Deadline past for disputed Mesa website

The Unauthorized Social Network at ColoradoMesaUniversity.org was in business Wednesday evening, despite an ultimatum that the site owner surrender it.

Mesa State College student Justin Kolenc bought the domain name, as well as two others, in April, shortly after the Mesa State College Board of Trustees agreed to pursue a name change to Colorado Mesa University.

College officials say that Kolenc sought cash for the domains, making him a “cybersquatter” under federal law.

Mesa State College President Tim Foster said Wednesday the college wouldn’t postpone the deadline.

Kolenc says he was simply taking advantage of a business opportunity and is running the site as a social network.

“This group is for students and alumni of Mesa State College/Colorado Mesa University,” the site says. “Call it “local networking.” We are a legitimate, legal venue for you to exercise your rights to assemble and speak. Come on in and do some networking!”

The site notes that it “is in no way” affiliated with Mesa State College or the university.

Legislation changing the name to Colorado Mesa University is awaiting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature.

The site had a dozen members on Wednesday, one of whom, Cindy R., commented to Kolenc: “Dude, you’re brilliant! I’m alumni and I’m thinkin’, ‘Isn’t this a business school?’ Your brilliance should’ve made ‘em proud!”

College officials want the coloradomesauniversity.org domain, as well as its .info and .net cousins so they can funnel web surfers into a single site, coloradomesauniversity.edu. Officials want to use domains related to the name of the university to better control its image and marketing.


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