Debate 2012: Ten things you don't know about the University of Denver
7. DU tries to personally interview every potential undergraduate
Ammi Hyde was a DU professor whom students apparently loved dearly. The school named its unique interview program in honor of Dr. Hyde; it's one of the very few universities in the country that strives to meet would-be students prior to enrollment. Kids living out in the hinterlands are still given full consideration, even if they can't make it to the twenty cities DU visits in the fall and winter.
6. DU has one of the highest observatories in the world
While most folks who are familiar with DU know of its lacrosse and hockey teams, or its business, international studies and law schools, the school also maintains what was, until 2000, the highest astronomical observatory in the world. (An observatory in India now holds the title.) Dubbed the Meyer-Womble Observatory, it sits near the peak of 14,000-plus foot Mt. Evans -- a peak named for DU's founder. You can visit the observatory by driving the highest paved road in North America, but good luck getting into the actual building -- gaining access to the observatory is tough if you're not a student or researcher, and even then, it's only open to visitors for two months in the summer.
5. DU has its share of power players
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be the biggest celebrity to come out of the University of Denver, but she's certainly not the only one. While most of the school's notable students and professors wind up in politics, its stars are a mixed bag of intellectuals and athletes. To wit: figure skating champion Michelle Kwan, who got her degree in international studies from DU; Josef Korbel, who founded the international school and was both the father of Secretary of State Madeline Albright and mentor to Secretary Rice; former Interior Secretary Gale Norton; the presidents/CEOs of VISA, Toyota, Best Buy, Coors Brewing and Hard Rock Cafe; comedian Sinbad; playwright Neil Simon; and finally, Candid Camera host Peter Funt.
4. DU used to be downtown
Downtown Denver was not always the Disneyfied, sanitized bucket of fun you experience on the 16th Street Mall. In the 1870s and 1880s, prostitution and corruption were so bad that the newly founded University of Denver (formerly known as the Colorado Seminary) had to be moved to a patch of farmland south of town owned by one Rufus "Potato" Clark. The Evans Chapel that formerly sat at the corner of 14th and Arapahoe Streets remained intact, and is now located on campus near the corner of Evans and University.
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