KU news

Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU
March 14, 2015
Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming “The 1968 Miami Pop Festival,” will celebrate their book’s launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
KU forum seeks solutions to racism on campus
March 13, 2015
On the last day of classes before spring break, the Kansas University campus was mostly quiet Friday afternoon. One exception was at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, where about 100 people gathered for a racism forum.
KU students host forum about offensive Rock Chalk Revue character
March 12, 2015
To guide the forum, “I’m not Paco,” Marilynn Chavez wrote a prompt on the white board at the Kansas University Office of Multicultural Affairs: “I feel this way … because …” A stream of frustrated and disappointed words followed. By Rochelle Valverde
KU researcher discovers Neanderthals made jewelry
March 12, 2015
Kansas University announced Wednesday that researcher David Frayer discovered that some Neanderthals were cognitively advanced enough to make jewelry. Frayer published the discovery in collaboration with three Croatian archaeologists in the journal PLOS ONE.
KU graduate programs ranked in top 10 by U.S. News and World Report
06:44 p.m., March 11, 2015 Updated 10:36 p.m.
Ten Kansas University graduate specialties or schools are in the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best Graduate Schools Rankings released this week.
KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis
March 11, 2015
Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.
KU research spending has biggest four years ever, but prognosis not good
01:53 p.m., March 10, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Kansas University on Tuesday reported good news and bad news about research funding.
KU’s Monarch Watch studying rare white butterflies
06:01 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:33 p.m.
When it comes to butterflies, it takes a lot to shock Orley “Chip” Taylor, director of Kansas University’s Monarch Watch on West Campus. But when Taylor first noticed two white mutants among monarch butterflies that his students were raising, he was taken aback.
New KU Hospital building planned to accommodate fast-growing areas
04:47 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:32 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on a new building that will add almost 100 beds to the hospital’s capacity, helping meet demand in fast-growing areas: neurosciences and surgical oncology. The $280 million Cambridge North Patient Tower is going up at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, Kan., just northeast of the existing hospital buildings. By Sara Shepherd
KU professor: Fixation on ‘60s prevails, but today’s racial injustices require new backdrop to understand
March 8, 2015
The civil rights movement of the 1960s was rife with heroes, villains and drama. Racism was outright. Blacks were explicitly excluded — often in writing — from facets of society. Those problems were clear and tangible. It’s no wonder the era has made for compelling books and movies, such as the recently released award-winning film, “Selma.” It’s also no wonder that the events of the ’60s weigh heavily in civil rights conversations of today. But in a new book, a KU associate professor argues they weigh too heavily. By Sara Shepherd
KU names new Men of Merit
10:44 a.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 02:20 p.m.
The 2015 Kansas University Men of Merit have been announced.
Debate continues over procedure for social media policy violations
06:35 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 02:37 p.m.
The Kansas University Senate is still trying to agree on a written procedure for what happens when a KU employee is accused of violating the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy. By Sara Shepherd
KU ROTC cadets catch ride on Black Hawk helicopters
03:17 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Kansas University Army ROTC cadets got a lift to Fort Riley on Thursday on a squadron of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Six of the helicopters flew in formation over campus at 11:30 a.m. and landed at Shenk Recreational Sports Complex, where cadets — who marched to the fields from the Military Science Building on KU’s main campus — boarded and flew to Fort Riley for weekend training. By Sara Shepherd
English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus
06:40 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd
KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school
05:47 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
A budget subcommittee of the Kansas Senate is proposing to transfer funding for Kansas University’s Lawrence campus to the KU Medical Center to expand its residency program in Wichita that trains doctors to practice in rural areas. The full Ways and Means Committee will consider that proposal Thursday. By Peter Hancock
Rock Chalk Revue annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday
12:08 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Kansas University’s student-run annual fundraising event, “Rock Chalk Revue,” returns to the Lied Center this week with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU
March 3, 2015
Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said she believes there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures.
KU Dining director wins ‘Academy Award’ of collegiate foodservice
01:53 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Nona Golledge credits staying on top of dining trends and “leading from the heart” with making her Kansas University Dining Services team a forerunner in university dining. Golledge, KU Dining director since 2006, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2015 International Food Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award in the Colleges and Universities category. By Sara Shepherd
Visiting KU professor shares Israeli perception of Netanyahu visit
05:28 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Many Israelis are cynical about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, viewing it as an attempt to drum up popularity for his reelection that could even harm Israel’s relationship with America, a Kansas University visiting professor says. While Israelis see party politics of one kind — Netanyahu’s Likud v. Herzog’s Zionist Union — many Americans are talking about other party politics in connection with the visit — Republican v. Democrat. By Sara Shepherd
Academic freedom: Scholarly concept sparks lively mainstream debate
March 1, 2015
Academic freedom is a source of lively debate right now among some at Kansas University, where the cases of two faculty members have propelled the term out of academia and into mainstream headlines. And KU is not the only school with academic freedom disputes making the news. By Sara Shepherd
Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU
March 1, 2015
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property
March 1, 2015
If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
FAA rules mean KU Athletics can’t pay for flights on university planes
March 1, 2015
Although Kansas University Athletics had almost $97.7 million in revenue last year, when its officials fly on KU jets, the expenses are paid for with public money. Federal Aviation Administration rules prohibit the university’s aviation services from accepting payment from anyone, including KU Athletics, for flights, university communications director Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said.
KU Endowment pays to purchase planes
Company that sold a jet ‘time-share’ to KU is owned by endowment committee member
12:00 a.m., March 1, 2015 Updated 05:14 p.m.
Taxpayers fund the operation of Kansas University’s aircraft, but the planes themselves have been purchased with private donations from the Kansas University Endowment Association, the independent, non-profit fundraising organization for KU.
KU medical program uses planes to provide treatment for rural Kansans
March 1, 2015
For several decades, KU Medical Center has had a rural medical treatment program that allows doctors who specialize in serious diseases to treat patients in rural areas via a video conferencing system and then fly to those areas, generally once a month, to examine patients in person. KU’s rural medical outposts are in Salina, Hays, Goodland and Garden City. KU also flies doctors from Wichita to Pittsburg, and Wichita to Garden City as part of the Ryan White HIV Satellite Clinics program.
Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential
March 1, 2015
In January 2014, former Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, flew to Belmar, N.J., to recruit players. The cost to taxpayers for the round-trip flight? $19,682.61. That’s because the Weises flew on a jet owned by KU rather than taking a commercial flight. Over five years, KU has spent $3.5 million flying coaches, administrators and others on some 641 trips, mostly on university-owned aircraft but occasionally on state-owned or charter planes. The trips were aimed at snagging top-notch professors, athletes, students and researchers, as well as attending sports and academic meetings, basketball and golf tournaments, funerals and donor events in Kansas and nationwide. By Karen Dillon
KU School of Music to host Jazz Festival this week
February 28, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will host the 38th Annual Jazz Festival concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Union’s Woodruff Auditorium.
KU professor creating digital app to interpret black teen’s 1955 murder
02:39 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Founders of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Miss., have dealt with numerous roadblocks to commemorating the black teenager’s 1955 killing. Among them, many versions of Till’s death circulate in the area, and roadside markers at significant sites have been stolen or shot and replaced, only to disappear again. A Kansas University faculty member is working on an app for that. By Sara Shepherd
KU jazz colloquium to feature scholars, performance
February 26, 2015
Scholars and artists will discuss the idea of “place” within creative improvisation during a colloquium next week at Kansas University.
After years of decline, KU spring enrollment increases slightly
08:39 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
After four years of decline, Kansas University’s Lawrence campus reported a small uptick in spring enrollment after totaling numbers from a count taken last week on the 20th day of classes. Total enrollment on the Lawrence campus went up 85 students, or .4 percent, from 22,971 in spring 2014 to 23,056 in spring 2015, according to the university. By Sara Shepherd