Thursday, November 17, 2011
Occupy Wesleyan to Demand Return of Hick's Diploma
Students at Wesleyan will show solidarity with the Occupy movement with a 4 PM gathering on the steps of Olin Library and then a ceremony asking to rescind Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Wesleyan degree because he ordered Occupy Denver to be evicted because of "rules and laws that must be followed" while declaring the first amendment rights of protestors.
Hickenlooper graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in English in 1974, and earned a master's in geology in 1980. He received an honorary doctorate and was commencement speaker at Wesleyan in 2010. He founded the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver and went on to become Denver mayor after a maverick campaign. He has actively promoted the end of homelessness, gun control and the legalization of marijuana. Hickenlooper appears as a character in Kurt Vonnegut's novel. Timequake. Hickenlooper was elected governor of Colorado in 2010.