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• All across the KU campus, there’s not just a whole lot of learning going on, there’s also a whole lot of tweeting. I’m certainly no Twitter maven, but I do find myself getting a lot of useful information (and some high-quality entertainment) from the service, particularly from the KU entities that use it. So here’s a short list of some recommendations of where you can pick up information, 140 characters at a time. … You should follow me, too, of course @LJW_KU.
— KU Info: @KUInfo. The number to KU’s question-and-answer service is still in my cell phone from when I was a student. And their twitter feed isn’t bad, either. In addition to answering questions, they’ll usually come up with something I didn’t know.
Sample tweet on Dec. 6: “The dental school at Pitt used the Rock Chalk chant for over 50 years. It went like this: "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, go Pitt Dental!!" No joke!”
— There’s a whole variety of KU athletes using the service, including everyone from Brady Morningstar to Gale Sayers. If sports are your thing, they can provide a sometimes interesting (and sometimes incomprehensible) inside look into what’s going on with the team.
Sample tweet: from Brady Morningstar on Nov. 25: “thanksgiving meal at 2:30 with the fellas..it ain't my mommas cooking but it's still gonna be good..check yourself before u wreck yourself”
— The Hilltop Child Care Center: @HilltopCDC. This twitter account got my eye after they tweeted minutes after a nearby fire was reported at Anschutz Sports Pavilion. The fire turned out to be a dud, but parents were informed early.
Sample tweet on Nov. 23: “PARENTS: Hilltop children are OK! Fire is next door, but we have spoken with the fire department! Everything is safe here!”
— FakeJoeDooley: @FakeJoeDooley. I also enjoy the wide array of fake Twitter accounts out there, but this one that imagines what assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley might be thinking all day is one of my favorites.
Sample tweet on Tuesday: “So just found out we are playing the Texas Arlingtons tomorrow...which begs the obvious question: What kind of mascot is an ‘Arlington?’”
— KUNews: @KUNews. A general compilation of news items created by KU’s university communications department. It features lots of happy stories about old KU, but also timely information on campus-wide alerts and other random bits of information.
Sample tweet on Dec. 6: “ALERT: Authorities are evacuating Malott Hall due to a reported chemical spill. Stay away from the area. Updates: http://alert.ku.edu”
There are many more I could list here, too. But I'll leave that to others. Which KU Twitter accounts do you recommend?
• The old “University of Kansas” vs. “Kansas University” issue stirred up a few comments, mostly old stuff I’d heard before.
One reader suggested I look up how KU was chartered by the state Legislature back in the 1860s.
“I think you’ll find the school chartered as ‘The University of Kansas,’” he wrote.
Another reader said he lived in the old house where the Rock Chalk Chant originated, and pointed out that it was originally “Rah, rah Jayhawk, KSU!” back when the university was known first and occasionally as “Kansas State University.”
From the brief research I’ve been able to conduct online, however, it looks like the first tipster is correct. Even though KU was occasionally known as Kansas State University, it has always been called “The University of Kansas” Anyone else have other information that proves me wrong?
• One interesting part of an otherwise interesting profile on Baylor University President Ken Starr in the Dallas Morning News recently was his performance as Pepperdine University’s Dean of Law.
Starr, though he came to Baylor with some political baggage, had performed admirably as the dean, raising the school’s profile in the U.S. News and World Report rankings from 99th to 52nd from 2004 to 2010.
“No other law school has come close to moving that far that fast,” a vice dean told the newspaper.
That’ll be interesting for the next dean to follow. And of course, that still could be Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, of Lawrence, who is one of five announced finalists for the job.
Starr and Baylor also have some interesting ideas about how to ensure high-quality academic standards without following the secular path many of the school’s predecessors did.
• I can’t imagine ever calling that university on top of Mount Oread “KSU.” Send me other names for KU, or any other tips for Heard on the Hill to firstname.lastname@example.org.