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Kansas universities lack firm plan for concealed guns on campus, making some anxious
Board of Regents, KU say discussions underway; fearful faculty and students talking, too
May 23, 2015
The calendar is creeping toward the date when, under Kansas law, people will be able to carry concealed guns into buildings on college campuses, even without a concealed carry permit. It’s become increasingly clear that adding security measures to block guns from all entries into all buildings is not financially or logistically feasible. Kansas University’s Lawrence campus alone has 237 buildings, and statewide there are 864, according to the Board of Regents’ most recent facilities inventory. What’s still very unclear is how KU and other schools will implement the change when it becomes effective July 1, 2017. And, at least at KU, that has some faculty and students worried. By Sara Shepherd
Court rules Highway Patrol must pay KU Hospital for prisoner’s medical bills
11:07 a.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Highway Patrol is responsible for paying the medical bills of an indigent man who’d been arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car into a tree. By Peter Hancock
KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes professors for commitment to education
05:07 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has recognized several professors and one department for outstanding performance and commitment to advising and teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, the university said in a release.
KU announces Steeples awards for faculty contributions to Kansas
02:31 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Faculty efforts on a statewide anti-bullying project and the preservation of archives from across Kansas have been recognized with the Steeples Service to Kansas Award, Kansas University announced Thursday.
Summer construction, detours begin on KU campus
01:56 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Graduation is over. Let the summer construction detours on campus begin. Several projects are underway that will cause road closures and detours for cars and pedestrians for the coming weeks and months, Kansas University announced this week. Here’s what to watch out for.
Regents report: Almost half of all Kansas college students taking ‘distance’ classes
01:03 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
More than 45 percent of students enrolled at Kansas institutions of higher learning are taking at least one class from a distance, according to a new Board of Regents report. On Thursday, Regents vice president of academic affairs Gary Alexander presented the board with this year’s annual report for the Regents Distance Education Plan. It showed that distance education is widespread at Kansas schools and growing. By Sara Shepherd
KU names interim director for Office of Multicultural Affairs
09:45 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Kansas University on Wednesday announced Precious Porras as the interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
KU Art and Design Building named for former Chancellor Chalmers
07:53 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
The Kansas University Art and Design Building — dedicated in 1978, and generically called since — now has a name. And, all former KU chancellors now have buildings named in their honor. The Art and Design Building, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd., will be named for former KU Chancellor E. Laurence “Larry” Chalmers, who led KU from 1969 to 1972. By Sara Shepherd
DUI check lane yields three arrests, multiple citations
03:49 p.m., May 18, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A DUI check lane Friday night resulted in three arrests and multiple citations, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Monday.
Sarah’s ‘village’: Support helps KU student with Asperger’s reach diploma
May 17, 2015
Sarah Barthell’s Kansas University graduation day fit the mold. She walked down the hill, got a sunburn on her nose. Her parents threw a backyard party, and her friends, grammy and third-grade teacher all came. There was cake, and way too many beans. Up in the stands, her mom cried when she spotted her stepping onto the football field in her cap and gown. That’s when it hit her, Susan Kraus said: Sarah’s really graduating. Her daughter’s path to this day did not fit the mold. Sarah, 33, has Asperger’s syndrome, and she’s been working toward her KU degree over the course of more than 10 years. By Sara Shepherd
2015 KU Commencement messages launch grads into future
May 17, 2015
Mystery writer and Kansas University alumna Sarah Paretsky had sharp words for terrorists, lawmakers and even the KU football team on Sunday. Paretsky, who got her undergraduate degree from KU, received an honorary doctorate degree for her contributions to the mystery writing and American literature fields and gave the keynote address during KU’s 143rd commencement ceremony in Memorial Stadium. By Sara Shepherd
KU greeks react to Sexual Assault Task Force suggestions, plan their own changes
May 16, 2015
The Kansas University Sexual Assault Task Force has recommended changes that would turn upside-down firmly-rooted fraternity and sorority practices at KU. Student greek leaders — who announced a sexual assault prevention program of their own — oppose the suggestions and say they’re miffed the task force didn’t ask for their input. A task force leader, however, cites changing greek practices as a priority in diminishing sexual assault at KU. By Sara Shepherd
Top job at KPR remains unfilled
May 16, 2015
The position of Kansas Public Radio general manager has remained open all school year, and Kansas University says hiring someone for the position is not imminent. By Sara Shepherd
KU Class of 2015: Debater learned to trust her voice, will graduate with triple major
May 14, 2015
When Jyleesa Hampton arrived at KU as a freshman, debate coach Scott Harris told her there was a place on the squad for students of all skill levels. That was her — never a high school debate superstar, not much experience, limited knowledge. A month ago she was half of KU’s first all-female and first all-African-American debate team to make it to the equivalent of the “Sweet 16” of the National Debate Tournament. By Sara Shepherd
KU Class of 2015: Army combat medic gets second chance at college degree
May 14, 2015
The letter Frank Dillon got from KU after his first semester politely “encouraged” him to improve his GPA. The letter KU sent after his second semester informed him that he — and his 0.26 GPA — would not be welcome back. After almost a decade as an Army combat medic, he returned to KU for a second chance at college and a new career. By Sara Shepherd
KU’s Dole Institute to host study groups on lobbying
05:35 p.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics is aiming to educate Lawrencians on the inner workings of the political process through a series of study group sessions this June and July, the organization said in a release.
ECM working to regain tax-exempt status
01:23 p.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Loring Henderson, who is acting as an administrator for Ecumenical Campus Ministries, confirmed the organization has lost and is attempting to regain its nonprofit status.
KU, K-State, WSU part of FAA unmanned aerial system team
09:00 a.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Kansas’ three largest universities have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to be a part of a team that will help integrate unmanned aerial systems into the nation’s airspace.
KU Commencement is this weekend
May 13, 2015
It’s graduation weekend at Kansas University. More than 4,000 members of the class of 2015 are expected to participate in the university’s 143rd Commencement ceremony Sunday at Memorial Stadium, according to KU. Dozens of individual department events also are planned Friday and Saturday.
KU business teacher calls students’ records request politically motivated, malicious
05:06 p.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
A student requesting a Kansas University business lecturer’s emails is trying to obtain information for a “political attack” to cause “personal and professional damage” to him, the latest filing in the case of Art Hall v. KU alleges. “The abuse of state open records requests and freedom of information act requests is the latest tactic in a long battle against academic freedom,” Hall said in a memorandum filed this week. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime Kansas University Medicinal Chemistry professor remembered
07:28 p.m., May 12, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
When Tom Prisinzano thinks about Lester Mitscher, he immediately recalls a 2010 trip to Central America, teaching a short course in medicinal chemistry at the University of Panama.
Lawrence athletes remember sports in the days of Jim Crow
May 11, 2015
Leonard Monroe could run. During his high school days in the late ‘40s, Monroe reckons he was the second-fastest quarter miler in the state of Kansas. The only one faster was Wyandotte High School’s Frank Cindrich, he’s quick to recall. But he couldn’t run at KU. Head track coach Bill Easton sat Monroe down and flatly told him he was not allowed to run because of the color of his skin. Racial segregation laws, also known as Jim Crow laws, played a significant role in Lawrence’s history, said Bill Tuttle, KU professor emeritus of American history. Often, people forget stories like Monroe’s, Tuttle said. Or they’re remembered only as an oral history. By Conrad Swanson
KU faculty pay ranks fourth highest in Big 12; average KU salary $92,600 a year
03:21 p.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The average faculty salary at Kansas University is the fourth highest in the Big 12 Conference, according to data from a recent national report. At KU the average faculty salary is $92,600. By Sara Shepherd
Only in Lawrence: Distinguished professor has blazed a bright trail in pharmaceutical chemistry
May 10, 2015
On May 4, Ron Borchardt taught his final class at Kansas University. For more than 44 years, the 71-year-old pharmacy professor has made it a priority to stay in Lawrence, although his influence has extended far beyond northeast Kansas.
Actress Anna Deavere Smith to bring one-woman show to Lied Center
May 9, 2015
Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will bring her one-woman show, “Snapshots: Portrait of a World in Transition,” to Lawrence this week as part of Kansas University’s Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series.
Retiring music professors recall more than 40 years of KU bands
05:19 p.m., May 8, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
In more than 40 years teaching music and leading bands at Kansas University, James Barnes and Robert Foster have ushered in many changes. As both are now retiring, they say they are confident they’re leaving the School of Music as good as it’s ever been. By Sara Shepherd
Hall Center for Humanities Lecture Series speakers announced
02:35 p.m., May 8, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
The 2015-16 Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series will feature presentations on American conservatism, the daily life of residents in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood, what it means to be human, the Great Barrier Reef, human trafficking and the killing of Michael Brown.
Campuswide tobacco ban at KU pushed back a year
05:35 p.m., May 7, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
Kansas University had planned to ban tobacco from campus starting this fall, but that won’t be happening quite so fast. The target implementation date for the Tobacco Free KU initiative has been pushed back a year, to July 2016. By Sara Shepherd
KU students and faculty discuss diversity on campus, underrepresented students
May 6, 2015
Several dozen Kansas University students and faculty members discussed issues facing underrepresented students Wednesday evening in the lobby of the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center.
KU fraternities vote to ban hard alcohol at chapter houses
05:12 p.m., May 6, 2015 Updated 09:50 p.m.
Hard liquor will be banned from Kansas University fraternity houses starting this fall, the school’s Interfraternity Council decided. The action, coupled with additional programs, addresses “three critical issues — alcohol abuse, cultural competence and sexual violence — in light of incidents involving Greek life at both a national and local level,” according to a statement from the Interfraternity Council, of IFC, which voted to approve it Tuesday night. The ban prevents the presence or consumption of hard alcohol by any members or guests on fraternity property, according to the statement. It also includes an amnesty clause to encourage chapters to get help for anyone in need of medical assistance. By Sara Shepherd