WRITER: Dylan Lysen

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 ...

KU faculty leaders express frustration with administration for lack of transparency amid $20 million budget cut

As the University of Kansas continues to deal with a $20 million budget cut and plans to switch to a new budget model in 2020, faculty leaders recently expressed frustration over what they consider a lack of transparency from the university’s administration. While Kirk McClure, Faculty Senate president, and Ruben Flores, University Senate president, agreed interim provost Carl Lejuez seems to be sharing the ...

State shuts down Free State Brewing Company for a day after cockroaches found

Story updated at 4:21 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019: A longtime downtown restaurant closed for a day because state health code inspectors found cockroaches in the restaurant. The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s health code inspectors closed Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St., Thursday afternoon to make the restaurant address the cockroach infestation before it could continue business, said Heather ...

KU's interim dean of liberal arts hired at Penn State; vice provost for diversity and equity also leaving KU

Story updated at 7:44 p.m. Thursday Two University of Kansas administrators, including one who recently turned down a controversial permanent appointment, will leave the university this summer. Clarence Lang, the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU, has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University, according to a news release from Penn State ...

Judge denies electronic form of NCAA's request in college basketball corruption court case to 'obtain materials'

Updated 2 p.m. Friday, March 1: This story has been revised to reflect that the substantive motion by the NCAA was not denied but only the form in which it was made. The federal judge presiding over a college basketball corruption case has not yet decided on an NCAA request for unreleased information related to the case. Judge Lewis Kaplan's denial Thursday pertained only to the NCAA's request to file the ...

Fire damages home in southern Lawrence

Story updated at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019: A fire heavily damaged a home in southern Lawrence on Tuesday. Tom Fagan, division chief for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said fire crews responded to a call for a house fire at 2312 Free State Lane shortly after 6 a.m. "Upon our arrival, the two-story house had heavy fire involvement on the first floor that extended to the second floor," Fagan ...

Report: NCAA seeking more FBI information in college basketball corruption scandal for its own investigation

NCAA officials are seeking unreleased information the FBI gathered for three trials for college basketball corruption cases, one of which has already prominently featured the University of Kansas basketball program, according to a Yahoo Sports report. Donald Remy, NCAA executive vice president and chief legal officer, said the organization was seeking more information as part of its own investigation into ...

KU wants $1 million in restitution from convicted men in college basketball corruption trial

The University of Kansas wants the three men convicted of fraud in the college basketball corruption trial to pay more than $1 million worth of restitution to the university, according to a document filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. William M. Sullivan, an attorney representing KU, said in a letter to the court that the university wanted restitution from former ...

KU budget meeting turns into protest and criticism of administrative salaries

In a meeting meant to focus on plans to adopt a new budgeting process at the University of Kansas amid a $20 million budget cut, interim provost Carl Lejuez ended up dealing with a protest and fielding questions about the university’s administrative salaries. Lejuez said during a Dec. 5 town hall meeting on the budget that the university would eliminate about 55 faculty positions and 100 staff positions in ...

Police: Vehicle stolen from Lawrence car wash after it was cleaned

Lawrence police say they're investigating after a vehicle was reported stolen from a car wash in south Lawrence. Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at Auto Plaza Car Wash, 2828 Four Wheel Drive, at about 4:35 p.m. Feb. 13, Lawrence Police Officer Derrick Smith said. According to Smith, a driver left the keys in a silver, four-door 2010 Lexus while it was being washed by the employees of the ...

KU faculty leader: University to move jet to 'private entity' and no longer use academic funds to subsidize use

The University of Kansas will take action on two faculty requests to help offset the impact of a $20 million budget cut, including ending the use of KU funds to support a university jet, a KU faculty leader told a university gathering last week. But now, Chancellor Douglas Girod's office is refusing to confirm or deny that the chancellor has approved the budgetary changes. Kirk McClure, KU Faculty Senate ...

A college degree in three years? KU program that can save students thousands is expanding

University of Kansas programs allowing high school students to start their post-secondary education early are an "innovative" example of how universities can help address the rising cost of tuition, said Dennis Mullin, the chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. For the last few years, KU’s Edwards Campus, a satellite campus in Overland Park, has been offering a “Degree in Three” program to its local high ...

KU Endowment raises more than $1 million in 24-hour campaign

In one day, KU Endowment raised more than $1 million to benefit the University of Kansas. In its second 24-hour fundraising event — known as “One Day. One KU.” — the organization received gifts from 2,635 donors, totaling $1.08 million, between midnight Wednesday and midnight Thursday, according to a KU Endowment news release. “Donors believe in the work being done at KU to enrich students’ lives, ...

KU chancellor says university will select permanent provost before liberal arts dean

The University of Kansas will not select a permanent dean for its largest college until after it finds a permanent university provost, Chancellor Douglas Girod told the Journal-World on Wednesday. When asked after the Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka about the university’s plan to find a permanent dean for its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Girod said KU does not currently have anything in the ...

State budget committee suggests adding $10 million to Gov. Kelly's $13 million higher education plan

TOPEKA — Less than a week after hearing university leaders call Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s $13 million funding proposal for higher education “not enough," a committee helping craft the Kansas government’s budget suggested adding another $10 million on top of it. The Kansas House of Representatives higher education budget committee on Tuesday finalized its recommendation of $23 million of funding for ...

To avoid sanctions, KU basketball may need to convince NCAA Gassnola is not a booster

The biggest win or loss for the University of Kansas basketball program may not come on the court this year. It may come down to whether KU leaders can convince NCAA officials that a man at the center of a pay-for-play college basketball recruiting scandal isn’t a booster of KU. A pair of NCAA rules experts both agreed this week that if T.J. Gassnola, who has already pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, ...

Gatto, others in NCAA basketball scandal seek probation; they argue scheme was designed to help KU, other universities

The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — recently asked a judge to sentence them to probation rather than jail, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In October, a jury found former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian ...

State university leaders: Gov. Kelly's proposed $9M increase for higher education 'not enough'

Topeka — Gov. Laura Kelly’s proposed $9 million increase in higher education funding will not cover the cost of annual inflation at the University of Kansas, and the university will be forced to raise tuition next year if it doesn’t get more support from the state, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod told state legislators Thursday. Along with Kansas State University Provost Charles Taber, Girod testified in a ...

Court sets trial for Pooka Williams domestic battery charge; diversion discussions continuing

A trial date has been set for University of Kansas star football player Pooka Williams, who faces a charge of domestic battery. On Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, Judge James T. George set Williams' trial for 9 a.m. June 3. The court had previously granted Williams a diversion in the case, but Williams and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office have not yet come to an agreement on the ...

Organization names KU as one of the worst universities for free speech, cites removal of flag art, social media policy

Updated at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday The removal of an art installation featuring a modified American flag has made the University of Kansas one of the worst colleges or universities in the country for protecting the freedom of speech, according to a national advocacy organization. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, also known as FIRE, on Tuesday put KU on its list of 10 institutions of higher ...