June 1, 2013
Mike Bohn deserved far better than to be blithely thrown beneath the Buffs’ bus. Imagine what it must have been like to voluntarily assume responsibility for the flotsam and jetsam in the wake of the Barnett/Tharp shipwreck. Only a person with the enthusiasm, commitment and home town ties Mike possesses would have said “yes” to the offer. Don’t be surprised if the next Athletic Director for the University of Colorado is paid 2-3x what Mike was willing to accept. No good deed goes unpunished.
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December 1, 2012
My preference would have been to give Jon Embree another year. I think Mike Bohn wanted to give Jon another year, too. I don’t believe Mike, who grew up in Boulder and bleeds Black and Gold, was permitted to offer that option by the “powers that be,” whoever they are.
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August 25, 2012
Alcohol is a social lubricant. It also kills indiscriminately. The way young people “learn” how to drink could not be more poorly designed. High schoolers learn from their college peers, who are old enough to acquire alcohol. Collegians develop drinking patterns at private parties, where ids are not checked and the alcohol is often more powerful and usually free. The patterns they establish in college carry forward into their adult years. The U.S. has a drinking problem because most people learn to drink without adult supervision in environments where there are no rules (or even good modeling behavior).
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April 7, 2012
Student athletes are the subject of intense competition as they consider their college options. Scholars should be similarly recruited, but the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process is a one-size-fits-all filter effectively eliminating that possibility. The FAFSA form does not take into account indebtedness, car payments, house payments, local cost-of-living differences, individual family circumstances, or the tuition, room and board expense of different public or private colleges and universities.
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March 10, 2012
In the interest of full disclosure, my wife and I, with 5 other people, were held hostage for two very frightening hours in 1981 by a man holding a snub-nosed .38 and wearing a silk stocking over his head. From my perspective at the time, the odds of disarming the guy were not good (about ½-inch of the barrel extended beyond the palm of his hand). We made no foolish mistakes and all of us survived unharmed, but I hate guns, particularly hand guns.
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April 8, 2011
God bless the CWA. One of the great benefits of living in a university town is the infusion of wisdom and controversy waves of young minds and somewhat older professors wash over us each year. The CWA brings this intellectual cross-pollenization to a head. The most wondrous aspect of the sessions is the audience. In the journalism session I attended on Wednesday (“Long Live the News”), 20% appeared to be students and the remainder constituted a robust cross-section of Boulder’s other residents. I may have to start reducing my commitments during CWA, because the quality of the presentations and the subsequent questions and answers was at the highest level.
“News” is flowing towards us in an ever-growing torrent. Our job, if we choose to accept it (and heaven help us, if we don’t), is to develop Great American Readers and Listeners. Skepticism must always exist in response to a pay-to-play news cycle. Wire services have been steadily pumping stories out since the early part of the last century. The blogosphere is doing the same thing, but at drinking-out-of-a-fire-hose speeds and volume. WE must apply the filters and slow down our “judgment cycle” as the news cycle speeds up.
Some commentators do more old-fashioned journalism than the anchors from other outlets, correcting misinformation, revealing biases, learning from real experts, and placing actual facts in play. Other “affirmation-type” journalists eschew consistent accuracy, compelling prose and thoughtful analysis. We must find ways to feed the former and starve the latter, before it’s too late.