The Best of 2022
A look back at this year’s most popular stories at DU
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2022 and ring in 2023, the University of Denver Newsroom is looking back at some of this year’s most popular stories. More than 200 stories were prepared for the Newsroom this year, receiving nearly 375,000 pageviews. Here are some of 2022’s most popular features:
DU was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best universities in the country in its annual rankings. In addition to recognizing the University for its academics, faculty excellence and proximity to both the city of Denver and the mountains, The Princeton Review ranked the Anderson Academic Commons as the country’s best college library.
Faculty from the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Graduate School of Professional Psychology partnered this year to study the effects and some possible treatments to long COVID. For this work, the faculty and student researchers are building off more than six years of research surrounding the effects of concussions.
In February, the local housing market broke new records with the fewest number of new residential listings and the highest media closing price. Ron Throupe, associate professor in the Daniels College of Business, spoke with the DU Newsroom about the changing housing market.
In April, the University of Denver won its ninth national championship, tying the University of Michigan for the most in college hockey history. The Pioneers defeated Minnesota State 5-1 in Boston, Massachusetts. David Carle became the youngest head coach to win a national championship since 1963 and the fourth youngest ever.
Each spring, the DU Newsroom profiles students from across the campus ahead of both spring and summer Commencement. The story featuring Nigel Daniels, now an alum of the Sturm College of Law and an attorney with Denver law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was the most popular student profile this year.
Runner Up: Welcome Class of 2026
In August, news broke that Walmart heir Rob Walton would be purchasing the Denver Broncos from the family of Pat Bowlen, a former member of DU’s Board of Trustees, for $4.65 billion. Walton created the Walton-Penner ownership group, which consists of several members including DU alumna Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration.
DU’s Podcast, RadioEd
In September, Mahsa Amini died three days after she was arrested by Iran’s so-called morality police for not wearing her hijab, a traditional Muslim face covering, in accordance with the regime’s standards. Her death sparked months of protests in Iran. Reza Mehraeen, a PhD student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Nader Hashemi, a Korbel professor and founding director of the Center for Middle East Studies, joined the RadioEd podcast to discuss the situation.
Runner Up: Kanye West and the Science of Cancel Culture
When the University of Denver opened the Community Commons in 2021, the fourth-floor exterior deck featured an expansive green space with plants native to Colorado. The green roof, which draws attention away from the neighboring houses and other built structures, complements the University’s plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Runner Up: Golden Voices, Crimson Hearts
In this series, the DU Newsroom introduces readers to the world outside campus by exploring Denver and the near beyond. South Broadway is only a short bike ride from campus. Once there, you will find an abundance of thrift stores, vintage shops and resale boutiques. This story examined some of the best places where you can find hidden gems along South Broadway.