WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Board of Regents approves funding increase for state universities; KU would get $33 million

TOPEKA — State universities in Kansas would see an $85 million funding increase over the next two years under a budget proposal that the Kansas Board of Regents approved on Thursday. Now university leaders will have to wait and see whether state legislators will approve the request. “Our hope is that this will happen,” said University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod. If approved, KU would see ...

Despite budget cutting mandate, KU graduate teaching assistants to receive pay raise

TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Regents approved a pay raise on Wednesday for University of Kansas graduate teaching assistants, effective immediately. KU leaders and the union that represents the approximately 1,100 graduate teaching assistants at KU had spent the last several months in negotiations on pay and other workplace issues. The Board of Regents approved the increase at its monthly meeting after both ...

KU part of a $27M grant program to boost literacy for struggling readers

The Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas will be part of a $27 million federal grant program to boost literacy for struggling Kansas readers. The Kansas State Department of Education awarded the grant as part of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The project is designed to improve literacy skills for students from birth ...

From rolled stop signs to alcohol poisoning: A ride-along with KU police

Hidden from view, Cortney Coke parked the Ford Explorer near the intersection of Sunflower and Sunnyside roads on the University of Kansas campus. Lights off, she sat in the darkness, waiting. It was only a matter of minutes before a Jeep Cherokee rolled past the stop sign without coming to a complete stop. Coke, an officer with KU’s Office of Public Safety, turned on the flashing lights and quickly pulled ...

KU homecoming activities to include traditions along with some new networking features

This year’s homecoming theme, “Home on the Hill,” might conjure up more than a few memories and emotions for University of Kansas alumni. Remembering defining moments during college, but also creating new memories and opportunities, is what this year’s organizers of homecoming week, Sept. 22-29, hope to accomplish. Alumni reuniting and returning to campus is, of course, the hallmark of homecoming, said ...

KU puts plastic egg in front of union, teases to 'hatching' next year

A giant blue egg, surrounded by four smaller red and blue eggs, materialized a week ago outside the Kansas Memorial Union on the University of Kansas campus. The words “Hatching March 7th” are written across the large plastic egg in the newly constructed Ascher Plaza in front of the student union on Jayhawk Boulevard. But those words are the only clue to the mystery of what's in the eggs. David Mucci, ...

KU's athletic director wants to build up football program before tackling stadium

Just six weeks after coming on staff as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long is saying that building up the football program should take precedence over a multimillion-dollar remodel of the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “The stadium is still very important,” Long said, during a question and answer session following a presentation he gave at a Chamber luncheon Friday at the Arterra ...

Haskell plans celebration honoring Native Americans who served in World War I

Native Americans couldn't claim U.S. citizenship when they answered the call to arms and fought in World War I. Citizenship would come six years after the war was over. But that didn't stop 415 Haskell students, faculty and alumni from enlisting, according to historian Jancita Warrington, director of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum. Those soldiers were just a small part of the 10,000 tribal members who ...

KU Health System receives its largest gift ever

Story updated 6:47 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018: The University of Kansas Health System on Thursday announced its largest gift ever — a $66 million donation from The Sunderland Foundation. The donation is earmarked for an inpatient care unit specializing in blood cancers and disorders, which will fill three currently unused floors of Cambridge Tower A on the Kansas City, Kan., campus, said Jill Chadwick, a ...

For Your Ears Only sale vital to Audio-Reader's future

Janet Campbell said she discovers something she can’t live without while perusing the items every year at Audio-Reader’s benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. “We have found DVD players, an old turntable, a sound mixer, and last year I bought a keyboard for my grandkids,” said Campbell, the former director of Kansas Public Radio and Audio-Reader. Those who love music — whether creating or listening — ...

Could tiny Pluto circle back to planet status? KU astronomer hopes so

Pluto could get an upgrade in the planetary scheme, but it will take several rotations around the sun before that happens. A scientific journal recently reported that Pluto should never have been downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006. News of an upgrade would make fans of University of Kansas alumnus Clyde Tombaugh happy. Tombaugh, from tiny Burdett in western Kansas, was a 24-year-old amateur astronomer when ...

Campus minister offers KU students spiritual friendship

For Susan Mercer, handing out a Capri Sun juice pouch to a college student is more than quenching a thirst. “It’s offering prevenient grace to whoever shows up,” said Mercer, the Wesley KU Campus Minister at the University of Kansas. When Mercer and Shawn Norris, with the Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Will Chaney, with Canterbury House, set up a sandwich board announcing “Blessings on the go,” in ...

KU says it will publish details about $20M in budget cuts; Faculty Senate vows to be 'watchdog'

As angst grows among some employees, a University of Kansas leader has promised to soon publish details related to $20 million in mandated budget cuts at KU. “Everything will be published,” interim Provost Carl Lejuez said Thursday. He hopes to have a list of budget cuts and adjustments broken down by department or unit at the next town-hall meeting later this month. A date for that meeting should be set ...

Author Edwidge Danticat discusses power of storytelling ahead of KU common book event

Edwidge Danticat hopes the power of her story will resonate with those who have lived a privileged life. Danticat, the author of “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,” will be visiting the University of Kansas to discuss her book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center. The book of essays, published in 2011, was selected as this year’s common book at KU, which means it was provided to every ...

As talk of budget cut looms, Girod touts contribution Kansas Athletics Inc. already makes to KU

A proposal to cut $1.5 million from the budget of Kansas Athletics Inc. prompted a response Wednesday from the University of Kansas’ chancellor that perhaps the athletic department isn’t given enough credit for the support it already provides. “There is another side to this story,” KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday following a meeting of the Kansas Athletics Inc. board. “How much Kansas ...

Newest member of KU's public safety team will sniff out bombs

For the first week on the job, the floppy-eared yellow Labrador retriever didn’t have a name, but now it’s official; KU’s "K-9 unit" will be called Phog. More than 5,000 votes were cast, and the consensus was that the newest officer at the University of Kansas' Public Safety Office should be named after Phog Allen, KU’s legendary basketball coach. The almost 2-year-old Lab got tangled on the leash ...

2 Russian students at KU worry more about visas, economy than hackers

News of Russian hackers just rolls off the backs of two graduate students studying at the University of Kansas this semester. “That’s ridiculous," said Aleksandra Nozdrina, 23, from Ufa, Russia, when the Journal-World asked her thoughts regarding the hacking. She doesn’t believe her country has the resources to hack into U.S. government computers. "The U.S. says the Russians are hacking them and in ...

Numbers suggest more than 30 percent of KU students are food insecure

Thursday, Aug. 23 was a good day for Michael Saimongkolkul. He could go to Westwood House for the ikigai noodle buffet. “I have food insecurities,” said Saimongkolkul, a University of Kansas student, holding two carryout containers of homemade ramen noodles with toppings. One container was for him, and the other was for his roommate. Organizers of the buffet served at Westwood House, 1421 W. 19th St., by ...

Faculty president thinks it is now unlikely KU Endowment will help lessen budget cut

The man whose proposal calls for a multimillion dollar increase in funding from the KU Endowment Association left a meeting with university leaders on Wednesday less hopeful that his plan would be accepted. KU's Faculty Senate president, Kirk McClure, said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of KU Endowment increasing its annual support to the university. Currently, KU Endowment provides ...

KU won't have booth at the Kansas State Fair for first time in decades

For the first time in several decades, the University of Kansas' outreach efforts will not include a booth at the Kansas State Fair, which attracts 350,000 people to Hutchinson. Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director for news and media relations at KU confirmed the university would not have a booth in one of the commercial exhibit buildings at this year’s fair, which runs from Sept. 7 through Sept. 16. “After ...