Archive for Friday, January 27, 2012

Heard on the Hill: State of the University speech moves to video; Mandy Patinkin rocks and chalks at Kauffman Center; Allen Fieldhouse gameday video attracts attention

January 27, 2012


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• If you couldn’t wait to march on down to Woodruff Auditorium when Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little delivers her annual State of the University speech, you’re out of luck.

No speech this year.

Instead, the chancellor will appear in an eight-and-a-half minute State of the University video that the university will be releasing Monday.

A KU spokesman told me that changing to a video was the chancellor’s idea. He said the video has two advantages: One, it is available to all KU campuses and alumni, and stakeholders get to watch, too. Second, it’s possible to show students, faculty and staff who are responsible for the stuff that’s being talked about.

The whole idea of a State of the University speech in the first place hasn’t been around too long. Something similar (but not called a State of the University speech) used to be done at faculty/staff convocation (which has been rolled into the all-university convocation now). And a similar speech could have been made at the now-discontinued “All University Suppers.” I never went to one of those, though.

It’s interesting to note how these sorts of speeches have become de-emphasized over time.

But don’t fret, you fans of “State of the (Blank)” things. Just log in and watch the video.

• Apparently, KU alumnus and actor Mandy Patinkin let loose with a hearty rendition of “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center recently.

This write-up mentions that he was talking about KU at a recent show (I’d love to know what he said if anyone was there) when someone in the audience apparently encouraged him to do the chant, and he obliged.

Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride," apparently did the chant at least twice with some additional audience participation.

No word on whether he woos.

• And speaking of videos, I’ve heard lots and lots of people talk about how they enjoyed this sleek video produced by Kansas Athletics featuring footage from the KU-Baylor game. So I’ll share it here.


Gameday at Allen Fieldhouse

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friendlyjhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Video was great EXCEPT there was clangy, crappy music that is not heard in Allen. Use the real band, the real music and the real Rock Chalk chant. Canned music is not what KU produces (and if this tinky crap came from the University shame on them).

thebayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Canned music is a must - recording good audio in a setting like Allen is basically impossible. Great job on the video, Micah!

ashmole 6 years, 1 month ago

Chancellor Do-Little has been afraid of talking to the faculty ever since she came to Lawrence. A canned video speech is the perfect solution for her: she doesn't have to face any hard questions or jeering and gets to look very techy and up-to-date. It's a shame that KU has a chancellor who is so clearly chicken to take on the faculty face to face and who is so poor at speaking in public and fielding questions.

Jack Martin 6 years, 1 month ago

Literally as you were posting that, Chancellor Gray-Little was speaking to faculty at the fourth strategic initiative summit. Just like she did at the third summit last week, and the two others held before winter break. But don’t let the facts get in your way.

4chewnut 6 years, 1 month ago

Jack -- I'm with ya' -- except the Chancellor has not spoken at all of the summits.

Jack Martin 6 years, 1 month ago

I double checked and you are correct - she was at 3 of 4. The one she missed was the same day as an Association of American Universities' presidents event. Sorry for my error.

d_prowess 6 years, 1 month ago

I want to say that I really enjoy that Jack Martin gets on here and isn't afraid to be a little snarky to posters that write extremely biased, fact-shaky rants. It sort of makes me respect him a little more and the job he does; sort of in the same when LJW writer Matt Tait does it on his football articles.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

The sense of story in this ongoing column is missing.

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