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Lawrence prepares for winter storm arriving tonight

Bring it on.

February 3, 2014 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Traffic signals installed at K-10 and 6th Street interchange

I believe they're expecting the entire area to develop over the years and they are planning ahead. They recently put up traffic lights at 6th and George Williams and they have been rather helpful in the mornings and evenings. Remember, that is where Rock Chalk Park is going in, so it would help with traffic control as events start. Additionally, in the next year or so they'll put in the interchange for K-10 to Bob Billings, along with a stoplight at Bob Billings and George Williams. The plan there is to make K-10 and Bob Billings be a main route for getting to campus from the west, as it would be a straight shot to get to the visitor's center from there.

January 28, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents want Legislature to back higher college-degree rate

Could we start figuring out that not everyone is cut out for college? Let's say we admit more people, including many who shouldn't be admitted. They drag down the content being taught in order to keep grades and graduation rates up. Kansas gets many more college graduates. But at the same time, Kansas universities start getting a reputation for being a pushover school, academically. Those degrees are worth absolutely diddle in comparison to other colleges.

If you had two candidates for a job, and one got their degree from MIT and the other got their degree from Tennessee Tech, who looks more impressive? The one from MIT! MIT has exclusivity, is known for admitting, teaching, and graduating geniuses. Lesser schools do not have such a reputation.

Kansas universities have reputations that they need to both maintain and improve upon (as improving upon the reputation should be the goal). To do so not only do we need to see high grades and high graduation rates, but a high standard of education. Admitting anyone who can breath does not help with that, as the school must sacrifice the standard of education to ensure that grades and graduation rates do not drop!

December 24, 2013 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students: Pay isn't the key benefit of a college education

Here's the thing though: the Bachelor's has become the new high school degree. Much of the content taught to undergrads has been severely dumbed down so that schools can compete for higher academic rankings based upon grades and graduation rates. So we churn out a ton of college grads who really don't deserve the degrees. Now we have a large workforce of college grads and not enough jobs that they really want.

So now there is far more competition between the college grads and the high school grads for jobs that normally would go for high school grads. And the college grads have the upper hand in this competition, at least against high school grads with less experience.

Unfortunately this produces a situation where just having the college degree may help you get the job (as I said earlier, it's become the new high school degree). Only difference is several years more time and a lot of money to get it.

And I really doubt this would change. Universities need students in order to continue to operate at their current levels. So people will continue to be admitted even if not merited, or even necessary.

December 24, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU students disagree with administration wetlands decision

If you go by the student definition, it's where you're registered. It's where you live. It's not whether you own the property or not. Students usually give 2 addresses: a local address and their 'permanent address'. For some the permanent address is the same as the local as they aren't being claimed by their parents for taxes, they work and live in the area. Their permanent address is in Douglas County. For others their permanent address is their parents'.

Now, someone who isn't a student but is a renter, they still have a 'permanent' address here. They essentially have no other address. They should get a say in what goes on.

I believe the distinction I want to make is between someone who isn't planning on leaving in the immediate future. Those who plan on staying in the area, they're the ones who have to live with the consequences of these decisions. What is the point of letting people who are leaving have a voice in something with potentially long-lasting repercussions? "Oh hey, I'm against this idea, so I'm going to vote against it, but I won't actually be around to see how that turns out!"

And Lawrence as a residence vs Lawrence as a place of business... I'd say if you aren't a controlling voice in the business, if it's just a job, then perhaps what goes on in the town of your business is not your concern. But if you, say, own a small business in Lawrence but live in Baldwin, then sure, I can see that being necessary. Isn't that what Chambers of Commerce are for?

October 22, 2013 at 8:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU students disagree with administration wetlands decision

If you don't call the county your permanent home, then why should you get a voice in what happens?

October 21, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Neighbor questions church's use of school

What a stupid little non-issue from someone who wants a meager 15 minutes of fame. Vintage pays rent. They aren't there on the public dime. If they weren't renting the school then the building would probably stand empty on Sundays, not making the school any additional money. The sign is temporary and comes down when not in use. It's a middle school, I doubt they'd be confused by a church's sign out in front of their school. If they're curious about it, then they can have a conversation with their parents about how freedom of religion means anyone can practice whatever religion they want and meet wherever they legally can so long as they do not impinge upon the freedom of others. And, yes, it would still be fine if Muslims wanted to rent the building, or Hindus, or Jews. Saying that it is ok for Christians to rent a school but not ok for Muslims is bigoted and goes against the freedom of religion. Get over yourselves.

October 2, 2013 at 8 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special police detail seeks to curb dangerous behavior among college students

I believe this is warning enough. They're made aware of the laws. If they want to be treated like mature adults then they should act like mature adults and not drink to excess or behave like this.

August 15, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU chancellor joins other university leaders in call for more research funding

How about the Republican Congressmen doing a little bit of cooperation instead of all their divisive actions. All they do is blame, blame, blame!

August 2, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU chancellor joins other university leaders in call for more research funding

It's not just money, it's jobs. Too many grants aren't getting funded. That means there are less people getting tenure (which is difficult to do if you can't get research money) and less positions for postdocs, grad students, technicians, etc.

At this point grants aren't being turned down due to issues with content, they're being turned down because they were unlucky in who reviewed them.

August 2, 2013 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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