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University of Colorado at Boulder

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The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU or CU–Boulder) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system. With its unique Tuscan sandstone architecture and its location nestled under the Flatiron rock formations of Boulder, the campus is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the United States.

CU has produced a number of astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates, and respected academics, but is also known for its outdoor activities, left of center politics, and party school reputation. [1] (http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2003/460.html)

CU is home of the Alferd Packer Grill, supposedly the only campus eatery in America named for a convicted cannibal.


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Athletics

Sports teams at the school are called Buffaloes. CU participates in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) as a member of the Northern Division of the Big Twelve Conference. The school mascot is Ralphie the Buffalo and the school colors are Silver and Gold, but are usually represented by Black and Gold. There are technically three fight songs: "Glory Colorado", "Go Colorado", and "Fight CU", though few outside of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band know all of the words.

CU has won national championships in both men's and women's cross country, skiing, and football. Conference championships have also been won in football and soccer.

In football, CU enjoys major rivalries with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Since the 1990's, Colorado and Nebraska have finished their respective seasons in a nationally televised confrontation on the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Tocqueville Initiative

The Tocqueville Initiative studies the United States of America in the context of globalization. The Initiative describes itself as an "inter-disciplinary effort bringing together scholars, political leaders, students and the general public into a dialogue over the role of the United States in a globalizing world." The Initiative takes its name from Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville, a French 19th century political thinker and historian. It is located at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Sven Steinmo is the Director.

Controversies

In 2004, the CU football department was accused of facilitating alcohol use and sex to sell its program to recruits. The event soon became a political and media event with sensational headlines. The governor and district attorneys all made public statements about the case.

Several investigations by varying authorities began, but, no criminal charges were ever filed. The civil suit was dismissed in the spring of 2005, but not until the Athletic Director and the President of the University resigned, and former Chancellor Byyny resigned to take a position at the Health Sciences Center in Denver, in part due to the publicity surrounding the recruiting scandal and due to alcoholism issues on campus. The federal court judge who dismissed the charges indicated, for example, that the sexual assault of a high school girl by CU football recruits in 1997 did not indicate that college students were at risk. He also indicated that other alleged assaults perpetrated by football players and program employees were irrelevant to the lawsuit and that the university was not "deliberately indifferent" to the victimization of women. Local women's groups decried the verdict as essentially greenlighting any form of sexual abuse on women. Backers of the football program felt vindicated by the dismissal since they felt the charge were highly dubious.

The allegations which formed the basis of the lawsuits stem from a party where football recruits were invited by one of the roommates of the female students who had spent the evening drinking in their own apartment.

In the spring of 2004, CU fired Professor R. Igor Gamow of the Chemical Engineering Department for moral turpitude. Several women, including students, had come forward over many years with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and threats of retaliation by Gamow. In 2002, a former assistant of Gamow's filed a lawsuit against the University alleging sexual harassment and sexual assault. After the lawsuit was filed, CU began to take steps to fire the professor. In 2004 the CU Board of Regents unanimously upheld the recommendation to fire Gamow. The lawsuit by the former assistant is expected to be held in federal court in 2006. Professor Gamow has also filed a lawsuit against CU in an attempt to be reinstated. He has publicly asked, since all the specific allegations against him that comprised CU's basis to fire him occurred years ago, why Chancellor Byyny et al. didn't fire him when the allegations were originally made.

In 2005, CU ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was the center of a controversy involving an essay he penned on September 11th, 2001. The essay, "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," drew comparisons between some of the workers in the World Trade Center and Adolf Eichmann, the man largely responsible for the logistical operations of German concentration camps. The essay was largely a condemnation of American foreign policy in the decades before September 11th, particularly with regard to Iraq.


Notable CU students, alumni, and staff

Demographics

  • 29,000 Students
  • 24,000 Undergraduates
  • 4,400 Graduate Students
  • 47% Women
  • 53% Men
  • 66% In State (Colorado Resident)
  • 34% Non Resident
  • 14% Minorities
  • 4% International Students

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