Monday, March 07, 2005

University Of Colorado President Throws In Towel

University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman resigned her post today amid scandals involving U of C sports teams and the continuing controversy surrounding remarks made by Professor Ward Churchill.

The school's football problems began after six women, including a former female kicker on the team, alleged that they were raped by players or recruits. The university placed football coach Gary Barnett on paid leave on Feb. 18, 2004, after he said the former kicker was an "awful player.''

Ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill wrote an essay in 2001 following the terrorist attacks that said the U.S. could only expect violence from overseas when its foreign policy results in "massive death and destruction abroad.''

The essay brought criticism from school faculty and Colorado Governor Bill Owens. Death threats forced the cancellation of some of Churchill's speaking appearances and the writing received national media attention.

The resignation takes effect June 30th.
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