Headlines April 30, 2021
CU Faculty Group Approves Censure of President Mark Kennedy
The faculty assembly at CU Boulder has voted to censure University President Mark Kennedy over what they perceive as failed leadership on the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Kennedy has been a controversial choice since he was hired in 2019 in a split, party-line vote by the Board of Regents. Fifty faculty members representing different campus departments gathered Thursday and voted 35 to 20 in favor of the censure resolution. While serving in Congress from 2001 and 2007, Kennedy supported a constitutional gay marriage ban. The CU Board of Regents meets in June for its first evaluation of Kennedy since the Board of Regents flipped to a Democratic majority in January.
Dismissed Conservative Scholar Prepares to Sue C.U. Boulder
A visiting C.U. conservative scholar who participated in a rally in Washington, D.C. ahead of the U.S. Capitol insurrection is preparing to sue the University. John Eastman filed a “notice of claim” Thursday – a prerequisite to a lawsuit. He is alleging the University defamed and retaliated against him after the January 6 event by canceling his classes, denying him public speaking opportunities and eliminating his representation duties at the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. Eastman is seeking almost 2 million in damages, including 10 years of pay at $185,000 per year for reputational harm. Eastman’s remarks at the early January rally for President Donald Trump included unproven claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election and drew condemnation from university and community leaders.
Colorado Lawmakers Push for More Gun Bills
Three more gun bills were introduced at the Colorado State Capitol Thursday, with supporters saying they’re needed to address last month’s mass shooting at Boulder’s King Soopers grocery story. That brings the number of gun bills introduced to six. The newest bills would create an Office of Gun Violence Prevention aimed at strengthening the background-check process and allow local governments to pass gun laws that go beyond what the state has passed. Republicans say the bills aren’t needed and lawmakers should instead be focused on mental health.
Boulder Residents Boost Composting During Pandemic
The pandemic has challenged Boulder’s climate initiative work in waste reduction. But the city is still on course for the targeted 85% waste diversion by 2025. Newly released trash collection data for 2020 shows that 53% of citywide waste was kept out of the landfills through recycling, composting or reuse. Compared to 2019, that figure represents a 3% increase of diverted waste. The City of Boulder also had an 8% decrease in the total volume of waste community members sent to landfills. Not only does this data indicate the city is reducing landfill waste and improving rates of recycling and composting but also in driving down total waste per capita, which is more representative of consumer behavior.