Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kudos to DU on Presidential Debate

The administration, staff and students at University of Denver are to be commended for the way Wednesday's presidential debate was handled. The impact on the DU neighborhood was minimal. Road closures were a bit of a hassle, and some local merchants were disappointed that their business took a hit Wednesday. We were in Jerusalem restaurant at noon and it was virtually empty. But the DU neighborhood buzzed with excitement all day, there was no problem with parking, and the university looked magnificent as the backdrop in every TV news shot, with an estimated 200 million viewers worldwide watching the actual debate. DebateFest was a hit, pumping excellent music, good cheer and high-spirits throughout the neighborhood. Too bad the storm front blew in so early, but even that couldn't really put a damper on a great day. Equal kudos to all the law enforcement agencies involved -- you couldn't walk anywhere in the DU neighborhood Wednesday without seeing uniformed cops on bikes, cops on foot and in K-9 units. Still, the vibe seemed friendly and relaxed. We are very proud of DU, and the way it represented Denver and Colorado.

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