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40 years ago: Regent vote to fire KU chancellor fails 4-3

July 27, 2010

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The Kansas Board of Regents had recently met to vote on the motion to fire Kansas University Chancellor Laurence Chalmers. The motion failed by a 4-3 vote. One of the members who voted to fire Chalmers said, “I think it’s obvious the chancellor’s time is limited, unless things change radically.” Chalmers himself said that he had no intention of resigning “at the moment.”

Tension in Lawrence appeared to be easing following recent violent events. The state of emergency was still in effect. A ban was still in place on the sale, possession and carrying of firearms and dangerous weapons, and gasoline was only allowed to be sold for use in the tanks of motor vehicles. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was still conducting a probe into the events.

Things were going from bad to worse for local crops after the area had experience no measurable rain for more than a month. Corn was not expected to yield more than 100 bushels to the acre. For comparison, the pre-drought amounts had been over 180 bushels per acre.

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