Update below: Late last Friday afternoon, a Denver jury returned a $695,000 verdict against the University of Denver in a long, involved dispute with the local chapter of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. On the surface, the five-day trial was mostly about how property is valued in an area of town siz ... More >>
Forbes has just released its list of the top colleges in America -- a roster that includes 650 institutions. And while thirteen Colorado colleges are included, none of them made the top ten...or the top twenty...or the top thirty. Below, see our photo-illustrated countdown of the Colorado finishers ... More >>
Why is it that all marijuana actions are scheduled for 4:20? That's when Mason Tvert, founder of SAFER and father of Amendment 64, showed up outside the Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion last Friday to call Governor John Hickenlooper a hypocrite for installing craft-beer taps there and t ... More >>
Update: A proposed ballot initiative that would ban concealed handguns on public college and university campuses was given the go-ahead yesterday by a state board that reviews such measures. But that doesn't mean the initiative will automatically be on the ballot. Starting in mid-January, the propo ... More >>
The University of Colorado is not the only school to take a scary interest in what its students will be wearing for Halloween. Although CU's memo urging students to avoid "inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people's cultures" -- including any hillbilly or ghetto outfits -- has been roundly ... More >>
During the last presidential campaign, Republicans were put in an awkward position by Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape;" remember how Mitt Romney dodged a CBS4 question about it? Now, however, a Colorado Democrat, state rep Joe Salazar, is the person backpeda ... More >>
The passage of Amendment 64, which became law earlier today, presents challenges for Colorado colleges, since lotsa students are as confused about the measure as many members of the public. That likely explains why the University of Denver chose last week to send enrollees a copy of its drug policy ... More >>
While some professors are not happy with a policy change that allows students with concealed-carry permits at CU-Boulder to bring guns into their classes, one gun-rights organization has an opposite concern. The most unsafe place on campus, according to Students for Concealed Carry, is the one place ... More >>
As CU-Boulder continues to get attention for its new rule allowing concealed-carry-permit holders to have guns in some family housing units, Colorado State University in Fort Collins is sticking with a stricter policy. At CSU, guns aren't allowed in any dormitories or apartments, period. And offici ... More >>
CU-Boulder has spent a lot of time and effort trying to ditch its party-school reputation -- by, for example, cracking down on the annual 4/20 celebration this year. Nonetheless, Newsweek has just placed the university third on its new party-school list, using unusual criteria: the number of arrests ... More >>
Earlier this month, a CU Boulder spokesman denied that the university's approach to the annual 4/20 celebration on campus represented a crackdown. But that was before the announcement that Norlin Quad would be closed and visitors banned on a day that's clearly not among CU president Bruce Benson's f ... More >>
With a nickname like "Buffs," it's no wonder that the naked-lady-lovin' folks at Playboy magazine would have a hard-on for the University of Colorado at Boulder. And now they've expressed their affection for the school's lifestyle by naming CU America's number one party school (Link is NSFW). ... More >>
Bruce Benson.On Friday, we named University of Colorado at Boulder president Bruce Benson Shmuck of the Week for complaining in advance about the way the Princeton Review comes up with its annual party school and reefer madness rankings. Naturally, we assumed he was doing so because CU was ne ... More >>
In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers no-holds-barred looks at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentists offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. This week, the Wildflower Seed reviews Green Door Wellness Cent ... More >>
Mason Tvert prefers Emerald to Amethyst.For indefatigable marijuana booster Mason Tvert, founder of the advocacy organization Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), April 1 is a very big day. Rallies are scheduled to take place at more than eighty colleges and universities across ... More >>
Joshua Newton allegedly needs some serious lessons about how to treat a lady.No doubt the parents of CU students who live on campus will be alarmed when they hear about the arrest early this morning of a man being investigated for kidnapping, sexual assault and other crimes. But CU-Boulder Po ... More >>
Drink & Song
Friday, October 9, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
With students returning to the University of Colorado at Boulder campus for the fall semester, the Boulder Police Department is stepping up DUI patrols -- and the CU cops will be out in greater force, too. The university department has added six more officers as part of an overall plan to red ... More >>
The Chatfield High School logo.Just got a call from one of my daughters, who attends Chatfield High School in unincorporated Jefferson County. She wanted me to know that the school had been evacuated amid freshman orientation today (she's a junior, but she served as a freshman mentors) due to ... More >>
In the January 31 Message, J. David McSwane (pictured), the muckraking editor of Colorado State University's Rocky Mountain Collegian newspaper, set off alarms over the possibility of Gannett purchasing the publication. In his view, CSU's decision to hold an unannounced meeting with representatives ... More >>
Clockers are on watch at a charity auction.
How can you portray college life at CU without a date-rape joke?
Sunday, November 11, Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado, Boulder, 303-492-7704.
Metro’s new provost, Rodolfo Rocha, had a chance to lead the school into the future. Instead, he became a faculty pariah in less than a year.
Stephen (center) copped an attitude. This is what The Real World is doing to our city's reputation: This past weekend, I had some guests in from out of town -- a former roommate, her close friend and her close friend's childhood friend, a sorority girl from Fulton, Missouri. While I was at work ... More >>
When sexual orientation conflicts with church doctrine, how tolerant should a Catholic University be?
For drunk CU students, SEMS volunteers lend a helping hand.
Elvis has left the building, but things are looking up at the Regency.
CU students pitch in against alcohol abuse.
Samantha Spady died in the Sigma Pi house. Pastor Reza Zadeh is planning its resurrection.
Koren Zailckas found inspiration in sobriety.
When CU students take the Delta Delta Delta pledge, they take it very seriously.
Other schools do the math as Metro State calculates the cost of subtracting athletics.
Hanson's Grill and Tavern
Hell hath no fury like Lakewood residents protesting Colorado Christian University's new housing program.
Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Here's a loaded question: Have CU's frats cleaned up their act? We find out.