University of Denver - Kynewisbok Yearbook (Denver, CO)

 - Class of 1987

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Newsmakers Downplaying the ‘Animal House’ Image IK hnidtm Kci Lmt. ftrma Greek aAacr Jmm Murray tad BC Rnk Otmi Uf Mb'- I y. i Beer Takes a Back Seat as Fraternity Rush Dries Out Alcohol has traditionally played some role in tfce image of the all-American (ntenuty man. By day. the fraternity man was a scholastic v'uJcnt senator By the light of the mocm. be was a beer-swilling fiend ia porvait of the ultimate in conspicuous consumption. That image may hive changed this yeai as the University's Ituerfraterart Conned implemented its fust dry rusk policy in years. In the spring of I9S6, the IFC began moving toward a poky of a non-alcoholic rush Ibe a number of reasons. The Colorado legislature was coclempUliBg a 21 year drinking age as a tseans of regaining highway funis taken by die federal government A move toward dry rush would simply be preparation for 10 that eventuality More importantly, methods of non-alcohol recruitment by peeks is a naooeul tread on college campuses The previous spring peeks at the University of Colorado campus had adopted a dry rush. The reasons are based in image. A dry rush downplays the Animal House' image." said Drew Hunter, advisor to Lambda Chi Alpha. Ural is appealing to stuJents who art serious about going grtek and to their parents." In a nearly unanimems decision to go dry. IFC members agreed that the trap wasn't the only reason to dry out 'Its easier to assess a student's abilities and desire to coatnbule to the greek system when neither one of soar judgments a clouded by i couple of beers.' said Mark Stanton a former boost social chairman 'We've gone from considering the guy as someone to party with to someone we'd like to list and week with Resell' confirmed the idea that onwerooe contact was better than huge patties as a way of attracting members Total greek population moved back toward 30 percent after a slight decline, with a large number of those pledging fraternities being upperclassmen and transfer students. The transition was wt without its problems. "We ctrtainh found out bow resourceful fraternity guys can he. said IFC rash chairman Jeff Keller lt wasn't that guys went cut of their way to break the rules, we jasl found a couple of loopholes that need to be closed' DU greeks fared better at playing by the rales than greeks at CU. While only two minor rash infractions were died at DU. 11 of Clrs fraternities were foand to have violated rash rales. 'We'se got a solid base to work from.' Keller said. 'Now that we've got the basics worted out we an wort on making the rules understandable across-the-board and adding creativity to rash'

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Newsmakers “We will be more sharply focused and distinctive.” — Chancellor Dxight Smith Smfaa mr, k titles r, rratcr lit cU ft m atmaotm ffrtatrr. kr « tffta V tvmtm. With oM bold gesture. DU wil enter the mainstream of university gostranance this tall The University, like a growing number of institutions, is turning e a provost to prossde con-tin aits in academic and budgetary planning: The provost, usually defined as the chief academic officer of an msMutiofl. nil he responsible for the coordination of academics and the budget as well as student allairs, admissions and financial aid. Final budgetary authority will remain with the chancellor. The transition to a provost has been under consideration for several scan, but was delayed due to the reorganisation of the UnivtTsity. 'Attempting something lie this donng the reorganisation would have been one change too nuns' Chancellor Dwight Smith said. The addition of a provost b etpected to help DU sharpen its coespetkne edge for the 21st Century '.Assurant we are successful in connecting budgeting uh academic planning, we will be an mstitnbon that hat much less a general broad image.' Smith said We will be more shatply focused and distinctive.' Must faculty raembrn hope their say in the future of the Univmity win increase. 'Wha: we hope for from it b that academx- concerns are considered in every mayor decision the University makes.' Robert Richardson, professor of English and a member of the Provost Selection Committee, said "The faculty are concerned that they be fuBy in charge of educational policy, as they are at all good schools.' The arrival of a provost should ebrainate much of the 'corporate' atmosphere of DU. Richardson said 'Education isn't a business. Were not just putting out a product Great schools just don't talk like dial' The trend among private schools toward provost governance began in the 1960s. due in pan to the changing duties of university presidents Only AJ percent of the runout schools ate governed by a provost, but it is an impressive list Noethwesiern. Princeton. Stanford. Johns Hopkms. Brown and Vale, to came a few. Thb has been happemat for a number of yean.' Irving Spitaberg general secretary of the Association of .Amman colleges, said. Tnisetsities are becoming cotnplei iastitubons Soch a senior academic prison allows for a vital division of duties Robert Goheen. president of Princeton when a provost wav adopted there, agreed "The job of the president had developed too many aspects foe one person to handle. There was a need for a deputy who could share the load' 0»er the years, the posksoc has become invaluable. Bockndl University, a private msauboc very similar to DU. will return to a provost this fall after an unsuccessful trial period on a different system. "The provost model was a good thing to follow It identified to the faculty very death who was the sensor officer for academe affairs. There was no ambcguity.' said William W'eist. secretary of BoctndL who has been with the unnrrsity for 2$ you The president in many small colleges assumes a tremendous toad. When the faculty have soeseooe identified as number two. they an forgne the president kb inability to get tmo academx affairs. Went usd They know bn representative has authority and dom especially on thorny issues." .At the heart of any structural change in the University is the welfare of the studrot body, although stedrots may not be aware of the difference. The changes immediately apparent to students wd] be the evolving academic foots of the school and the total feeling of well-being among faculty and staff. Rxhardsoo said 'If the academx voice b strong, then confidence and pode spread out to the test of the community' - Mary iuni

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Newsmakers Estlow and Ritchie: Leading the Charge Truster hd hit low Truster Dan Ritchie How to raise $4 million in one afternoon Tday's seniors must remember the earl) daw of then college careers uhen Dll ns a financially strapped institution The situation »as so pise no one kne if DU would wither the stom Students were questioeang their deown to mend IX'. »d pro lessors were leasing foe pecner pastures. In July. I9$5. ekebons «erc held within the Board of Trusses that altered the course of DUs history. Ed Estlow became Chairman of the Board, and Dan Ritchie. Vice Chainxtin fcrtiap the high poem of Eukw's and Ritchie's elfons to due has been their last-minute drise lo meet the fundraising pul at the end of the 198637 fiscal sear They got on the phone when thing gee lough and caBed fcflo members of the Bcunl oKam-mg pledge for S4 million to be paid over a tuo-year penod According lo Terrs Gibson, ske chancefior for lastittstiooil Advancement. Fallow and Ritchie hase turned DU around The) "hast realb recharged the Board.' be saw. Their loog-Jerm goal lo uhich they are thoroughly dedicated. is to make DU "a worid-dass University.’ and they are well oo the-.t way. 'Rumors of financial failure, those are gone.' Gibson says ith a smile. "Rumors of financial failure, those are gone.. — Tern Gibson Estkw s roots at this University ran deep He graduated from DU m 1911 anJ has been a tntslee since January. 1976, He is currently Chairman of the Eucutive Committee of Scripps-Howard Ritchie ts a Harvard graduate and has been on die Board moe June. 1983. Nol surprisingly, he is also the chair of the fundraising committee. Ritchie »i!l resign from hb position as CEO of Wesiingbouse Broadcasting and Cable. Inc July I. 1987, He has a lot of pirns.’ Gibson said ’One of them b to spend more time ssith the University of Denver.’ The results of Estlow's and Ritchie's commitment can be seen all over campus. It b especially reflected in the attitudes of marugrmer.t and students The question of which professor or program util be the neu to go is no longer an issue, thanks to these two men and the Board of Trustees

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