CU Independent

After $10 million budget cut, CU student govt still one of country’s most powerful

Feb. 25, 2014

The University of Colorado student government’s budget dropped roughly $10 million this fiscal year when a major campus resource center moved out of its jurisdiction.

After the CU Treasury took control of Wardenburg Health Center and its entire budget at the start of the campus fiscal year in July, CUSG was left with the oversight of about $27.6 million in campus facilities and resources, a CU Independent analysis of year-end financial projections found.

An official aggregate of American student governments’ finances is unavailable, but individual comparisons show that when it controlled the Boulder campus student health center, CUSG was one of, if not the, most financially powerful undergraduate student government in the United States. Its total budget surpassed $37 million in fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

With 27 percent of its previous budget cut, CU’s student government still controls a larger portion of campus life than most others in the country.

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Two  CUSG reps face backlash for testifying at gun hearing without group consent

Feb. 15, 2013

Two members of CU Student Government felt the wrath of fellow representatives Thursday night after they testified in favor of a state-level gun bill without the blessing of other representatives.

Vice President of External Affairs Tyler Quick and President of Legislative Council Colin Sorensen gave support for Sen. Rollie Heath’s bill, HB 1226, banning concealed weapons on college campuses in Denver on Wednesday. Whether or not it was intentional, Sorensen thanked the House for letting them speak on behalf of the student government, though he had not consulted other members of the group on the testimony.

Sorensen said he did not realize he explicitly stated he was speaking for the group until Thursday evening and apologized after a heated Legislative Council meeting. Other members expressed alarm at finding out about the testimony first in the news.

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With miscounted vote, student government gives initial support to College Affordability Act

Dylan Roberts (sitting), acting president of CUSG Legislative Council, re-counts votes after student government’s weekly meeting adjourned Thursday night, January 23, 2014. (Alison Noon/CU Independent)
Dylan Roberts (sitting), acting president of CUSG Legislative Council, re-counts votes after student government’s weekly meeting adjourned Thursday night, January 23, 2014. (Alison Noon/CU Independent)
Jan. 24, 2014

CU Student Government gave initial approval Thursday night to a referendum showing its support of a proposed state-level bill that would give millions of dollars to colleges in Colorado.

The representatives left the weekly meeting thinking they had passed a special order — speeding up the legislative process — expressing support for the College Affordability Act, introduced in the Colorado General Assembly on its opening day, Jan. 8. They were later informed that there had been a miscount.

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Fraternities turned down admin talks of re-affiliation

Oct. 30, 2013

When CU administrators invited Boulder fraternities to consider rejoining campus last year, fraternities left the conversation.

Boulder’s Interfraternity Council was out of the loop last week when, for the second year in a row, student government attempted to play middle man to fraternity-university relations. Since spring, no moves had been made toward re-affiliation, a topic that has been re-visited nearly every year since CU no longer recognized fraternities in 2006 after the death of a pledge.

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Suspected Smith Hall underwear thief arrested

Dec. 10, 2013

Jonathan Rubeck, a freshman psychology major and resident of Smith Hall, was arrested during an investigation that followed two reports between Saturday and Monday of stolen women’s underwear, one of which occurred in his dormitory.

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Apartment fire engulfs two units across from CU campus

March 22, 2014

At one point, Kobel said, the flames reached 40 feet above the apartment roofs.

“They were so high that firefighters at a nearby station could see it,” Kobel said of the fire house at 30th and Arapahoe, about 2,000 feet north.

No residents were injured. One firefighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for a minor injury.

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Romney son and President Obama both campaign nearby Thursday

Sept. 14, 2012

Romney said that the family struggled after the 2008 primary loss, but that it was his mother who helped Mitt realize his 2012 ambitions.

“They like telling this story a lot,” Josh Romney said. According to their son, when Ann asked Mitt if, acting as president, he could turn the economy around, he answered “yes” to which she returned, “You don’t have a choice, you have to run again.”

On the opposing ticket, Obama’s speech took a different and more rehearsed tone in Golden on Thursday.

In the renewable energy capital of Colorado, where the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines’ engineering and environmental programs are housed, Obama gave no personal anecdotes but focused instead on America’s energy sector. A topic that Romney barely touched on Thursday, energy was a key piece of Obama’s remarks.

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Falsely publicized hate crime leads to campus discussions of social justice

Quengail Ameyaw tells a group of about 19 people gathered in the Center for Community’s Center for Multicultural Affairs office details of her what she has perceived to be a racially adverse campus climate. (Alison Noon/CU Independent)
Quengail Ameyaw tells a group of about 19 people gathered in the Center for Community’s Center for Multicultural Affairs office details of her what she has perceived to be a racially adverse campus climate. (Alison Noon/CU Independent)
Feb. 20, 2014

The CU Police Department told students and faculty the weekend before the fall semester that an assault near the Broadway and Euclid Avenue underpass involved derogatory remarks about an Asian man, but police reports show that was never an element of the crime.

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