Comment history

Oil motive

I'm sick and tired of this war. It's time to stop pouring out the blood of America's sons and daughters because Sunnis and Shiites can't resolve some doctrinal disputes.

September 18, 2007 at 6:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Action lauded

Too bad Nancy Boyda has a pretty rotten track record re: opposing the Iraq War.

August 8, 2007 at 6:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Other costs

I'm sick of reading about Wal-Mart. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way. Every day, some new letter to the editor repeats arguments that have appeared in the pages of the LJW before.

Isn't it time we devoted our time, and our letter to the editor space, to something more worthwhile?

June 14, 2007 at 8:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campus funding still not a fix-all

Shardwurm, it's a lot cheaper to have those grad students teaching the classes than hiring more professors. And I hardly think cutting professor's salaries (or increasing class load) is the answer if KU wishes to remain competitive with similar Research I state universities.

June 8, 2007 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Losing touch

Agreed on this one. Athletics is far tooo important at our dear university.

June 1, 2007 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sheltered lives

Judy and Craig, to an extent I agree with you. Some homeschooling is probably driven by an unhealthy desire to shelter children, and such sheltering may eventually hurt them in the long run.

But to an even greater extent, I find your letter deeply troubling. You may disagree with the actions of some parents, but they absolutely do, and should, have the right to raise their children according to the dictates of their conscience (religious or otherwise). While you claim to value diversity, your letter seems to imply that such tolerance for diversity does not extend to those who hold certain religious/political beliefs with which you do not agree. In one sense, that is fine with me, for you are holding true to your convictions, just as those "conservative Christians" are---as long as you do not couch such intolerance in a rhetoric of diversity.

May 22, 2007 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lariviere doesn't plan to step down

Regarding whether graduate students should vote on new faculty hires, any honest assessment of the issue must concede that reasonable people disagree on this matter. Though I believe graduate students should have such voting rights, I can see good arguments against my belief---and as far as I am aware, none of those good arguments use the word "crap" or any other references to defecation.

Many departments at KU have strongly felt that graduate students should vote on new faculty hires and have done so for decades under the aegis of Article XIX. It would be fine to overturn this policy through democratic debate and amendment to the University Senate Code. It is much worse to overturn this tradition through a new Provost's fiat that runs contrary to longstanding interpretation of that section of the Code.

May 14, 2007 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lariviere doesn't plan to step down

yourworstnightmare, have you read the language of the section of the University Senate Code (Article XIX) that Lariviere "reinterpreted" in order to remove grad student votes? Decades, ago, the language of that section was inserted in the first place to preserve student rights of membership on committees! Thus, he unilaterally violated longstanding interpretation of University Senate Code without going through the proper channels to change such code!

I might remind everyone that Lariviere is also the one who unilaterally (without discussion) tried to get rid of anti-plagiarism software at the university... until the uproar caused by faculty, graduate students, and the press.

In short, during his tenure at KU, he has established a track record of doing what he wants, when he wants, regardless of the opinion of the broader university community he is supposed to serve. I believe KU deserves better leadership.

May 11, 2007 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lariviere doesn't plan to step down

I believe KU made a mistake when they hired Lariviere. This seems to be another instance of him putting his own needs before those of the broader KU community---as he did when he unilaterally, without any real discussion, singlehandedly overturned the decades-old right of individual departments to determine whether graduate students can vote on new faculty hires.

HIs presence is just one reason why I will probaly never donate any money to KU after my time in graduate school is done.

May 11, 2007 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Errant laughter

Ragingbear... that's a little harsh, isn't it? Briefly mentioning a quote from one of the most important historical/religious leaders who ever lived hardly qualifies as "[forcing] her religion down our throat."

April 12, 2007 at 7:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )