Archive for Friday, May 11, 2012

Heard on the Hill: KU makes an appearance on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”; Sigma Alpha Epsilon national organization confirms KU chapter has not gone alcohol-free; look for maces, marshals at commencement

May 11, 2012


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• Thanks to an alert tipster who pointed out that KU had a cameo on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” reality show recently. I don’t typically watch it, but the title is pretty self-explanatory from what I can gather.

This episode focused on Hope, who lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo. In the episode, Hope pays a visit to KU to see her friend Elaine.

KU starts to come in around the 34:00 mark of this video of the episode.

The Natural History Museum gets some love, as does Watson Library and the Kansas Union. Another thing that comes up in discussion? House parties.

“We go to one house, and then the house next door, the house next door and the house next door,” Elaine says when Hope asks about partying. “They all have a party.”

And, true to form, when the two come upon a group of Elaine’s friends (it looks kind of staged to me, actually), they ask what’s on tap for the weekend.

House parties, one person said.

The baby is deemed to be “adorbs” by the crowd, but Hope realizes it would be a challenge for her to come to KU with a child (though I have personally known a few people who have done it well).

“If I didn’t have a baby, this would be pretty awesome,” Hope says.

• I heard back from the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on Thursday about a question that arose in yesterday's Heard on the Hill post.

A posting on the fraternity's national website indicated that the KU chapter had gone alcohol-free. That information, however, was not correct, the national organization confirmed for me.

"That's a data error that we are going to correct," said Brandon Weghorst, a spokesman for the national organization.

However, he said the chapter is expected to meet or exceed fraternity guidelines for risk management in addition to university policies related to alcohol use in the facility.

• This is your last Heard on the Hill before the 140th Commencement ceremony (I love that these things are counted, by the way). Which means I have just a short time to tell you about all the rest of the commencement trivia bouncing around in my head.

We’ll have lots of marshals on Sunday — 35 of them to be exact — including the university marshal, four associate marshals, two chancellor’s marshals and 24 procession marshals.

And of course, the ceremonial mace and the ceremonial collar will make an appearance. The mace (which is not, to my knowledge, used for bludgeoning people or things) is made from wood from a stairway in Old Fraser Hall. Here’s a bit about them from Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s inauguration.

You can learn about maces, marshals and whatever other commencement information you need at

• You know what needs to happen? A Heard on the Hill house party where everyone pulls out their smartphones and fires off tips to me at Now that would really be adorbs.


ahyland 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks to an alert reader who pointed out that the group of folks talking in the 16 and Pregnant episode actually appear to be at The Studio in Hashinger Hall instead of inside the Union. That had actually been bugging me a little...

Andy Hyland LJW Reporter

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 11 months ago

It sounds to me as though the baby should have been adopted out at birth, since the main motivation for Hope to come to KU is to party. This article makes Hope sound like a very bad mother, (and indifferent student).

ashmole 5 years, 11 months ago

Just go by SAE on any Sunday morning and you can confirm that it has not gone alcohol-free. Except in the sense that all the bottles and kegs on their lawn have been sucked clean of alcohol.

tomatogrower 5 years, 11 months ago

Or you could be that adorable conservative who somehow thinks her life is a shining example of parenthood, not Obama's.

tomatogrower 5 years, 11 months ago

So you agree that young Palin is a lousy example of a mother.

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