Archive for Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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September 27, 2005


To the editor:

As Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway's salary rises, in spite of the university's plummeting academic rating, its public relations mavens are attempting to link this increasingly mediocre institution with the great colleges of the world by building yet another entrance gate (Journal-World, Sept. 21).

Slated for the intersection of 13th and Oread, near the hideous Boots Adams Alumni Center, the design for which evokes the era of the antebellum plantation, the artifice of a so-called gate will only serve to trivialize the architectural traditions of the storied medieval institutions of higher learning, which KU tastelessly seeks to emulate.

That it would be principally paid for as a vanity by one of the wealthiest banking families in Kansas history - the Dockings - is appropriate.

Mark Kaplan,



Speakout 12 years, 3 months ago

WHat is it about gates that is so important? We need top faculty to educate our kids, not gates. Make faculty the top priority and the University will be in the top eschelon of universities.

Where does the Melotte gate go? Our main gate onto campus with the fountain is fine and is always decked out with beautiful flowers. We don't need more gates but we do need good faculty - ones who will teach with professionalism and skill, who know how to research and make contributions to their field.

Bradley Kemp 12 years, 3 months ago

If only the "Boots" Adams Center genuinely did evoke an antebellum plantation; that'd make it about ten times better than it is.

I've always thought the Malott Gateway was amusing. To get onto campus, one drives not THROUGH the Malott but ALONGSIDE it. Just what one expects in a gateway.

Perhaps at least one will drive through the Docking Gateway, or whatever it ends up being called.

Why is decent architectural and landscape design beyond the reach of the university today?

kansaskev61 12 years, 3 months ago

Because the people giving the money for the project have final sign off on most of the building plans and we all know that most wealthy people have more money than taste!

bettie 12 years, 3 months ago

i find it interesting that the author blames the university for spending tons of money on a new gate while simultaneously acknowledging that it will be financed by a kansas family.

i know it's frustrating - my tuition was skyrocketing as millions were going into that "gateway" on iowa - but when a family or foundation makes a donation for a gate, the university has to spend it on a gate. it makes no sense to get outraged at the university for what is actually the donor's decision.

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