Published: Dec. 1, 2015

Bernie Sanders at CU-Boulder

Not Just Republicans

Bernie Sanders also came to CU-Boulder this fall.

A little more than two weeks before the Oct. 28 Republican presidential primary debate at Coors Events Center, the Vermont senator, a long-time Independent who is now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, rallied supporters at CU’s East Campus. An estimated 9,000 people attended.

Sanders, who debated Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas three days later, began his political career as mayor of Burlington, Vt., home of the University of Vermont, a rival of the Buffs’ ski team.

Heard Around Campus

“It’s a little like getting a five-year contract for a TV show.”

— Fiske Planetarium Director Douglas Duncan on NASA’s award of $1 million to CU-Boulder for making short videos about space science that will play in hundreds of planetariums nationwide.

Health Concerns Derail Dalai Lama Visit

Citing medical advice, the Dalai Lama canceled all U.S. appearances in October, including what would have been his first visit to Boulder in 18 years.

Tibet’s 80-year-old spiritual leader was scheduled to visit Boulder Oct. 20-21 and participate in two events at Coors Events Center.

But after His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, arrived in the U.S. for a medical evaluation in late September, doctors recommended complete rest. The Dalai Lama’s aides did not specify an illness.

Tickets for the CU event were refunded. The Tibetan Association of Colorado and other organizers said they hope to reschedule it.

The Dalai Lama had planned to address compassion and ethics in daily life.

Photography by Cliff Grassmick/Boulder Daily Camera