner’s bid to open the business becamesomething o a race ater Noodles & Companyannounced it was taking over a ormer Blockbuster store across the street and wouldopen in October.Pete’s ended up winning. Noodles openedits 1737 E. Evans Ave. restaurant on Oct. 14.Berenson, ironically a ormer vice presidento the 200-store, Broomeld-based Noodleschain, welcomes the budding competition.“We meet dierent needs by and large,once you get past hunger,” he says. “Besides, there’s a certain synergy that happens when there are [dining] options in a neighborhood.It may be that they’ll have dinner at Noodles then come over here or a beer aterward. And that’s great. They’re a great company.”>>www.illegalpetes.com>> www.noodles.com
 —Richard Chapman
Coombe says University is weathering financialstorm with ‘sacrifice’
The economic condition o the nation is still trying the resiliency o the University,Chancellor Robert Coombe said in his Oct. 2 Convocation address to aculty and sta.“I we bend but don’t break, they are times o extraordinary opportunity,” Coombesaid.He said the University nished scal 2009 with a positive operating margin and predictedDU will stay on track or another balanced budget this year. Coombe attributed DU’s good nancial ooting to a combination o budget cuts, a moratorium on salary increases in 2010and last winter’s realignment — in which DU sta was reduced by 122 positions. The ullimpact o realignment, he said, will be elt in the current year and years to ollow.O the money saved this year, more than $4.5 million has gone to support increasesin student nancial aid or undergraduate and graduate students. Another $3.5 million o  the realignment unds were used to support new aculty positions and ll some essentialpositions let vacant ater some sta members took voluntary buy-outs as part o realignment,Coombe explained. The rest o the saved unds were used to hold down tuition increases. While Coombe spent time addressing the University’s nancial position, he also took  time to highlight the University’s accomplishments. Fall enrollments or the University totalmore than 12,000 students, greater than in any year since World War II. Coombe called thequality o students “unabated,” adding that nearly hal o the rst-year students were in the top 10 percent o their high school classes.>>Read the speech: www.du.edu/chancellor/speeches/convocation09.html
 —Kathryn Mayer 

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