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Sara Shepherd (KU reporter)

As the Journal-World's Kansas University reporter, I cover all things newsworthy coming out of KU, with an emphasis on the school's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence. I tweet KU news @LJW_KU.

Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts, entertainment and lifestyle.

I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

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Books of and about black literature and poetry fill a table in the meeting room for the Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement Institute at KU. The two-week summer institute brought black poetry scholars from across the country together, including poet Kevin Young and others whose books are pictured.

Maryemma Graham, distinguished professor of English at KU and founder of the Project on the History of Black Writing, at the 2015 Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement Institute.

Alcove A in the Kansas Union is located on level 3, also home to The Market cafeteria and dining area.

No guns signs are posted on a side door of KU's Art and Design Building, as well as other buildings on campus.

A page inside the 1927 Kansas Relays program advertises an "endurance run" by Tarahumara Indians, a special feature of that year's event. Pictured are Tomas Zaf, Jose Torres and Lolita Cuzarare at events in Texas. The program says the Tarahumara are "semi-civilized little 'iron' people from the mountain caves of Chihuahua, Mexico. The men will run forty-seven miles from Kansas City, and the women twenty-seven miles from Topeka, both finishing at Memorial Stadium sometime late in the afternoon. They expect to average between six and seven miles an hour."

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