Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Black Student Union still crowns homecoming royalty; regents creating faculty award; Dole Institute opens exhibit on McGovern

October 24, 2012


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• In our look at old KU homecoming traditions this past weekend, we mentioned that 1969 was the last time KU crowned a homecoming queen.

But that's not quite the end of the story, as at least one group still crowns homecoming royalty at KU.

The University Daily Kansan reported Monday on the Black Student Union's annual Homecoming Pageant, at which a queen and a king, as well as a prince and princess, are named.

Junior Sierra Franklin and senior Will Nelson are this year's queen and king.

The pageant tradition dates to the fateful year of 1969, an African and African-American studies associate professor explained before the event, according to the Kansan report. That's when the BSU, frustrated with a process that had never resulted in even a nomination for a black student, conducted its own crowning process for a homecoming queen.

• KU faculty will soon have a new annual honor to shoot for.

The Kansas Board of Regents will begin awarding a "Faculty of the Year" award to two faculty members at each of its institutions — one tenured member and one untenured.

KU's Faculty Senate gets to set the criteria for the award.

Andrew Torrance, a law professor who's serving as president of that body, said at a committee meeting Tuesday he'd like the honor to be something "holistic," to set it apart from other awards at KU that honor professors specifically for their research or for their teaching.

• With impressive speed, the Dole Institute of Politics announced Tuesday it has assembled a memorial exhibit about George McGovern, the former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate who died Sunday at the age of 90.

The exhibit concentrates on McGovern's efforts to end hunger worldwide, with which received help from Bob Dole, his friend from across the aisle. McGovern received the institute's Dole Leadership Prize in 2004.

The exhibit is free and open through Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A tribute page including photos from the institute's archives is also available online.

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toe 4 years, 11 months ago

McGovern represented liberalism without hate.

StirrrThePot 4 years, 10 months ago

He represented all politics without hate. Hate is not confined to just one party anymore, and neither is ignorance.

McGovern worked with Richard Nixon on measures to help end hunger. Nixon wrote a lovely op/ed piece in tribute to McGovern. Now there's something we'll probably never see again--the two major parties working together on a common goal to accomplish something besides trying to get the other side out of office.

BitterClinger 4 years, 11 months ago

Why would a White Student Union be racist but a Black Student Union is not?

Clark Coan 4 years, 11 months ago

BSU was one radical Black Power organization in 1970.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 10 months ago

Bitter, I have often thought that wearing like Tshirts on campus and seeing reaction would be a splendid Sociology experiment.

We have Red Power and Brown Pride Tshirts that I wear on campus with impunity. I would like a white kid to wear a White Pride, White Power Tshirt .Wouldn't that be splendid?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

What's St. Patrick's Day if not a celebration of Irish (white) culture? What about Columbus Day? Until four years ago, President's Day was most certainly a celebration of white (male) culture. And there are countless other examples of the celebration of white culture in this country.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd be hard pressed to define exactly what white culture is, though I could with great certainty say that it's not synonymous with Irish culture (St. Patrick's Day) or Italian culture (Columbus Day). It's certainly not synonymous with the achievements of 44 individuals, 43 of which happen to be Caucasian. At best, white culture in the U.S. would need to be defined as a mix of many different cultures, traditions, religions, all of whom happened to dominate in a certain region. And if that's not vague enough, add that many of those cultures, traditions and religions that came to dominate a certain region had their origins elsewhere. I doubt you could get much agreement about what it is much less define how it is or should be celebrated.

Brock Masters 4 years, 10 months ago

I am proud to be white. Really, why should I be proud of my skin color? Did I choose it? Did I earn it? Does it make me a better person NO!

So as silly as it is for me to be proud to be white it is equally silly to be proud of any other skin color. And if you exclude based on race then you are no better than a Klansman.

verity 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe it's because people have been constantly humiliated, even enslaved, because of their skin color. Maybe it's because the white race has dominated in the US. I don't know, but maybe.

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