JackMartin_KUCommunications (Jack Martin)


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Editorial: Who should pay?

This is only hinted at, but the LJW knows that the university cannot use other sources of income to fund these flights. The LJW knows this because it ran a story about this topic three days ago: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/mar...

This is the same reason the LJW couldn't reimburse the university for the cost of the reporter who flew on one of the trips, because doing so would make the university a commercial charter air service. Individual university departments and units, including Kansas Athletics, do pay for the cost of these trips, but FAA rules require that the funds come from a common treasury.

More importantly, there is no mention here of the return on investment - financial and otherwise - that results from these flights. Trademark licensing revenue alone more than offsets the cost of the Kansas Athletics flights (and in actuality the costs of all five years of non-medical flights and thensome), and the donations secured during travel to meet with donors far exceed the costs of that travel. Just like the university leverages state funding to secure other funds - to the point that 70% of KU employees are now paid via non-state funds - this is a tool used to leverage state funding.

March 4, 2015 at 8:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

FAA rules mean KU Athletics can’t pay for flights on university planes

The net financial benefit to the university from Kansas Athletics easily outweighs these expenses. For example, payments to the university from trademark licensing revenue alone average more than $1 million per year.

March 1, 2015 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential

“It's easy to find fault these days. In fact, it is easier to criticize than to compliment or praise.”

“There's no question that flying by jet beats long hours on a highway or the hassle of commercial air travel with long waits, canceled flights and schedules that keep faculty and staff away from their classrooms and offices for too long. The KU jet has helped the university and the state in many ways.

“There's likely to be continued criticism of the use and expense of the jet, particularly in the current tight financial climate. Nevertheless, KU officials are being careful and demanding in how the plane is used, and it has been a tremendous asset for the university and the state.

“By most every measurement, the jet has been a bargain and winner for KU and the state.”
-- Dolph Simons in http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/oct...

Mr. Simons chaired the committee that recommended the purchase of the jet that was the predecessor to the current one.

Additionally, left unmentioned in this story is the fact that the net financial benefit to the university from Kansas Athletics far outweighs the expenses detailed here. Payments to the university from trademark licensing revenue alone average more than $1 million per year more than offsetting the athletics expenses above.

March 1, 2015 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU names two new Daisy Hill residence halls

No students will be forced to live in these halls, or in any of our residence or scholarship halls. These new halls are reserved for first-year students, but many first-year students will choose to live in other residence or scholarship halls, and some will choose to live off campus.

February 11, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Poor timing

We didn't announce it. You did. Twice, in fact, with a third story in the works.

The Lawrence Journal-World has already written not one but two stories about the plane, the January 16 piece referenced above being largely a rehash of the original November 9 article. And a third story is being reported at this very moment. So if the author of this editorial is concerned about the timing or nature of the coverage, perhaps he or she should ask some questions inside the LJW first.

To expand on the one brief mention of medical outreach in the editorial, these flights serve patients around Kansas who would otherwise have to travel for hours to see specialists in fields ranging from cardiology to oncology to pediatrics. This outreach is the evolution of the Rural Health Program, created through state funding in 1949 to serve the people of Kansas, and known at the time as the Murphy Plan after its creator, then-Dean of Medicine Franklin Murphy, quoted in the editorial.

January 27, 2015 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents, university officials fear budget cuts ahead

This issue is a perennial favorite of KPI, whether for universities or K-12 schools. We have addressed this multiple times, but will do so again.

These so-called "reserves" are measured by KPI in the summer. Tuition payments don't start coming in until September, so to pay employees and vendors until then we use these balances. And contrary to what is claimed above, there were cash management problems as a result of lower balances in the past. More at: http://publicaffairs.ku.edu/govrelati...

We're following standard cash management practices. No business would spend down accounts needed to pay employees and vendors and be in business for long.

November 19, 2014 at 10:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Uneasy silence

The investigators who wrote the Wainstein Report interviewed 126 individuals. They found no cause to contact Chancellor Gray-Little for an interview.

If the Lawrence Journal-World has evidence that these investigators did not, it should produce that evidence. Thus far, the LJW has merely presented a rehash of past stories, none of which support its insinuations.

Similarly, if this newspaper and its publisher have evidence regarding Kansas Athletics and academics, it should present it, as currently the LJW is merely throwing accusations against the wall to see if anything sticks.

November 19, 2014 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

21-year-old KU student charged with aggravated sexual battery, criminal restraint

In addition to whatever conditions a judge may set, KU Institutional Opportunity and Access can and does implement measures such as no contact orders and academic accommodations, including changing class schedules.

November 13, 2014 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student booked into jail in masked man disruption

The last line of this story does not accurately reflect the measures that were taken. According to a message from Capt. Anguiano to the LJW, "[W]hile no extra officers were called in, on-duty officers were directed to conduct safety sweeps of Wescoe Hall, during which nothing of any concern was noted. In addition, both security officers and police officers on campus Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were made aware of the earlier incident and had a heightened sense of awareness of anything unusual or possibly connected to the earlier incidents. Nothing was found."

November 7, 2014 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU celebrates 142nd Commencement

You can read Chancellor Gray-Little's remarks at http://chancellor.ku.edu/speeches/201...

And in reference to your post's call for photographs, we're also posting graduation photos at http://facebook.com/KU

May 18, 2014 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )