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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
- McCollum brothers’ portraits, longtime fixtures of dorm lobby, find new homes in KU science buildings
- Elmer discovered vitamins A and D; Burton pioneered method for locating oil
- July 4, 2015
- The McCollum brothers were born close together, attended Kansas University together, made scientific history in their respective fields together and — for almost 50 years — had their painted portraits hanging together in the KU residence hall named for them. With McCollum Hall closed and facing the wrecking ball later this year, the brothers have been split up. But instead of hanging in a lobby nook traversed primarily by freshmen of all majors, the portraits of Elmer and Burton McCollum will now overlook KU students studying their respective sciences on West Campus. By Sara Shepherd
- Stouffer Place’s last day means end of family housing at KU
- On-campus apartment complex built in 1957 closed for good on Tuesday
- July 1, 2015
- Kansas University’s Stouffer Place apartments closed for good on Tuesday, marking the end of an era for the 58-year-old housing complex and for many families who called it home. By Sara Shepherd
- Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof’s 2004 film
- June 29, 2015
- When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd
- KU designates ‘reflection room’ for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate
- June 28, 2015
- A corner inside the library. An empty classroom. A low-traffic stairwell. Shegufta Huma said she and other Muslim students at Kansas University have had to use those and whatever other spaces they can find for the 10- to 15-minute prayer sessions they pause for multiple times a day. That will change starting this fall. Alcove A, a small conference room in the Kansas Union, will be reserved as a non-denominational “reflection room” for Muslim and any other KU students, faculty or staff to pray or meditate while on campus. By Sara Shepherd
- Two-spirit couple wed ‘white man way’ in Lawrence
- Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling not binding in Indian Country, where some tribes recognize gay marriage and others still don’t
- June 27, 2015
- Some American Indian same-sex couples have been getting married, legally, by their tribal governments for years. That wasn’t an option for Darla and Mattisa Harrison, of Lawrence, however. And even after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling it still wouldn’t be, as the decision does not apply to tribal law, experts say. Prioritizing legal standing over a traditional ceremony, at least initially, the Harrisons married in what they call “the white man way” at the Douglas County Courthouse in March. They believe they’re the first Indian same-sex couple to legally wed here. By Sara Shepherd
- KU professor on ideology and interpreting the Constitution — it’s nothing new
- “People tend to see in the inkblot what they bring with them”
- June 26, 2015
- If everyone’s supposed to be objectively interpreting the same Constitution, how is it that Supreme Court justices split almost down the middle on the same-sex marriage issue? “That’s a question that I struggle to answer for my students on a daily basis,” says Richard Levy, Kansas University’s J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. “As a matter of history since 1789, the courts have had a tendency to decide along ideological lines when highly contentious questions are presented to them.” By Sara Shepherd
- KU chancellor joins other university leaders in giving back pay raise
- 08:47 a.m., June 23, 2015 Updated 03:24 p.m.
- The Kansas University chancellor will join other state university CEOs in donating her raise back to the university, a KU spokeswoman said today.
- Fort Hays State teaching, graduating thousands of students in China
- Small Western Kansas school is state’s only public university with such a program
- June 21, 2015
- There’s another side, which most Kansans will never see, to the small Fort Hays State University campus in Western Kansas. It lies to the east — the Far East. In addition to the 4,400 students on FHSU’s main campus in Hays, another 3,200 students are attending class and earning FHSU degrees on two campuses in China. FHSU’s China program, which just completed its 15th academic year, started early in the transnational education trend. An increasing number of colleges now are establishing overseas degree programs, but FHSU remains the only public university in Kansas to have one. By Sara Shepherd
- Kansas universities’ top administrators to get 2 percent salary increases
- 08:46 a.m., June 19, 2015 Updated 01:04 p.m.
- The Kansas Board of Regents has approved 2 percent increases in the base salaries of the top administrators at five state universities.