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Archive for Friday, October 5, 2012

Letter to the editor: Athens no more

October 5, 2012

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To the editor:

It was not that many years ago that most Lawrence students and residents showed admiration and respect for KU with the lofty proud mantle “Athens On the Kaw.”  But alas, with KU administrators no longer blessed with philosophical vision, they, like the leaders of ancient Alexandria, are allowing the Great Beacon of Knowledge to burn out.

The recent watering down of the 67-year-old Western Civilization requirement is an example of KU’s weakened leadership of today.

KU’s current sports mantle is a poor substitute for time-honored knowledge.

Comments

irtnog2001 1 year, 6 months ago

I assume all major public universities have these types of problems---- too many TA's, large classes, and poor advising but we must fight against it beginning here in Kansas. We all need to let our legislators and the Regents know that this is not acceptable and some of the $$ need to be diverted from research and graduate schools if necessary to rectify it. I assume KSU may also have some of these issues but KU seems to be the worst and I believe will continue to suffer from lost enrollment until it is rectified. After all the taxpayers help support these institutions and they should first and foremost be dedicated to learning.

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Clara Westphal 1 year, 6 months ago

I have the feeling I have just been called a liar. I base my statement on the fact that I was there. One of things Freshmen were told about was the high caliber school KU was.

One of the arguments made when someone younger doesn't believe what an older person says is that they have fuzzy memories or that they just wanted to remember it that way. You would be surprised how many older people are still able to function quite well - memories and all.

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Clara Westphal 1 year, 6 months ago

When I attended KU in the late 40's early 50's, KU was in the top ten universities in the United States. Full professors taught classes. not TA's.

KU had good football and basketball programs but they did not detract from the academics as they do now.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 6 months ago

Good point. We lose our knowlege of where we came from at great peril. Universities are not trade schools.

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