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 Tuesday, September 28, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


State of the Campus Address, September 28, 2004

Ordinarily, I use this occasion to talk about some of the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, along with key initiatives for the future. But this year is different. Today, I will address how changes in American policy in higher education, particularly at the State level, are affecting our ability to fulfill our mission. And I will discuss how we plan to advance the University of Colorado at Boulder as a world-class research and teaching institution — despite the challenges.

And in keeping with tradition, we will close today's event on a celebratory note as we recognize each of the faculty members who have been recently promoted or tenured.

But first, I want to begin by focusing on some important issues— alcohol, athletics, and the treatment of women — that have deeply affected our campus community.


First of all, in light of the recent death of a CU-Boulder student at an off-campus fraternity, I want to talk about the need to better educate our students about the dangers of alcohol abuse, about students building self-respect and about taking pride in themselves and their university.

Today, I call upon the entire campus and the Boulder community to join me in a concerted attack on the misuse and abuse of alcohol among our young people.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Lynn Gordon Bailey, Jr., or "Gordie," our freshman student whose life came to an untimely, tragic ending a week and a half ago. I also want to acknowledge the impact of the loss of this young life on our campus community.

We all share a genuine, deep concern about the health and safety of our students and it especially pains us when we lose one of our own. The tragedy underscores the need to re-evaluate our current efforts to foster students' social development, particularly our strategies for reducing abuses of alcohol and other drugs.

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