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Sexual battery reported at KU’s Jayhawker Towers
November 10, 2014
The Kansas University Public Safety Office received a report of a sexual battery that allegedly occurred in KU’s Jayhawker Towers campus apartments early Sunday.
KU Endowment commits up to $8.1 million to buy new university airplane
November 9, 2014
Kansas University Endowment is bankrolling a new airplane for KU, at a cost of up to $8.1 million. By Sara Shepherd
Renowned hip-hop dancer to teach public classes at KU this week
November 9, 2014
Renowned hip-hop dancer Rodney Hill will teach a series of master dance classes at Kansas University this week as part of a partnership between the Lied Center of Kansas and KU’s department of dance.
KU chancellor remains mum about UNC academic fraud
November 8, 2014
After years of rumors and allegations, a recently released investigation confirmed there was widespread academic fraud at the University of North Carolina involving thousands of students, many of them athletes, who received high grades for fake classes over a period of 18 years. The academic fraud may be one of the worst in collegiate history, and college leaders on campuses across the United States are roiling from the breadth of it. But here in Lawrence, all is quiet, even though one of UNC’s chief academic officers during a 10-year period when the number of students taking fake classes was at its highest is now at the helm of Kansas University.
KU professors recall Berlin Wall’s collapse, political and social fallout that followed
November 7, 2014
As Marike Janzen remembers, the crowd around the Berlin Wall when it fell was joyful but at the same time, solemn. After all, people had died trying to cross it, Janzen said. “The wall was this really violent thing.” Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the day the wall came down, reopening a barrier between West Germany and Communist East Germany. Janzen is one of several Kansas University professors who experienced the historic event first hand, or whose experiences with the wall led them to study its social and political impact on the world. By Sara Shepherd
Advocacy agencies say formal partnership with KU would help sex assault victims, avoid duplicating services
November 7, 2014
GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Willow Domestic Violence Center already provide services to the Kansas University campus and its students, but KU has no formal partnership with either agency. Leaders of the sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy organizations say that should change. By Sara Shepherd
Lawmakers to address new veterans tuition benefit
November 7, 2014
A new federal law says that starting next year, public colleges and universities must allow all recent military veterans to pay in-state tuition. Higher education officials say that will require a change in Kansas law. By Peter Hancock
Police arrest masked men who disrupted classrooms at KU
03:20 p.m., November 5, 2014 Updated 10:44 a.m.
Kansas University Public Safety officers arrested two men who disrupted at least two classes on campus Wednesday while wearing Guy Fawkes masks, events that led students across campus to fear for their safety.
KU office of scholarly communication named after former provost, executive vice chancellor
November 4, 2014
An office within Kansas University’s library system has been named after former university provost and executive vice chancellor David Shulenburger, the school announced Tuesday.
KU to hold forum on Ebola outbreak
November 4, 2014
The Kansas University African Studies Center will sponsor a panel discussion on the current Ebola outbreak at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.
KU receives $2.9 million grant to help vulnerable youth
November 4, 2014
Researchers in Kansas University’s School of Social Welfare have been awarded a $2.9 million grant for partnering with agencies across the state to serve young, vulnerable children and strengthen families affected by substance abuse.
KU Hospital dedicates in-house broadcast studio and Medical News Network
November 3, 2014
When Kansas University Hospital admitted a man being testing for Ebola last month, it didn’t take long for media calls to start pouring in. First local TV stations, then national outlets, hospital spokeswoman Jill Chadwick said. “It just went whoosh, like a grass fire.” The situation called for deploying the hospital’s new communications tool: an in-house broadcast studio capable of sharing live news feed around the globe. By Sara Shepherd
Expelled for Twitter posts, former KU student fights university’s decision
November 1, 2014
A former Kansas University student is in enrollment limbo as the university continues to fight Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild’s ruling that KU did not have jurisdiction to expel the student for a series of berating social media posts he made about an ex-girlfriend. Navid Yeasin, a would-be senior, was expelled and banned from the KU campus in November 2013 for violating an order not to contact an ex-girlfriend by tweeting derogatory comments about her. Yeasin filed a lawsuit against the university in early 2014, challenging the decision.
Student group still awaiting Koch-related records from KU, turns focus to electioneering
November 1, 2014
Students for a Sustainable Future is still waiting for Kansas University to fulfill its $1,800 records request seeking documents about the financial relationship between the school and the Koch brothers. By Sara Shepherd
KU Hospital announces event celebrating new broadcast studio
October 31, 2014
Kansas University Hospital has announced a public event to celebrate the hospital’s new television broadcast studio and Medical News Network.
KU: Fraternity to stay suspended while ‘complicated’ sexual assault investigation continues
October 31, 2014
The inquiry into allegations of sexual assault at Kappa Sigma fraternity is complicated and may take longer than the typical 60-day window to investigate, Kansas University officials said Friday. Kappa Sigma waived its latest hearing and agreed to remain suspended until KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access has completed its investigation. By Sara Shepherd
KU names first Feaster physics scholars
October 31, 2014
Two Kansas University juniors have been named the first Gene R. Feaster Physics Scholars. The scholarship was established by KU alumnus, inventor and physicist Gene Feaster.
KU’s Student Health Services changes name to Watkins Health Services
October 30, 2014
Kansas University’s Student Health Services is now called Watkins Health Services. The new name will match the program’s location at Watkins Memorial Health Center. It’s also hoped that it will clear up confusion — revealed through research by KU journalism students — about who runs the program and who can use it.
Visiting professor, author to talk race, gender politics at KU
October 29, 2014
Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow” at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.
KU launches student-run strategic communications agency
October 27, 2014
News and Information majors in Kansas University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications have practiced their crafts for years at a working student newspaper, radio station and TV station. Now Strategic Communication majors have a similar opportunity for real-world experience in The Agency, a student-run strategic communications business. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime pediatrician remembered for helping kids, community
October 27, 2014
Mary Loveland knows it’s an invented word but said it’s the best way to describe her late husband, Chuck: “He was the goodest man I ever knew.” Chuck Loveland, a longtime Lawrence pediatrician who donated his time to many professional and community organizations, died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from complications of a cardiac condition. By Sara Shepherd
MSNBC reporter Melissa Harris-Perry to lecture on sexual violence
October 25, 2014
MSNBC reporter and scholar Melissa Harris-Perry will speak Monday at Kansas University in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Trees lost outpace trees planted at KU; effort aims to bridge gap
October 24, 2014
A Chinese proverb on the Replant Mount Oread website says: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” When it comes to trees, Kansas University is playing catch-up. By Sara Shepherd
Former Arkansas official describes state’s success with health care law
October 23, 2014
A former director of Arkansas’ Medicaid program said that state found a way to expand access to health insurance and improve the private health insurance marketplace through the Affordable Care Act. Andy Allison, who is also a former Kansas Medicaid director, was one of the keynote speakers at the annual Economic Policy Conference at Kansas University. But Kansas officials said it’s unlikely that program will be replicated here any time soon. By Peter Hancock
Man charged with Hashinger Hall rape remains enrolled at KU
01:08 p.m., October 22, 2014 Updated 04:42 p.m.
A Kansas University student who is free on bond after being charged with rape at a residence hall remains enrolled at KU. University officials confirmed the man’s student status this week, adding that his residence is not a campus address. They would not say whether KU had taken any disciplinary action against him. By Sara Shepherd
KU Medical Center hires new communications director
October 21, 2014
The Kansas University Medical Center has hired a new director of communications, KU announced today.
KU common book author Laura Moriarty to speak this week
October 20, 2014
Laura Moriarty, author of this year’s Kansas University Common Book, “The Center of Everything,” will make appearances this week in Lawrence.
40-year volunteer one of 54 honored by KU Audio-Reader
October 20, 2014
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network honored its second longest-serving volunteer, along with many others, Thursday during the organization’s annual banquet. Chuck Fisher was honored for 40 years as an Audio-Reader volunteer. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas anthropology researchers waiting for test results from site
October 20, 2014
Researchers are waiting to hear if evidence found at a Pottawatomie County site this summer can be tied to the early populations of the Americas.
85-year-old professor accused of sexual harassment battling KU and its policies in court
October 19, 2014
Three and a half years after a student accused him of groping her during a study session, a longtime Kansas University professor is still fighting KU in court. By Sara Shepherd