Where is the Pio spirit?

Recently the University of Denver has made school spirit more of a priority by creating a Student Spirit Committee. After having spoken to a number of DU students the overwhelming consensus is that DU has not done enough to push school spirit, promote events, or hold appealing events.


Ritchie Center at University of Denver on recent October day (photo by Will Moss)

The new spirit committee will include voices from groups all over campus to effectively plan events that students are excited about. Tess Greenwald, the schools’ student body president, had this say about the new spirit committee. “In previous years the committee was comprised of Greek life and a few other community members. By expanding our group we can reach a larger audience and hopefully get more students out for games and other community events.”

Gunnar Solberg, an active member in the community, has attended all kinds of events around campus, but cites the lack of personal interest students have for some sports. “Winter carnival and May days are fun, but there needs to be more involvement with athletes holding events. That way they can make connections and attract people to games because it creates a personal interest.”


Gunnar mentions the lack of personal interest, but Jack Quinn looks for better promotion. “When there are hockey games, free food on Driscoll, lacrosse games, or any event there should be massive signs and even overkill on promotion.” There has always been promotion, but now that the spirit committee has grown Jack is confident things will improve. That did not stop him from citing, what he thinks, is the root of the problem.

“We got rid of football. We saved some money, which has helped us propel our other sports, but football is America’s sport and retains the most widespread interest.”-  Jack Quinn

(DU last played football 1961)

Gunnar Solberg who is also a football fan, didn’t necessarily agree.

“Sure they lost the attraction of football games and most likely some school spirit but the success that has come with hockey, lacrosse, and other sports should still get this community excited.” Gunnar makes a valid point but as Jack said, “the students of Denver are missing out on one of the coolest parts of the college experience.”

Aside from sports, DU has made an increasing effort to host more attractive music events. Last year DU hosted Galantis and the year before that Milky Chance, both of whom are popular nationally. DU has made a clear effort to step up the amount of music shows held, but there could still be more. Both Jack and Gunnar expressed their liking to the recent concerts, but would like for “more than one concert a year.”

In contrast to the comments regarding lack of school spirit, Greenwald had this to say. “We are a part of a more intimate environment where it is common to actually say that we know the players on the volleyball team and the gymnastics team and the hockey and lacrosse teams. I think that overall, this creates a stronger sense of school spirit when you’re cheering for your friends on the field or the court or the rink instead of just an athlete in a jersey.”

With soccer, golf, tennis, and hockey all in season this fall, it will be interesting to see if DU’s school spirit soars.

DU Athletic Schedule


Jack Quinn, Senior

Time and place of interview: Ritchie Center, Friday Sept. 30, at 4:00pm

Question: Why do you think Denver got rid of its football team? What did they loose? What did they gain?

Answer: They probably got rid of it due to lack of funding by the school. There must have been a complete mess up in the idea to get rid of Americas sport. They lost one of the major factors in a school that brings students from all backgrounds together.




Tess Greenwald, Senior, Student Body President

Time and place of interview: Library, Monday Oct. 3, at 1:00pm

Question: What are the student spirit type events you attend?

Answer: I try to attend as many events as I can that revolve around student spirit. I enjoy attending as many hockey and lacrosse games as possible and the tailgates before the games. I also try to attend many non-athletic events that cultivate school spirit. For example, homecoming weekend events, and any other events that support student groups because I believe that supporting students cultivates Pioneer spirit.


Gunnar Solberg, Senior

Time and place of interview: In front of Library, Sunday Oct. 1, at 12:30pm

Question: Why do you think Denver got rid of its football team? What did they loose? What did they gain?

Answer: I’m sure it was very expensive and had little student interest so they got rid of it so they wouldn’t hemorrhage money on it. They lost the attraction of football games on campus in the fall and most likely some school spirit but gained the ability to focus more on their specialty sports like lax and hockey




One thought on “Where is the Pio spirit?

  1. I like this story because the subject is something that resonates with me. I also believe that school spirit, when it comes to athletics, seems a little lacking. The way you have written the story is good too, you chose interviewees that express a wide range of student’s feelings. Throughout the article you have a neutral perspective and fill out the piece with good quotes. I like how you quoted the student body president about not only going to athletic events but non-athletic events as well. Including non Greek-life students to be apart of the spirit committee will expand and increase our communities spirit. If we as a community keep working together to increase student spirit, I think DU can become a well renown school know for its school spirit.


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