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University chancellor falls to her death

June 25, 2006

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— Dee Denton, the controversial chancellor of the University of California Santa Cruz, fell to her death Saturday from the 44th floor of a San Francisco apartment building, the medical examiner's office confirmed. Her death is being investigated as a suicide, officials said.

She was 46.

San Francisco police said her body was reported at 8:17 a.m. outside the Paramount apartments - where her partner, Gretchen Kalonji, lives. The luxury rentals are billed as the "tallest apartment for rent in San Francisco" and are located across from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

"Nobody observed her jump," said a San Francisco police source, who said the person who reported her body had called from the nearby Argent Hotel.

Her tenure as chancellor was a rocky one. The openly gay leader was criticized for having the university foot the bill for $600,000 in renovations to her campus home, including a $30,000 enclosure for her dogs, a new dishwasher, sub-zero refrigerator and updated bathroom. She also outraged university union members when her partner was hired to work for the UC system at a six-figure salary.

Denton was noticeably absent from the university commencement exercises earlier this month, and some employees said she had not been at work for at least two weeks. When asked about her absence, university officials told them she was ill.

Comments

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

A shining example of "academic freedom" being taken to its extreme.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

No, sounds like an emotionally disturbed person who turned successfully suicidal-- but that won't stop you from using it to take a poke at the evil libral bogeymen and women that bedevil you, will it?

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Examples of the "academic freedom" to which I referred:

"Her tenure as chancellor was a rocky one. The openly gay leader was criticized for having the university foot the bill for $600,000 in renovations to her campus home, including a $30,000 enclosure for her dogs, a new dishwasher, sub-zero refrigerator and updated bathroom. She also outraged university union members when her partner was hired to work for the UC system at a six-figure salary.

Denton was noticeably absent from the university commencement exercises earlier this month, and some employees said she had not been at work for at least two weeks. When asked about her absence, university officials told them she was ill."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

You're constantly making the excuse that anything BushCo does is OK because Clinton was less incompetent and corrupt, so I guess I'm beginning to follow your "logic."

lunacydetector 8 years, 10 months ago

she must've held the male role in the relationship since men are more likely to commit suicide by a violent act.

...and bozo, clinton had far more compadres indicted and convicted in his administration than bush. i think clinton will go down in history as the most corrupt regime.

the clinton administration:

47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122

but there is more..... President Clinton was: The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance - Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates - Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation - Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify - Most number of witnesses to die suddenly - First president sued for sexual harassment. - First president accused of rape. - First first lady to come under criminal investigation - Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case - First president to establish a legal defense fund. - First president to be held in contempt of court - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad - First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

....as for GW Bush, i cannot think of one person who has been indicted AND convicted. please enlighten me bozo.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

"clinton had far more compadres indicted and convicted in his administration than bush. i think clinton will go down in history as the most corrupt regime."

Define "compadre."

bearded_gnome 8 years, 10 months ago

Frankzappa, you got it: "slime 'em slugs!"
note, the UCSC mascot is "the fighting banana slugs."
besides, if she worked at Santa Cruz as the CEO of that campus, how come she *didn't live there? nice place to live w/lots of beautiful trees.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

While there is no indication that graft was involved here, I'm not defending the actions of the late chancellor-- just saying that in the present culture of unbridled greed, it's pretty piddling.

Our own KU Athletic Director probably pulls down a lot more in salary and other bonuses, along with lots of relatives and friends pulling down 6-figure salaries, and he's not even remotely connected to academia.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 10 months ago

why does this persons death need such debate. she is dead and someone out there is grieving and hurting so bad they can not even think right and people are just debating about whatever , right wrong good bad gay or not HELLO she is dead. send your sympothys to family.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 10 months ago

Nice Job LD, and all Bonzo can do is nitpick about compadre???

...and bozo, clinton had far more compadres indicted and convicted in his administration than bush. i think clinton will go down in history as the most corrupt regime.

the clinton administration:

47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122

but there is more..... President Clinton was: The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance - Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates - Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation - Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify - Most number of witnesses to die suddenly - First president sued for sexual harassment. - First president accused of rape. - First first lady to come under criminal investigation - Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case - First president to establish a legal defense fund. - First president to be held in contempt of court - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad - First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

....as for GW Bush, i cannot think of one person who has been indicted AND convicted. please enlighten me bozo.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 10 months ago

One small oddity of this story: it was filed in San Jose, she died in San Francisco, and was in charge of UCSC. Santa Cruz, San Jose, and San Francisco form a very large triangle. just curious why this story was posted in SJ? would be like: the Chancelor of KU Died in Wichita but story posted in Kansas City.
wonder with the money she was throwing around, was she using helicopters to commute to work?

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