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• UPDATE: Originally in this spot I included a wrap-up of an article in the University of North Carolina's student paper that included some information about KU parking fees, saying that many had proposed increases.
I heard from Donna Hultine, KU director of parking and transit, today, and she told me that the UNC paper had botched some of her information. So I've removed my wrap-up of the article, and the link to it.
To clarify, nothing's been finalized for parking fees at KU, Hultine said. Though some increases have been proposed, these fees are still in the approval process.
The parking department has submitted different budgets that include varying fee proposals based on different scenarios (i.e. a "like to have" version and a "just squeaking by" version).
"Ultimately, the provost would have to approve any increases," Hultine told me.
She said she didn't know for sure when that could happen.
Second, though the parking department has proposed increased fees in some of its proposals, in no versions of its budget proposals does it include a new fee for buses, like the UNC article said it did.
Clearly, I should have checked this out before relying on another source's wrap-up, particularly on such a hot-button issue. I take this responsibility pretty seriously, and I messed it up this time. Though Hultine was kind, and recognized how the mix-up occurred, I think it's important to apologize to the parking folks at KU and to other readers for not getting this right.
I'll be following up on this issue soon to get better information, which is what I should have done in the first place.
This was also compounded by my speaking in a high school in the Kansas City area this morning, where I talked about what I do and why I do it. That's why it took until this afternoon to communicate with the right folks and get this bad information taken down.
I've experienced perhaps no greater boost to the ego than to speak to a room filled with engaged young people interested in what I do and answer their pertinent and insightful questions about it. And I've experienced perhaps no greater blow to the ego than to fail at what I do in front of thousands of interested eyeballs. So thanks for putting up with me, and I'll look to get more info soon.
• Another weekend of KU basketball means another weekend of KU Alumni Association parties in San Antonio.
This week’s rally will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. It will be outdoors at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce, in San Antonio.
Drinks, food and KU merchandise will be available for purchase leading up to Friday’s 6:27 p.m. tipoff against Richmond in the NCAA tournament’s Round of 16.
If KU wins, they will play at either 1:10 p.m. or 3:55 p.m. Sunday, and the KU Alumni Association’s rally would begin three and a half hours before the game.
More details on all this stuff here, for those lucky fans traveling to the game this weekend.
• Though I don’t, unfortunately, keep up with things at KU Medical Center as much as I do in Lawrence, I did find a good social media guide to help you connect with folks over there.
KU’s Lawrence campus has a social media guide, too.
I mean, how else would you find out that the Lied Center has a MySpace page? That, by the way, makes it the only KU entity (at least one that’s listed on the Social Media page) to have a MySpace page.
• I was in San Antonio when KU won the basketball title in 2008, and I can tell you it’s a great city to watch basketball. If you’re down there, let me know what’s going on at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re up here, feel free to let me know what’s going on, too, as always.