Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2012

Heard on the Hill: May 1 a big day for KU admissions; student newspaper examines how KU’s disability services are working; I’m looking for a good homecoming memory

May 3, 2012


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• This was a big week for KU, but most of us aren’t going to find out just how big for awhile now.

It was a big week because May 1 is the magic deadline for high school seniors who have been accepted to declare to KU whether they will come to Mount Oread or go elsewhere.

We know a few things. Applications to the school are up this year, likely at least in part because of new, renewable scholarships made available to first-year students.

Also in this admission cycle, KU had more students asking for information about the university in comparison with past years.

But all this is pointless unless you can follow through with a good “yield” — the percentage of accepted students who actually enroll.

And that data won’t be available until the 20th day of the fall semester, KU officials told me this week.

KU has done a lot to try to recruit new students, and we’ll see how some of the initial volleys are working out later this fall.

• The University Daily Kansan typically runs large final projects from reporters around this time of the semester, and here’s one that takes a peek into disability services on campus.

Reporter Hannah Wise talked to several different students with disabilities for the long article and got their thoughts on how the system is working.

The article did shed some light on something I hadn’t heard about. Namely, a new system of wayfinding signs intended to help people who use wheelchairs find their way up the hill without using any stairs.

This topic is generally an interesting one with many areas to explore, and I hope to be able to devote some time to it soon.

• I know a lot of KU alumni read this from all over the country (the world, even, if our online tracking software can be trusted) from the feedback I get, and so I’m hoping a few of you can help me out with something I’m working on for later this summer.

This year, KU will mark its 100th homecoming celebration, so I’m curious to know if folks out there have any particular thoughts or memories of homecomings past they’d care to share with me.

One of my favorite stories related to homecoming at KU is the racial tension that led to the end of the practice of crowning a homecoming king and queen in 1969, after it was decided that selecting one woman to represent the others was “inappropriate in a multicultural environment.”

Here’s some more on that particular story.

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goodcountrypeople 5 years, 11 months ago

It's a complete joke that a vicious person like Ola Faucher could lead a study on Disability Services as stated in The Kansan article. She's a dishonest hater if there ever was one!. No one could possibly be more hostile to the cause of treating every capable scholar who lands in KS with equality and dignity. The real truth is KU's grievance procedures are broken, and the federal civil rights office intervened. Ms. Faucher is a backwoods KU graduate with zero legal expertise and little human compassion. Accessibility is not the true issue. The issue is the social barriers that allow self-serving, not-too-politically aware lower Midwestern people with insufferably patronizing attitudes to delude themselves to think that they are "helping" people who just want to lead live their lives and use their talents unmolested. It's about offensive,unconscious imperialism. Unless one asks for or wants the demeaning intrusion of strangers it should not be aggressively imposed. Old-fashioned"chivalry" is no friend to equal rights or fair treatment and mutual respect. Street harassment, and especially the support of it by brutal haters like Ola Faucher, causes untold suffering. What a liar she is!!!

Ms. Faucher is not above abusing the legal system to frame those who make civil rights complaints. If she wants to do her job she needs to prohibit street harassment on campus for discriminatory reasons. Street harassment, and the official refusal for authorities to recognize this issue for what it is and stop blaming the victims is the real problem. Ola Faucher is a great one for heavy-handed retaliation and a leading practitioner of southern-justice methods of handling discrimination. If no witnesses exist for an incident, she will invent them and be sure to viciously blame the victim--which could never happen if adequate due process measures were in place and Kansans were not so clueless and into vigilante justice. Expect zero due process from the crazy, down-the-rabbit hole office she leads. Instead of holding themselves accountable, these crooked people will send false evidence to the local DA and try frame the victims of their incompetence. Haters no one would ever care to meet or deal with. I pray no other person with a conscience ever has to!

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