KU news

Walk, look, discuss: Annual Stop Day tour is Friday on KU campus
05:43 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 08:50 a.m.
Ted Johnson, professor emeritus of French and Italian, plans to give his annual Stop Day tour of KU on Friday. The tour, titled “Perspectives on the Monuments of Mount Oread: A Stop Day Walking Tour of Kansas University,” begins at 9 a.m. outside the Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
KU Jazz Studies Program, students earn top honors in music awards
May 3, 2015
The Kansas University Jazz Studies Program and students were given top honors in the 38th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards, the university has announced.
Not a perfect game: Jaybowl’s 62-year run ends Saturday
May 2, 2015
When the 62-year-old Jaybowl closes Saturday, following a day of festivities, it will be for good. As times have changed, so has Jaybowl — ultimately going away altogether. Union leaders say dwindling crowds and revenue led to their decision to close Jaybowl and repurpose it into some other type of gathering space. By Sara Shepherd
KU task force suggests reforms to how school handles sexual assault
05:34 p.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force on Friday suggested big changes to the way KU handles campus rape. Among them: Create an on-campus center for sexual assault prevention and education, require all freshmen — including fraternity members — to live in residence halls, and clarify in the student code that KU can discipline students for sexual violence that occurred off-campus if the victim was also a student. By Sara Shepherd
KU law school names three distinguished alumni
03:40 p.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Kansas University School of Law has named three attorneys as recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award, the law school’s highest honor.
Longtime KU professor accused of sexual harassment loses appeal
11:42 a.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The Kansas Court of Appeals has sided with Kansas University in the case of a longtime professor accused of groping a student during a study session at a restaurant. Zamir Bavel, a tenured professor of Information Processing Studies who has taught at KU since 1968, was disciplined by KU after the female student accused him of sexually harassing her in 2011. By Sara Shepherd
KU fraternity expels members for video clip mocking Muslims
01:50 p.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
A Kansas University fraternity has expelled four members involved with posting a video on social media that appeared to mock Muslims. The KU chapter of Zeta Beta Tau, a traditionally Jewish fraternity, said in a statement this week that the men were expelled after admitting to “inappropriate acts toward the Muslim community.” By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence construction firm chosen for Spencer Museum of Art renovation
11:08 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
A Lawrence firm, Mar Lan Construction, has been chosen to carry out the first phase of a major renovation project at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, the museum announced Tuesday.
Nepalese students at KU collecting money for earthquake relief
01:03 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
Members of the Kansas University Nepalese Student Association are collecting money to help with Nepal earthquake relief. Club members are accepting donations today at a table on Level 4 of the the Kansas Union, where they plan to be until 7 p.m. Donations also can be delivered or mailed to the KU Nepalese Student Association account at Commerce Bank. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence residents get news from relatives in Nepal, plan fundraising
April 26, 2015
For the second night in a row, family members of Lawrence resident Subarna Bhattachan slept outside in Kathmandu following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.
Lied Center announces 2015-2016 season
April 26, 2015
The Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature well-known acts such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Mamma Mia!”, the Branford Marsalis Quartet and many others.
Of mice and machines: Old, new technology mix in genomic research at KU Medical Center
April 25, 2015
A pairing of next-generation and century-old research methods is helping scientists at Kansas University Medical Center learn more about genetic disorders in children. The new is a roughly $1 million machine that can sequence a person’s DNA in as fast as two days. The old has been used in labs for a century or more: watching mice run mazes. By Sara Shepherd
KU concrete canoers hit the water, heavy
April 25, 2015
Oars dipped choppy water. Billy Hirchert’s tan slacks were wet up to the knee and his feet bare as he cheered on his canoe team on the shore of Lone Star Lake on Saturday.
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.