Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heard on the Hill: Study abroad report released; Student responds to new Student Senate logo; KU Law group to view gay marriage arguments

December 2, 2010


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• The Institute of International Education has released its 2010 Open Doors report.

KU will release its specific figures when the IIE releases its full university rankings, which could come sometime this month. I expect that while nationally, students studying abroad were down slightly in the 2008-09 academic year, KU will post at least a modest increase. Study abroad has been an increasing focus of top KU brass — Provost Jeff Vitter has told me on a number of occasions he’d like to see students freed up to take advantage of more international study options.

Stay tuned for the complete rankings…

• Jordan Jacobson, a KU senior majoring in graphic design, spotted Wednesday’s Heard on the Hill item about KU’s Student Senate opting for a Topeka marketing firm to design a new logo and website. He reached out via Twitter (where I can be found at @LJW_KU), and said he knows of several students who could have provided the service. In fact, he’s in a graphic design class now that focuses on logo creation and branding.

He said he talked to a few instructors and students, and hadn’t heard of anyone who was approached by Student Senate.

Asked for his thoughts on the new logo, Jacobson didn’t seem too impressed.

“They should have been using their student body and the new, fresh ideas here at KU,” he said.

• KU Info Director Curtis Marsh — an early Heard on the Hill fan — told me his organization puts out similar tidbits every day. You can catch them on Twitter, too. Wednesday’s tidbit varied from KU Info’s usual KU focus to point out the cash value of the gifts in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” This year, apparently, it would cost $23,439 to buy everything in the song (ignoring all the repetitions), according to PNC Financial Services.

The amount of time it must have taken PNC Financial Services to create this interactive website (complete with a pop-up book) makes me wonder if they have anything better to do.

• If watching legal arguments is your thing, then KU Law School’s gay-straight alliance OutLaws and Allies is looking out for you. They’re sponsoring a public viewing of oral arguments in the California gay-marriage case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a rare move, granted C-SPAN permission to broadcast the oral arguments live. The public is invited to watch from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Monday in the Gridiron Room of the Burge Union, 1601 Irving Hill Road.

• I have nowhere to put a partridge in a pear tree, so I think I’d rather you just send me a tip for Heard on the Hill at


Vinny1 7 years, 5 months ago

Student Senate is a fricking joke. They throw thousands of dollars around every year. What do they have to show for it? A nice new pool?...nope. How about a nice new website anyone in the Art&Design school could have designed?...yep, but they paid thousands for it.

jhawks360 7 years, 5 months ago

This is what I call "gotcha journalism."

Yesterday, the student body president said he talked to a few students about possibly designing the logo and instead decided to go with a professional ad agency for pretty sounds reasons (timing... and i would also presume, assurance of a higher-quality product).

Then, the LJWorld writes an article about how ONE student asked a "few instructors and students" if they had been approached by the student body president, with each replying "no."

So what does the LJWorld do next? They write an article which all but calls the student body president a liar.

The problem? There are 30,000 students at KU and probably close to 1,000 instructors. The fact that a few students and a few professors were not among the people approached hardly means that no one was approached...

But never mind the facts, I guess... Why withhold a juicy story simply because there's not any credible evidence to support it?!

jhawks360 7 years, 5 months ago

After such a scathing comment, I should probably say that I generally like Mr. Hyland's articles. His articles are usually about meaningful topics of importance to the KU community. Guess this one just slipped out...

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