Archive for Monday, July 16, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in more trouble in Calif.; KU officials sell the institution across the state; KU researchers find new markers for autism spectrum disorders

July 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated July 16, 2012, 8:40 a.m.


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• Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is making news again on the national scene, and not in a good way.

The chapter at the University of California-Davis has been removed from campus for an indefinite period, according to the Modesto Bee.

The chapter supplied alcohol to students at a January event and again at a party in February, the newspaper reported, but it was on probation after a string of several incidents.

The same fraternity was the one involved in the alcohol-related death of Jason Wren in 2009 at KU, and the newspaper listed several other incidents the fraternity had been involved with as well, including the death of a student at Cornell University in 2011; the death of a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2008; and a hazing death at the University of Texas in 2006.

KU investigated the fraternity after the incident, but did not impose official sanctions. A lawsuit in the case eventually ended in a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed.

“Everything we were able to learn about that night at SAE was that there was no official function going on,” then-vice provost Marlesa Roney told the University Daily Kansan last year. “It was just an individual or two, sitting around drinking.”

• KU officials are traipsing around the state this summer (“traipse” has definitely got to be one of my favorite verbs, and I try to work it in wherever I can. UPDATE: As one of our commenters pointed out below, I clearly need to bust out the dictionary a little more often to make sure my favorite words mean what I think they mean!), and this story from the Fort Scott Tribune helps us back at home base see what KU is hawking across the state.

Tim Caboni chose to talk to the paper about KU’s new admissions standards, while also mentioning KU’s highly ranked city management and special education programs, along with its five national championships in debate.

It’s always interesting to me to see how folks sell KU to people in other parts of the state, especially the farther west you get.

• New KU research shows that a larger resting pupil size and higher levels of a salivary enzyme may be markers for autism spectrum disorders.

“Many theories of autism propose that the disorder is due to deficits in higher-order brain areas,” John Colombo, a KU professor of psychology, told the news service for Psych Central, an online mental health and psychology network. “Our findings, however, suggest that the core deficits may lie in areas of the brain typically associated with more fundamental, vital functions.”

You can find more information at the full article.

• I hope with all that traipsing you’re doing over the summer, you’ll find some time to drop me a tip or two for Heard on the Hill at


manginorh00lz 5 years, 8 months ago

Selling KU in-state? What a complete waste of time.

parrothead8 5 years, 8 months ago

Come back and grind your axe after you know what you're talking about.

Graczyk 5 years, 8 months ago

Definition of TRAIPSE intransitive verb : to go on foot : walk ; also : to walk or travel about without apparent plan but with or without a purpose

Andy, is that really what you mean to say?

ahyland 5 years, 8 months ago

Yikes! I think you've got a solid point... especially kind of embarrassing for me in that I've been slightly misunderstanding one of my "favorite" words for awhile... I mostly meant it in the sense of to wander about, but that's not really quite right. Thanks for steering me straight.

Andy Hyland LJW Reporter

Graczyk 5 years, 8 months ago

Maybe you were making a commentary. :)

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 8 months ago

KU is way behind in selling itself west of Topeka. Sadly, administration in the past years didn't care. I begged and begged but they aren't interested. It is about time but it'll take many, many, many years to overcome the lackidasial and apathetic attitude of the years past.

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

Somehow, back in my day, we managed to drink at parties and not get anyone hurt or killed. Maybe it's because out parents actually expected us to be adults when we left home at 18 and not be overgrown children the rest of our lives.

LloydDobbler 5 years, 8 months ago

How about lilting. They are lilting about Kansas.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

Selling KU or education that matter to western Kansas is like trying to sell caffeinated beverages to mormons.

They don't use it, they condemn it, and they want to have nothing to do with it.

Message to KU: focus on eastern Kansas and Wichita, and let the smart and motivated kids in western Kansas come to KU through reputation.

Others can go to K State.

bevy 5 years, 8 months ago

What's wrong with gallivanting, at least the first definition:

gal·li·vant also gal·a·vant (gl-vnt) intr.v. gal·li·vant·ed also gal·a·vant·ed, gal·li·vant·ing also gal·a·vant·ing, gal·li·vants also gal·a·vants 1. To roam about in search of pleasure or amusement. See Synonyms at wander. 2. To play around amorously; flirt.

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