Archive for Friday, August 24, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Kansan newspaper cutting Friday print editions; website ranks Lawrence as No. 5 college town; SUA carnival postponed due to weather

August 24, 2012


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• I’d first like to wish everyone a happy Friday, as Fridays are always happy occasions.

There are some changes afoot however, for Fridays to come, as they’ll all be without printed edition of the University Daily Kansan from now on.

Editor Ian Cummings wrote this week that the student newspaper is cutting its Friday printed edition and its Jayplay entertainment section.

“The Kansan will continue to publish online and through social media throughout the week, so readers can expect new stories every day,” Cummings wrote. “And to pick up the slack, the Thursday print edition has expanded to get students ready for the weekend — which everybody knows starts on Thursday anyway.”

In a story on Thursday, he mentioned that expansion might come in a "pull-out guide with feature stories on the fun parts of college life, as well as drink specials and an event calendar."

• Lawrence is’s No. 5 college town in the country, according to this ranking I spotted.

I don’t know too much about how they put the list together, but Lawrence is looking up at Champaign, Ill.; Logan, Utah; Oxford, Miss.; and College Station, Texas.

College Station is the big winner (maybe for having a cool mayor that likes to poke fun at rival football coaches).

The site praised Lawrence’s bus system and bike lanes, along with KU’s Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art and the Lied Center, among other things.

The site said it “ranked the cities according to the ratio of students to residents, cost of living and entertainment options,” but that was about as much detail as I could find.

• I received word on Thursday that the SUA Carnival I mentioned in yesterday’s post has been postponed due to weather concerns.

Apparently, there were some concerns about safety with the staff setting up and tearing down the rides, booths, electrical connections and such in the wet weather, according to Mike Reid, director of public affairs for the KU Memorial Unions.

The whole thing could be back later on in the spring, I’m told, so bottle up your hankering for that Tilt-A-Whirl until then.

• Keep sending in those tips for Heard on the Hill to, because you’re not likely to find phrases like “bottle up your hankering for that Tilt-A-Whirl” anywhere else.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

There are many other lists that KU does not get mentioned. In fact Lawrence,Kansas is a mystery location to millions.... so I speculate.

The more people that become aware of Lawrence the more expensive it becomes to live here.

Until Lawrence is rated number one or tied with Boulder as number one for the same reasons on the same lists always I say these lists are useless.

"The site praised Lawrence’s bus system and bike lanes, along with KU’s Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art and the Lied Center, among other things.

The site said it “ranked the cities according to the ratio of students to residents, cost of living and entertainment options”

The site people it appears have neither visited nor lived in Lawrence. Must be in contact with the real estate industry.

ashmole 5 years, 5 months ago

Champaign-Urbana and College Station are absolute wastelands, and Oxford is a blink-and-you'll-miss it sleepy little town (think Grinnell, Iowa with Spanish moss hanging from the trees). Lawrence, Boulder, Iowa City, Ann Arbor, and Bloomington are model college towns. Stillwater (and any other place where the local campus has "State" in its name), Gainesville, Columbia, Tuscaloosa, and State College are God-forsaken places of exile.

John Hamm 5 years, 5 months ago

"site praised Lawrence’s bus system" Obviously they didn't ride the T or have no idea about which they speak......

ryno13 5 years, 5 months ago

I mean, it's nice to be mentioned as #5.... But clearly this person has no idea what they are talking about. The 4 towns mentioned ahead of us are complete crapshoots. Also, Wakarusa music fest left a few years ago. Not even a mention of being one of the greatest basketball cities in the world? Come on guy, choose another topic to write about, because you are obviously completely ignorant in this category...

Terry Sexton 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey, I like being on lists, just not the sketchy ones. Relax, no one's issuing a decree. Grain of salt, people, sheesh.

begin60 5 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like KU is in good company among universities in TX and MS. I agree. Places like that might see Lawrence's outdated buses and questionably competent drivers as a blessing. Personally, I was used to state-of-the art equipment and bus drivers who knew how to park closer than a foot away from the curb. Such amenities exist even in Nebraska and definitely in CA and CO. Also, it's important to treat riders all the same( such as making a general practice of lowering the steps, which makes boarding easier for everyone) rather than offensively asking that rude, trademark question,"Need help." I had to quit taking the Lawrence buses because I got grabbed and molested by other riders too much. Dang! Lawrence is no beacon of sophistication.

The Spencer Art Museum is a jewel! I agree.

guppypunkhead 5 years, 5 months ago

“bottle up your hankering for that Tilt-A-Whirl”.... I enjoy this column.

blindrabbit 5 years, 5 months ago

ashmole: Agree about College Station, ugliest college town I've ever seen! In fact the whole scene at Texas A&M looks like an old WW2 era army base, no character at all, and the town does not help the image!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Come to Lawrence for the nekkid gardening, stay to watch the filthy hippies mooching around downtown.

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