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Regents size up for-profit rivals
August 19, 2012
Kansas higher-education officials are expressing concern over the increasing number of students attending for-profit colleges.
Chancellor outlines expectations for new Jayhawks
August 19, 2012
It would be hard for even a freshman to miss the two points stressed at Kansas University’s 147th convocation ceremony: participation and graduation.
New engineering building boasts state-of-the-art-test environments
August 19, 2012
As Kansas University associate engineering dean Glen Marotz gives a tour of the school’s new $23.6 million research building, he takes care to point out how every available dollar went into the new lab spaces.
National landmark status likely for Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
August 19, 2012
Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is just one signature away from being designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.
Rubber dam’ installation begins as Bowersock power plant construction progresses
August 19, 2012
Consider it one big summertime inflatable.
Freshman Milton Doyle to leave KU men’s basketball team
10:44 p.m., August 19, 2012 Updated 11:13 p.m.
Freshman combo guard Milton Doyle will not attend Kansas University this year, his mother confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night.
Deaths of blacks in custody raise questions
August 19, 2012 in print edition on A9
What happened to Chavis Carter? It is a pregnant question, potentially even an explosive one. Carter died of a gunshot wound to the temple on the last Saturday in July, but the question about his death has only grown louder and more urgent since then. It is beginning to gather national attention. So we need an answer soon, either so that suspicions can be put to rest and some imperfect peace achieved, or so that suspicions can be validated and some equally imperfect justice sought. The problem is, there are two possible answers to the question, and neither one of them makes much sense.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
August 19, 2012
Road work planned in thee area for the week of August 20, 2012.
Plans in works to mark raid on Lawrence
Quantrill attacked city almost 150 years ago
August 19, 2012
City leaders will appoint a task force to plan a commemoration for Lawrence’s bloodiest day.
The extremes of what Busker Fest has to offer
August 19, 2012
There’s going to be plenty of wild stuff to see at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival. Event organizer Richard Renner helped the Journal-World with a teaser of headline acts, by superlative.
Larger-than-life ‘Sophie’ sculpture on display at Spencer Museum
August 19, 2012
Now that the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University has finally reopened after its water-main-break-induced closure, visitors will be greeted by someone new.
Learning at home
August 19, 2012
State school board members are right to consider measures aimed at ensuring adequate instruction for home-schooled students.
Coach Weis tour among year of popular alumni events
August 19, 2012
When new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis made his way across the state last May from west to east, a lot of curious alumni were waiting to see the man who won four Super Bowls as an assistant with the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
Arts Center hosting 4 nights of opera
August 19, 2012
The Lawrence Opera Works will be holding four nights of opera starting Friday and running through Aug. 27 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Lord of the rings: Hula-Hoop dancer Luna Breeze among eye-popping acts coming to Busker Fest
August 19, 2012
Brie Blakeman — a 24-year-old Kansas City, Mo., Hula-Hoop dancer who performs as “Luna Breeze” — is one of the Lawrence-area headline acts expected to perform at this weekend’s Lawrence Busker Festival.
Boomer Girl Diary: Missing the good old back-to-school days
August 19, 2012
This week, I must have “liked” 347 “first day of school” pictures on my Facebook page.
Retro Centennial Jay helps celebrate 100 mascot years
August 19, 2012
Kansas University’s third mascot, Centennial Jay, was introduced during the KU-Missouri basketball game in February. The Jayhawk will spread his wings and join Big Jay and Baby Jay at appearances throughout the coming school year.
Medical Center hopes to have new leaders named by this fall
August 19, 2012
As Kansas University Medical Center goes into the next year with several priorities to help further its research and teaching missions, at the top of the list is a search for new leadership in two top positions.
What are those birds everywhere? Jayhawks on Parade
August 19, 2012
In 2003, the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau and participating organizations distributed 30 5-foot Jayhawk sculptures around town as part of Jayhawks on Parade, an art exhibit and fundraiser. Nine years later, 19 still can be viewed by the public.
Check out our city’s most beloved venues, as chosen by you
August 19, 2012
From impromptu Mardi Gras parades and performing street buskers to some of the city’s best dining and entertainment options, downtown Lawrence is the heart of the city, and Massachusetts Street, named for the state from which Lawrence’s first settlers came, is its main artery.
KU Endowment at the heart of fundraising
August 19, 2012
Behind Kansas University’s effort to raise $1.2 billion in private funds is the KU Endowment Association, an independent fundraising foundation for the university that has been in operation since 1891.
Law professor’s innovative scholarship puts KU on global map
August 19, 2012
As someone who has visited nearly 50 countries, Raj Bhala feels at home in the world. But he feels most at home in Kansas, where he has spent the past decade transforming KU’s international law program into a world player.
Fictional murder helps bring small town’s history to life
August 19, 2012
In her latest mystery, Eleanor Sullivan, a former dean of the Kansas University School of Nursing, has re-created in vivid detail a small town in 1830s Ohio, founded by her German immigrant ancestors, with one exception: a murder.
KU’s Salina medical school campus providing a new model to produce rural physicians
August 19, 2012
When Kansas University last year opened a School of Medicine campus in Salina, it raised some eyebrows and created national buzz.
KU Hospital’s turnaround seen as extraordinary
August 19, 2012
Kansas University Hospital is the comeback kid. Fourteen years ago, the hospital was fighting for survival. Employee turnover was high, patient volume was low and money was hard to come by. The hospital was on the verge of bankruptcy as a state agency.
Lawrence ranks among 25 best places to retire
August 19, 2012
Lawrence is among the 25 best places in the country to retire, according to the folks at Money Magazine.
KU Hospital’s expansion garnering national attention
August 19, 2012
The construction project is just one of many that have occurred at KU Hospital during the past five years to help keep up with growing demand for its services.
Service learning a great way to get involved, build resume
August 19, 2012
More students are learning education isn’t limited to the classroom. Last year, 620 Kansas University students earned service learning certifications, up from 90 in 2005.
KUMC neurologists lead prestigious Alzheimer’s center
August 19, 2012
KU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center is certified by the National Institute on Aging.
KU Alumni Association helps bring far-flung graduates back to Lawrence
August 19, 2012
Founded in 1882, the Alumni Association’s mission is to strengthen KU by informing, engaging and mobilizing the KU community, said Jennifer Sanner, KUAA senior vice president for communications.
Homecoming: 100 years of pride and KU traditions
August 19, 2012
Homecoming is one of the oldest traditions at the university and, over the years, it has morphed from a way to attract alumni to football games into a weeklong celebration of Jayhawk spirit.
Mini College promotes lifelong learning for all
August 19, 2012
KU Mini College is a weeklong opportunity to take shorter, specialized courses taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The professors are asked to think about their research and interests and make a 75-minute presentation highlighting their work and the importance of it.
KU event planner’s year culminates in commencement
August 19, 2012
In May, between 3,500 and 4,000 Kansas University graduates make the traditional walk through the Campanile and down the hill to Memorial Stadium for the commencement ceremony. Their families and friends sit in the stands while faculty and guests speak, and when the ceremony ends everyone gathers on the field to take pictures, congratulate one another and celebrate.
Predicted doom fails to materialize
August 19, 2012 in print edition on A9
Sometimes the news is that something was not newsworthy. The United Nations Rio+20 conference — 50,000 participants from 188 nations — occurred in June, without consequences. A generation has passed since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which begat other conferences and protocols (e.g., Kyoto). And, by now, apocalypse fatigue — boredom from being repeatedly told the end is nigh.  
Try out some trails
August 19, 2012
Lawrence trail users range from strolling families to competitive athletes, and the city has routes to fit them all, says Mark Hecker, assistant director for Lawrence Parks and Recreation. He points out that in Lawrence, plenty of trails worth exploring are only minutes away.
KU hopes efficiencies around campus bring major savings
August 19, 2012
Renegotiating office supply contracts doesn’t make a splash, but it’s a suggestion that’s saving Kansas University money.
Brain imaging center has ‘major impact’ on Kansas
August 19, 2012
The Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, complete with three magnetic resonance imaging machines, has allowed researchers to advance scientific knowledge of strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity.
Hall Center for the Humanities supports, spreads scholarship
August 19, 2012
Kansas University’s Hall Center of Humanities is an interdisciplinary research center designed to boost faculty research productivity, but it also works to enhance student education by sponsoring internships, fellowships and lectures.
Spencer Museum of Art hopes to expand building, reputation
August 19, 2012
As it continues reinstalling existing exhibits to better engage the community, the Spencer Museum of Art is eyeing an even bigger transformation: a building addition.
Cancer Center designation a monumental achievement
August 19, 2012
It seemed like there weren’t enough adjectives on July 12 as the Kansas University Cancer Center celebrated its designation from the National Cancer Institute, the end of a nearly decadelong process.
KU recruiting pre-eminent scholars as part of Bold Aspirations strategic plan
August 19, 2012
If you know a world-renowned professor who leads his or her field in research, there’s a position open at Kansas University. In fact, there are 12 positions.
From millions to billions, campaigns have soared
August 19, 2012
Fundraising campaigns have come a long way since Kansas University’s first comprehensive campaign, Program for Progress, which started in 1964 with an original goal of $18 million. Today’s Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas hopes to raise $1.2 billion. Here’s a look at the university’s three previous campaigns:
Biological Survey devoted to nature studies in Kansas
August 19, 2012
Located near the Lawrence Municipal Airport, Kansas University’s Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden is called the KU student farm but it’s not restricted to just students. For $30, anyone can secure a plot, and, so far, it’s proved a popular pursuit. This year, there were 50 plots.
General education curriculum changes to focus on core skills
August 19, 2012
As part of the “Bold Aspirations” plan to revitalize many aspects of the institution’s administration and education, committees of professors and students have been working on creating a new approach to general education. It’s a core curriculum affecting what kind of classes — and possibly also how they’re taught — are required for all undergraduate students, regardless of major. Its aim, proponents say, is to provide everyone a base skill set from which individuals can build in particular fields of interest.
Financial aid revamp helps in boosting enrollment
August 19, 2012
Kansas University’s total enrollment has steadily dropped in the past three years — by 542 students from 2009 to 2010 and by 744 from 2010 to last year. (The numbers for 2012 won’t be available until August.) The difference between 2009’s official numbers and 2011’s is about 4 percent.
Far Above campaign aims to raise $1.2 billion for KU
August 19, 2012
KU deans have submitted wish lists for their schools. Although those lists include a few major capital projects, it’s scholarships, faculty professorships and chairmanships that are carrying the day, along with a few requests for new programs.
Renovations to increase Wescoe Beach’s appeal
August 19, 2012
Renovations to Wescoe Beach instigated by the student body promise to make the area even more useful and attractive.
KU’s business dean offers 10 tips to freshmen
August 19, 2012
As dean of the Kansas University School of Business, Neeli Bendapudi is well-versed in the art of offering advice to college students. But at last spring’s annual Lawrence Journal-World Academic All-Stars luncheon, Bendapudi addressed a slightly younger crowd, gifted high school seniors. As they prepared to go to college, Bendapudi shared words of wisdom that she believed would serve them well in their first year of college.
Mrs. E’s serves up thousands of meals daily for students
August 19, 2012
When Mrs. E’s general manager Mark Maranell gets to work in the morning, he first touches base with staff and checks on breakfast. He deals with any issues from the previous night’s meal and then begins to prepare for the future. Preparation is an important part of the job for every person on staff at Mrs. E’s, especially considering they serve more than 3,200 students per day during the academic year.
Keep fit, find friends and try something new at rec center
August 19, 2012
One resource on campus, the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, provides students many opportunities to fill that void by incorporating exercise into their routines, meeting other students, trying new activities and having fun.
100 years ago: Local woman in critical condition after being shot by boyfriend
August 19, 2012
“Jealousy caused a shooting on the north side Saturday night.”
BBC America explores U.S. history
August 19, 2012
If period dramas set where the buffalo roam are called Westerns, then why aren’t shoot-’em-up historical epics set in New York called Easterns? If there were such a genre, it would be an appropriate tag for “Copper” (9 p.m. Sunday, BBC America), the first original production from BBC America.
Kamara, Sporting K.C. top Toronto FC, 1-0
August 19, 2012
Kei Kamara scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute to lift Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday.
Lawrence High mothers take to the field with Lions football team
August 19, 2012
Football coach Dirk Wedd stood in the south end zone at high noon Saturday at Lawrence High Stadium and blew his whistle. With that signal, the players knew it was time to circle up and get started. If they didn’t sprint to their coach as quickly as usual on this particular day, they could be forgiven. Not everyone in attendance was accustomed to the practice routine. At the Lions’ sides were some special guests — their mothers.
Chiefs lose ball often in 31-17 preseason loss to Rams
August 19, 2012
Jeff Fisher sure got a lot done in a week. Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives and the St. Louis Rams made marked improvements on the other side of the ball in Week 2 of the preseason in a 31-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor’s Cup game Saturday night.
Moustakas homers late to cap Royals’ 9-4 win
August 19, 2012
Mike Moustakas and the Kansas City Royals put on an offensive display that ruined Adam Dunn’s 400th career homer.
Snap judgment: KU QBs coach stresses leadership between plays
August 19, 2012
Every highlight involves a quarterback in mid-play, but such an important part of the most important position on the field takes place in that time between when the referee spots the football to the instant the center snaps the ball for the next play.
Jayhawk volleyball kicks off season with intrasquad scrimmage
August 19, 2012
The Kansas University volleyball team kicked off its 2012 campaign with its annual Crimson and Blue match, Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
KU runner Donny Wasinger eager for second shot at senior season
August 19, 2012
Donny Wasinger ran his way to the kind of momentum-boosting year any soon-to-be senior could appreciate.
Campa-what? A pronunciation guide to campus buildings
August 19, 2012
Nothing screams freshman like mispronouncing one of the names of the 150 buildings on Kansas University’s campus. But how do you figure out the correct way to pronounce a name?
New proactive program helps students keep up
August 19, 2012
Up to 2,000 Kansas University students will take part this fall in the pilot program MySuccess, an online service that sends students, professors and administrators notifications when the student’s grades, attendance or performance slumps.
Around and about in local business
August 19, 2012
Local business news for the week ending Aug. 17, 2012.
GSP makeover transformed residence hall into a ‘destination place’
August 19, 2012
The Department of Student Housing is in the midst of a yearslong project to renovate all of its properties. GSP, 500 W. 11th St., will open this fall and house 383 students after undergoing a $13 million revamp. Housing officials’ attention will then turn to McCollum Hall, the oldest residence not yet renovated, and eventually to Oliver Hall. Those projects are years down the road, but the department is working on finding funding now, director Diana Robertson said.
KU successful in researching and marketing medications
August 19, 2012
Cory Berkland is in the business of making drugs work, and he’s just one in a long line of Kansas University researchers who have contributed to that field.
Graphic designer creates face of university
August 19, 2012
D.W. Acker roams the halls of this venerable barn on an almost daily basis. Head women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson gives him high-fives, secretaries give him hugs, and locked doors pop right open with Acker’s powerful access code. Yet even Acker can’t quite pinpoint the word to describe what hangs from this Cradle of Champions
School of Pharmacy has excelled at commercializing drug research
August 19, 2012
Ask Ken Audus, dean of the Kansas University School of Pharmacy, about KU’s ability to develop new drugs and spin them off into successful companies, and he’ll suggest a look at the back wall of the museum in the school’s new building.
Coach’s dedication keeps KU at top of debate world
August 19, 2012
For the last two decades, Scott Harris has headed KU’s debate program, one of the most celebrated in the country with five National Debate Tournament championships and 14 Final Four appearances. Harris, who just assumed the presidency of the American Forensic Association, has coached three of those Final Four teams and one National Championship team, in 2009.
Endacott Society provides forum for socializing, learning among retirees
August 19, 2012
The Endacott Society is open to university retirees and their spouses and has about 350 members. It was founded in 1984 after KU alumnus Paul Endacott presented a plan to the KU Endowment Association to create a KU retirees club.
KU, military connections prove mutually beneficial
August 19, 2012
When Kansas University Army ROTC cadets do most of their internal battalion training, they don’t have to go far to experience a major military base.
Military veterans seeking bill that would provide in-state tuition
August 19, 2012
Military veterans say they will try again next year to get legislative approval of a bill that would allow all veterans to pay the lower in-state tuition rate to attend a Kansas Board of Regents university.
Biodiversity Research Institute houses millions of bugs
August 19, 2012
Big and tiny, scary and spiny, colorful and lively, dangerous and harmless: No matter what kind of bug, there’s a good chance it’s stored — in alcohol, in amber, or on a slide — in the entomology collection at the Kansas University Biodiversity Research Institute, housed at the Public Safety Building, 1501 Crestline Drive.
KU’s popular Danforth Chapel a ‘super place to get married’
August 19, 2012
Danforth Chapel sits just north of Fraser Hall on Jayhawk Boulevard. The chapel, surrounded by flowers and green grass, is a quaint structure dedicated in 1946 as a place of meditation.
KU’s Edwards Campus expands, caters to people in workforce
August 19, 2012
Kansas University Edwards Campus administrators would like you to know that the “best” is here.
KU linebacker Huldon Tharp returning healthy, hungry
August 19, 2012
Kansas University junior linebacker Huldon Tharp is playing for his third set of football coaches in four seasons … but who’s counting?
Stop Day Tour provides insights about campus sites
August 19, 2012
Ted Johnson tells this year’s assembled tour group of about 15 people to take time to appreciate their surroundings. “Looking up is very important,” the retired Kansas University French professor tells them.
Some things you definitely need to know about college
August 19, 2012
So, you’re new here. Don’t worry. There’s a lot for students to take in before starting out at Kansas University, and you’ll surely pick up a lot stuff along the way.
Sculptures adorn campus, on and off the beaten path
August 19, 2012
At first glance, the beauty of Mount Oread lies in nature: the hill, the trees, the landscaping. And after that, perhaps, the buildings take over, with limestone craftsmanship that, in some cases, has withstood nearly 150 years. But look closer, and key pieces of art make campus what it is. In some cases, pieces have been in place so long they’re almost taken for granted.
25 years ago: Schwegler residents air concerns to commissioners
August 19, 2012
The get-together was the third in a series of problem-solving meetings in different neighborhoods.
40 years ago: Huge utility bill shocks city manager
August 19, 2012
“I know what the city commissioners are going to say — they’re going to hit the ceiling.”
Teacher’s lessons go way beyond classroom
August 19, 2012
Bernie Kish has had a number of careers in his life. He was an officer in the U.S. Army, director of Kansas University ticket operations and the regional coordinator for the College Football Hall of Fame. It wasn’t until 2005 that Kish started his career doing what he first set out to do when he attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania: teach.
Architecture dean’s boldness brings sophistication to KU
August 19, 2012
“A great building inspires you,” says John Gaunt, dean of the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Gaunt, along with the other faculty and staff in the school, work to educate the students who will one day be creating those inspiring structures.
Philosophy professor recognized as founder of business ethics
August 19, 2012
In his 53-year career at KU, De George founded the study of business ethics and published 20 books and more than 200 articles. He received an honorary doctorate with Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates from the Nijenrode Business University in the Netherlands. However, De George summarizes his academic career more succinctly than his 40-page curriculum vitae.
KU business incubator attracting big names
August 19, 2012
Matt McClorey likes almost everything about the label that has been applied to the Kansas University Bioscience and Technology Business Center that he leads from KU’s West Campus.
Engineering students put heart and soul into race car project
August 19, 2012
Each year, a new group of engineering students joins what they will consider their family for the year. Most of them are mechanical engineers and some are electrical engineers, many are seniors but all are working toward the same goal.
Engineering school aims for state-of-the-art training
August 19, 2012
Kansas University’s School of Engineering is booming. In five years, undergraduate enrollment has grown nearly 30 percent to 1,900 students. And now, construction is under way that will nearly double the size of engineering facilities.
Horoscope for Aug. 19
August 19, 2012
For Sunday, Aug. 19: This year you could be very concerned about your security. You also often find yourself having to repeat conversations after you have them, which could be frustrating. If you are single, you might become very fussy when relating to potential suitors. If you are attached, you often will have discussions about finances.
Students broaden perspective through study abroad
August 19, 2012
With approximately 130 programs in more than 75 countries worldwide, Kansas University’s Office of Study Abroad is a busy place.
Kovel’s Antiques: Ancient iridescent glass being used in modern jewelry
August 19, 2012
Ancient Roman iridescent glass dug up in Israel is now being featured in modern jewelry.
Garden Calendar: Not all bugs bad for plants
August 19, 2012
In the plant world, horticulturists and gardeners are usually always battling some sort of insect pest, but this year is especially challenging because plants are already suffering from heat and drought stress.
KU music faculty member wins $12,000 grant
August 19, 2012
A Kansas University music faculty member has won a cash prize that carries with it a significant composition opportunity.
Brazilian party to celebrate release of photography book
August 19, 2012
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., will hold a Brazilian-themed party to celebrate the release of “Favela de Rocinha, Brazil,” a photography book by Lawrence artists Sarah Stern and Gary Mark Smith, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.