Archive for Monday, March 19, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Former UN Ambassador John Bolton to speak at KU; doctoral candidates have five years to finish dissertations after oral exam; comedian Rob Riggle not happy Missouri leaving Big 12

March 19, 2012


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• Even though it’s spring break, Heard on the Hill is rolling on. Well, at least until I go on vacation later this week.

We’ll start today with news that former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will deliver the School of Business’ 2012 Vickers Lecture.

He will present “Threats to American Security: A Closer Look at the World’s Trouble Spots” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Lied Center.

Bolton drew some controversy when he was appointed by President George W. Bush in a recess appointment after Democratic senators opposed the nomination, citing Bolton’s views on the UN.

This lecture is no stranger to conservative figures who occasionally inspire political debate — Kris Kobach delivered the lecture last year.

Other speakers have included former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp and current Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.

This lecture inspired a sound off question last year (before we began putting them up on the front page every day, drawing lots of comments) about how the selection process works.

The school works with the Vickers family each year to determine a speaker, a spokeswoman told me at the time.

A new policy I spotted would set five years as the maximum amount of time that can pass between a doctoral candidate’s passage of an oral comprehensive exam and a dissertation defense.

“If a student took the oral comprehensive examination more than 5 years prior to the dissertation defense, a re-evaluation of the student’s candidacy status is necessary,” the policy states. “Re-evaluation of the student’s candidacy status can include retaking the comprehensive oral examination.”

I admit I don’t know too much about why this policy was instituted, but I just noticed its existence this week.

Here’s a fun interview I found with comedian Rob Riggle, who attended KU.

He was asked about, among other things, the KU-Missouri rivalry “potentially ending.”

“Potentially?” he said, laughing. “It's ending. 120 years. You're gonna walk away from 120 years? That's your call. I'm not happy about it. Original Big 6, Big 8, Big 12 member. Just going to walk away. That's the last time we play 'em.”

Also, he’d rather have a Chiefs Super Bowl appearance than KU in the Final Four, and he likes Gates barbecue.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

Bolton's speech will give us a good indication of which imperial wars the neocons want to start next-- not that their constant saber rattling leaves much doubt.

parrothead8 6 years, 2 months ago

"...he’d rather have a Chiefs Super Bowl appearance than KU in the Final Four..."

Rob Riggle is dead to me.

equalaccessprivacy 6 years, 2 months ago

It is anti- street harassment week worldwide. Please work to stop street harassment on the KU-Lawrence campus and around town. It is epidemic and singles people out unfairly for discriminatory reasons. Self-appointed "Good Samaritans" this means you! The Kony criticism skewers "The white salvation complex" and a similar principle applies when approaching strangers. Just like white people want to intervene and save Africans mainly so they can feel good about their whitebutt selves, so the ultimate reason for approaching strangers is usually selfish. Please do not treat human beings as of their body, gender, race etc, is the only thing you can see and respond to with your insulting pre-programmed hick scripts. It's not helpful. It's ignorant and terrorizing. Nobody wants to be forced to deal with in-your-face people stupider than they are every time they set foot outdoors and they should not have to.

Just assume you have the wrong password for approaching strangers. If only we could block people in real life as easily as on Facebook.Get a clue and buzz off. If you are the type who doesn't realize feminists and other highly aware activists have little use for door opening and other offensive , intrusive terrorizing gestures you belong in a special corner of hell set up for street harassers. Lawrence is pretty much the open-air earthly version of this.

blindrabbit 6 years, 2 months ago

A speech on warmongering; this guy is a first class neocon, and never met a war he did not like!

blindrabbit 6 years, 2 months ago

Great comparison to the Bolton brothers, John and Michael, can't stand to listen to either of them! It is interesting how both seem to have evolved rather bizarre though very dissimilar hair styles, the brother issues seems to be very divergent in this respect.. Both have ties to neocon Jewish issues and their desire to involve the U.S. in political issues in the MiddleEast particularily in support of Israeli causes. Both should be incarcerated for different issues, John is clearly a liar and W-Cheney operative; Michael on the other hand is guilty of butchering many classic tunes in his own egotistical style.

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