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Rob Riggle to lead KU homecoming parade

Actor, comedian and 1993 Kansas University graduate Rob Riggle will be grand marshal of the KU homecoming parade.The parade will move down Massachusetts Street at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. A pep rally on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire will follow.The parade is part of a week's ...

Jenkins meets with KU students, administrators on sexual assault legislation

Kansas University student Angela Murphy on Monday said she doesn't feel safe walking home alone in the evening.Murphy and other KU students and school administrators shared their concerns with U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who was gathering information to take back to Washington, D.C., ...

KU student government elections up in the air

A dispute over burritos and ballots has thrown out the results of last year's Kansas University student government election.KU officials on Monday said another election will be held, but no date has been set yet.Last year, MacKenzie Oatman and Mitchell Cota, the candidates for president and ...

KU coffee shops rebranding to Kansas City’s Roasterie

Coffee drinkers on the Kansas University campus will soon be seeing a lot of airplanes.KU is rebranding its various coffee shops and stations to highlight their affiliation with the Roasterie. The Kansas City, Mo., based coffee company that air-roasts its own beans features a vintage propeller ...

Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor

Some of Chris Beard’s earliest memories are of a childhood fascination with animals — farm animals, wild animals, it almost didn’t matter.From his father, a “kind of perpetual student” as Beard describes him, Beard started receiving some “really strange bedtime stories” about ...

Top scholar on race and class joins KU as Foundation Professor

Kansas University’s Foundation Professor program is meant in part to encourage intermingling of academic disciplines as a way to hatch innovative ideas and research.So it makes sense that the first Foundation Professor hired at KU was through the American Studies department, which blends ...

New KU Foundation Professor will help launch vaccine center

Back when William Picking started college, his initial plan was to go on to medical school.“When you grow up in small-town Kansas and you like science, you start seeing yourself as a physician,” said Picking, who’s originally from Abilene.But in college Picking found other branches of ...

Some helpful KU Twitter accounts to follow

So, you’ve done the campus tour, read through the bombardment of Kansas University brochures and sat through orientation. You’ve had no shortage of sources telling you what your KU experience will be like.Now you’re here, you’re enrolled, you’ve found a place to live — your campus ...

A look at what’s on the minds of KU’s deans

College of Liberal Arts and SciencesDean: Danny AndersonAppointed: 2010Upcoming issues: The college is working to make the KU master plan a reality, Anderson said. The plan outlines an ambitious (and expensive) project for building new science and technical facilities that can replace the ...

KU researcher studying things that go boom in the night

Outer space can be a dangerous place.Under the blue skies of earth, it can be easy to forget that we live in space. When we do think of the dangers from above, we typically focus on comets and asteroids — things that can smack us on the head or destroy entire cities on impact.But also ...

Building a new home for the KU business school

If Kansas University could find a way to convert the personal energy of business school dean Neeli Bendapudi into electricity, it could probably power the entire campus the year round without paying another energy bill.That energy follows Bendapudi wherever she goes and tends to spread among ...

Going mobile a mammoth job at KU

Like a lot of organizations, Kansas University is betting on mobile technology’s dominance over the future.Ask Jeff Perry, deputy technology at KU’s Information Technology office, about the university’s mobile strategy and he’ll answer with a question of his own: How do you define ...

Longtime Kansan returns to lead KU medical school

Robert Simari first walked down the hill between the campanile and Memorial Stadium in 1986.At the time, he was a graduating medical student at Kansas University who sat in the back of the class and gained a reputation as a bright doctor-to-be with a promising future.In May 2014, nearly 30 ...

KU Common Book centers on small-town Kansas

Common Book events at KUCommon Book Discussion GroupsAug. 24 from 1-2 p.m.Residence halls and other campus locations"Is This Real Life?"Sept. 11 (time to be announced)Spencer Museum of Art and Natural History Museum"An Evening with Author Laura Moriarty"Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.Lied Center of ...

KU student media manager brings real-world vibe to newsroom

Although it might be in dry-erase marker for now, Brett Akagi has already made his mark on student media at Kansas University.On a white board in the combined newsroom of the University Daily Kansan and KUJH-TV, Akagi has posted mottoes for everyone, including himself, to remember and do their ...

Students take Marvin Hall addition into own hands

The Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning might never have had a lecture hall of its own if the school’s students had not built it themselves.John Gaunt, dean of the school and a professor of architecture, said the finances for an addition to Marvin Hall might never ...

KU Endowment expects to exceed $1.2 billion goal

If the Kansas University Endowment Association had picked as its eight-year fundraising goal a nice round number, say a billion dollars, KU would have hit it already. And two years early.The fundraising campaign, dubbed “Far Above,” began on July 1, 2008, with its first donation of $75. By ...

Western Civilization class reinvents itself with curriculum change

The original reasons for Western Civilization courses at Kansas University and other schools were as lofty as their reading lists.With soldiers returning from the grisly fronts of World War II, and many taking advantage of the G.I. Bill to go to college, there was a desire to understand the ...

Q&A with KU Chancellor Gray-Little

The previous school year saw the rollout out of major initiatives at Kansas University. It also saw controversies that put KU in the national spotlight, such as the anti-NRA tweet of journalism professor David Guth and the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy for faculty and staff. The ...