Skip to comments.Six-figure speaker fee for Kofi Annan raises eyebrows at CU ( Raising Tuition next year too )
Posted on 06/28/2007 7:44:11 PM PDT by george76
BOULDER University of Colorado students paid $160,000 in April to hear former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan say the people of the world must work together to bring about peace.
The amount came as a surprise Wednesday to several members of CU's board of regents, who saw the figure on a routine list of speakers and their fees for the school year that just ended.
Annan was far ahead of the second-highest-paid speaker, liberal historian and activist Howard Zinn, who received $15,500.
The amount for the one-hour speech brought calls from some regents for more frequent audits of student government, which has a $33.8 million annual budget and oversees most campus speaking engagements. It hasn't had a full review in four years, though the student health center has been monitored, campus auditor Jean Stewart told the board.
"It's a large budget, and you have young, inexperienced people (in student government)," Regent Tom Lucero said following the Wednesday meeting. He raised the question of Annan's fee.
Of the $160,000, Annan received $100,000. The rest was for transportation, lodging, food and two security men...
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Ha HA...Edwards only got $50K for speaking about poverty at UC Davis.
i.e. too much money in the hands of idiots. I wouldn't have paid 16 cents to hear him talk.
Just overcharging people no one else would overcharge. Nothing new!
I wouldn’t pay $1.60 to listen to this worthless, corrupt, meaningless cipher talk about anything.
He’s a nobody, a nonenity. A glib parasite.
How much does Ann Coulter get at CU?
Not just raising tuition, but raising tuition 14.5 percent!
oh come on people. if some approached you and said 100,000 was a fair price to hear you speak for an hour, you’d do it. this lies purely with the students. actually, it’s the faculty.
Dang, they must have stayed somewhere pretty swanky.
Once I sent an e-mail to Kofi. I wrote to him that I use the U.N. flag to wipe my boots. No kidding, I really sent it to him. LOL!
Whoever approved Kofi’s entry visa should go to jail. I think we have laws against granting visas to known criminals.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
But it’s too bad when it’s someone else’s money. Mom and dad pay most student fees, which means that they were the ones ripped off.
The student government has a $33.8M budget? with little or no oversight???
16 cents is too much.
“What? He’s a crook? A famous crook? The corrupt figurehead of an ineffective, Socialist organization? Then, by all means, we must listen to him speak! It’ll help us on the road to success! And make us feel good about ourselves! Pay him whatever he wants! Money is no object!”
Ward is still getting his paycheck and benefits too.
Last week CU was crying that they had to raise the tuition...
Boudler is expensive, but not that expensive...
How many students could have received their education for that amount?
Nice ‘work’ for kids ?
student government has a $33.8M budget? with little or no oversight???
I’m in Colorado, and had we known Kofi was going to be here, we would have Freeped him. I’ll share a little story about CU:
Back when the anti-gunners and Million Mom March were in full swing, Charlton Heston came ot speak at CU. The university paid him $25,000, and the leftists had a fit. They organized a big protest and the local Tyranny Response Team came out to counter protest.
Visualize this: Two hundred screaming college kids, a line of police tape, a street full of cops, more police tape, and two hundred pro second amendment counter protestors screaming back. It was wild. The little college girls were chanting some litle chant that went “2,4,6,8, blah, blah, blah...” over and over. Suddenly there came the opposing chant from our side “GUNS STOP RAPE! GUNS STOP RAPE!.........”. The horror on their faces! You would have thought someone had just kicked their dog. LOL!
Hestons speech was excellent, I thought CU got a good bang for their buck.
... liberal historian and activist Howard Zinn, who received $15,500Make that "Leftist (the very leftest) historian..." So Zinn commands $15K a speech? Only at a university. I'd love to see his tax return. It's probably a chapter unto itself in the "A (rich, greedy, & hypocritical) People's History."
Apparently, no one knew that Kofi was speaking.
He deserved a FReep.
Kofi got a sweet NYC housing deal too.
Hmmm, 60 Grand to cover transportation, lodging, food and two security goons.
Did they buy an airline? Rent an entire hotel? Buy food for the entire illegal immigrant community? Pay the goons $20,000 per night?
This smells like 4 day old Hillary fish.
Mom and Dad are going to get hit another 14 percent next year on tuition.
Cheaper for illegals ?
Where were you Kofi when people were getting slaughtered in Rwanda???
$100,000 to hear Coffee Cup Anal?...A total rip-off!
If Annan revealed to the audience just how to set up and run a multi-million dollar oil for food scam it will be money well spent.
The students will all be set for life..
Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday he would head a new green group bankrolled by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to help reverse Africa's declining food production and double output.
How could they do business with this moron?
Things like this drive me "nucking futs"!
They would have to pay me that much to go listen.
They billed the parents for the student fees...like to increase next year too.
Thank you mom and dad.
some speeches are worth $160,000, but Kofi Annan has never given one ...
If the University of Colorado student government has so much money that that it can squander a speakers fee of that size on the vapid musings of the former United Nations secretary-general, as it did in April, maybe thats a sign that it is grossly overfunded.
No wonder it costs so much for a college non education these days.
Paying for liberal professors like Churchill and paying big $’s for speakers like this pos and Edwards speaking on poverty at UC Davis are outrages.
Didn’t Billy Jeff Clintoon get some nice gigs at colleges after he looted the White House?
The University system is a mess. CU says that it has to raise tuition 14 percent next year.
Now we see why. They can not manage the money that they already have...so they want more.
Bubba is a gifter in chief.
Thanks George. This is disgraceful and I’ll add it to my list of complaints. I would bet an effort is underway to stop the tuition raising and this is a good example of waste and abuse of university funds.
Even giving Howard Zinn $15,500 is a huge waste of the parents money. For a one hour rant on liberal politics ?
Zinn should pay CU. Ward should not still be getting paychecks.
I know alumns who have stopped sending CU money. The tuition should not go up until CU starts to make budget cuts first. I can think of one whole dept that is not needed.
Stopping higher tuition isn’t going to happen. These universities are no different than any other Democrat or socialist institution. They have to increase fees to pay for the folly represented by the left. If they can indoctrinate the students they figure they can take over the world. Just like they are doing with K-12.
14% increase will go over really big with any conservatives with children and grandchildren.
Wouldn’t how much of that has been wasted $’s defending Churchhill?