CMU websites in question no longer exist
The Mesa State College student who bought three web domains tied to Colorado Mesa University was talking Thursday with college officials, according to Mesa State spokeswoman Dana Nunn.
The college had set a Wednesday deadline for Justin Kolenc to surrender the domains related to the new Colorado Mesa University name.
Mesa State will don the new name once Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a measure that passed the Legislature this spring.
Kolenc didn’t respond to a request for comment, but the social network he established on his three domains related to the new name was no longer in existence Thursday.
Instead of what he termed the “unauthorized social network” for college students and alumni, the websites reverted to sites managed by GoDaddy.com, which listed them as owned by Mad Squid Productions, Kolenc’s company.
Kolenc bought colorado mesauniversity.org, and the .net and .info iterations of the name as he learned of the new name in April.
He denied that he purchased the names in bad faith, but college officials maintained he was hoping to sell them to the college, an activity known as “cybersquatting,” which is prohibited by federal law.
College officials want to control Colorado Mesa University-related websites to direct potential students and others to the main site — coloradomesauniversity. edu — while also controlling the institution’s web image.
Only one remaining domain, or website, remains outstanding: coloradomesa university.com.
The identity of the owner of that domain remains hidden behind domainsbyproxy.com.