Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Magazine says KU sperm beats Harvard’s; new Marching Jayhawks director makes halftime show changes; KUMC opens new business and technology center

September 28, 2011


Subscribe to the Heard on the Hill email edition

Subscribe to the email edition of Heard on the Hill and we'll deliver you the latest KU news and notes every weekday at noon.

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

• Thanks to a tipster who pointed that KU gets a mention — although not an altogether flattering one — in a feature of The Atlantic magazine called “What’s Your Problem?”

One reader’s problem, apparently, had to do with choosing one of four male friends as a sperm donor. They all had relatively similar attributes, but one went to Harvard, one went to Columbia, one went to Duke and one went to KU.

(This almost reads like the beginning of a really awful joke).

“I assume their undergraduate choices had to do with their SAT scores (I don’t know how they did on standardized testing, and I think it might be rude to ask), so those choices do seem pertinent,” writes D.S., who (unsurprisingly) hails from New York City.

She wants to know how to weigh these options, and whether to go with KU, which D.S. describes as a “second-rate state school.”

The person who answers these questions over at The Atlantic comes up with quite a suggestion for how to rectify this dilemma that I think you’ll just have to go read for yourself.

The rather strange exchange comes after KU snagged a pretty nice mention in another East Coast magazine I wrote about yesterday.

• The University Daily Kansan recently caught up with Matthew Smith, KU’s new director of athletic bands and interim associate director of bands.

One change Smith has already made, according to the newspaper, is that the Marching Jayhawks are performing a different halftime show during each home KU football game this year.

Smith comes to KU from the Indiana University, according to his biography page at the KU School of Music.

There, he was assistant director of bands, and conducted the concert band, taught undergraduate instrumental conducting and assisted with the Marching Hundred.

He also directed the Cyclone Marching Band at Iowa State University for eight years.

Smith replaces David Clemmer, who announced he was leaving KU in April to pursue a doctorate.

• KU officials marked the opening of a new Bioscience and Techonology Business Center on the KU Medical Center campus on Tuesday.

The building, at 2002 W. 39th Ave. in Kansas City, Kan., has about 30,000 square feet of office and wet lab space, and it’s already home to three bioscience companies.

The incubator space joins two other buildings in Lawrence — the BTBC Main Facility and the BTBC Expansion Facility — which combines for 60,000 square feet and 12 tenants.

To fund the $6 million renovation of Breidenthal Hall to house the new BTBC project at KUMC, the U.S. Department of Commerce contributed $3 million, the Kansas Bioscience Authority contributed $2 million and KU contributed $1 million.

• Submit your tips for Heard on the Hill to


wcrowe227 6 years, 8 months ago

As an alumnus of Indiana University, I note that its legal name is, in fact, just that, not "University of Indiana," as represented in the information about the KU director of athletic bands. This is a common error (the other institution that faces this issue is West Virginia University).

ldeiter 6 years, 8 months ago

In addition, isn't our University here in Lawrence the "University of Kansas," not "Kansas University?"

ahyland 6 years, 8 months ago

I had a feeling this would come up, and almost mentioned it in my initial comment! I have this discussion frequently, and am somewhat loathe to rehash it here again in this space, but here's a link back to a Heard on the Hill post I did that includes the basic answer to why we use "Kansas University." I know it won't satisfy everyone, but here it is:

jackie 6 years, 8 months ago

Andy- If you are going to give yourself a pat on the back for a story you wrote yesterday, then why not offer a link so it can be read?

Tristan Moody 6 years, 8 months ago

How is the "different halftime show every game" substantially different from what KU has done in the past? At times, popular shows have been repeated, or repeats with variation have been done due to the realities of time, but I don't really see what is new about this.

Eddie Muñoz 6 years, 8 months ago

Because it's going to be different every game. EVERY game. Not "at times." EVERY time. That's why it's different.

StirrrThePot 6 years, 8 months ago

"I am a single woman in my 30s and I want to have a baby on my own."

DS, whatever smart genes you think your baby is going to get from the men who basically mean nothing to you other than their sperm will be cancelled out by your stupidity in your decision to vountarily have a baby alone. If any of these men were truly smart, they'd tell you no way.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe she's not so dumb! Because if a woman gets pregnant from a donor she selects like that, she could easily collect child support from him later if times get tough.

Or for that matter, even if times don't get tough.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Andy, did you ever see 'Pink Flamingos'? I think that's where John Waters introduced the turkey baster method to the world.

That method also has another advantage - it quadruples the probability of contracting something other than pregnancy during the attempt.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 8 months ago

My respect for you just tripled knowing you have seen that movie.

Everyone should!

begin60 6 years, 8 months ago

It's obvious that Jayhawks are way bigger d$ckheads than Harvard guys. Actually, to be braindead, means you once had to have a brain. Most KS people can't claim that.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.