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Scott wins Barclays; Woodland 1 back
August 25, 2013
Masters champion Adam Scott didn’t think his good round was good enough Sunday at The Barclays.
Musicians, spectators experience a sense of community at Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships
August 25, 2013
Wherever spectators positioned themselves in South Park on Sunday afternoon — under a distant tree, next to the food trucks and vendors, or right in the center of it all — they could clearly hear the traditional Americana music wafting from either of the two makeshift stages. South Park was the site of the 33rd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, in which musicians ages 5 to 80 were judged on rhythm, timing, execution, creativity and expression. By Nikki Wentling
Just Food plans produce giveaways to get surplus veggies in hands of those in need
August 25, 2013
Just Food has a surplus of fresh produce — a good thing, as long as the organization can connect with people who need it. To help do that, Just Food is starting a Monday-morning produce giveaway beginning this week. By Sara Shepherd
Sunflower field east of Lawrence in full bloom
August 25, 2013
The Grinters lined up a few rows deep into their sunflower field Saturday morning to take their annual family photo. It was the ideal time: Around 8 a.m. the sun was glimmering off the yellow petals, but the air still was cool. This summer, Ted Grinter planted 47 acres of sunflowers surrounding his home on Stillwell Road just off of Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Lawrence. He opens the field for people to take photos and take home flowers for $1 each. By Nikki Wentling
Opinion: King’s dream of ‘tomorrow’ still elusive
August 25, 2013 in print edition on A7
“So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug.28, 1963 This is “tomorrow.” Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream. If you could somehow magically bring him here, that tomorrow would likely seem miraculous to him, faced as he was with a time when segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination and voter suppression were widely and openly practiced.
Office devoted to enhancing first-year experience for students
August 25, 2013
The new First-Year Experience Office at Kansas University has had its own successful first year, helping thousands of students transition into college life. By Giles Bruce
25 years ago: Pilot program brings all-day kindergarten to Lawrence
August 25, 2013
The idea for a full-day program had been bounced around for a while.
40 years ago: Gasoline supply keeping up with demand
August 25, 2013
An increase in local traffic was fortunately not resulting in a local gasoline shortage.
Opinion: Human brain is new research frontier
August 25, 2013 in print edition on A7
Fifty years from now, when Malia and Sasha are grandmothers, their father’s presidency might seem most consequential because of a small sum — $100 million — for studying something small. “As humans,” Barack Obama said when announcing the initiative to study the brain, “we can identify galaxies light-years away … but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears.”
Lawrence gains new cooperative housing
August 25, 2013
Kansas University student Noah Compo lives in his apartment alone. But when he goes home at night, he’s welcomed by a community of people. Compo lives in Lawrence’s newest cooperative housing residence, which opened Aug. 1. By Meagan Thomas
McCollum to be razed, replaced with 2 smaller residence halls
August 25, 2013
A landmark on Daisy Hill since 1965, McCollum Hall has a date with demolition in the near future. In October 2012 the Kansas Board of Regents announced a plan to raze the 10-story McCollum residence hall and replace it with two smaller halls with lower resident capacity. By Ben Unglesbee
Organization provides rare health training in the field
August 25, 2013
Leigh Loving has initiative. In a less than a year’s time, the Kansas University undergraduate started an officially recognized student organization that has 80 members and went on a medical mission trip to Panama. The foundation is in place for the club to be sustainable long after its creator graduates. Called the Jayhawk Health Initiative, the organization gives pre-health undergraduates at KU in-the-field training in their chosen professions. By Giles Bruce
City of Lawrence to consider running events expected to bring thousands downtown
August 25, 2013
The Color Run, an unusual event that involved splattering about 7,000 runners with colored corn starch in downtown Lawrence last fall, is making a return. This time, Lawrence City Hall leaders are suggesting that green be a prominent color. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider requiring organizers of the popular run to make a $20,000 deposit with the city to ensure that streets are properly cleaned after the event and that volunteers are on hand during the race to help control traffic at intersections. By Chad Lawhorn
Retired adviser of campus newspaper helped usher in new age of digital media
August 25, 2013
For the first time in many years, student journalists working at the University Daily Kansan will not have Malcolm Gibson to lean on this year. Or to lean on them. By Peter Hancock
Dole Institute’s mission remains strong after 10 years
August 25, 2013
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s vision for the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University is as clear now as it was 10 years ago when the facility opened, according to Bill Lacy, the institute’s director. By Scott Rothschild
Schools create faster, cheaper paths to graduate degrees
August 25, 2013
By Shaun Hittle
New distinguished professor of environmental history
August 25, 2013
By Adam Strunk
Schools create faster, cheaper paths to professional degrees
August 25, 2013
By Shaun Hittle
New resident artists bring ‘quiet poetry’ in ceramics, social commentary in printmaking to Lawrence
August 25, 2013
The Lawrence Arts Center’s new artists in residence arrived this month in Lawrence, where they’ll spend the next year creating art and teaching classes. The Arts Center looks for candidates who are impressive artists, teachers and interested in community, and this year’s artists are all of the above.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The comfy confines of a porch couch
August 25, 2013
A mere lawn chair should be required to bow down — or fold, at least — in front of the majesty of this couch that sits on a porch in the Oread neighborhood. “It is a great couch,” Monte Parrish says of the tattered — well, let’s say multicolored — couch that has a place beneath the “Go Chiefs!” banner and next to the barbecue grill. “Look at it, it’s enormous.” But now city officials want the big, comfy couch, and countless others like it, gone from the porches of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Israeli dancer to spend fall semester in residency at KU
August 25, 2013
Israeli dancer and choreographer Talia Beck will bring her talents to Kansas University this fall through a residency enabled by the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program.
Studio 804 students design, build EcoHawks Research Facility
August 25, 2013
Another year at the Kansas University School of Architecture, and another Studio 804 building designed and built by graduate architecture students.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
August 25, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
DeBruce Center to house beloved ‘Rules of Basket Ball’
August 25, 2013
James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” will be going on display for members of the community to view on the Kansas University campus – but not for a while.
University counting on efficiency program to save millions
August 25, 2013
For about 11 years, there was a classroom in Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall that had a water leak. That was until one day this past year, when a KU facilities manager asked two of his workers to do something about it. By the end of the day, the leak finally was fixed. By Matt Erickson
New chapter opening for KU’s art museum
August 25, 2013
For the past six years, KU students and staff have been documenting, one by one, thousands of pieces of indigenous art from the Spencer Museum of Art’s ethnographic collection. By Giles Bruce
Jayhawk alumni nesting all over the country
August 25, 2013
Any Jayhawks hitting the road on vacation may want to pack their KU gear. Almost anywhere you go in the U.S., there is a Kansas Alumni Association event not far away. By Ian Cummings
KU and Lawrence cooperating on fiber-optic networks
August 25, 2013
Fiber optics — as in the stuff that gives high-speed network Google Fiber its name — are a vital piece of the communications future for institutions such as Kansas University and the city of Lawrence. By Matt Erickson
Deans discuss goals, priorities, upcoming projects
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Core curriculum change to greet this year’s freshmen
August 25, 2013
KU Core is the name of KU’s first-ever university-wide curriculum for undergraduates. It marks the biggest change to undergraduates’ curriculum in perhaps 50 years. And while it’s been in the works since this year’s KU freshmen were just entering high school, they’ll be the first students to experience it.By Matt Erickson
KU education just what she needed for Sesame Street
August 25, 2013
Rosemarie Truglio remembers just what she thought when her adviser at Rutgers University told her she’d found the perfect graduate-school program for her, and it was at Kansas University: That’s not happening.
New engineering dean’s main role: managing school’s remarkable growth
August 25, 2013
Michael Branicky has a big job ahead of him. But that’s what drew him away from his hometown of Cleveland, where he’d spent most of his life, to take charge of Kansas University’s School of Engineering. By Matt Erickson
Indigenous Studies department to offer graduate certificate
August 25, 2013
The Kansas University Indigenous Studies department has undergone a number of changes during the last few years. It changed its name, its graduation criteria and now will add a graduate certificate.
Main KU music auditorium needs facelift
August 25, 2013
The state of Swarthout Recital Hall embarrasses faculty, students and Kansas University. By Adam Strunk
How long will it take to walk?
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Getting around campus: some parking essentials
August 25, 2013
New Kansas University students, here’s the best parking tip you’ll ever get: Take the bus. By Sara Shepherd
Indigenous Studies department adds graduate certificate
August 25, 2013
The Kansas University Indigenous Studies department has undergone a number of changes during the last few years. It changed its name, its graduation criteria and now will add a graduate certificate. The graduate certificate in Indigenous Studies will be available in the fall of 2013 to graduate students who have taken 12 credit hours of graduate level course work with at least eight of those hours containing content on indigenous peoples.
How do you say that? A primer on pronunciation
August 25, 2013
By Meagan Thomas
10 Twitter accounts you’d be wise to follow
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Content is great, but a good course name never hurts
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Opportunities abound for free, extracurricular education
August 25, 2013
At least once during their college careers, students are likely to hear the phrase “you learn as much outside the classroom as within it.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Researchers hoping to overhaul ‘special ed’
August 25, 2013
A team of researchers based at Kansas University will spend the upcoming year fine-tuning a new model for special education that they hope will completely overhaul the way schools educate children with special needs. By Peter Hancock
Center acts as ‘lighthouse’ for undergraduate research
August 25, 2013
When senior Jennifer Geller walked into the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, Italy, in March, it was an accumulation of a year of proposals, research and planning. Geller received a $1,000 grant from the Kansas University Center for Undergraduate Research to help her with her research on Medieval Christian shrines and the relationship between altars and tombs. Geller is one of many undergraduate students at KU taking advantage of the resources available through the Center for Undergraduate Research, which was started last September. By Meagan Thomas
University program teaches parents, children better health
August 25, 2013
The battle against childhood obesity may not be won with a diet but with family activities.
What are KU freshmen reading? This year’s common book
August 25, 2013
In one sense, “The Worst Hard Time” is the dustiest of all history books. But Kansas University officials hope it will intrigue an incoming class of freshmen. “The Worst Hard Time” will be distributed among freshmen entering the 2013-14 school year and incorporated in programs this fall. It’s the second go-round for KU’s Common Book Program, an effort to connect and involve freshmen and improve retention rates by uniting them around a shared reading assignment. By Ian Cummings
Art museum interns become leaders in their fields
August 25, 2013
By Sara Shepherd
Rejuggling our beliefs
August 25, 2013
Positive reinforcement — it’s not a new concept, but in the ultracompetitive, at times overly masculine, world of sports, it’s often sorely underutilized. Some coaches degrade players, reward results over effort and pit teammates against one another. By Giles Bruce
KU ranked among top 10 schools for veterans
August 25, 2013
Kansas University has for years worked to foster a welcome environment for military veterans, and was recently recognized for its efforts. By Giles Bruce
Biodiversity Institute a global magnet for research, collections
August 25, 2013
In a building connected to the Public Safety Office on Kansas University’s West Campus sits a large room filled with insects from all over the world. By Meagan Thomas
Quidditch team growing by magical proportions
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Essay on Capote, Kansans wins prestigious award
August 25, 2013
Truman Capote, the flamboyant writer whose book “In Cold Blood,” about a quadruple murder in a Kansas farm town became a national sensation, meant different things to different Kansans. And it all depended on where in the state they lived. By Giles Bruce
KU cites progress in hiring ‘Foundation Professors’
August 25, 2013
It’s been about a year now since Kansas University launched an effort to recruit 12 high-profile researchers from other institutions, and no hires have yet been announced. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence, KU community a perfect fit for many retirees
August 25, 2013
Lawrence is luring back KU alumni looking for a retirement destination and attracted by the city’s amenities and the KU connection. By Chad Lawhorn
East Asian center brings China, Japan and Korea to broader KU community
August 25, 2013
At Kansas University, the Center for East Asian Studies has a specific education outreach program to encourage the community and K-12 students to learn more about China, Japan and Korea. Its mission is to teach the communities in Kansas and Western Missouri about East Asian culture. By Meagan Thomas
One of America’s treasures
‘If you do a lineage of the major museums that stress natural history, so many of them trace their roots back to KU
August 25, 2013
It is the Kansas University cradle that doesn’t get talked about much. Throw the word “cradle” out on the KU campus, and as sure as a diaper eventually will become dirty, the conversation will land on basketball. You know, “the cradle of basketball coaching,” or “Allen Fieldhouse: The Cradle of Champions,” or if you run into a particularly enthusiastic bunch, you may even hear that KU is the cradle of the very game itself. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence educator hikes Appalachian Trail to inspire students
August 25, 2013
Mike Harris doesn’t have anything left to prove. He served in the Air Force for two decades, retiring in 2002 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Three years later, he hiked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. In 2008, he began serving as an aide to special-needs students at Lawrence’s Sunflower Elementary School. It was working around children that inspired him to return to the Appalachian Trail, at the age of 54, to see if he could best his time from 2005. The paraeducator wanted to show his students that, with a little determination, they too can accomplish similar feats. By Giles Bruce
Learning map’ project a kind of Google Earth for education
August 25, 2013
Neal Kingston sometimes compares the research project he’s working on to Google Earth. Or perhaps the educational equivalent of mapping the human genome. And like those breakthroughs that revolutionized cartography and genetics, Kingston says the work by his team at Kansas University’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation could revolutionize the field of teaching and assessments. By Peter Hancock
Some folklore for aspiring Jayhawks to know
August 25, 2013
Beware of the haunted fraternity house, look out for the sliding building (not to mention the backward one), see if your can spot the first Jayhawk, and whatever you do, don’t walk through the Campanile. By Nikki Wentling
100 years ago: Jacob House, oldest clothing merchant in Kansas, dies at 80
August 25, 2013
“Mr. House had been here but one year when Quantrell and his band raided and burned the town.”
KU team trying to turn algae into biofuel
August 25, 2013
A key to renewable energy could be locked in a tiny, slimy group of floating plants. By Luke Ranker
Views on racism shaped by historical awareness
August 25, 2013
Which of these events actually happened? For 40 years the U.S. government lied to black men in Alabama. They were told they were receiving free treatment for blood-borne diseases. In reality, researches were tracking the progression of syphilis in 300 men without actually treating them for the disease.
Institute offers retirees the chance for lifelong learning
August 25, 2013
More and more, people about to retire are craving access to educational opportunities to grow and keep fresh in their senior years, a need that can be met by living in a college town.
Director’s full-time job: making KU more accessible
August 25, 2013
After just more than a year as the director of Accessibility and ADA Education, Jamie Simpson says Kansas University has been taking strides to become an increasingly accessible institution for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities.
Baton twirlers put an amazing spin on KU
August 25, 2013
When the Kansas University marching band takes the field at Memorial Stadium during halftime of a football game, it’s not alone; KU’s baton twirler is also on the field to supplement the band’s performance. By Meagan Thomas
Effort to attract retirees, especially alumni, seen as win-win
August 25, 2013
David Ambler and his wife, Mary Kate, share a joke about the location of their Lawrence home. It’s across from a retirement home, and they tell people they moved there so they could wheel each other across the street when the time came.
‘Village’ group forms to create intergenerational neighborhood
August 25, 2013
The idea of creating a unique intergenerational neighborhood that could attract retirees to Lawrence now has its leadership group. And it has a strong Crimson and Blue tint.
Sweet homecoming for new distinguished professor
August 25, 2013
Rosemary O’Leary’s lifelong goal was to be a professor at Kansas University. When she graduated from KU more than three decades ago, she figured she’d be back to teach in a matter of years. She was off by a quarter century. By Giles Bruce
Professor immerses himself in lowrider culture for book
August 25, 2013
The van cruised by, its body low to the ground, its outside covered in graffiti, its wheels covered with wire spokes. Ben Chappell, a student at the University of Texas, was entranced by the vehicle. Whoever is driving it must be seeking attention, he thought — but why? By Giles Bruce
Making a national mark
Heart of KU campus added to National Register of Historic Places
August 25, 2013
KU’s historic district, the oldest portion of campus, was added to the National Register of Historic Places this year. While a handful of buildings within were already on the register, getting an entire district on the list takes things to the next level. By Sara Shepherd
Startup companies cropping up in wake of KU research
August 25, 2013
You never know what may lead to a new startup company at Kansas University. Diabetes in dogs and cats was the catalyst for the university’s most recent startup. By Chad Lawhorn
Astronomer helping with big project to study universe’s expansion
August 25, 2013
Kansas University astronomy professor Gregory Rudnick looks back in time — literally. Using a telescope, he can see millions of years into the past, studying how our universe has evolved in the more than 13 billion years since the Big Bang. And he and fellow scientists are planning to look deeper into space than ever before. By Giles Bruce
KU Hospital, Med Center forging new partnerships
August 25, 2013
By Matt Erickson
Institute offers retirees the chance for lifetime learning
August 25, 2013
More and more, people about to retire are craving access to educational opportunities to grow and keep fresh in their senior years, a need that can be met by living in a college town. Kansas University is catering to the educational interests of the growing local retiree population with offerings such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Designed specifically for people older than 50, the classes offered by the Osher Institute cover topics many older people never had the chance to take during their youthful college careers. By Caitlin Doornbos
KU Endowment ahead of schedule on $1.2 billion campaign
August 25, 2013
In the past year, Kansas University’s $1.2 billion fundraising campaign has taken officials and volunteers around the country to make their pitch to potential donors. But during the coming year, the campaign will have a new focus: the KU campus itself. Starting with a promotion at the Sept. 7 KU football game against South Dakota, the KU Endowment Association will kick off the portion of the campaign that will target faculty, staff and students on campus. By Matt Erickson
Hybrid classes make ‘active seekers’ of students
August 25, 2013
Hybrid courses — sometimes also called “blended” or “flipped,” though others say those terms have distinctions — shift much of the work done in a traditional lecture online, leaving class time for interactive activities. Instead of listening to a professor deliver information during one 50-minute lecture after another, students absorb it outside of class time. They spend much less time in a classroom than in a traditional lecture —perhaps only about half as much. But when they come to class, they can’t expect to just lean back and listen. By Matt Erickson
Horoscopes for Aug. 25
August 25, 2013
For Sunday, Aug. 25 Your determination and vision define your year. If used properly, you could experience a lot of happiness and success. If you are single, someone very different from you could enter your life through a friendship. If you are attached, the two of you will fulfill a long-term dream together.
Editorial: Fitting tribute
Lawrence owes a debt of gratitude to the many groups and individuals who contributed to the commemoration of a notable community anniversary.
August 25, 2013 in print edition on A7
Congratulations to everyone involved in the planning and implementation of events connected with the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence. The events hit the perfect tone for commemorating a pivotal day in Lawrence history.
Celebrating women’s suffrage 93 years after 19th amendment passes
August 25, 2013
A soft, familiar melody rose from the center of South Park on Saturday where a group of 30 men and women crowded in the shade to escape the heat of the mid-afternoon sun.
Cancer Center improvements continue post-NCI designation
August 25, 2013
By Scott Rothschild
New and improved dining hall to greet students
August 25, 2013
By Meagan Thomas