Archive for Monday, March 12, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Engineering dean makes visit to LSU; one more chance for KU-MU before Tigers leave for SEC; Santorum’s Kansas success no surprise to KU politico

March 12, 2012


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• The dean of KU’s School of Engineering participated in one of those meet-and-greet sessions at Louisiana State University on Friday. The dean, Stuart Bell, is interviewing for the provost’s position there.

Here’s a wrap-up of that visit.

I’ve sat through a number of these sessions while serving as a reporter here, for provost candidates, dean candidates and the like. They mostly sound very similar to the stuff Bell reportedly talked about.

“We need to bolster research,” “put students first,” etc. Bell did add that he wanted to focus on enhancing study abroad, diversity and “international engagement.”

But, at any rate, I think it’s clear these sorts of positions aren’t won or lost at the public vetting sessions. Bell is competing against three others, including the arts and sciences dean from the University of Missouri.

LSU hopes to make a decision on the provost by the end of the month.

• With the NCAA Tournament basketball brackets out, we’ll have just one more shot at a final Kansas-Missouri basketball game before the Tigers leave for the Southeastern Conference next year.

KU came up short in the Big 12 tournament over the weekend.

Missouri folks continue to talk a big game.

Football coach Gary Pinkel said he thinks the series will begin eventually.

"But you all know that’s going to happen," he told 610 Sports, (but I read it in the Columbia Tribune). "Of course it’s going to happen. We’re going to make too much money doing it, first of all. And all the fans want it to happen.”

The Tigers also got a little riled up at KU coach Bill Self’s comments pointing out how KU had more alumni in the Kansas City area than Kansas State and Missouri combined.

MU senior Kim English was quick to point out that Kansas City was “our city” in post-game interviews, and some KU billboards in KC that say “’This is Kansas’ (in bold letters) — City” also got the attention of the MU players, apparently.

• As Rick Santorum carried the day in the Republican caucuses here on Saturday, it was no surprise to KU folks.

Bill Lacy, the director of the Dole Institute of Politics and a veteran of a few Republican campaigns in his own right, was quoted in the New York Times in an article touting Santorum’s successes in the state.

“The state is pretty much tailor-made for his kind of candidacy,” Lacy told the newspaper before the caucuses were held. “He will get his people out. It really means a lot to him. It really doesn’t mean that much to Governor Romney.”

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Robert Rauktis 6 years, 3 months ago

"“’This is Kansas’ (in bold letters) — City” also got the attention of the MU players, apparently. "

For that matter, "purple" doesn't exist without "red and blue". But life would be pretty boring without rivals. All cancer, poverty and the like. Better to humanize the evil and make them enemies. Maybe look around for a war. That solves everything.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

" Heard on the Hill can’t run for president (last time I checked the Constitution, being human was requisite for the post),"

Corporations are considered "persons." How long until the plutocrats on the Supreme Court declare them eligible to be president? (as long as they were "born" in the US, that is.)

1southernjayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

Speaking of which, why doesn't the Obama camp just come forward with a the documentation that solves all the mysteries regarding his birth, his schooling, his whereabouts, his grades, etc? I'm just asking for a straight answer; not looking for a sarcastic answer or a personal attack. Anyone?

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 3 months ago

PInkel may be speaking for his people but very, very, very few KU fans want to play missery again. They are only attempting to validate their deserted feelings of leaving. Keep telling yourselves that Pinkel, you douche. lol

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