Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
• The U.S. House has passed a measure that would cut funding to the Pell Grant program, which provides funds for low-income students to attend college.
Under the bill, the cuts would trim the maximum award from $5,550 to $4,025.
That will have a major impact, as I reported back in 2009.
For every $100 that the maximum award is raised, that means an additional 130,000 students take advantage of the program, according to the liberal group Campaign for America’s Future.
Whether or not that figure is perfectly accurate, I think it’s as good as any information I’ve been able to find (please let me know if you know of better information).
And I think it’s clear that those kinds of cuts would mean a whole lot fewer students attending college across the nation.
• KU football offensive coordinator Chuck Long is apparently facing a foreclosure proceeding in San Diego, where he served as head coach of San Diego State University.
That’s according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which outlines the situation pretty well.
Long bought the four-bedroom home in Poway, Calif., for $1.38 million, though it’s now valued at $830,000 today.
The foreclosure was news to Long, he told the newspaper. He’d been in escrow with a potential buyer, he said.
If you’re reading the article, don’t miss the paragraph near the end that explains a bit about Long’s contract at San Diego State. Namely, it shows how he was able to remain on the payroll at SDSU until Dec. 31 of last year, even after being fired as head coach in November 2008. Where can I get a contract like that?
• When I went through KU, I printed all my papers and other assignments on a cheap Lexmark printer. The printer was cheap, and did the job OK, but the blasted ink cartridges seemed to run out all the time.
And it seemed like buying new cartridges quickly wound up costing me more than the printer did.
The KU Bookstore is offering a potential alternative — cartridge refills. They’ve got the pricing listed.
While I’d never heard of this service before, it looks like it’s available in other places, too.
Not surprisingly, printer companies say they don’t work. Anyone have a good or bad experience with this, or know where the best place to go is?
• KU Medical Center’s Wichita campus took another step today toward its goal of becoming a four-year medical school.
The campus has announced it has hired Dennis Valenzeno as its associate dean for medical sciences and the chairman of the department of medical sciences.
Valenzeno comes to the campus from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and before that, he worked at KUMC in Kansas City.
He will oversee basic science education in Wichita, and will be involved in developing the curriculum for the first and second year medical students. The first class of eight freshmen medical school students arrives in Wichita this fall.
• Several people have told me that this little section of the blog post where I solicit tips is their favorite part of the column. I don’t know what that says about the rest of the stuff I put in here, but here’s what I do know — none of the people who have said that to me have ever submitted any actual tips. You know what to do. Send them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.