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

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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 Livability.com’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 ahyland@ljworld.com, because you’re not likely to find phrases like “bottle up your hankering for that Tilt-A-Whirl” anywhere else.