Archive for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Alderson Auditorium gets a makeover; Dole Institute announces more spring programming; KU fans respond to ‘We Are Mizzou’ video

February 1, 2012


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Workers were just finishing up on Tuesday at the newly-renovated Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Workers were just finishing up on Tuesday at the newly-renovated Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

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• Wednesday KU’s Student Senate will unveil a newly renovated Alderson Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union.

The new space will serve as a venue for all kinds of functions, including serving as the official Student Senate chambers.

The $350,000 project was paid for using funds collected from student fees.

I trudged down there yesterday so I could shoot a quick photo. The first thing I noticed is that all those old red chairs are gone.

Lisa Kring, event services director for the KU Memorial Unions, told me the space would have “flexible seating,” meaning it could accommodate classroom seating, theater-style seating or even round tables.

“Unfortunately, ‘flexible’ does not mean recliners, massage chairs or the like,” Kring said.

There’s also a limestone backdrop for the room with “The University of Kansas” inscribed in it.

My awesome photography skills captured some workers making some last-minute changes before the senate meets there Wednesday.

• The Dole Institute announced more of its spring programs this week.

We've got a new series featuring experts from the military college at Fort Leavenworth. That’ll be at 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Dole Institute from February until November, starting Feb. 16.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., is scheduled to speak Feb. 22, and John Yoo, who advised George W. Bush on legal issues related to the war on terror, will speak March 27.

You can see all the details of these events, including times, and more at

• And, finally, since we brought you “We Are Mizzou” yesterday, here’s this lovely response from some KU fans.


We Are KU

• If I ever make a “We Are Heard on the Hill” video, you’re guaranteed a cameo if you send me a tip at


agrabass 6 years, 4 months ago

Love, love, love the video! Started my day laughing! Thank You!

Jean Robart 6 years, 4 months ago

Hilarious! And thanks for the shout out for Western Michigan University Go Broncos!

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