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Archive for Saturday, April 14, 1990

OFFICIALS AT KU DISCUSS OPTIONS

April 14, 1990

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Kansas University officials met Friday afternoon to discuss how they might improve KU's racial climate, but no official action was taken at the meeting.

David Ambler, vice chancellor for student affairs, said this morning that he, Chancellor Gene Budig and Judith Ramaley, executive vice chancellor, met to discuss how the university might set in motion programs designed to heighten racial awareness on the KU campus.

"It was purely a follow-up on some commitments made in terms of creating some advisory boards," Ambler said.

Ambler said the meeting was one of a series of meetings called to address the issue of improving the campus environment for minority students.

The meetings are the result of an alleged racial incident March 30 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, 1301 West Campus Rd. Ann Dean, a St. Louis sophomore, reported that she was struck and racially insulted by a member of the fraternity when she was delivering two pizzas to the fraternity. She alleges Matthew Willenborg, a St. Louis freshman, knocked a pizza out of her hands and racially slurred her.

About 500 protesters met with Budig in Strong Hall Wednesday and demanded action by the university.

Ambler said Friday's meeting included discussions on minority recruiting and sensitivity training.

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