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KU professor named one of first Carnegie fellows
05:07 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has selected a Kansas University professor as one of the first recipients of its new fellowship for social sciences and humanities. Greg Cushman, associate professor of history and environmental studies, is one of 32 scholars chosen from more than 300 nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship inaugural class.
KU symposium addresses race and sports in America
April 23, 2015
Hundreds of people crowded into Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St., on Thursday evening for a Kansas University symposium on race and sports in American culture.
Award-winning TV journalist reminds during talk at KU, ‘Wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit’
09:11 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
The people with money and power may appear to make the world go ’round, especially the way they’re reflected in the media. Not so, says Bob Dotson. Instead, take a look at the people standing behind them, or even completely out of view. Dotson, an NBC News Correspondent who carved his journalism career out of those people’s stories, gave the William Allen White Day public lecture Thursday at Kansas University, where he also accepted this year’s William Allen White Foundation National Citation. By Sara Shepherd
Big Event organizers learn from last-minute cancellation: Plan ahead for rain
12:30 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
The 4,000 or so pairs of unused work gloves will keep until next year, at least. But the time that went into planning this year’s Big Event at Kansas University, the thousands of volunteers at the ready and hundreds of property owners who were counting on their help won’t. Organizers say their top suggestion for the leaders of next year’s Big Event will be to build in a big contingency plan. By Sara Shepherd
KU offering online MBA program starting this fall
April 22, 2015
The Kansas University School of Business will offer a fully online Master of Business Administration program starting this fall.
Douglas County awards incentives package to Australian animal health company
05:31 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
In a unanimous vote, the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved the requested $110,000 forgivable loan and three-year $115,000 lease subsidy for Integrated Animal Health.
Searchlight over campus to figuratively shed light on issue of sexual assault
05:03 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
What’s up with the searchlight over campus? It’s there to “Light the Night” and create awareness about sexual assault and resources for combatting it. “Light the Night,” a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday on the Kansas University campus.
KU crime report: Drug offenses jump 65 percent; overall crime up 26 percent
09:23 a.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Drug offenses went up 65 percent last year at Kansas University, according to annual crime statistics the university released Wednesday.
Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
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