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2011 Spring: University of Denver Magazine

2011 Spring: University of Denver Magazine

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The University of Denver Magazine is published quarterly for alumni, employees, parents, donors and friends of the University of Denver.
The University of Denver Magazine is published quarterly for alumni, employees, parents, donors and friends of the University of Denver.

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UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
Spring 2011
 
Climbing Back 
 
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University of Denver Magazine 
Spring 
 
University of Denver Magazine
 Update
 
3
Contents
Features
26
 
Climbing Back
When double amputee Neil Duncan summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hedid more than conquer Arica’s highest peak. Te climb marked the endo his recovery and the beginning o the rest o his lie.
By Chelsey Baker-Hauck 
32
 
Beyond the Veil
Palestinian women are ghting or independence and equality. PhDcandidate Rebecca Otis is documenting their struggle.
By Tamara Chapman
36
 
Powder Days
Alum David Lucy refects on his time as the country’s rst blackcollegiate skier.
By Richard Chapman
40
 
The Phipps Legacy
Te amily that had a hand in everything rom the U.S. Senate to theCentral City Opera to the Denver Broncos also had a lasting impact on DU.
By Richard Chapman
Departments
44
 
Editor’s Note
45
 
Letters
46
 
 Views
47
 
DU Update
8
News
$3 million git
11
Research
Poker strategy 
15
Sports
Lacrosse coach
17
 Arts
Ater-school activities
19
 Academics
CourseMedia
21
People
Dana Cain
22
Q&A
Cox media’s Jim Kennedy 
25
Essay
In season
51
 
 Alumni Connections
Online only at www.du.edu/magazine:
 
History
Winter Carnival
On the cover: Double amputee Neil Duncan climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2010; read thestory on page 26. Photo by Reed Homann.
 
This page: Neil Duncan loads his pack or the next stage o his climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Photoby Reed Homann.
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers:It is one o the most vivid and lasting memories o my college years. The time was the spring o my reshman year andI was just 18, a young transplant rom Colorado to Williams College in the Northeast. I was assigned a semester-longresearch paper in my European history class, and I decided to ocus on the Schlieen Plan, the grand strategy developedby the German General Sta in the years leading up to World War I. I spent months rumbling through the stacks o theold library on campus, ollowing research leads, writing notes, learning as much as I could. I had not done such a thingbeore, and I absolutely loved it. That old library became my second home, a place where I could literally eel my mindgrowing. It was a place where thoughts and ideas popped out o me spontaneously, like new plants on ertile ground.That spring was 44 years ago, and I can still remember the eel o the stacks all around me, the cold winter light lteredthrough small windows, the smell o the books, my mind in overdrive. It was magical.Today, college libraries unction in an altogether dierent way. Virtually all o the serials collections in DU’s PenroseLibrary have been digitized and are available online. It’s been many years since I’ve had to go to the library to read themost recent research articles in chemistry; I now simply call them up on my laptop in my oce or at home. A signicantportion o the book collection in Penrose has also been digitized and is available whenever and wherever one wants. With Web access available in every building on campus, in every room in the residence halls, and everywhere outdoors via our wireless network, one might easily wonder what has become o the library and what its uture may be. You might be surprised to know that the number o students using Penrose Library has gone up substantially every year during the past decade, precisely the era o mass digitization. It cannot be that they are drawn there or access toinormation, since so much o the library’s collections (and some would say that the collections
 are
the library) areavailable everywhere, anytime. No, the truth is that our students go to the library or precisely the same reasons that I did44 years ago. Individually or in groups, they go there to work, to think, to create, to eel their minds grow. The studentsare drawn to its intellectual intensity. Even in this digital age, the library is still a magical place.O course, the students nd Penrose Library’s old ’70s construction, brilliant orange colors and “egg” chairs amusing. While its guts are technology-rich, little o the outward appearance o the library has changed since it was opened in 1972.This has become a signicant problem—ar too much space is taken up by bound volumes and inrastructure, as wasappropriate decades ago when Penrose opened.Today we need that space or our students and aculty, and a major renovation project is set to begin soon. Therenovation will open up the interior o the building to create a light and airy atmosphere and a rat o new spaces orpeople to gather or work or conversation. There will be spaces or critical support or our students and aculty, suchas the Writing Center, the Math Center and the Center or Teaching and Learning. Aesthetically, technologically andintellectually, the new “Academic Commons” will be the ocal point o the DU campus. The outside o the building willchange as well to include a new entrance, a colonnade, and our trademark stone and copper nishes. (Read more aboutthe Academic Commons project on page 45.) All o this will cost $33 million. The good news is that we’ve raised and saved $27 million o that amount, and werecently began a campaign to complete unding or the project. I the library was a magical place or you as well and you would like to help, please let us know.
Ofce o the Chancellor
Mary Reed Building | 2199 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80208 | 303.871.2111 | Fax 303.871.4101 | www.du.edu/chancellor
 
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University of Denver Magazine 
Spring 
 
Letters
Cover to cover
The winter 2010 alumni magazine wasoutstanding, and to be honest, the irstone I’ve ever read cover to cover. “Chinaon the Rise” ascinated me because Iam planning to go on a tour to Chinain March, and I had gone to [ProessorSuisheng Zhao’s] class during the AlumniSymposium the irst weekend in October.The Holocaust memorial article was o interest to me because I have a amilyon my street who are Jewish and whohave teenagers nearing college age, so Ishared the magazine with them ater I was through with it. “Greetings From theSanatorium” was extremely interesting,and I was impressed by the proessor who was using the names and stories to involvestudents in some real research. I alsoenjoyed “States o Change,” “Jersey girl”and “Boo-who?” Altogether the ormat, writing, and the paper o the magazineitsel was truly a pleasurable experience.Thank you or grabbing my attentionthrough the whole issue.
Barbara Nelson (MA ’69)Englewood, Colo.
percent, and where the small-ont contracts have causedlenders to commit suicide on amassive scale. Another important actignored in the story is that microcredit has arich history, and that the original providerso microloans are not doing so well any-more because the private banking industryis taking over their shares in the market.One original provider, Oikocredit in theNetherlands, was ounded by the[ WorldCouncil o Churches]; now it is giving in tothe Deutsche Banks o global capitalism.I had hoped DU’s business studentscould have stood or the plight o the poorrather than to help redeine the DU missioninto making money o the poor.
Paul TimmermansTigard, Ore.
University of Denver Magazine
 Letters
 
5
Last spring I started researching the story o my great uncle Paul Clum, a paratrooper killed inthe Philippines during World War II. His death wasa great source o sorrow or my grandather, and I wanted Uncle Paul to be remembered even aterthose who knew him were gone. With help rom the 503rd Heritage Battalion,I was able to reconstruct much o the last two yearso Paul’s lie serving with the Army 503rd ParachuteRegimental Combat Team. I put out a call to others who may have served with him.One morning last summer, I got an e-mail romthe daughter o Uncle Paul’s service buddy Virgil.He had passed away a ew years earlier but let a written memoir o his best riend, my Uncle Paul.They had ought together in the Battle o Corregidor in February 1945. Virgil was injured and spent the next ew months in the hospital; Paul wenton to other campaigns, including the island o Negros, where he died inMay o that year.Sixty-ive years later, I sat on my kitchen loor and cried as I read aboutmy uncle and his riend and all the other brave men they served with. Istarted to understand the magnitude o their sacriice. Just weeks later, I met another veteran o the 503rd, current DUstudent Neil Duncan, who lost both o his legs in Aghanistan in 2005.I elt an instant connection—here was a young man who had joined theparatroopers at 18, just like my uncle. A young man who answered hiscountry’s call when the rest o us stayed home. A young man who paid aprice or that service. (Read more about Neil on page 26.) And in December, I heard rom ormer
University of Denver Magazine
 intern P.J. Glavey (BSBA ’07), who joined the Marines ater graduation. InOctober, he lost both o his legs in Aghanistan; he took his irst steps onprosthetics in January.I protested the American invasions o Aghanistan and Iraq. But now Ihave a dierent message or P.J., Neil, and all the men and women serving,or who served in wars past: Thank you.Chelsey Baker-Hauck Managing Editor
 www.du.edu/magazine
Volume 11, Number 3
Publisher 
Jim Berscheidt
Managing Editor 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’9)
 Assistant Managing Editor 
Greg Glasgow
 Associate Editor 
Tamara Chapman
Editor 
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’, MA ’)
Editorial Assistants
Deidre Helton (Class of 2012) •Katelyn Feldhaus • Amber D’Angelo Na (BA ’06)
Staff Writer 
Richard Chapman
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Contributors
Jordan Ames • Wayne Armstrong • Julene Bair Janalee Card Chmel (MLS ’97) • Carl Dalio •Kim DeVigil • Justin Edmonds (BSBA ’08) •Jeff Francis • Brenda Gillen (MLS ’06) • Laurie Younggren Goodman (BA ’84) • Kristal Griffith(MBA ’10) • Jeffrey Haessler • Judy Maillis •Doug McPherson • Allan Roth • NathanSolheim • Chase Squires (MPS ’10)
Editorial Board
Chelsey Baker-Hauck, editorial director •
Jim Berscheidt, interim vice chancellor
for university communications •Thomas Douglis (BA ’86) •
Jeffrey Howard, executive director of alumni
relations • Sarah Satterwhite, senior director of development for research and writing • Amber Scott (MA ’02) • Laura Stevens (BA ’69),
director of parent relations
The
University of Denver Magazine
(USPS 022-177) ispublished quarterly—all, winter, spring and summer—bythe University o Denver, University Communications,2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816. TheUniversity o Denver (Colorado Seminary) is an EqualOpportunity Institution. Periodicals postage paid at Denver,CO. Postmaster: Send address changes to
University of  Denver Magazine
, University o Denver, University Advancement, 2190 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208-4816.
 
UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
Editor’s Note
The dark side of microlending
 We received the latestedition o the maga-zine in December.One story [Academics, winter 2010] wasabout how the granting o microcre-dit is being taught at the DU businessschool. Surprisingly, at least to me, allthe economic “externalities” involved inmicrolending were ignored by the writer.For instance, no mention was madeabout how microlending has become aneasy source o large revenues, and evena orm o usury, mostly because o theinvolvement by corporate players such asDeutsche Bank. Recently the prime min-ister o Bangladesh was cited as ollowsin an opinion piece in the
 Financial Times
:“Microlenders make the people o this coun-try their guinea pig. … They are suckingblood rom the poor in the name o povertyalleviation.”Several pieces in the
 Financial Times
haveechoed sentiments elt every day in manyother poor countries besides Bangladesh andIndia, where microcredit interest rates top 30
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MAGAZINE
 
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Printed on 10%PCWrecycled paper
Send letters to the editor to: Chelsey Baker-Hauck,
University of Denver Magazine
, 2199 S.University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816. Or e-maildu-magazine@du.edu. Include your fullname and mailing address with all submissions.Letters may be edited for clarity and length.
Ski team scrapbook
I read with great interest the last issue o the
University of Denver Magazine
[winter 2010]that included the picture o the 1946 ski teamon page 53. Enclosed are pictures o the 1962ski team around our 1962 Buick team car, with what I believe is the NCAA championship tro-phy we won that year.Pictured, standing, let to right: Coach Willy Schaeler, Aarne Valkama (BS ’64),Phil Shama, Oyvind Floystad (BA ’63), JanBlom, Mike Baar (BSBA ’64), Chris Rounds.Kneeling, let to right: Alan Miller (BS ’62),Chris Selbeck (BS ’62).
Phil Shama (BSBA ’64)Mount Vernon, Wash.
Editor’s response: Readers, if you have old photos toshare, please e-mail us atdu-magazine@du.eduor mail them to
University of Denver Magazine
,2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816.

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