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KU students and faculty react to Ferguson decision
November 25, 2014
Black Kansas University students, some shaking or in tears, said they were so hurt and angry about the Ferguson verdict that they struggled to get out of bed and focus in class on Tuesday. Those students were among more than 80 students, faculty and community members who gathered to share reactions about Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict a police officer who fatally shot a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., during an “open space” event Tuesday at KU’s Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. By Sara Shepherd
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Journal-World seeks release of affidavits in KU sexual assault cases
November 26, 2014
The Lawrence Journal-World has filed a motion in Douglas County District Court seeking the release of two arrest warrant affidavits in sexual assault cases sealed by Judge Kay Huff last month. Huff sealed the affidavits of two 21-year-old men charged in connection with the alleged rapes of two women in Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall Sept. 28.
KU’s new international recruitment program hits first enrollment target, but has yet to hire permanent leader
November 23, 2014
Kansas University’s fledgling international student recruitment program met its modest first semester goal, and leaders are confident enrollment will grow even as colleges increasingly compete for the same student pool. But while students are in place and KU says a partnership with Shorelight Education is going well, the program still lacks permanent hires for two of its top three jobs. By Sara Shepherd
UNC academic fraud can’t happen at KU, some regents say
November 22, 2014
After revelations about the worst case of academic fraud in the history of collegiate sports at the University of North Carolina, several members of the Kansas Board of Regents said they don’t believe such deceit could happen here.
Contest seeks sculpture designs for KU engineering building
November 22, 2014
Kansas University School of Engineering and A. Zahner Company will give one lucky student the chance to see their design as the inspiration for a new sculpture on the KU campus.
KU Jazz Ensemble to perform at Kauffman Center
November 22, 2014
Kansas University’s Jazz Ensemble I and vocalist Deborah Brown will host an evening of big-band jazz Dec. 1 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.
KU to offer military mental health training
November 21, 2014
The University of Kansas is offering a military mental health first aid course.
Universities to seek increase in room and board rates
November 19, 2014
State universities in Kansas are seeking increases in rates for room and board in their student housing programs for next year, including a 2.9 percent increase at Kansas University. The Kansas Board of Regents will vote to finalize the rates in December. By Peter Hancock
KU Hospital announces major gift for expansion project
November 19, 2014
Kansas University hospital on Wednesday announced a $10 million challenge grant for its new expansion project, the Cambridge North Tower.
Disabilities advocate chosen for this year’s Dole Leadership Prize
November 19, 2014
The 2014 Dole Leadership Prize will go to the leader of a network of nonprofit groups with a mission of educating, employing and empowering children and adults with disabilities. John Kemp, who himself uses four prostheses, is president and CEO of The Viscardi Center based in Albertson, N.Y.
KU, fraternity leaders at odds over progress of sexual assault investigation
November 18, 2014
Kansas University officials this week underlined the severity of sexual assault allegations at a fraternity and said members’ lack of cooperation is drawing out KU’s investigation. KU and police continue to withhold details — even from fraternity leaders — about what reportedly happened at the Kappa Sigma house over homecoming weekend, with KU describing it only as “allegations of multiple instances of sexual misconduct.” But Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor of public affairs, reiterated Tuesday that KU considers the allegations both serious and organizational in nature. By Sara Shepherd
KU says fraternity’s lack of cooperation is hindering sexual assault investigation
November 18, 2014
Kansas University officials on Tuesday cited lack of cooperation by a fraternity accused of sexual assault as the reason KU’s investigation is taking so long. By Sara Shepherd
Rockefeller biographer to speak Sunday at Dole Institute
November 17, 2014
Former Dole Institute of Politics director, historian and author Richard Norton Smith will discuss his new biography, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” Sunday in Lawrence.
Fraternity accused of sexual assault says it poses no threat and KU should lift suspension
November 17, 2014
With Kansas University’s investigation taking longer than expected, a fraternity accused of sexual assault is no longer agreeable to remaining suspended indefinitely. On Nov. 24, Kappa Sigma representatives plan to appear at a hearing where they’ll try to convince KU the fraternity does not pose a danger to campus and should have its interim suspension lifted while KU completes its investigation. By Sara Shepherd
KU, K-State to help national climate change study
November 17, 2014
Kansas University and Kansas State University will allow some field sites to be used for a national study on climate change.
Self-study in works as KU reaccreditation closes in
November 16, 2014
Kansas University is nearing the homestretch of preparing for its upcoming accreditation review. The review comes up once every decade, but the university’s preparation process takes years in between. KU’s steering committee has been working two years to prepare its self-study report, and a draft is expected to be shared with the university community and the public this month.
Installation of Sol LeWitt wall drawing underway at Spencer Museum
November 16, 2014
Over the next week at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, a team of artists will transform a blank gallery wall into a large-scale, vibrantly hued work of art by Minimalism and Conceptualism pioneer Sol LeWitt.
Appeals court upholds KU medical school’s denial of admission to disabled student
November 14, 2014
The Kansas University School of Medicine rescinded Emily McCulley’s admission after learning that the physically disabled student would be unable to meet the physical demands of being a doctor. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision Friday. By Peter Hancock
Big 12 water conference to feature public panel discussion on aquifer depletion
November 14, 2014
“Confronting the Continuing Depletion of the High Plains Aquifer in Western Kansas,” a public panel discussion, is planned for 5 p.m. Monday at the Oread, 1200 Oread Ave.
KU: Social welfare dean candidate on campus Monday
November 13, 2014
Paul Richard Smokowski, distinguished foundation professor for child and family resilience and director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University, will visit the Kansas University campus on Monday as a candidate for dean of the School of Social Welfare, KU said in a news release.
Dance company brings signature take on hip-hop to Lied Center
November 12, 2014
The Philadelphia-based Rennie Harris Puremovement hip-hop dance company, which has traveled the world teaching, performing and sharing the joys of hip-hop, will be performing Friday night at the Lied Center.
KU Theatre tackles family, love and loss in ‘The Big Meal’
November 12, 2014
It’s been said that food brings people together. And while that’s certainly the case in Kansas University Theatre’s newest production, “The Big Meal,” gathering to eat also provides the catalyst for tearing loved ones apart.
Sexual battery reported at KU’s Jayhawker Towers
November 10, 2014
The Kansas University Public Safety Office received a report of a sexual battery that allegedly occurred in KU’s Jayhawker Towers campus apartments early Sunday.
KU Endowment commits up to $8.1 million to buy new university airplane
November 9, 2014
Kansas University Endowment is bankrolling a new airplane for KU, at a cost of up to $8.1 million. By Sara Shepherd
Renowned hip-hop dancer to teach public classes at KU this week
November 9, 2014
Renowned hip-hop dancer Rodney Hill will teach a series of master dance classes at Kansas University this week as part of a partnership between the Lied Center of Kansas and KU’s department of dance.
KU chancellor remains mum about UNC academic fraud
November 8, 2014
After years of rumors and allegations, a recently released investigation confirmed there was widespread academic fraud at the University of North Carolina involving thousands of students, many of them athletes, who received high grades for fake classes over a period of 18 years. The academic fraud may be one of the worst in collegiate history, and college leaders on campuses across the United States are roiling from the breadth of it. But here in Lawrence, all is quiet, even though one of UNC’s chief academic officers during a 10-year period when the number of students taking fake classes was at its highest is now at the helm of Kansas University.
KU professors recall Berlin Wall’s collapse, political and social fallout that followed
November 7, 2014
As Marike Janzen remembers, the crowd around the Berlin Wall when it fell was joyful but at the same time, solemn. After all, people had died trying to cross it, Janzen said. “The wall was this really violent thing.” Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the day the wall came down, reopening a barrier between West Germany and Communist East Germany. Janzen is one of several Kansas University professors who experienced the historic event first hand, or whose experiences with the wall led them to study its social and political impact on the world. By Sara Shepherd
Advocacy agencies say formal partnership with KU would help sex assault victims, avoid duplicating services
November 7, 2014
GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Willow Domestic Violence Center already provide services to the Kansas University campus and its students, but KU has no formal partnership with either agency. Leaders of the sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy organizations say that should change. By Sara Shepherd