Archive for Monday, March 5, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Basketball team spending more than $500k to schedule games; fan celebrates a little too hard after KU-MU game; students suggest that professors clarify use of technology in class

March 5, 2012


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• Here’s a good story from the Des Moines Register that took a look at how much it costs basketball schools to schedule what’s called “guarantee games.”

Those are the games against teams with no return trip to the other school’s gym, and instead, the host school pays a one-time, lump sum payment to the visiting school.

The newspaper found the costs of these games are going up and up.

KU scheduled six such games this year, at a total cost of $515,000. That was just shy of Missouri’s $525,000 for the top spending in the conference (though Baylor’s records, as a private school, weren’t available).

KU’s games were against Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Long Beach State, Davidson, Howard and North Dakota. Of those, South Florida and Long Beach State cost the most, at $90,000 each.

Of all the schools in the Big 10 and Big 12 conferences that the newspaper looked at, by the way, KU was one of only two schools to actually lose a guarantee game this year, against Davidson.

Texas A&M;, which lost to Rice, was the other.

• The KU Alumni Association reports that celebrating basketball can be damaging for your health.

In a blog that follows fans around the basketball team, the association tells of Jacksonville, Fla., chapter leader Vicki Tierney, whose victory dance after the KU-MU game resulted in a visit to the emergency room after she hyperextended her knee.

She was watching the game with about 80 other KU fans at a sports bar, and the doctors told her she apparently tore the meniscus or posterior cruciate ligament in her knee.

“It was so worth that sweet victory dance,” she said.

• KU students have proposed an addition to syllabi that could be used as a guide for allowing technology in classrooms.

“The use of technology in the classroom is allowed for this course, with the understanding that it will be used to further students’ learning. Use of personal electronic devices during class time is limited to activities that will benefit the student in learning the material related to this course. Using technology for purposes other than those directly related to coursework in this class, such as to communicate with others outside of class, is an inappropriate use of class time. If there are questions of what is appropriate usage, please ask your instructor. Lectures may not be audio or video recorded without the permission of the professor.”

The students, in a recent University Senate session, said that current policies can vary quite a bit — some faculty allow pen and paper only; some allow laptops, but only at the back of the room; and others have no restrictions at all.

That bit about the lecture recording is probably a nod to the controversy that followed the recording of lectures at the University of Missouri-Kansas City recently.

• I’ll do my best Vicki Tierney dance if you’ll send me a sweet tip for Heard on the Hill at But I might have to do some stretches beforehand.


Paul R Getto 3 years, 7 months ago

Hmmmmm........this will probably get intense on the technology questions. There was a legendary professor (not a good one) who eventually sent his lectures in on tape and played them for the class. After awhile students began arriving early, setting up their own tape machines. Nearly the entire class went 'virtual' using the technology of the day. A harbinger of the future? The prohibition on taping, audio or video, will be interesting to watch as it plays out.

ahyland 3 years, 7 months ago

An important point that I think should be made clear: the students, as I understand were suggesting that this be used only by faculty that wished to, not as a requirement or prohibition university-wide.

mom_of_three 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's clarify this about the technology. Some classes do not allow laptops or faculty will require students to request permission because faculty is tired of finding their students on Facebook, or IM, or email or just searching the internet and not taking notes.
Cell phones are prohibited too.

Vinny1 3 years, 7 months ago

Its sad to see what this country is coming to when you can't even allow people to record a lecture for fear of retribution. People will turn and twist any and everything in order to make it look how they want so they can get what they want. Its a joke that we have come to let lawyers rule our lives like this.

mom_of_three 3 years, 7 months ago

I dont think its a recording necessarily is the problem. although you have to have permission from a person to record them...thats why companies have to tell you about it ahead of time.

gccs14r 3 years, 7 months ago

That varies by state. Some states require that only one party know about the recording.

gccs14r 3 years, 7 months ago

I don't think it's fear of retribution as much as it's to discourage someone from selling lecture tapes to students who'd rather skip class. I used to tape lectures because I can't both listen and write, so I'd replay the lecture later to pick up things I missed, and maybe play it again later when studying for an exam. There were times when I had to record surreptitiously, which I didn't care for, but learning the material was more important to me than following some TA's rule. Now with pen-based solid-state recorders, the prohibition on recording will be even more difficult to enforce.

cneiss 3 years, 7 months ago

What about the Ohio State game? Was that not considered a "guarantee game?"

ahyland 3 years, 7 months ago

Yup, that's right. The one that really got me confused for awhile was the opening game against Towson. I thought that surely had to be a guarantee game, but I'm pretty sure it was tied somehow into the Maui Invitational. Scheduling is, certainly, a tricky business.

cneiss 3 years, 7 months ago

Cool. I must have missed that somehow. Thanks for the info!

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