Archive for March, 2008

Vintage cars fuel alum’s passion

Vintage cars fuel alum’s passion

Kurtis Lochmiller turns the key on his 1965 Shelby AC Cobra. The car lets out the automotive equivalent of a cough but doesn’t turn over. Ordinarily, that would be a sign of ultimate mechanical failure. But this isn’t an ordinary car. The Shelby Automotive Company produced the cars in Los […]

Chancellor Buchtel presented in 1907 with ceremonial mace

Chancellor Buchtel presented in 1907 with ceremonial mace

On Jan. 8, 1907, DU students, faculty members and friends presented this mace to DU’s third chancellor, Henry Augustus Buchtel, upon his appointment as governor of Colorado. According to a copy of a speech given that day, all of the metals and stones on the mace are from Colorado: “The […]

Letters

Letters

HRTM students learn hands-on hospitality

What’s worse than running out of wine at a wine festival? Running out of wine glasses. That’s exactly what happened during Denver’s third International Wine Festival, hosted by DU’s school of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM). Freshman students working at the event’s scholarship dinner were given their first lesson […]

Old Row gets new Lambda Chi Alpha house

Old Row gets new Lambda Chi Alpha house

The Lambda Chi Alpha house is brand new, but it isn’t exactly your father’s fraternity. The previous Lambda Chi was a sprawling edifice that had looked south on Evans Avenue since the 1930s and hosted decades of parties and feasts. Eventually the house wore out. Safety and health concerns and […]

Religion, Race and Politics: Racial and religious distinctions are blurring and crossing political battle lines.

Religion, Race and Politics: Racial and religious distinctions are blurring and crossing political battle lines.

The U.S. was founded upon Christian principles, which have been interpreted in various and often contradictory ways—to both defend slavery and promote civil rights, to dispossess American Indians and condemn the practice. Race and religion have always been interwoven, and their effect on American politics is substantial. That’s never been […]

Bye Bye, Bookstore: As readership declines and independent bookstores vanish from the American landscape, what remains of the life of the mind?

Bye Bye, Bookstore: As readership declines and independent bookstores vanish from the American landscape, what remains of the life of the mind?

It’s mid February, and for the first time in more than a decade, I’ve returned to the city that hosts my alma mater. I have a crowded agenda, but I make time to visit “Nostalgia U.” I loved everything about that campus—its stately trees, old buildings and smorgasbord of students. […]

The Kirkland Connection: Modern artist Vance Kirkland pioneered art education at DU.

The Kirkland Connection: Modern artist Vance Kirkland pioneered art education at DU.

Vance Kirkland didn’t have patience for fumbling. The former director of the University of Denver School of Art, whose paintings hang in more than 15 museums throughout the world, once sent a student unable to properly stretch canvas out to find a “stretcher-stretcher.” Another time, he dispatched a student in […]

Pioneers gymnasts to compete in 2008 Summer Olympic Games

Pioneers gymnasts to compete in 2008 Summer Olympic Games

The DU Pioneers are named after those tenacious trailblazers who sought gold in Colorado in the 19th century. Now, two Pioneers gymnasts are seeking gold in the 21st century—Olympic gold. Junior Jessica López and freshman Annamari Maaranen have earned spots to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, […]

Father’s life as a farmer

Father’s life as a farmer

My father was not a farmer. I’m not sure he even wanted to be one—whether he bought the farm east of Manhattan, Kansas, simply to prove a point to his own father, or perhaps to provide my older brother and me with a private fairyland for acting out the adventures […]