Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Student body presidential elections wrap up today; law school newspaper talks about ‘gunners’ (you probably don’t want to be one); KU alumnus named president of Seattle Pacific U.

April 12, 2012


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• Today is the day when we figure out who the next student body president is.

(If you’re a student, and you haven’t voted in student elections, there’s still time. An online link is available under the “News” section of the main KU page at

To say it’s David vs. Goliath is putting it mildly. Hannah Bolton and Brandon Woodard are running on the KUnited ticket, which has now won 17 of the last 18 elections, reports the University Daily Kansan.

Also, the Kansan also wrote a bit about the campaigns’ expense reports, which tell you pretty much everything you need to know about who’s the favorite here.

The entire KUnited coalition reported $6,176.85 in spending in support of their campaign. That’s a lot of shirts, cups, banners, posters, buttons and all kinds of paraphernalia.

The opposing folks, of the Senatus Populusque Ramenus coalition (gotta love these names), have spent $15. On sidewalk chalk.

So Gus Bova and Claire Kerwin, the opposition candidates who are armed with $15 worth of chalk, have quite the challenge.

• Always good for a glimpse inside the law school world is the Kansas Law Free Press, a student-run newspaper of the KU School of Law.

It’s been around for a bit now, and is usually good for a few interesting reads.

Here’s an amusing take on “gunners,” a term I’d never heard before.

The article does a pretty good job fleshing out exactly who these gunners are in law school (“Not every gunner is annoying, but every annoying person in class is a gunner,” is one aid).

I think I knew a few gunners outside of law school while I was going through KU, too.

• Add another KU graduate to the list of presidents of universities, as Daniel Martin, who earned a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership from KU, has been named as the president of Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university with more than 4,000 students, the Seattle Times reports.

Martin used to work not too far from here, at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe.

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TecmoSuperBowlChristianOkoye 5 years, 10 months ago

It's possible that there's nothing more pointless than a KU student government election. Are you part of the coalition supported by the frats? No? Then you're not getting elected. Yes? Congratulations! Your prizes include a year of bickering about completely insignificant rules, the opportunity to make it rain student fee money on whatever pet project you'd like, as well as a line on your resume that will be cared about by absolutely no one!

Cai 5 years, 10 months ago

Thats absolutely not fair! The line of student body president on my resume is the only thing that makes me feel better about not being in a sorority ...

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