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Regents complete selection for independent panel

2/16/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. -- University of Colorado regents chose six
people Monday to round out an independent committee investigating
whether the football program uses sex and alcohol to land recruits.

The new selections included two women and four men: Former
Broomfield judge Jacqueline St. Joan, Denver Bishop Philip Porter,
former Colorado Supreme Court Justices Lou Rovira and Jean
Dubofsky, attorney David Powell and former FBI employee Kenneth
Vardell.

The commission is co-chaired by two former lawmakers, Joyce
Lawrence and Peggy Lamm. The committee hasn't yet set its first
meeting.

"You have a tough job coming up," regents Chairman Peter
Steinhauer told Lawrence and Lamm.

University President Elizabeth Hoffman said she was pleased with
the panel's diversity.

The panel must report its findings by April 30 on whether "sex
and alcohol are used as recruiting tools." Asked about the
deadline, Lawrence said it made her a bit nervous.

"Anyone who volunteers for this has to be ready to drop
everything and spend a lot of time on this," she said after the
meeting.

The university has been sued by three women who say they were
raped at or just after a December 2001 recruiting party for
football athletes. Hoffman has said she is willing to meet with the
women to discuss changes in CU's policies.

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Keenan has suggested the
school uses sex and alcohol to entice recruits to Boulder, a claim
university officials have denied.