KU news

KU alumna named MacArthur Fellow
September 19, 2014
A Kansas University alumna who has become a national leader in the effort to protect Native American women from sexual and domestic violence has been named a 2014 MacAruthur Fellow. Sarah Deer is a legal scholar and advocate who has helped shape federal law to increase the power of tribal authorities to prosecute and sentence abusers.
KU officials get suggestions on changes in sexual assault policies
September 18, 2014
At a forum Thursday at Kansas University, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little sought recommendations on how to improve the environment at KU to reduce sexual assaults. She got an earful. Scott Rothschild
Regents submit budget proposal that includes flat base funding, several enhancements
September 18, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a budget request that would maintain current levels of base funding to universities and include targeted enhancements sought by the state’s post-secondary schools. By Scott Rothschild
KU School of Music to show off its many faces in Collage Concert
September 17, 2014
The Lied Center will serve as a one-stop shop of musical talent on Friday night as the Kansas University School of Music presents its 15th annual Collage Concert.
Number of Kansas engineering grads up, but concerns raised about having to recruit out of state
September 17, 2014
An initiative to increase the number of engineering graduates in Kansas is succeeding, officials said Wednesday, but they said they are increasingly having to go out of state to recruit those students. By Scott Rothschild
Regents approve apartments for men’s basketball players; project will be named in honor of Marie S. McCarthy
September 17, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized construction of new apartments near Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas University men’s basketball players. The regents also approved a request from KU to name the apartments in honor of Marie S. McCarthy. By Scott Rothschild
Two to receive Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to KU
September 17, 2014
Two longtime supporters of Kansas University will receive the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to the school.
Architecture firm makes donation to KU for Marvin Hall
September 17, 2014
The Kansas City, Mo.-based firm 360 Architecture has donated $25,000 to the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Katherine Boo speaks on approach to writing “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”
September 16, 2014
Award-winning journalist Katherine Boo appeared in front of 200 people Tuesday at Kansas University to discuss the strategy and difficulty behind the reporting that resulted in her first book, which chronicles life in a Mumbai slum.
KU employees: Social media policy putting damper on expression
September 16, 2014
Kansas University faculty and student representatives Tuesday said they believed the state’s social media policy was stifling freedom of speech. By Scott Rothschild
KU teacher: ‘Mind-blowing’ discovery invigorates interest in astronomy
September 16, 2014
Kansas University associate professor Gregory Rudnick was glad when the recent discovery of a distant galaxy in the process of forming made the news. The “mind-blowing” factor of such discoveries always helps invigorate the public’s interest in astronomy, and that’s a good thing, said Rudnick, who teaches physics and astronomy at KU. By Sara Shepherd
Demonstrators sit outside Strong Hall to protest KU’s handling of sexual assault investigations
02:43 p.m., September 16, 2014 Updated 03:02 p.m.
About 25 students and others on Tuesday sat down outside the administrative offices of Kansas University to protest what they said was an inadequate response to alleged sexual assaults on campus. By Scott Rothschild
Manufacturing advocate declares industry’s return to form in U.S.
September 15, 2014
The manufacturing drain felt in the United States several years ago has been put into reverse, thanks to innovation in energy and technology, the head of a national manufacturers advocacy group said at Kansas University Monday.
Sexual Assault Awareness Week continues amid controversy at KU
September 15, 2014
Sexual Assault Awareness Week at Kansas University continued with a number of activities planned during a time that the KU administration is under fire for how it handles allegations of rape. By Scott Rothschild
KU joins group of universities trying to graduate more students from low-income families
September 15, 2014
KU has joined a group of major universities from across the country in an effort to increase the number of low-income students who earn a college degree and reduce costs at the same time. By Scott Rothschild
Dear Mom and Dad: KU students’ letters home
September 14, 2014
We asked several Kansas University freshmen to write “letters home” telling their families what they’ve learned in their first weeks on campus. Here’s what they said.
Love, full life behind man who battled alcoholism and was found dead in Burcham Park
September 14, 2014
Brandi Woodson was five years old when the strong, blond man with a booming voice came into her life. She and her younger sister’s biological father hadn’t been around for much of their early lives, so when their mother, Karen Fisher, of Lansing, began a relationship Mark Kemberling, the girls were delighted to have someone to do the things fathers do. On Aug. 31, two people discovered Kemberling lying face down in the water of a small creek south of the Kansas River in Burcham Park. Lawrence police finally identified Kemberling’s body on Wednesday, after 10 days of reviewing medical records.
Fall Arts Preview: Upcoming events at the Lied Center
September 14, 2014
The Lied Center has a reputation for bringing world-class performers to the community, and this fall is no different. From critically acclaimed musicians to Broadway stars to comedians, here is a preview of this fall’s Lied Series events:
Title IX changing how campuses handle sexual assaults
September 13, 2014
Title IX — the law under which universities investigate campus assaults — once again is forcing American colleges to make historic changes. The 1972 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 was passed to bring gender equity to education changed college sports forever. Now, Title IX is breaking new legal ground and forcing colleges to overhaul how they handle sexual assaults.
Colleges nationwide dealing with sexual violence investigations, complications
September 13, 2014
A group of Kansas University students have broadcast, via YouTube, to the world that KU is unsafe because of the way the school has handled sexual assault allegations. But KU isn’t the only school under the microscope of advocates who are trying to reduce incidences of sexual violence. By Scott Rothschild
KU, prosecutors face challenges in rape investigations
September 13, 2014
To her, it’s black and white. What happened in a fellow Kansas University student’s dorm room — two times during the fall of her freshman year, both after nights of heavy drinking — was rape. To her alleged assailant and those investigating her case, it’s not so cut and dried. Campus rape has emerged as a top political and social issue this year. It’s one where federal Title IX law, criminal law, campus policies, enforcement of them and education about them all intersect. Further complicating investigations? Alcohol abuse figures prominently in most of them. By Sara Shepherd
Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus
September 13, 2014
As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.
KU department criticizes Gray-Little’s approach to efforts on stemming sexual assaults
September 12, 2014
The Department of American Studies at Kansas University on Friday issued a statement critical of KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s response to the growing controversy over allegations of sexual violence at the school. By Scott Rothschild
More than 30 high school bands to play during KU Band Day
September 12, 2014
More than 30 high school bands from Kansas and Missouri will participate next week in the 67th annual Kansas University Band Day.
KU chancellor announces steps aimed at more effective response to sexual assaults
05:48 p.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday announced several steps that she said were aimed at developing “more effective solutions for preventing and responding to sexual assault.” The announcement comes amid mounting criticism from some students that KU has failed to seriously address the issue of sexual violence on campus. By Scott Rothschild
Monarch Watch fall open house set for Saturday
September 11, 2014
The Monarch Watch fall open house takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Foley Hall, 2021 Constant Ave., on Kansas University’s west campus.
Author Hagedorn discusses growth of private military security companies
September 11, 2014
Ann Hagedorn said Thursday she is not taking sides but wants the public to know about the explosive growth of private security companies that are embedded in conflicts around the world.
Hall Center directorship receives endowment
September 10, 2014
Victor Bailey, the director of Kansas University’s Hall Center for the Humanities, received an Endowed Directorship honor on Wednesday.
Kansas legislative panel endorses KU’s capital improvement plan
September 10, 2014
A state legislative committee gave its blessing Wednesday to Kansas University’s capital improvement plan, which calls for $92 million in construction projects next year. Most of the funding will come from private gifts and university funds, but some will require state appropriations. By Peter Hancock
First-ever Torah scroll written in Lawrence to be started at Sunday ceremony
September 10, 2014
The Jewish community in Lawrence will have a special opportunity to buy a letter in a Torah scroll and see it written at a Torah-writing ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chabad Center, 1203 W. 19th St.