Archive for Monday, July 9, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Changes coming to Business School’s MBA program; Missouri governor signs bill quashing KU license plates; Natural History Museum sponsors event that talks about extreme weather

July 9, 2012


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• I’ve been talking with a lot of different folks as we prepare to put out the Journal-World’s annual KU Today edition that comes out each August, so I’ve been gathering all kinds of little tidbits here and there.

One of them is some changes in the School of Business’ master’s of business administration program.

The MBA students will be going to a new program in fall 2013. The program will go to an 18-month program, instead of the current two years, Dean Neeli Bendapudi told me.

“It will be much more intense, much more hands-on,” she said.

She said the changes will also include “certificates” or specializations that students can earn as part of their MBA degrees. What she was describing was like a mini-major. Students will be able to in some sense create their own program, in some cases even taking courses outside the business school.

Stay tuned for more details on that front.

• Missouri’s governor made it official last week, and so it looks like no Jayhawks on license plates in that state for some time.

The mere mention of Jayhawks on license plates in the state first came up around the second week of May, and after much harrumphing, legislators quickly mobilized around a measure that made sure the proposal would be dead in the water.

As I understand things, the new law essentially makes it so legislators will have to approve all university license plate designs. That’s not particularly likely to happen for a KU Jayhawk in enemy territory.

Stephen Webber, a Democratic Missouri representative from Columbia, talked about KU to the Columbia Missourian.

"We're huge rivals with them," Webber said. "You're not supposed to have Jayhawks on Mizzou license plates, and I wouldn't expect to have Tigers on Kansas license plates. The rivalry makes it fun, and part of that rivalry is tweaking each other from time to time."

• Yeah, it’s been really, really hot. Though in Omaha, Neb., where I was over the weekend, I was walking around in the afternoon and my phone said the temperature was a mere 84 degrees. I nearly wanted to break out my parka.

But, anyway, KU’s Natural History Museum will be sponsoring an event where folks will talking about all kinds of extreme weather events, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass.

The Kansas town of Hill City saw five days in a row at 115 degrees

Nathaniel Brunsell, associate professor of geography and atmospheric science, will share some insights into how scientists determine what qualifies as extreme weather, as well as how global climate change seems to cause extreme weather events.

Regardless of whether scientists agree that this recent spell of high temperatures is extreme, I think we’re going to go ahead and officially make that call at Heard on the Hill World Headquarters at Seventh and New Hampshire.

• It’s extreme tip season here at Heard on the Hill, so I’m expecting a huge bunch of good ones at


blindrabbit 5 years, 10 months ago

Could really care less about KU on Missouri license plates; but needed to say that the Governor of Missouri (Jay Nixon's) elevator only goes half way up. This guy is as daft as they come; and we are stuck with the papist C-Street Brownback.

patkindle 5 years, 10 months ago

i am guessing most folks that move to kansas, especially lawrence, just want to hang out. not really get a job, maybe just move back to their parents basement ? It seems there are many folks that graduated From ku and moved to Missouri for a real job , so I assume The demand is greater for ku plates in mo than folks than graduated from Mu and moved to Kansas for whatever it was Why would you move to Kansas if you wanted a real job anyway

asixbury 5 years, 10 months ago

Jobs are only to be found in KC and Saint Louis in MO. Kansas at least has more areas of opportunities. MO is filled with small, dying towns, much like the western side of Kansas. You must be from MO.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

In this new economy and increased tuition costs due to lack of funding to be solvent, higher education has to be innovative just like the private sector.

StirrrThePot 5 years, 10 months ago

"We'll show those Jayhawks--don't play us after we move to the SEC and we'll....decrease state tax revenue into our state by outlawing KU license plates!! YEAH, that'll teach 'em!"

LOL, not that Kansas is filled with elected officials who make sound decisions at all--because it isn't--but that's just stupid. I bet the folks of Osceola MO consider this a small victory, though. (snort)

Erin England 5 years, 10 months ago

"Because KU refuses to play us in basketball this year" is a petty reason to support a bill that is based upon personal dislikes and emotions. As a legislator, I wouldn't stand behind this bill regardless of my personal devotions. Sports and your loyalty to a team is not a just purpose for creating a bill and passing legislation.

LogicMan 5 years, 10 months ago

""We're huge rivals with them," Webber said."

If he meant "We were" and not "We are", then he was correct. Otherwise, he's living in the past.

blindrabbit 5 years, 10 months ago

tba: The MBA dumbed down many years ago, became a trade school degree. Worked for a big outfit in K.C for years, every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sue and Jane that wanted a advancement (no matter how insignificant) went after a MBA. Schools like UMKC, KU, Baker and many others loved this, was a great revenue generator. Not sure what these people got out of the program, I think many who attended wondered the same thing!

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 10 months ago

Ms. Who? Mizzou may have once been our rival. Now they're like a divorced first wife...full of spite and venom...

Easy 5 years, 10 months ago

Nothing about the foolish restructuring of the matenance departments at KU that does nothing but cost tax payers more money. You gotta love consultants.

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