Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
• KU has a chapter of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). I guess this isn’t terribly surprising to me, and my brain probably knew that on some kind of passive, subconscious level before.
At any rate, it was brought back to the forefront when my phone rang on Tuesday, and Jacob Fox was on the other end of the line. He’s the president of the student group, which is officially registered with the national organization, he told me.
He was interested in giving me the details of an upcoming on campus event, with the hopes that I might spread that information far and wide.
Well, Jacob, I think you’ll find that I’m an agreeable sort of fellow, so here you go.
A speaker, Jon Hauxwell, who’s a medical doctor from Wichita, will discuss the medicinal applications of cannabis at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in room 100 of Stauffer-Flint Hall.
The flier advertising the event is decorated with an anthropomorphic green, smiling marijuana leaf.
“So, a bunch of happy marijuana smokers, are you?” I asked him, inquiring about his group.
No, Fox said.
They don’t promote illicit activity, he said.
They just like to promote the benefits of medical marijuana, he said.
“So, a bunch of happy libertarians, then?”
That’s probably a better way to put it, Fox said.
• It didn’t take long for Kansas State University’s athletics department to try to take advantage of last night’s big win over KU.
I somehow wound up on Kansas State’s marketing e-mail list some time ago. I think it happened after I gave them my personal e-mail address when I ordered tickets for a Kansas State-Texas game I saw in 2006 while working at the newspaper in Junction City. It was a pretty good game, during the Jim Wooldridge era. Texas barely won, 65-64.
But that’s all beside the point. I’m getting off topic.
Because I’m on their e-mail list, I got an offer on Tuesday to buy a whole bunch of memorabilia from the game.
Namely, there’s an “instant classic” DVD with the full game replay, press conferences, radio interviews and “K-State fans mic’d up,” whatever that means.
That could be mine for $19.95, plus shipping and handling.
They were also hyping a variety of photos from the game. Here’s an example.
What really seemed interesting is that they were auctioning off a game-used net from the victory, too. The opening bid was $100.
It had only gone up to $135 by late Tuesday evening. I bet if that raucous crowd rushing the court had thought about how much money they might have had by cutting down the net, they might have tried it.
• I stumbled on a repository of digital information available from the KU Libraries at the libraries’ Digital Commons.
There’s a whole bunch of stuff there, ranging from letters from Florence Nightingale held at KU Medical Center to nearly 250 images relating to U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s career.
Just as an example of the material available online (and an excuse to talk about Junction City twice in one post), here’s what I presume is an advertisement in the Junction City Union from 1866.
KU will open on Sept. 12, 1866, the ad states. Tuition is $10 per course for preparatory classes and $30 per course for college classes.
It’s gone up a wee bit since then.
• I’m calling today’s edition of Heard on the Hill an “Instant Classic,” and I’ll print it out and mail you a copy. I don’t even need any money. All you have to do is give me a tip for tomorrow’s edition at firstname.lastname@example.org.