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Spring 2012 University of Denver Magazine

Spring 2012 University of Denver Magazine

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

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Published by: University of Denver on Feb 24, 2012
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UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
UNIVERSITY OF
MAGAZINE
 
Spring 2012
 
Zenand the Art ofMaynard
 
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University of Denver Magazine 
Spring 2012
 
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: As I write this column in late January, the attention o the nation is becoming more and more ocused on thepresidential election in the all o this year. We’ve moved rom a seemingly endless string o debates among thecontenders or the Republican nomination to the season o primary elections. The eld has narrowed, and thepresidential election itsel seems much nearer and ar more real. With the ongoing Occupy protests, continuedstagnation in Congress, our armed orces still in the eld, the economy still in the doldrums and the rhetoricfying, things have really begun to sizzle.For us at DU this can mean only one thing: The rst presidential debate o 2012, to be held on campus Oct. 3, isnearly upon us. On that day and the days leading up to it, our university will be the epicenter o political lie inthe United States. Planning, undraising and programming all have accelerated dramatically, and the buzz amongthe campus community is growing day by day. Without question, the debate at DU will be a major national event. The audience in Magness Arena willbe exceeded by the more than 3,000 press and media personnel covering the event. All o the major newsorganizations will have individual stations on Carnegie Green during the days leading up to the debate. We’vebeen told that since it is the rst debate o the series, involving a sitting president and taking place at such a criticaltime or world and national aairs, the debate at DU may be the single highest-rated television program in all o 2012, surpassing even the Super Bowl. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the minds and heartso our wonderul students, the expertise o our tremendous aculty members and the beauty o our gloriouscampus.The debate also will provide an extraordinary opportunity to expose our students to democracy at work in America in a very “up close and personal” way. DU will host many programs or the campus community and thepublic over the next several months, including debates among student political groups, a distinguished speakersseries (already begun with this quarter’s installment o Bridges to the Future) and student-led discussion groups. A host o new academic programs will ocus on U.S. history, politics and people. On the day o the debate there will be a public event with speeches and music, culminating in a broadcast o the debate at many on-campuslocations. We’re also planning several watch parties or DU riends and supporters. I hope you will join the un byplanning a debate-themed event o your own, and that you will connect with our debate-planning group—ino-debate2012@du.edu—in doing so. You can learn about the estivities and programming at debate2012.du.edu, an online resource that aims to keep you up-to-date about everything rom debate-related cultural events to special courses we’re oering on politicaltopics. We’re hoping that the debate—o such key importance to our country—will also serve to knit us togetheras a community. When Oct. 3 dawns and the curtain rises on this transormational event, we hope you’ll help us make history.This is democracy in all its splendor. This is DU at its best—ront and center, committed to taking on the greatissues o the day and determined to give our students the experience o a lietime.
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
 
 
University of Denver Magazine
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Contents
Features
28
 
Zen and the Teaching o Art
From rebel instructor to department chair, Proessor MaynardTischler let his mark on DU and its students.
By Greg Glasgow
34
 
 A Lie in Ink
Ater cutting his teeth at Denver’s
Rocky Mountain News
, alumnusEd Estlow rose to the top o the Scripps media empire.
By Tamara Chapman
38
 
Can This Econom Be Saved?
Colorado is about to get pummeled by a fnancial avalanche.DU’s Strategic Issues Program has a plan to keep the state outo harm’s way.
By Jan Thomas
Departments
44
 
Editor’s Note
45
 
Feedback
47
 
DU Update
8
News
$5 million git
11
Research
 Arican American history 
13
Clubs
Cycling team
14
People
Founders Day honorees
17
Q&A
ProgressNow’s Joanne Kron
21
Sports
Basketball spotlight
23
History
MLK at DU
25
Essay
“The burial”
43
 
 Alumni Connections
On the cover and this page: Former ceramics Proessor Maynard Tischler let an artistic legacyat DU, including the seascape mural in the El Pomar Natatorium in the Ritchie Center; read thestory on page 28. Cover photo by Wayne Armstrong; photo this page courtesy o the KirklandMuseum o Fine & Decorative Art.

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