WRITER: Dylan Lysen

KU study: Sports organizations waste work time during NCAA tournament too, but it has benefits

When it comes to March Madness, employees of university athletic departments are just like the rest of us — they're keeping up with the games at work, too. But in some cases, this lack of productivity is actually encouraged and produces its own set of benefits for workplaces, said Jordan Bass, a KU assistant professor and author of a study investigating workplace culture as it relates to the NCAA's national ...

As higher education funding plans inch along in Legislature, Kansas business community asks for vast increase

Many Kansas businesses want state lawmakers to vastly increase funding for higher education, but initial budget bills approved this week call for a more limited funding allocation to state universities. In letters sent to all Kansas lawmakers on Monday, a group of more than 30 business representatives and advocates requested that the Legislature provide the $50 million increase to the state's universities that ...

KU chancellor has not considered suspending coach as NCAA investigates; Regents chairman also weighs in

Although FBI wiretaps in federal court revealed University of Kansas assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend said KU would do “what it takes” to land a highly touted recruit, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday that he has not considered suspending any KU coaches, including Townsend. The Journal-World asked about possible suspensions after Louisiana State University suspended its head men’s ...

KU on track to begin permanent provost search after spring semester, chancellor says

The University of Kansas hopes to begin searching for candidates for its permanent provost position after the spring semester comes to a close, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday. Prior to the Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka, Girod laid out for the Journal-World the probable timeline for the search for a permanent provost. Currently, the university is soliciting bids from search firms to help ...

Sentencing for basketball recruiting fixer moved to September

A college basketball recruiting fixer who revealed that he had made illicit payments to University of Kansas basketball players will now have to wait until September for sentencing. T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant who was a key government witness for the college basketball corruption trial in October 2018, will be sentenced on Sept. 10, the office of presiding Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the ...

Baker University's athletics program to join a fast-growing video game industry with creation of esports team

Baker University is adding a new sport to its athletic program, but the team won’t be taking any fields or courts. Instead, the team will be taking on the virtual world in video games. The Baldwin City-based university announced last week that its athletic department is joining several other Kansas universities and colleges in launching an esports team, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The program ...

VeoRide adds 150 motorized e-bikes for KU campus hills

Riding a VeoRide bike on the University of Kansas’ hilly campus may have just gotten easier, said Spencer Dickerson, a general manager for the bike-sharing service. While students were gone for spring break last week, VeoRide added 150 new e-bikes to Lawrence, including the KU campus, Dickerson said. The e-bike addition brings the total number of VeoRide rental bikes available in Lawrence up to 500, according ...

State receives 370 applications for hemp farming licenses in first year

Hundreds of Kansas farms are hoping to be part of a historic first season of legal hemp production in the state this spring, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Heather Lansdowne, communications director for the department, said 370 Kansas farms filed applications by the March 1 deadline to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research program. Hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant and a ...

Law enforcement agencies, others voice opposition to legalized medical marijuana in Kansas

TOPEKA — In a second hearing before Kansas lawmakers, a bill to legalize medical marijuana was opposed Friday by state law enforcement agencies, an addiction specialist and a doctor. The bill — Senate Bill 113 — was filed by state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and supported by local Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, who both provided testimony in support of the legislation Thursday during the first ...

Local lawmakers Holland, Karleskint voice support in first hearing for Kansas medical marijuana bill

Several proponents for the legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas, including local lawmakers Sen. Tom Holland and Rep. Jim Karleskint, told a Senate committee on Thursday that the remedy could help U.S. military veterans deal with various ailments they suffer from as a result of their service. Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat who filed the bill, told the Senate’s public health and welfare committee that ...

11 KU graduate programs among top 10s in U.S. News public university rankings

Eleven graduate programs at the University of Kansas are among the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. The university on Tuesday announced the rankings, which also include 48 KU graduate programs ranked in the top 50. Last year 46 KU graduate programs made it into the top 50 and nine programs made ...

Kansas bill requiring clergy to report suspected sexual abuse receives broad support

TOPEKA — A bill that would require clergy to be mandatory reporters of suspected sexual assault received broad support during its first hearing in the Kansas Legislature. Several people who identified themselves as victims or related to victims of sexual violence spoke Wednesday in support of Senate Bill 218 before the Kansas Senate’s state and federal affairs committee. Baldwin City Democrat Sen. Tom ...

Kansas Senate subcommittee to consider $18M increase for higher education funding, with chance to add $33M

TOPEKA — A Kansas Senate subcommittee later this week will consider recommending an $18 million higher education funding plan with the chance for it to jump up to $51 million. Republican state Sen. Ed Berger, chair of the higher education subcommittee, on Tuesday suggested a funding plan for higher education that would add $5 million to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s $13 million proposed increase. He also ...

Several Lawrence-area lawmakers disappointed with slow-moving Legislature

As the second half of the Kansas Legislature’s 2019 session began last week, several Lawrence-area lawmakers told the Journal-World they thought the governing body should have made more progress by now on important legislation. “There has not been a great deal accomplished, in my opinion,” said Republican state Rep. Jim Karleskint. While most local Democratic lawmakers believe the Republican-controlled ...

Report: N.C. congressman to file bill allowing student-athletes to earn compensation off likeness

A congressman from North Carolina is expected to file federal legislation that would pave the way for college athletes to earn money off endorsements, according to a Raleigh News & Observer report. Rep. Mark Walker, who is a member of the U.S. House Republican leadership, plans to file a bill next week titled the “Student-Athlete Equity Act.” The bill aims to remove a U.S. tax code restriction on ...

KU researchers to explore ways to identify dark matter, dark energy in the universe

A group of University of Kansas researchers is aiming to discover ways to understand dark matter and dark energy in outer space. That research may help scientists further understand the fundamental structure of the universe, said Ian Lewis, a KU assistant professor for the department of physics and astronomy. The research group — which includes Lewis, fellow KU particle theorist K.C. Kong and KU ...

KU engineering professor suspended from class after telling student to 'learn English'

Story updated at 3:50 p.m. Thursday A University of Kansas engineering professor says administrators have suspended him from teaching a course for the rest of the semester after comments he made in class. Gary Minden, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said administrative leaders of KU's School of Engineering informed him Thursday morning that he is suspended from teaching the course ...

KU Union 'hatches' six new Jayhawk statues in outdoor plaza

A flock of new Jayhawks “hatched” on the University of Kansas campus on Thursday. The KU Memorial Union unveiled six new Jayhawk statues — one for each of the six iterations of the iconic mythical bird that represents the university — in the recently constructed Ascher Family Plaza just outside the union building, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. The new statues are the final piece to the plaza, which was created ...

Gatto, others in NCAA basketball scandal sentenced to months in prison

Story updated at 4 p.m. Tuesday The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — were sentenced on Tuesday to months in prison. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced former Adidas executive James Gatto to nine months in prison and business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code to ...

KU chemistry researchers develop technology that can detect cancer within one drop of blood

A team of University of Kansas researchers developed technology that can detect cancer in a patient with just one drop of blood, said Yong Zeng, a KU chemist who led the project. The technology, a microfluidic chip, may allow for doctors to diagnose patients with cancer or other diseases faster and less invasively than current medical standards allow, Zeng recently told the Journal-World. “The idea is to ...