‘Harry Pottter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ bittersweet finale to saga

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

After a decade of anticipation and eight movie installments, Harry Potter’s eagerly awaited battle with Lord Voldemort finally comes to a close in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

Starting off right where “Part 1” left off, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the quest to find and destroy all of Voldemort’s horcruxes (items in which he has placed pieces of his soul) in order to defeat the evil wizard once and for all.

They are also searching for the deathly hallows –– three fabled artifacts that give its users the power to be a master of death.

Finding these items and tying up all of the loose ends of the plot takes up nearly all of the time in the movie, which severely limits the character interaction that has been a staple of the series.

It seems strange that when Harry encounters the Hogwarts friends that he’s built such strong relationships with over the years, they barely say anything to each other.

And at a brisk two hours “Part 2” is easily the shortest film in the series, it feels like there is something missing from the movie.

Although it feels rushed and has a flat ending, (Potter fans should be prepared to cringe at the dreaded epilogue) “Part 2” is still a high-quality action adventure film with a nearly epic scale.

The action sequences are a sight to behold, visually stunning and stirring at the same time.

Displaying just how far they have come since 2001’s “Sorcerer’s Stone” Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson show off their acting prowess with their best performances to date.

When I walked out of the theater, I couldn’t help but notice the movie poster and its tagline, “It all ends”.

Even though “Part 2” is the last installment in movie series, “Harry Potter” will never truly end.

Potter fans will always carry the story with them, and will have the previous books and movies to go back to. The story will never be over.

As the Harry Potter cinema franchise comes to a close –– until J.K. Rowling inevitably releases another Harry Potter project –– us muggles can only look on in amazement at the most magical series of our time.

_Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at verve@collegian.com and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.
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Officials: West Nile not seen as threat

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Allison Knaus

While milder temperatures, an above-average amount of rain-fall and mountain runoff have kept numbers of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes to a below average number, aggressive mosquitoes have prospered.

Even though disease-carrying mosquitoes haven’t been found, aggressive, buzzing and biting mosquitoes are definitely out there in large numbers, said Mike Calhoon, the City of Fort Collins project manager for the West Nile Virus mitigation program.

“With elevated river and runoff levels, water is moving very fast, providing new sites for flood-water or nuisance mosquitoes to live in,” he said.

While flood-water mosquitoes are aggressive and annoying, they don’t carry West Nile like the Culex, a gene of mosquito that typically carries the virus, Calhoon added.

However, the common nuisance mosquitoes that don’t carry West Nile breed in the water and can remain unhatched until the water hits them, said Jessica Schurich, the operations manager for the northern Front Range branch of Colorado Mosquito Control.

“We kind of have a trade off and we’ll get stuck with one or the other,” Schurich said. “Culex mosquitoes are active in warmer temperatures while nuisance mosquitoes are more active in milder temperatures.”

But fast-moving water and mountain runoff that came down faster than expected flushed mosquito larval sites making it difficult for West Nile carrying mosquitoes to harvest eggs, explained Dr. Chester Moore, a professor in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology department at CSU.

Each week, a combined effort between the Colorado Mosquito Control, CSU and the City of Fort Collins sets 43 traps and record the amount caught as well as the species and locations.

“We have technicians out frequently checking and treating larval sites to prevent hatching and to catch the WNV carrying Culex,” Calhoon said.

Of the testing done thus far, none have come back positive with West Nile Virus. Testing has also found fewer Culex mosquitoes than a typical bad year where Culex can test positive for West Nile as early as the first week in July, explained Moore.

“I don’t like to make predictions but our testing has suggested we aren’t at a serious danger for the West Nile Virus this year,” he said.

While testing hasn’t indicated any West Nile carrying mosquotes, it’s important to continue aggressive testing to be proactive if positives begin to appear, explained Schurich.

“We always need to be alert during the West Nile season even if we haven’t found positives,” Schurich said. “We also need to make sure that the public is aware of to protect themselves.”

For more information about the West Nile and tips for avoiding mosquitoes, visit www.larimer.org/health or call the Colorado helpline at 1-877-462-2911.

Staff writer Allison Knaus can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Apartments over pizza: Woody’s Pizza closed to make way for new housing

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Erin Udell

After 14 years of trivia nights and pizza bars, Woody’s Woodfired Pizza, a long-time CSU staple, closed its doors this summer to make room for possible student housing.

The restaurant, located at 518 W. Laurel St., closed June 25 and will be demolished to clear the single-acre lot for Pura Vida Place, a 52-unit apartment complex slated to open in Fall 2012.

Catamount Properties Ltd. of Arvada purchased the lot to build Pura Vida, something that Jim Dean, the general manager of Woody’s Arvada location, said “just made sense.”

But, for some students, seeing Woody’s go is an unwelcomed change.

“I was kind of shocked,” said Lynn Urbina, a senior health and exercise science major who just recently learned of the closure.

“I would go in there every once in a while for their pizza bar and beer,” Urbina added. “But I guess since it’s making room for housing, which we need, it’ll be okay.”

According to the Coloradoan, Pura Vida, which was chosen because of its proximity to the CSU campus, will have one, two and three bedroom units.

Quoted in that same article, Chuck Bailey of Catamount Properties said “It’s the most outstanding site for (student housing) because it’s basically a block or block-and-a-thalf to the Lory Student Center and rec center; within walking distance to downtown and the (bus) transfer station at Lory.”

While the rust-red building just north of campus may soon be gone and owners aren’t currently looking at opening another in town, Woody’s may be back in the future, Dean said.

“We had a nice run when we were up there,” Dean said of the Fort Collins location. “I don’t know if our owners are considering reopening but anything’s possible in the future.”

News Editor Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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CSU loses a legend: Byron Winn

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Jason Pohl

A long-time CSU faculty member in the College of Engineering and leader in the field of solar research passed away earlier this month after more than 40 years of service to the university and the community.

“He was tireless, energetic and creative throughout,” said Fred Smith, a colleague and friend since Winn’s arrival at CSU in 1966.

Dr. Byron Winn, 77, was born during the Great Depression. Throughout school, he became an accomplished athlete and dedicated worker –– a drive he would carry with him throughout his life.

After graduating from Hannibal High School in Hannibal, Mo., he served as a paratrooper in the Korean War. He also played baseball at the University of Illinois where he later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

During his undergraduate studies, he also met his future wife, Donna, who would join him in 53 years of adventures throughout the country.

An avid hunter, fisher and skier, Winn was known for his adventures as well as his studies and work in the realm of academia.

Winn received his master’s and doctorate degrees at Stanford in the field of Aeronautic and Astronautics. While there, he worked for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Division and was involved in the Discoverer Satellite program.

The space research portion of his career led him to teaching in areas as far away as Australia as well as working for the French government on additional projects.

But when he returned to CSU in 1973, his focus shifted to solar technology. He was a co-founder of the university’s solar test facility –– Solar Village –– and was the founder of numerous other groups including the Waste Minimization Assessment Center and the Manufacturing Excellence Center.

To add to it all, he was the mechanical engineering department head for 12 years, and he later became the Associate Dean for Research.

“He taught courses, wrote proposals, got funding, supported graduate and undergraduate students, initiated new courses, built laboratories and undertook many activities in support of mechanical engineering at CSU,” Smith said. “A short work week for Byron was probably something like 80 hours.”

He worked and received honors until this death on July 3. In 2009, Former Mayor Doug Hutchinson deemed Oct. 20 to be Byron Winn Day in recognition of him being a “distinguished professor, a champion of energy efficiency and solar energy, an outstanding mentor for hundreds of students, a model of community service and ethical excellence and as a person who has significantly influenced development of clean energy locally and worldwide.”

Above all the awards and projects he worked on during his illustrious career and life, he was thankful for his peers and appreciative of it all.

“I thank those from whom I learned about solar energy and my many students who made it such a pleasure for me to teach,” he said after receiving the 2003 Charles Greeley Abbot Award for leadership.

Winn is survived by his wife Donna, three children and seven grandchildren.

Staff writer Jason Pohl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Mayor of Old Town campaigns for beer reform

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Nic Turiciano

A large, loud man in a gray shirt sat drinking at the bar inside The Mayor of Old Town the night before its July 15 grand opening. He’s an avid home brewer and member of the Liquid Poets, a home brewers club.

His name is Chris Palmer, and he’s always on a mission to drink a beer he’s never had. This beer exploration is what brought him from his hometown of Estes Park to the pre-opening party for the Mayor of Old Town, a new bar on Mason Street a block away from the CSU campus.

Palmer was drinking Black & Red, a dark, fruity beer made by Dogfish brewery. It’s the type of beer that isn’t found at most bars, and that’s why Palmer ordered it.

“I like going to places I haven’t been because there’s a chance I’ll get a beer I haven’t had,” Palmer said. “That’s what I’m after.”

With 100 beers on tap, and more to be offered in bottles and cans soon, The Mayor has the largest beer selection of any bar in Fort Collins, making it a place where even the most seasoned beer enthusiast –– like Palmer –– can find something they’ve never had before.

The idea for The Mayor came after its owner, Kevin Bolin, sold his real estate company, Kevco, and traveled in search of a new place to live. Instead of moving, though, Bolin decided to open a beer bar in Fort Collins similar to those he had seen while traveling.

Seeing the need for a beer bar in what Bolin calls the “Napa Valley of beer,” Bolin decided to open The Mayor.

Bolin wants his bar to be more than just a spot to get a beer. He wants it to be a discussion piece and destination spot.

“I would take my parents to the (Rio Grande Restaurant) whenever they came to visit me. It’s an icon in Fort Collins,” Bolin said. “That’s what I want The Mayor to be.”

But despite its close proximity to the CSU campus, Bolin doesn’t want The Mayor to be a college-scene bar. The Mayor will offer no specials on drinks and no happy hour. Bolin expects his bar to attract true lovers of beer, not beer drinkers.

Beers range in price from $3 to $8, with the average being in the $4 range.

Separating The Mayor from its contemporaries further is its food menu. The Mayor offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu from the Red Table Café, located on Linden Street.

The Mayor’s angle, though, is still the beer. The taps stand side-by-side, spanning 26 ft. behind The Mayor’s bar.

At the same party that Palmer attended sat Tam Frager, a writer who was also invited to the party because she is a fan of The Mayor on Facebook. She sat with her sister, neither of them beer drinkers, and discussed the space.

“It could so easily be pretentious, but it’s not. Maybe it’s the location, I don’t know, but it’s nice,” Frager said.

Staff Writer Nic Turiciano can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Alley Cat shaved of summer business

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Jul 192011
 
Authors: Matt Miller

Financially, the Alley Cat has been caught by the tail in recent months. The 24-hour coffee house and CSU institution has hit hard times this summer due to construction in its alleyway near the corner of Laurel Street and College Avenue.

Alley Cat owner Mark Williams declined to comment, but general manager Brooke Williams said that times have been tighter than the coffee place has ever seen in its seven years.
She also stressed the Alley Cat is in no danger of closing.

“The construction is making things difficult,” Brooke Williams said. “It has blocked off all access, parking is a disaster and students are gone for the summer.”

Brooke Williams said that Alley Cat owners attempted to talk to the Downtown Development Authority, who is running the construction project, but had difficulty getting through to them.

But, according to DDA Construction Manager Keith Meyer, the DDA worked closely with the Alley Cat owner for years planning out the project and creating a specific access plan.

“We essentially executed the plan we made,” Meyer said. “We worked with him, but I don’t think he’s ever experienced construction of this nature.”

Meyer said access is restricted to the Alley Cat because keeping the public safe from the construction is the main priority. He added that he even made an effort to add additional signs in the area to draw business into the coffee shop.

The construction is part of a citywide project that will make all alleyways from Old Town to CSU’s campus beautiful pedestrian corridors, Meyer said.

“The project enhances adjacent buildings, including the Alley Cat,” Meyer said.

The construction project will enhance 14 total alleyways, and has already done one near Tony’s Restaurant and Lounge and one near the Crown Pub. Meyer said he has not heard complaints from any other businesses including those around the Alley Cat.

“Even though business is down, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Meyer said of the other businesses.

Meyer said construction is ahead of schedule and should be done the first week of September.

In the meantime the Alley Cat is hosting a benefit concert on July 22 at 7 p.m. to bring in business. Otem Rellik, Maxwell Hughes, Patrick Crosby, Jordan Twiggs and Nathan Chumley will perform and it will cost $5.

“Whatever revenue will be nice,” Brooke Williams said. “We want to promote that we’re still in business.”

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Community Briefs

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Jul 122011
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Man arrested in fire, assault incident

Monday night Fort Collins police arrested 31-year-old Travis Eugene Forbes for the suspected July 5 assault of Lydia Tillman, a press release said.

On July 5 Poudre Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 5:33 a.m. When paramedics arrived on scene the victim, 30 year-old Tillman had jumped from a 2nd story building and had appeared to have sustained injuries from the fire and possible assault.

Police now believe Forbes set the fire in Tillman’s home. He has been arrested for attempted 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, arson, aggravated motor vehicle theft and sexual assault.

Forbes was also a suspect in the case of missing Aurora teenager Kenia Monge.

Tillman remains hospitalized and the investigation into the incident continues.

New swim coach named

After the retirement of longtime women’s swim coach, John Mattos, the CSU Department of Athletics decided on former assistant coach Chris Woodard, who worked under Mattos from 2000 to 2005.

Woodard, 38, spent time as a volunteer assistant for the team from 1998 to 2000, while working toward his master’s degree. More recently, Woodard has spent the past six years at North Carolina State as an assistant coach, training swimmers like Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones.

“Chris has great experience,” said head of CSU’s athletic department Paul Kowalczyk. “He also provided a vision for the program where he wants to grow the program and build on the successes of Coach Mattos.”

Kowalczyk added that Woodard shares the athletic department’s ultimate goals of winning conference championships, graduating student athletes and getting swimmers in the NCAA championships.

In addition to overseeing the swimming program, Woodard will do so for the water polo program as well, keeping water polo coach Mike Moody and diving coach Kevin Witt.

New head of Soil and Crop Sciences named

After 22 years as a faculty member in CSU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Eugene Kelly has been named the new department head. Kelly, a professor of pedology, will replace current head Dr. Gary Peterson, as he steps down after eight years. Throughout Kelly’s career, he has attracted grants totaling more than $20 million and served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

Marines dive in Poudre

This week could see U.S. Marines using the Poudre River for swift-water diver training. A group of 10 Marines gathered at the river on Sunday and Monday to learn diving techniques, which may end up being used for rescue in areas like Afghanistan. The training comes, in part, because of a 2010 incident where two Army soldiers in Afghanistan drowned after trying to retrieve a pallet from an aircraft that had fallen into a river, said Capt. Anthony Mercado in a July 10 Coloradoan report.

CSU to teach sustainability to Iraqi students

CSU is opening its doors and offering its knowledge to a group of students from Iraq this month.

With the hopes of promoting positive change in Iraq, the school will be teaching about advocacy and environmental sustainability.

The school is one of four institutions that participates in the 2011 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. This is the fourth year that CSU will participate in the program.

The program was implemented by World Learning, a Washington-based non-profit organization, and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The students will spend time both in the classroom and in service-learning projects. These projects are with organizations like Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and the CSU Environmental Learning Center.

— Collegian Staff Report

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Construction continues

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Jul 122011
 
Authors: Jason Pohl

After years of planning and months of construction, the new Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center hit a bump in the road –– a $2.4 million bump, to be exact.
According to City Manager Darin Atteberry, the financial short comings are a result of “timing issues and various sources of money.”

During the Fort Collins city council meeting on, July 5, the council approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 87 and 88, which will appropriate the almost $2.4 million needed for further construction of the project. The money will come from the city’s general and water funds.

“This is not a problem caused by corruption,” Atteberry said.

The decision to contribute funds for the project was not easy for the council, as some council members felt the construction process and future exhibits were losing sight of the initial goal.

“I’m still a little worried it’s going to turn into a corporate carnival,” said Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Ohlson, who went on to say this is still his “favorite project over a 30-year time span.”

The city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) had earmarked nearly $3 million for the project, but the funds are simply not there. Representatives from the city did say; however, that the loan from the city would be short-term.

“These are more cash flow, timing issue than long-term loans,” said Mike Freeman, chief financial officer for the city.

During the meeting, the council heard presentations from the nonprofit partner group and the DDA, which initially requested $3,875,000 –– the amount to complete the museum construction and fabricate exhibits.

Council members were decidedly against funding it all at once, saying more information was needed from many groups involved.

“I expect us and our staff and the nonprofit to try to work hard together to come up with some other alternatives for the additional funding needed for this project,” said council member Gerry Horak.

At the end, council gave initial approval of using $1.5 million from the city’s general fund and an additional $875,000 from the water fund to continue construction of the museum, located near the intersection of College Avenue and Cherry Street.

The decision will give groups time to meet and develop a more financially secure plan and give city leaders time to review other funding possibilities.

“This is such a unique opportunity for the community, and we are forging new grounds and it stands to reason that some problems will occur,” said Mayor Karen Weitkunat. “Some mistake will be made. The most important thing is to keep the project moving forward.”

The $20 million museum is expected to be complete by June 2012. For more information about the project, visit www.fcmdsc.org.

Staff writer Jason Pohl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

The project

  • What: Discovery Science Museum
  • Where: College and Cherry, near the Poudre River
  • When: Slated to open in June 2012
  • Project Cost: $20 million
  • Project Designer: OZ Architecture
  • Project Builder: Hensel-Phelps Construction
  • Project Features:
    360 degree Digital Dome Theater
    Local History Archive
    Classrooms for hands-on learning
    Outdoors spaces connected to the Poudre River

Visit www.fcmdsc.org or more information

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Free speech for all

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Jul 122011
 
Authors: Jason Pohl

The Colorado State University Faculty Council is taking steps to bring the university up to par with dozens of other schools around the country by making changes to the preface of the faculty manual.

The proposed changes involve clarifying a gray area that has developed. The issue involves free speech as a citizen, as guaranteed by First Amendment rights, and speaking as an employee of a government institution, which entails much more flexible regulations.

Additionally, under the university’s system of shared governance, members from the entire university community are invited to share criticisms and concerns on anything relating to the institution.

“Shared governance is good for the faculty and good for the university,” said Tim Gallagher, incoming chair to the faculty council. “For it to work, though, there must be protections.”

Supreme court decisions over the years have left the issue to be decided by individual universities. Recently, the University of Minnesota amended their manual to protect academic freedom, and others around the country are doing the same.

“These changes are very much in the mainstream,” Gallagher said.

The proposed changes to the manual appeared before the board of governors during a meeting on May 3 and were revisited during the June 20 meeting. The faculty council now must review the wording andover the next several months, come to an agreement with the board.

“We want to get the wording right,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher will meet with Mike Nosler, general counselor of the board of governors, later this month to discuss the proposed changes and what the board would like to see as a result.

Nosler was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Staff writer Jason Pohl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

The Manual

What is the faculty manual?

A manual university faculty and administrative members follow that outlines policies and procedures including disciplinary measures protocol.

Follow the Collegian throughout summer as this issue of protected speech develops.

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Question Authority: Sitting down with Joe Blake

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Jul 122011
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

Editor’s Note: Question Authority is a new feature where Collegian editors get up close and personal with CSU figures. Have any ideas about who you’d like us to talk to next? Send us an email at news@collegian.com.

Q What was your motivation for stepping down?

Blake: It really is two-fold. Part of the reason is to recapture a bit of my own personal life. As you can imagine, this is more than a full-time job.
I don’t get much time off, and it’s an opportunity to step down from the day-to-day responsibilities, but continue to take advantage of the wonderful, serendipitous opportunity to continue the passion I have for CSU.

Q: In what ways?

B: This new role will allow me to do things I like doing: working with alums, working with donors, working on public policy issues.
I’m also looking forward to doing some teaching at both Fort Collins and Pueblo.
I’m looking at teaching subjects like leadership and public policy, issues that I’ve been involved with my whole life. Both institutions have president’s leadership classes that I want to work with. I’ve spoken to them before and it would be great fun to have a more consistent relationship with them.
I would also love to do some teaching in the business school.

Q: Looking back on your two years as chancellor, what do you think was your biggest accomplishment?

B: The fact that the system grew and flourished in terms of the relationship between our three institutions. Specifically, we have a fabulous Board of Governors and incoming chair [Joe Zimlich] and I think working with this board and seeing the further development of the system has been a great experience.
These past years have brought entirely new waters to chart, and as I look back, I think that all of the institutions are thriving and going in the right direction.

Q: How so?

B: CSU has a wonderful relationship with Colorado that is unique among higher education in the state because we are in 59 out of 64 counties through our extension offices. We expand even further with our 4H outreach.

Q: During your tenure as chancellor, you’ve been in the midst of a pretty tough economic climate. What sorts of challenges did that present?

B: It’s about balancing the realities of cost with the realities of diminished state resources. Not just for CSU but for all of higher education.
During that process of balancing, you get into very difficult and thoughtful discussions around the need for increasing tuition at both institutions, as you know. And along with it comes that balance, between keeping college affordable and maintaining the strength of a CSU education.
On the plus side, it’s clear that we have great leadership on our campuses. Tony Frank is the preeminent leader of a university in this state, in my opinion. He’s done a magnificent job, and is one of the best communicators who I have ever had the privilege to be around.
CSU-Pueblo has magnificent leadership as well, particularly in interim-President Julio Leon.

Q: Speaking of CSU-Pueblo, you mentioned that you wouldn’t be stepping down until their president search was over. How’s that going?

B: Well, the CSU-Pueblo search is a very important part of the operation. The Board and I have had long discussions about that, and it’s something that I’m quite focused on. We don’t have a set date in making the decision, but I don’t see it happening until early fall.
And I want to add that, whatever date it ends up being that I officially step down, it’s not a cession as much as a transition, and I’ll continue to serve CSU, just in new and different ways.

Q: How will the Board go about replacing you, when the time comes?

The Board has created a Chancellor Search Committee, to be chaired by former BOG chairman Pat McConathy. We’ve agreed that process will get started at the appropriate time, whenever that may be.

Q: What’s your advice for your replacement?

B: Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of notes to capture as much of this experience as I can. It is, as I’ve said, a tremendous privilege to serve as CSU system chancellor, and its been very, very interesting and enjoyable, and I’ve been certainly learning something new every single day.
Because of that, there are many different aspects to the advice I would give, and I’ll be sharing it with the board when the moment comes to begin the search. I’ll be sure to share it to you line by line when that moment comes [laughs].

Q: How would you describe, in one sentence, what exactly the chancellor does?

B: My job is to constantly add value to our three institutions and find ways for us to work together so that we are greater than the sum of our parts.
And financially, that’s a big balancing act, but between our great presidents and strong operation in Denver, I think that it’s something that we’re pretty successful with.

Q: But still, a 20 percent tuition increase hurts. How does that factor into the balancing act?
B: That decision evolved over a good period of time last year. There were lots of discussions with students, and plenty of communication from President Frank, as you well know. It’s not a decision that we made lightly, but it was a decision that we had to make.
You can’t diminish the opportunity to have the highest quality faculty and standards in the industry. We can make cuts to other areas, but those things are non-negotiable in my book.

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