The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

26 January 2005

Sentinel Nepotism Story Goes National


Denton Facing Increased Scrutiny

*** June 25, 2006 Update: the Radio Equalizer is sorry to hear of Chancellor Denton's passing, after a suicide plunge from a San Francisco highrise. Please check our main page for the latest. Other 2005 coverage can be found here and here. ***

The sleazy nepotism scandal brewing at UC-Santa Cruz involving University of Washington export Denice Dee Denton, newly named UCSC Chancellor, and her partner is now generating national coverage in
The Wall Street Journal:

Here's an interesting angle on the Larry Summers kerfuffle. The Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel notes that one of the Harvard president's harshest foes is Denice Dee Denton, the new chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz:

Denton is making headlines . . . for challenging controversial statements made by Harvard University President Larry Summers, who suggested that innate differences between the sexes could help explain why fewer women succeed in science and math careers.

Summers made the comments . . . at an economic conference attended by Denton. Denton questioned Summers sharply during the conference, saying she needed to "speak truth to power." She told the Harvard president that she believed his assertions had been contradicted by research materials presented at the conference.

The Sentinel reports that the alliterative administrator has taken a very personal interest in the advancement of female scientists:

The University of California created a $192,000-a-year job for the partner of the new UC Santa Cruz chancellor, a move that is being criticized by employee unions. . . .


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