Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heard on the Hill: KU chapter of NORML sponsoring marijuana speaker; big K-State victory means marketing opportunity for its athletics department; ‘Digital Commons’ holds trove of multimedia history

February 16, 2011


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


conservativepunker 7 years, 4 months ago

On the NORML item: It won't start on time. It will be 3-4 hours late because the organizers can't make a move without meeting up with their connection first.....

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 4 months ago

Andy - are you sure NORML is an Association & not an Organization? Because then it would be NARML, right?

Here's a tip for you - there are wild animals that live right on campus. I have photographic evidence of an adult female fox and 3 kits that live near Watkins Home & Twente Hall. Maybe you could investigate that & possibly find out if there are other wild animals who live on campus. I've heard rumors that there is another den of foxes near the Computer Center. Let me know if you want to see the pictures.

ahyland 7 years, 4 months ago

Good catch! I'll fix that post haste.

And send the photos to my e-mail address. Thanks!

somedude20 7 years, 4 months ago

and while you are on campus, you can scout out the fine female foxes as well and try to get into their den

ahyland 7 years, 4 months ago

I remember this story from the Kansan, too, from when I worked as an editor there, just before I graduated:

someguy 7 years, 4 months ago

Agilla - There are definitely foxes near the computer center but I think they may be the same den that you have photos of. I see them regularly running in the area from the Computer Center all the way to just east of the Chancellor's Residence. I watch them when I can but they usually get spooked and go down a storm drain when people are around.

jhawkinsf 7 years, 4 months ago

Medicinal use of marijuana, as administered in California is a joke. Every single person in the state can go to any one of thousands of doctors and get a prescription. They advertise all over the place. Many perfectly healthy young adults get their cards so the can smoke pot anytime they want.
If you want to legalize the stuff, say so. But (as administered California), it's dishonest to advocate for medicinal use and see what's really happening. Here's to hoping local advocates simply tell the truth.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 4 months ago

Similar deal going on in Colorado, but I think it's OK. Call it a pilot program to show that sulfur isn't raining from the sky, there's no rioting, in fact things are kind of peaceful, just 'cause a few folks would rather smoke a little bud than drink a little Bud.

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