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University leaders say liberal arts programs are struggling for recognition, respect
December 18, 2014
Leaders of university liberal arts programs told the Kansas Board of Regents that traditional liberal arts programs produce value for the economy and society at large. But in an era when universities are under pressure to produce more doctors, engineers and business professionals, liberal arts programs have become a lower priority in funding and the hiring of faculty. By Peter Hancock
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KU student with disability adapts to campus life
December 20, 2014
Ricky Hernandez made his Kansas University debut as a stand-up comedian recently — in his wheelchair. It didn’t start well. At first he couldn’t find the dormitory buddy who’d been helping with his routine. Then Hernandez, who’d been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, discovered that his cellphone had died. He couldn’t call his buddy to see where he was. And the student union recharging station didn’t have a cord that fit his phone, The Kansas City Star reported.
Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
KU center releases report saying state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved
December 18, 2014
The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, a newly released report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence indicates.
KU Hospital undergoing major reorganization
December 17, 2014
Kansas University’s hospital and school of medicine are in the process of merging all of their clinical organizations in response to rapid changes in the health care marketplace. But officials told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday that those changes may not be enough for the health network to survive in coming years if Kansas doesn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By Peter Hancock
KU sanctions Kappa Sigma fraternity, gives two years’ probation
December 17, 2014
Kansas University put Kappa Sigma fraternity on probation for two years after finding that it violated the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, the university said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.
Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs
December 16, 2014
Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.
Third candidate for vice chancellor for KU research on campus this week
December 16, 2014
The third and final candidate for vice chancellor for research at Kansas University will visit campus Wednesday through Friday. Jim Tracy, special assistant for research compliance at the University of Kentucky and professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry within the UK College of Medicine, will give a public presentation on “Strategies for Raising Research Stature during an Era of Declining Funding” at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lied Center Pavilion.
KU prof accepts job as dean of law at University of Tennessee
December 15, 2014
Melanie Wilson of the Kansas University School of Law will be the next dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
KU liberal arts dean named next president of Trinity University
December 15, 2014
Danny Anderson, dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is leaving KU to become president of Trinity University in San Antonio. Anderson earned a doctorate in Spanish from KU in 1985 and has worked at KU as a teacher and an administrator for 26 years. By Sara Shepherd
Lists show 37 registered offenders at Kansas universities during fall semester; 5 at KU
08:36 a.m., December 15, 2014 Updated 01:59 p.m.
Thirty-seven registered criminal offenders are enrolled or employed at the six state universities in Kansas, a newspaper analysis has found.
After exceeding $1.2 billion fundraising goal, KU’s Far Above campaign aims farther
December 14, 2014
With the historic gift announced last week, Kansas University Endowment exceeded its Far Above fundraising campaign goal of $1.2 billion two years ahead of schedule. But the largest and longest-running campaign ever conducted on behalf of KU will not end with that, leaders say. By Sara Shepherd
KU partners with regional entrepreneurship program
December 14, 2014
Kansas University is partnering with a regional entrepreneur development program to translate more KU technologies into new products and startup companies, the university recently announced.
Key administrator in sex assault, hazing investigations no longer at KU
December 12, 2014
Kansas University’s first director of Student Conduct and Community Standards has left KU for a leadership position at another large university. Nick Kehrwald is now associate dean of students at the University of Kentucky. By Sara Shepherd
KU announces visit by second finalist for vice chancellor of research
December 12, 2014
The second of three candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research will visit Kansas University next week.
Over 100 KU students come out to voice concerns at multicultural forum
December 10, 2014
Over 100 students packed into Alderson Auditorium on the Kansas University campus Wednesday night to voice frustrations about how they think KU’s Student Senate handles multicultural programs and how issues important to students of color aren’t highly represented.
Judge considering case against man charged in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 10, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff heard arguments Wednesday during the bench trial of Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, who is charged in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
Fraternity accused of sexual assault to remain on interim suspension as KU continues investigation
December 10, 2014
Kappa Sigma will remain on interim suspension longer yet, after Kansas University and fraternity leaders agreed to extend the disciplinary measure while KU continues its investigation into allegations of sexual assault at the chapter house. By Sara Shepherd
Fall graduation events scheduled for this weekend at KU
December 9, 2014
Kansas University expects about 1,250 students to earn degrees this semester, and many will celebrate with recognition ceremonies this weekend. The schools of engineering, business and education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences all have events planned.
KU announces historic $58 million gift from alumni
02:04 p.m., December 9, 2014 Updated 05:36 p.m.
A record $58 million gift from the estate of Madison “Al” and Lila Self will benefit Kansas University students seeking scholarships and fellowships in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and economics, KU officials announced Tuesday.
Three finalists for Kansas University vice chancellor for research to visit campus
December 8, 2014
The three finalists chosen by the search committee for the vice chancellor for research position at Kansas University will visit campus this month for public presentations and to answer questions from the KU community.
Social media campaign criticizes KU support for students of color
02:52 p.m., December 8, 2014 Updated 03:16 p.m.
Disappointment over the Ferguson decision morphed into a social media campaign in which Kansas University students voiced opinions that the school is failing people of color. By Sara Shepherd
Spencer Museum’s WWI art helps recall past, understand present
December 6, 2014
In an oil painting hanging from a gallery wall on the fourth floor of the Spencer Museum of Art, a single saucer-shaped eye looks out underneath the brim of a combat helmet adorned with a crown of barbed wire.
Task force says KU code should clarify that school can discipline students for off-campus sex assaults
December 5, 2014
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force is recommending KU make crystal clear that the university can discipline students for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred. By Sara Shepherd
KU sees slight enrollment increase for 2014-2015
December 5, 2014
Total enrollment at Kansas University grew less than 1 percent this year. Official enrollment this fall is 27,983. That includes 24,612 on the Lawrence campus and 3,371 at the Medical Center in Kansas City. By Peter Hancock
KU Homecoming 2015 to fall on Halloween
December 5, 2014
Kansas University’s next homecoming weekend may be spooky. The Homecoming football game against the University of Oklahoma is set for Oct. 31, 2015 — which is Halloween — with the full week of homecoming festivities planned Oct. 25 through Oct. 31, 2015, the KU Alumni Association announced Friday.
Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release
03:28 p.m., December 4, 2014 Updated 07:16 p.m.
Lecturer Art Hall sued Kansas University Thursday to block the school from releasing records to a student group looking into his ties to Koch Industries. A short time later, Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild issued an order temporarily blocking the release of those documents. By Sara Shepherd
KU Theatre to stage political satire written in concentration camp
December 3, 2014
This weekend, Kansas University Theater will open a “reimagined and reconstructed” version of “The Last Cyclist,” an absurdist cabaret that originated in Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague during the Holocaust.
Students receive part of $1,800 records request seeking Kochs’ influence on hiring at KU
December 3, 2014
A student group investigating the Koch brothers’ influence on Kansas University has received some of the $1,800 worth of documents it requested from the university. Schuyler Kraus, KU senior and president of Students for a Sustainable Future, said that she believes the documents returned so far reinforce her group’s concern that the Kochs are buying their way into the university and spreading their political ideology under the guise of academia. School of Business representatives — including one of the faculty members students are looking into — dispute that theory. By Sara Shepherd