News Releases

April 12, 1999

An all-day "Community Forum on Affirmative Action" will be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday, April 23, in the University Memorial Center.

The conference will feature panel discussions by CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff on topics including affirmative action research, policy formation, law and morality and the impact of affirmative action on CU-Boulder.

All events will be held in the UMC from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The conference is organized by the diversity council of the CU-Boulder sociology department.

April 12, 1999

Now that CU-Boulder students have discovered the Hard Drive Cafe in the Kittredge Commons complex for weeknight study breaks, Web surfing, socializing and espresso, its staff is trying to draw bigger crowds on the weekend.

The six-month-old coffee and computer hangout has received high marks since it opened on Halloween last year. Students are taking advantage of the cafe's pool table, 19 televisions, a wide assortment of coffees, juices, pastries and appetizers, and eight Imac computers for surfing the World Wide Web.

April 9, 1999

More than 2,000 American Indians and First Nation Peoples from tribes in the United States and Canada will rendezvous at the University of Colorado at Boulder on April 17 and 18 for the third annual "Red Nations Cultural Unity Celebration Contest Pow-Wow."

Pow-wow events will be held in the Coors/Events Conference Center.

April 9, 1999

In the basement of CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, a monstrous centrifuge sporting an 80,000-pound swinging arm and a box to tote hefty payloads whirls a miniature earthen dam at 200 miles per hour.

April 8, 1999

Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, Louise Woodward. The names represent not just people but criminal trials that critics claim spotlight the deficiencies of the American system of justice.

During the trials, lawyers and legal experts assured Americans that these cases were not typical and that the U.S. trial system remains the best in the world. But according to CU-Boulder law professor and former federal prosecutor William T. Pizzi, these cases are typical and our legal system is not the best.

April 7, 1999

Two ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula known as the Larsen B and Wilkins are in "full retreat" and have lost nearly 3,000 square kilometers of their total area in the last year, say scientists in Colorado and the United Kingdom.

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center and the British Antarctic Survey attribute the retreats to a regional warming trend. The trend has caused the annual melt season to increase by 12 days to a total of 20 days over the last 20 years, they said.

April 7, 1999

The physical affects of buildings, classrooms, signs and symbols on visitors and members of the campus community will be the topic of a forum at the University of Colorado at Boulder on April 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in conference rooms 3 and 4 at the Recreation Center.

Professor James Banning of CSU, who studies the relationships among people and the university environment, will give a slide presentation on the impact that these spaces, including graffiti, art, posters and access, may have on diverse groups and the spirit of multiculturalism.

April 7, 1999


M. Cherif Bassiouni, professor of law at DePaul University and Chairman of the United Nations’ Commission of Experts investigating human rights violations during the Bosnian civil war, will deliver the 42nd annual John R. Coen Lecture in the Fleming Law Building on the CU-Boulder campus.

Bassiouni will be available to answer reporters' questions concerning suspected human rights violations in Kosovo on Thursday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Fleming Law Building at CU-Boulder. Call 492-3084 to arrange an interview.

April 6, 1999

Award-winning author and poet C.L. Rawlins will present a lecture titled "In Gravity National Park: Peaks and Depths of the New West," on Wednesday, April 21. The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Community House in Boulder.

Rawlins will read selections from his newest book, "In Gravity National Park," which recently won the Mountain and Plains Bookseller's Award for poetry. His poetry is known for expressing praise of and respect for landscape and nature.

A book signing will take place after the lecture.

April 6, 1999

The city of Grand Junction and the Chamber of Commerce have asked the Real Estate Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder to evaluate the city’s development process.

Byron Koste, director of the center, will lead a panel of five experts who will work with Grand Junction-area developers, builders, business leaders and other constituencies that have expressed concern with the city’s growth plan.