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KU, K-State leaders criticize proposed tuition freeze
08:36 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:06 p.m.
The Kansas University chancellor and Kansas State University president are speaking out against a proposal to freeze college tuition in the state.
KU dining halls work to be sustainable, reduce food waste
April 19, 2015
Dozens of Kansas University students line up in dining halls to have their plates piled with the foods of their choice. For some, this is the second or third plate. When they are done eating, the plates go on a conveyor belt and are whisked off to be cleaned, often with food still covering the plate. Few students ever think about what happens to the leftover pizza crust, uneaten vegetables or used napkins from there, but this waste is a big concern to those in charge of dining services. By McKenna Harford
KU to host symposium on race and sports
April 19, 2015
Kansas University will present a community symposium, “Race and Sports in American Culture”, on Thursday at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St.
Faculty diversity ekes up at KU
Administrators credit revamped, more extensive hiring protocol
April 18, 2015
Kansas University professors are still mostly white, but slightly less white than they were a few years ago. Administrators say it’s a sign that a recently revamped and more exhaustive hiring process is helping KU meet a long-term — and highly challenging — goal of increasing faculty diversity. By Sara Shepherd
See/Saw Film Festival to take viewers back to childhood
April 18, 2015
“What does it mean to grow up in the 21st century?” That’s the tagline for the See/Saw Film Festival, April 24-26 at the Lawrence Public Library.
KU to host seventh annual Mini College
April 18, 2015
For Robert Rowland, a Kansas University professor of communications studies, nothing is more exciting than ideas. For the past six years, Rowland has spent a few days each summer lecturing and sharing that excitement with students, alumni and community members at KU’s Mini College. By Conrad Swanson
Bad weather forecast prompts cancellation of KU’s Big Event
11:54 a.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
The Kansas University Big Event, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled because of a bad weather forecast, organizers announced Friday. The annual volunteer event will be canceled altogether — not rescheduled — because, well, it’s too big. By Sara Shepherd
Pringle, George elected to lead KU student body next year
11:31 a.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Jessie Pringle and Zach George will be the 2015-2016 Kansas University student body president and vice president. Pringle and George, of the Advance KU coalition, took 68 percent of the vote during Student Senate elections Wednesday and Thursday on the KU campus.
Regents report: International, out-of-state students bring big money to Kansas, but few stick around
03:49 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
International and out-of-state students make a big economic impact on Kansas while they’re enrolled in Board of Regents institutions. However, only about 18 percent stick around post-graduation. After five years, only 9 percent of international students and 13 percent of other out-of-staters are still employed in Kansas. That’s according to a report presented Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting. By Sara Shepherd
Slovenian ambassador emphasizes importance of International Criminal Court during visit to KU
04:24 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
The ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Božo Cerar, gave a presentation on international criminal law Wednesday morning as part of his visit to Kansas University.
KU junior named Truman Scholar
01:48 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Kansas University junior Ashlie Koehn has been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar, the 18th KU student to receive the honor, the university announced Wednesday.
KU to exhibit Bob Dole’s WWII-era letters
09:23 a.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence is exhibiting World War II letters between Bob Dole and his family for an online audience.
‘When the Tarahumara Indians Ran’: Ultra-marathon fueled excitement in early days of Kansas Relays
06:39 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
When “Born to Run” hit The New York Times best-seller list in 2009, millions of readers discovered for the first time a mysterious indigenous Mexican tribe for whom hundred-mile runs on rugged canyon trails had been a way of life for generations. Little do most know, thousands in Lawrence witnessed the Tarahumara Indians’ endurance-running prowess more than 80 years earlier. By Sara Shepherd
Citing changing times and ‘growing losses,’ KU announces Jaybowl will close
11:07 a.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Jaybowl, located in the Kansas Union since 1953, will close for good in early May. The closing is due to “growing losses, escalating down time and new space needs,” according to Kansas University Memorial Unions, which announced the news Monday. “The student preferences are changing,” said Claudia Larkin, director of marketing for KU Memorial Unions. “As students’ tastes change, the Union is trying to adapt how it uses its spaces.” By Sara Shepherd
Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play
April 11, 2015
When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.
Lawrence pow wow celebrates heritage, brings people together
April 11, 2015
Native American men, women and children in traditional dress crowded the ballroom in the Kansas Union for the First Nations Student Association’s spring pow wow Saturday night.
Shined-up vintage Airstream now ready for college, not camping
01:49 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Kansas University architecture students’ “Mobile Collaboratory,” or “moCOLAB,” had its first campus open house Friday on the lawn of Marvin Hall, where students and community members trickled through for a close-up view. Over the past year architecture students and professors gutted, cleaned and renovated the 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht so its interior is now ready for research and displays. By Sara Shepherd
KU Senate agrees on disciplinary process for alleged social media policy violations
06:57 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
The Kansas University Senate has finally agreed on a written procedure for what it wants to happen when a KU employee is accused of violating the social media policy. After working on the issue all year, the Senate voted Thursday in support of the procedure. But that does not mean the procedure will go into effect as-is. The Senate’s document will now go to KU administration — via the office of the provost — to consider whether to adopt. By Sara Shepherd
Former KU librarian leaves university $1 million gift
04:24 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A $1 million gift from a Kansas University librarian will establish a fellowship for medieval and early modern European manuscripts. The donor, Alexandra “Sandy” Mason, was the Spencer Research Library’s first librarian, beloved at KU and known internationally for her library work.
KU announces awards for faculty making marks on their scholarly fields
04:19 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Kansas University on Thursday announced four midcareer faculty members who will receive 2015 University Scholarly Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize scholars in four categories of studies, nominated by colleagues at KU and nationwide, who have made significant contributions to their fields.
University Senate leaders urge KU to offer domestic partner benefits
06:09 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
University Senate members are urging the Kansas University administration to grant benefits to employees’ domestic partners. The University Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting such benefits. The full University Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday and will likely approve it as well. By Sara Shepherd
Architecture students open retrofitted Airstream trailer to public
02:18 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The community is invited to check out a retro Airstream trailer-turned rolling community center this week at the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
KU engineers work to remove obstacles for small commercial drones — literally
April 5, 2015
Commercial drones are raring to hit the skies and check crops, film movies, chase police suspects, inspect bridges, deliver medicine to remote areas and drop online purchases at your doorstep. But with fleets of drones unleashed, what will keep them from crashing into things — including each other? Collision avoidance technology is one of the big obstacles to gaining federal approval for commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. And some Kansas University engineers are working on it. By Sara Shepherd
KU technology propelling hobby drones
April 5, 2015
Unlike with commercial drones, the lack of collision-avoidance technology isn’t a deal-breaker on most drones that are just for fun. Kansas University engineers are creating those, too. By Sara Shepherd
KU Theatre to open ‘Flora, the Red Menace’ on Friday
April 4, 2015
Kansas University’s production of “Flora, the Red Menace” will open Friday at Murphy Hall’s William Inge Theatre.
Controversial campus rape documentary to show at KU
03:19 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
A screening of the controversial documentary “The Hunting Ground” is among events planned on the Kansas University campus for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April’s event lineup also includes appearances by two nationally known speakers, the first of which is Friday evening. By Sara Shepherd
Congresswoman talks with KU students about college savings plan legislation
05:45 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:50 p.m.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told Kansas University students on Wednesday that the deeply indebted federal government will never be able to simply pay for their college. A better plan, she said, is encouraging families to start saving early. “That’s life lesson No. 1, just save, save, save,” Jenkins said. Jenkins, a Republican, met with a small group of KU Student Senate representatives and other students to talk about H.R. 529, her proposal to expand and “modernize” tax-free 529 college savings plans.By Sara Shepherd
Kansas legislators reach budget deal that spares KU, KSU from cuts
01:06 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:52 p.m.
House and Senate negotiators reached a budget agreement Wednesday that would spare Kansas University and Kansas State University from significant cuts that the Senate had proposed. But Regents universities would not be allowed to raise tuition for two years, and private independent colleges would get 60 percent of the state-funded student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Modern history scholar one of KU’s new Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:14 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
One of KU’s newly announced Foundation Distinguished Professors is an expert in the history of relations between the U.S. military and society, as well as the history of gender and sexuality. Beth Bailey is a professor of history at Temple University, where she also has served as acting director for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.
KU adds soil microbiology specialist to list of Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:11 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A world leader in soil microbiology will join the Kansas University faculty as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, KU announced Tuesday. James Bever, professor of biology at Indiana University, will begin his joint appointment with KU’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Kansas Biological Survey in January 2016.

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