Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Campanile to fall silent for washing; Ecumenical Christian Ministries in home stretch of fundraising campaign; Monarch Watch featured in American Profile magazine

May 5, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• If you're beginning to notice campus seeming a little quieter lately, it's not just in your head.

The KU Campanile and its chimes every quarter hour will go silent while the memorial undergoes some power washing.

It will be fenced off until May 18 so crews can power-wash the stones of the structure.

Then, it will open back up for the KU commencement ceremony on May 22, but will be closed again from May 31 until June 30.

No carillon concerts will take place during the time when the memorial is fenced off.

Some of KU's other war memorials will also be spruced up during this process.

The campanile, by the way, was dedicated 60 years ago May 27. So happy birthday, campanile. You don’t look a day over 40.

• In talking with the Rev. Thad Holcombe, director of Ecumenical Christian Ministries, about a story about his receiving an award from the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice, our discussion turned to the ECM’s ongoing capital campaign.

I had heard about it in a couple different places, and wondered how it was going, so I asked Holcombe.

He said the ECM is still hoping to raise $12,000 more by May 24. If they do that, they’ll qualify for a $119,000 matching grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, which supports progressive church organizations.

So far, with money raised during the campaign, the ECM has replaced its windows to become more environmentally friendly and replaced an aging boiler, along with other improvements.

The next phase that Holcombe hopes to be able to complete if they raise the funds they need includes improvements to the parking lot and a new accessibility ramp for the ECM’s living quarters on the building’s first floor.

• KU’s Monarch Watch will be hosting its spring open house this Saturday. But, you already knew that. Because you — like most incredibly informed people — likely religiously read everything that I write all the time.

The open house is an event familiar to many, but for people looking to know a little more about the open house and the program in general, an article in American Profile magazine, which is inserted into many newspapers across the country (maybe you’ve spotted it?), can help with that.

The article touches on a number of different topics, including the dangers facing the monarch’s migration.

• So, Super Jayhawk is following me on Twitter. Super Jayhawk seems to have some kind of back story, thanks to this website last updated in 2005, but some of the details are a little spotty. Because I have that kind of brain that needs to know these things, someone should fill me in on Super Jayhawk's story. Send me tips on Super Jayhawk or anything else at


jaker07 6 years, 7 months ago

The Campanile cleaning and work on the other war memorials is a result of an effort by the KU Collegiate Veterans Association to restore campus's war memorials so that they properly honor all the KU students and faculty who have given their lives in service of this country. CVA members brought the problems at the memorials to the attention of the University, who has been eager to help us meet our goal. We are hoping to work even more with the University going forward on these projects. To find out more, see our Facebook page:

countrygirl 6 years, 7 months ago

Will be glad when the Campanile is back!

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