Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Heard on the Hill: KU Internet provider upgrades speeds for students; alumna makes film directorial debut; campus dining options making a nod to the ‘foodie’ movement

November 8, 2011


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• I received some additional details surrounding KU’s ongoing efforts to improve Internet speeds in its residential housing.

This story of mine from last week some background on the issue for you, in case you’re not up on the issue.

Late last week, I heard word that Apogee had raised its speeds again for its baseline level of service. Apogee, the company with which KU contracts, had initially offered service at one megabit per second and then took that to two megabits per second after hearing complaints about downloading speeds.

They’ve now apparently raised the baseline speed to eight megabits per second at the baseline level, and to 10 and 15 megabits per second at other levels of service at no additional cost.

So, I guess my question for users is — is this any better? Do you notice a difference?

• Anne Buford’s new film “ELEVATE,” (in all capital letters, I guess) is a documentary that follows four boys from Senegal and their journey from the Sports for Education and Economic Development school in Dakar, Senegal to the United States, where they hope to play basketball.

Buford is a Kansas University alumna and sister of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, another KU alumnus who was also in the news this week for reasons that were somewhat less pleasant.

Follow the link to the story up there for a preview of the film.

• Nona Golledge, KU’s director of dining services, made it into this Los Angeles Times story about how college campuses across the country are upgrading their food options as part of the “foodie” trend.

The paper called her up because she’s currently serving as the president of the National Association of College & University Food Services.

She told the newspaper many schools are upgrading their ambience and menus to get more of a restaurant feel and experience for the students.

Here at KU, that elicits thoughts of the Impromptu Café in the Kansas Union, but it’s interesting to see that other schools (detailed in the article) have taken this to a whole other level. I'd be interested to know what sorts of options you'd like to see here, if you'd care to share them with me.

• Time again to break out the KU directory and point to a random person and ask nicely for a tip for Heard on the Hill. The last person I did this with let me down, breaking a streak of at least three or four in a row. So let’s have it, Mary Jo Reiff, associate professor of English. Tell me something I don’t already know at


pace 6 years, 5 months ago

Ten years ago the cafeterias at the dorms, threw out almost 90% of their salad bar after each meal. lots of tubs of macaroni, tuna, coleslaw and potato salad,etc,, fatty tasteless tubs. really 90% When this was challenged, it was said, the kids wanted a salad bar but didn't want to eat it. what a bunch of cruddy, fatty, mushy food. Clean but cruelly ran kitchen. All heating of frozen or packaged food. NO cooking.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

"Fish Tacos, Meatball Subs, Philly Cheesesteaks, homemade potato chips, etc."

Sounds like heart-attack-inducing comfort food to me.

kernal 6 years, 5 months ago

Twenty-five years ago it was worse than what I got in my high school cafeteria and that wasn't saying much. Brown bagged it most of the time and just purchased beverages.

Tim Quest 6 years, 5 months ago

It's really sad that wanting fresher, more healthful/fulfilling foods is somehow seen as a fringe "movement."

wowiekt08 6 years, 5 months ago

Like someone said above, check out the Mortar & Pestle at the School of Pharmacy. We really are spoiled with the awesome food the chef makes us over here. Turkey meatballs and spaghetti, homemade Mac & cheese, turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, cod, steamed broccoli, etc. I don't normally order from the grill to try to go a healthier route with the daily specials, but when I have ordered a burger it was amazing too. The staff is super friendly and helpful too!

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