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DU students turned out for a“Day On” even on their day off.Nearly 300 students — includingthe men’s lacrosse team and theDelta Sigma Pi business fraternity— participated in a “Day On” dayof service Jan. 18 in celebrationof Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A group of students spent themorning painting an entrance wayat the Serenity Learning Center,a school for children and youngadults with developmental delays.Students also volunteered at anumber of community partnersites across Denver, and morethan 130 students picked up trashin the DU neighborhood.
Three DU alumni are named among Denver’s mostinfluential people
University o Denver alumni Terrance Carroll (JD ’05), Pete Coors (MBA ’70) and Ted Trimpa(BA economics ’89, JD ’93) recently were named among
magazine’s “50 Most InuentialPeople in Denver.”
is an arts and entertainment magazine eaturing Denver’s culture and events.Carroll, Coors and Trimpa were recognized or their powerul contributions to Denver’spolitics and economy.Carroll, speaker o the Colorado House o Representatives, is the frst Arican-American inColorado history to hold the post. Carroll also is an attorney and an ordained minister. He earnedhis Master o Divinity degree rom the Ili School o Theology in 1999.Coors, chairman o the Golden-based Coors Brewing Co., was named to the list because o his“branding power that transcends the tailgate.” Coors unsuccessully ran or U.S. Senate in 2004.Trimpa, a partner in the law frm Hogan & Hartson, is a Democratic political activist.
Basketball greats mourn former DU coach
Troy Bledsoe’s ormer players remember their basketballcoach’s embrace o diversity on DU’s basketball team. And in the 1960s, that stance wasn’t always popular.“During my frst year, in 1965, there were probably twoblack players on varsity,” says Rick Callahan (BS accounting ’68, JD ’72). “By the time we were sophomores, there were around fve ... and by my senior year, the team was hal-hal.”Callahan, a white player, and Harry Hollines (BS ’68), ablack player who became DU’s all-time leading scorer, became the best o riends during that tumultuous time in American racerelations. They even roomed together — thanks to Bledsoe, they say — which was another rarity or the time.“For someone like me, who came rom a very poor background, he really opened up the world to me,” Hollines says o Bledsoe. “He recruited me, and he was a ather fgure to me.”Bledsoe, who served as DU’s head coach or six years and assistant coach or three yearsprior, died Dec. 30, 2009, ater a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 82.The Pioneers produced one o their most successul runs in Division I basketball during Bled-soe’s stint. The team went 5-20 in his frst season, but by 1966, Bledsoe had coached the Pioneers to their frst 14-win season. Bledsoe also recruited and coached DU legends such as Hollines,Horace Kearney and Byron Beck, whose number was retired by the Denver Nuggets in 1977.“He was truly a great guy who cared about his players,” says Moses Brewer (BA ’71, MA ’76). “He had an inectious smile and he rarely got upset with his players, even when they mademistakes — and that’s rare in coaching.”Bledsoe was born March 5, 1926, in Little Rock, Ark. He graduated rom North Little Rock High School and went on to serve in the Army Air Corps rom 1944–45. Ater being honorablydischarged, he attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he was a multiple letter winner in ootball, basketball and tennis, and won two all-conerence awards in basketball and ootball.He married Helen Childs in 1949. They had three children, Robert, Joseph and Diane.He earned his master’s degree rom the University o Memphis in 1955, and taught andcoached at the University o Arkansas beore joining DU in 1962. Ater earning a PhD in education rom DU in 1974, Bledsoe let to serve as director o athlet-ics at Fort Lewis College. He retired in 1992.
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