Coloradan Magazine Archives

University of Colorado Boulder

The world by road

When Toyota and Stevinson Toyota, a Denver dealership, and other businesses decided to underwrite Steve Bouey’s (PolSci’99, MPubAd’01) and Steve Shoppman’s (Fin’00) ambitious plan to literally drive around the world, they were probably looking for a little positive public relations.

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A return to Buff country

As a child, Deborah Fowlkes splashed in the CU engineering school fountain on hot summer nights to cool down while her father, applied math professor Irving Weiss, worked in his office. The night watchman flicked the lights to tell her it was time to go home.

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Jumping for joy

For years Bloom has been turning his own dreams into reality, juggling football games with World Cup races and business interests. Today he’s doing the same for low-income seniors through his Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which he started in 2008 to honor his 84-year-old grandmother, Donna Wheeler, who still works and volunteers 20 hours a week.

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A change is gonna come

In many ways, according to research conducted by CU archivist David M. Hays, CU was ahead of its time in terms of race in its early years.

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Do immigrants reduce crime?

Scrolling through The New York Times on his computer, the assistant professor of sociology came upon an op-ed by Harvard professor Robert Sampson, a leading sociologist, who proposed an intriguing if extreme hypothesis: the drop in crime rates in the 1990s could be related to the rise in immigration.

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Struggling with the college e(q)uation

In high school I used to say I was going to lead a revolution in education, although I didn’t know what exactly it would look like. As a senior in high school I didn’t even know how to apply for college or what the SAT was. No one in my family had ever attended college.

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Profile: Single Carrot Theatre

When members of Single Carrot Theatre put on Illuminoctem last November, they used a classic storyline — destiny brings boy and girl together, they fall in love at first sight and, despite adversity, are united in the end.

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Profile: Tony Ortega

Barrio street scenes come alive through Tony Ortega’s (Span’80, MFA’95) use of bold yellows, blue-greens, orange, rust and hot pinks. The brown-bodied subjects with indefinable faces keep the focus on the everyday lives of indigenous Mestizo, Indian and Latino subjects and their environment.

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Sleuthing for Jane Doe

From the day in 1996 when Pettem discovered the humble grave marker etched with the words “Jane Doe: April 1954: Age About 20 Years,” she has spent nearly 14 years investigating the crime.

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September 2010 Editor’s note

In the 1930s, CU President George Norlin often spoke of the beauty of the campus, which he said was “worthy to be the outward frame of the university’s soul.” But I often think about the people who have shaped CU’s inward frame. One of these people is Ron Stump, who retired in mid-August after two-and-a-half years as Alumni Association executive director and 12 years in student affairs, including nine as vice chancellor.

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Why the sundial faces north

It was Christmas in July around here this year, but the gods are still angry. (More about that in a moment.) Just before July 4 President Obama announced that Abound Solar, a company that makes state-of-the-art solar panels at a plant in Longmont, would get a $400 million loan guarantee that, among other things, will

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Campus gun ban draws fire

CU has no authority to prevent people from carrying concealed weapons on campus, according to an April ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals, which set off a campus debate regarding guns.

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Life on Mars?

Mars may have been home to an ocean and microbial life, according to CU scientists Brian Hynek and Gaetano Di Achille. The LASP researchers studied the elevations of several dried-up river deltas on Mars and found that 17 of 52 of the deltas lie at similar elevations.

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New class news

An estimated 5, 200 students arrived on campus in August — a substantial number but 300 fewer than last year’s freshman class, despite an 8 percent increase in applications. CU officials attributed the decrease, in part, to technical issues plaguing the university’s new student information system.

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Syllabus spotlight for fall 2010

Digital Newsroom. Instructor Rick Stevens says ““It’s an interesting and rewarding experience watching students apply their journalistic values in new environments.”

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Unlocking CU secrets

Charged with preserving and promoting CU history, the CU Heritage Center is located on the third floor of Old Main. Director Kay Oltmans (MComm ex’75) has been the primary caretaker of everything from a moon rock to the stuffed head of Ralphie I. As she approaches retirement, she shared some university secrets with Coloradan editor Tori Peglar (MJour’00).

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