Quidnunc, whose name comes from the Latin “what now,” is out and about as often as possible to bring you news overheard in elevators, rest rooms and spied in various e-mail boxes.
QUID HAS HEARD that the hot local economy and tight job market must be so tight that it’s hard to find qualified people hoping to make a million bucks a year running a local school. The school is the University of Colorado. All that headhunter Wheless Partners and the CU Board of Regents could come up with is has-been Minnesota Congressman Mark “Who?” Kennedy. His additional claim to fame was running the University of North Dakota, which apparently is in a state called “North Dakota.” The job pays more per year than a lot of working Coloradans can make in a lifetime. He was on-track to stumble into the position until it was uncovered by those who are not Regents and not paid to give them information that he was formerly a way-right and way obscure member of Congress who voted for things like making kids cite the Pledge of Allegiance in School and to limit stem cell research. He’s a good fit, proponents say. Proponents, however, would be the slight majority of Republicans on the CU Board of Regents impressed by Kennedy’s party affiliation. The message for all the little people is: Don’t expect your college tuition to go down, ever, and don’t expect to hire the best-ever sales associate at your local big-box retailer for $11.10 an hour, because this is all a million bucks can get you.
AND THAT’S ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS