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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
Proposed social media policy procedure outlines rights of those accused at KU
December 2, 2014
The last step of implementing a controversial social media policy at Kansas University is now on its way toward codification. A proposed procedure outlines what steps would be taken when a faculty or staff member — including student employees — is suspected of using social media improperly, which faculty members say is needed to protect the rights of the accused. By Sara Shepherd
KU adds biotechnology degree at Edwards Campus
December 2, 2014
Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park is adding a bachelor of applied science in biotechnology degree to increase career opportunities in the growing field. Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the biotechnology program is KU’s first bachelor of applied science degree.
KU professor emerita continues broadening horizons with Italian culture
December 2, 2014
Jan Kozma is a self-described “stickler” when it comes to Italian grammar. Yet when she reflects on her more than 37 years of teaching Italian, parts of speech and sentence diagrams don’t stand out as the most memorable. “You teach to broaden their horizons and to open a world to them,” Kozma said. “You could really change lives, and that’s been just wonderful.” Kozma continues broadening horizons in retirement by giving lectures on Italian culture. By Sara Shepherd
Peaceful march kicks off week of Ferguson-related events at KU
December 1, 2014
Kansas University students’ march through campus Monday night to protest the Ferguson decision was partly for others and partly for participants themselves. “We’re not just going to sit by and be OK with the decision that the grand jury made,” said KU junior Asha Musau, a Black Student Union member who helped organized the march. She said the goal was to help raise awareness of the problem and also to give students — particularly black students who are angry about the decision — an appropriate place “to get their emotions out.” By Sara Shepherd
KU group wants campus tobacco-free by fall 2015
November 29, 2014
A Kansas University initiative is working to gain support for banning smoking and other forms of tobacco from campus by fall of 2015. As the Tobacco Free KU initiative pushes for a university policy change, it’s also pushing for buy-in from students, faculty and staff. “Our ultimate goal is to create a culture change on campus,” said Ashley Hrabe, KU senior and founder of Breathe Easy at KU (BEAK). By Sara Shepherd
KU art students complete Federal Reserve Bank sculpture
November 29, 2014
A two-year collaboration between 50 Kansas University visual arts students, faculty and staff has resulted in a work of art that will now be on permanent display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, entitled “An Abounding Asset: The Diligent Reserve,” debuted in an unveiling ceremony last weekend, coinciding with the Reserve’s 100th anniversary.
Kansas, Missouri colleges start food pantries
November 28, 2014
Colleges in Kansas and Missouri are among a growing number nationwide opening food pantries to help students survive the ever-increasing costs of higher education.
Has Black Friday gotten too big for its own good? KU business experts discuss
November 27, 2014
Marketing concepts like scarcity — Limited time only! — and social proof — Everybody’s doing it! — made Black Friday the frenzied shopping phenomenon that it is, consumer experts say. But with all that popularity, is Black Friday’s bubble about to burst? By Sara Shepherd
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 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
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.
Creativity not just for creative types, KU business students learn
November 21, 2014
Cindy Maude, CEO of Lawrence-based marketing agency Callahan Creek, gave the keynote address at the Kansas University School of Business celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week on Friday at the Lied Center. The theme of this year’s event was Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. “To develop great, innovative products or services, you have to be creative,” Maude said. By Sara Shepherd
Sex assault task force agrees KU needs formal partnership with victim agencies
November 21, 2014
Kansas University should have a formal partnership with local victim support agencies, KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force members agreed Friday. The task force’s next step will be to draft a memorandum of understanding among KU, GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Willow Domestic Violence Center and formally recommend it to the university. By Sara Shepherd
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.