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FALSE FIRE RUNS
December 11, 1992
Local officials should dedicate themselves to making “an example” of any aberrant souls found guilty of setting off false fire alarms in Kansas University dormitories … throwing the book at them, so to speak, with no consideration for the fact they might be just “fun-loving kids.” In Oliver Hall at KU, there have been so many false alarms turned in that some residents simply hide in closets when there is a “fire drill” rather than leave the building.
LEGISLATIVE LIMITS
December 11, 1992
The plan by three Kansas legislators to present a constitutional amendment to put a time limit on the Kansas Legislature’s session could be a move toward more efficient state government. The legislators propose limiting the session to 75 working days unless two-thirds of the members of both houses vote to extend the session. Current law puts no limit on the legislative sessions in odd-numbered years and limits sessions in even-numbered years to 90 working days. Like the new proposal, that limit can be overridden by a two-thirds majority.
LIONS GIVE GRZENDA FIRST BOYS WIN
December 11, 1992
Though he had swum for her most of his life, Andrew Poggio wasn’t sure what to expect from Pat Grzenda when she became coach of Lawrence High’s boys swimming and diving team. Sure, Grzenda had proven her worth with the Lawrence Aquahawks and by coaching the LHS girls to the past four state titles.
CHILD CARE ON KU PRIORITY LIST
December 11, 1992
Building a child-care facility in the next few years to meet a critical demand is one of Kansas University’s top goals, according to Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Meyen. “We will be seeking private support for a child-care facility. That is going to be one of the major post-Campaign Kansas goals,” he told members of the University Senate Executive Committee on Thursday.
LEA, BOARD TO SPLIT FACT-FINDING COSTS
December 11, 1992
The Lawrence school district’s fact-finding procedure is likely to cost at least $2,850, and the Lawrence Education Assn. and the Lawrence school board will split the tab. Stephen Boyda, an attorney from Marysville who is serving as fact-finder, said the state contracts with him at the rate of $200 for every six hours of fact-finding work. The negotiating teams then reimburse the state for the cost.
UMKC MIGHT GET ITS SHOT AT KU
December 11, 1992
If, as expected, Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas win their first-round Golden Harvest Classic basketball games tonight, two local teams will meet in Saturday night’s finals at Kemper Arena. KU coach Roy Williams says he isn’t thinking about that possibility the Jayhawks will tangle with Mississippi Valley State in a first-round battle at approximately 8:15 but he does acknowledge the fact the Kangaroos might welcome such a match-up.
FRANCES JENSEN
December 11, 1992
Services for Frances B. Jensen, 88, Baldwin, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Geisen Funeral Home in Crown Point. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Crown Point. Mrs. Jensen died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1992, at Orchard Lane Nursing Home in Baldwin.
AVA C. SLIFER
December 11, 1992
Services for Ava C. Slifer, 75, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Dengel and Son Mortuary with the Rev. William R. Weber officiating. Burial will be at Antioch Cemetery north of Five Corners. Mrs. Slifer died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1992, at her home.
IONE GROH
December 11, 1992
Services for Ione DeTar Groh, 97, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mulvane Chapel in United Methodist Home, Topeka. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Bellmont Cemetery, Wathena. Mrs. Groh died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1992, at a Topeka retirement home.
KU TO DEVELOP FACILITIES MASTER PLAN
December 11, 1992
Kansas University will develop a campuswide master plan for parking, building space, student housing, child care and other factors in its first long-range facilities planning effort since 1973. Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Meyen and Allen Wiechert, director of facilities planning, announced Thursday that KU will start formulating the plan next month.
AEROSPACE PROFESSOR WINS DISTINCTION AT KU
December 11, 1992
Chuan-Tau Lan, professor of aerospace engineering at Kansas University, has been named Warren S. Bellows distinguished professor of aerospace engineering. Lan has been a member of the engineering school’s faculty since 1968 and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received four certificates of recognition from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for creative development of technologies.
EUDORA TO COMPLY WITH SCHOOL MANDATE
December 11, 1992
The Eudora school board Thursday agreed to maintain advisory committees for the district’s two school facilities as required by the state. Sherry Reed, curriculum director, said the Kansas Legislature mandated that districts develop school site councils by Jan. 1.
ADMISSIONS DEADLINE SET
December 11, 1992
Out-of-state freshmen wishing to begin undergraduate studies at Kansas University in summer or fall 1993 must apply for admission by Feb. 1, 1993. The Feb. 1 deadline applies to out-of-state freshmen planning to enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of Architecture and Urban Design or the School of Engineering. However, students who applied to either of the schools before Dec. 1, 1992, are given first priority.
ROBERT LORD
December 11, 1992
Services for Robert Alpheaus Lord, 77, Fort Scott, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, in Fort Scott. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Lord died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1992, in Fort Scott Mercy Hospital.
DIMMITT SERVICES
December 11, 1992
Services for Jessie Leah Dimmitt, 98, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harrison Funeral Chapel in Colby. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in Colby. Mrs. Dimmitt died Wednesday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
LAWRENCE GIRLS BLAST OLATHE EAST, 84-24
December 11, 1992
It was just what a game between the defending state basketball champion and first-year school was supposed to be. After a quarter, Lawrence High led, 21-3. After four quarters, all five LHS starters had scored in double figures and the top-ranked Lions had demolished Olathe East, 84-24.
SOUND OFF
December 11, 1992
Q: I hate the new silver streetlights on Massachusetts from 19th to 23rd. I live in the 1500 block of Massachusetts and I don’t want to trade in my green, a bit-rusted, fluted lights for those ugly silver things. I wonder if anything can be done. Unfortunately not, said Steve Johnson, division manager of KPL, the power company that installs and maintains all streets lamps and posts in town.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS PAY OFFER FAIR
December 11, 1992
The Lawrence school board has offered a fair salary increase for Lawrence teachers, and any greater increase would require painful cuts from other parts of the budget. That was the argument school board representatives made Thursday during a second and final evening of fact-finding. The six-hour session came on the heels of a five-hour session Wednesday, in which teacher representatives defended the Lawrence Education Assn.’s salary request.
VOICES FOR PEACE
December 11, 1992
A group of Kansas University students say they hope Americans don’t forget about atrocities being committed in the former Yugoslavia and said the public should demand a consistent U.S. foreign assistance policy. “If we say we are living in the `new world order,’ we should go out and try to stop oppression everywhere,” said Rashid Malik, a graduate student in political science from Bangladesh and the vice president of the Muslim Student Assn. at KU.
OSTERTAG IN GOOD SPIRITS AFTER SURGERY
December 11, 1992
Greg Ostertag said he felt no pain as the anesthesia wore off following leg surgery on Wednesday. “It wasn’t that bad. I woke up and asked the nurse for a hug,” said Ostertag, Kansas’ 7-foot-2 basketball center from Duncanville, Texas. He was on crutches and walking around Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday, less than 24 hours after undergoing an operation to repair a stress fracture.
PACK OF DOGS KILLS ANIMALS OWNED BY RURAL COUPLE
December 11, 1992
Their rabbits have been killed. Their chickens have been torn to pieces. And even their little rat terrier, Cookie, has been mangled. A pack of five large dogs that apparently belongs to homeless people camped out along the Kansas River is making life miserable for a local retired couple.
S MURDERER UP FOR PAROLE
December 11, 1992
Two men who were convicted of fatal stabbings in Lawrence are among the inmates who are scheduled to go before the Kansas Parole Board in January, the board announced recently. Bryan Keith Bell, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1983 death of Frank Seurer Sr. at Pop’s Bar-B-Q, 2214 Yale, will make his second attempt at parole in three years.
SHARED SUPPORT
December 11, 1992
Debbie McCarthy sits in the living room of her East Lawrence home, bouncing her smiling 8-month-old son on her lap. Christmas stockings hang from pegs on a shelf behind her. The lights on her Christmas tree blink. A picture of McCarthy’s first child, Paul Joseph, sits in a frame at her feet as she talks about how difficult Christmas can be.
FOR THE RECORD
December 11, 1992
Fire calls Lawrence firefighters:
ZONING ISSUES COME TO CITY AGENDA
December 11, 1992
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday will consider zoning requests that could pave the way for two Walgreen’s stores and a new Taco Bell restaurant in Lawrence. Developers have asked the commission to rezone land for Walgreen’s stores at Sixth and Kasold and near 23rd and Louisiana, and a Taco Bell, also at 23rd and Louisiana.
FINALS MATTER LITTLE IN TESTS FOR SURVIVAL
December 11, 1992
I can remember the first set of final exams I took at Kansas University as if they were yesterday. On the day of my last test, I ran all over campus to find out my final grades from all my instructors. I was so eager to know how successful I had been during my first college semester.
EXHIBITORS ALREADY LINING UP FOR ANNUAL EXPO
December 11, 1992
Local businesses already are reserving space in the 87-booth Lawrence Home & Business Show, which will be March 6 and 7 at Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets. “We’re about a third of the way sold already,” said Tom Reno, vice president of Expositions Inc., an Olathe firm the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce hired to put on the event.
FIRE DEPARTMENT HIRES KU ALUM SEURER
December 11, 1992
The most productive quarterback in Kansas University history is coming back to Lawrence in another physically demanding and often pressure-packed position. Frank Seurer Jr., KU’s career passing and total offense leader, has been hired by the Lawrence Fire Department.
PROGRAM REVIEW HEARINGS SET
December 11, 1992
Members of the Kansas University Senate Executive Committee on Thursday tentatively approved public hearing times for specific academic programs that have been targeted for elimination or restructuring. Under Program Review, a comprehensive, universitywide assessment of all programs, 17 programs are recommended for elimination and at least four programs are recommended for restructuring.
FORD A PRO PROSPECT
December 11, 1992
Alphonso Ford hasn’t received a lot of national attention the past three years. That’s because he plays basketball for Mississippi Valley State an itty-bitty school located in Itta Bena, Miss.
KU STILL POWERFUL DESPITE LOSING TWO MORE PLAYERS
December 11, 1992
Believe it or not, there are college coaches out there who would love to have Roy Williams’ problems. After all, Kansas’ basketball team 27-5 a year ago and 27-8 and a Final Four participant the year before that remains a No.2-rated national power, despite injuries that have KO’ed Greg Ostertag and Patrick Richey for the next two to four weeks.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 11, 1992
BIRTHS Rashid and Yasmin Melik, Lawrence, a girl, Thursday.
FOR THE RECORD
December 11, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
CHALLENGE BROUGHT TRY AT DISMISSAL, KU PROF SAYS
December 11, 1992
A professor at Kansas University accused KU officials Thursday of trying to fire him for challenging allegations he intimidated a law student into performing a sex act. “Isn’t it true that the administration decided to dismiss me because I decided to fight and have this hearing?” Emil Tonkovich said while cross-examining Del Brinkman, KU’s vice chancellor of academic affairs.
ROOS
December 11, 1992
Attention voters in the women’s college basketball poll: Maybe you should reconsider Kansas. The Jayhawks, ranked 16th in the AP preseason poll, dropped out of the Top 25 following a season-opening loss at Minnesota.
TAX ABATEMENTS TOP CITY AGENDA
December 11, 1992
Lawrence City Commissioners on Tuesday will consider two requests from Lawrence businesses whose owners are seeking partial property-tax relief for proposed expansion projects. Commissioners will conduct public hearings into Packer Plastics’ and E&E Specialities’ requests for 10-year, 50 percent tax abatements for their respective $1.5 million expansion projects. Packer Plastics also is seeking $3.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance its expansion.