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Westar rate increase takes effect Monday

Funny, my paycheck didn't go up too. :(

May 30, 2009 at 4:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$12 million settlement reached in lawsuit over deadly 2005 Boardwalk Apartment fire

I don't understand... this guy, Jason Rose, set a fire that killed *THREE PEOPLE*... and he only got 10 years in jail?!

May 20, 2009 at 12:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

I've posted a reaction to Youfist's message on my blog, at http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/tyder....

October 23, 2008 at 2:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

I've already enumerated my problems with the KU music department. I'm not going to go into it again. Sometimes the truth hurts. Maybe it's time for some of you pro-KU people to face it.

October 17, 2008 at 1:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

"kitnkat" wrote: Tyderian,Maybe the reason you didn't succeed as a M&D grad is because you suck and they let you in out of some misguided hope for your future.I think you could look at the number of auditions I've won, as well as the other programs I was accepted into before I chose KU, as evidence of the fact that I don't suck. Maybe YOU at some point tried to get into KU (or another school) and were turned away. Maybe you're just covering for your own inadequacies. Maybe you should also keep your comments about people sucking to yourself.By the way, my parents didn't tell me things like "Oh honey that was wonderful!", but I understand if your parents did. Look how far it got you!

October 16, 2008 at 12:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

I moved to Lawrence in early 2008 to be a doctoral student in the KU music department. Over the summer, several members of the music faculty admitted to me that the department has gotten out of hand with politics and red tape. They said there would be an impending reorganization as a "School of Music" in order to cut down on politics and to stay competitive with other large universities where the music departments were reorganized into "Schools of Music".As a former music graduate student at Wichita State University and the University of Connecticut, I didn't think it was all that bad at KU until the fall semester began. What I found was rigged ensemble auditions, nickel and diming for just about every expense under the sun, music theory diagnostic exams that made the graduate theory exams at UConn look like second-grade spelling, faculty who are so burnt out and overextended that they can't wait to take their next sabbatical, a department that accepts anybody and everybody as students, favoritism, secret handshakes, and I could go on.It was so bad that I dropped out of the DMA program in the second week of class. Immediately, the interim graduate studies director was ORDERING me into her office for "discussions". I showed up, only to find that she had double-booked me with other students.After those 2 weeks as a KU music doctoral student, what was immediately apparent was that the department is so bloated it doesn't know what to do with itself. There are certain faculty members who have been there for so long that they can do pretty much anything with no oversight. I discovered I had not pushed the right buttons when it came to shaking hands and currying favor with certain people. I wasn't playing in this brass band or that undergraduate music program. I didn't have this famous person as a former teacher and I wasn't on the list for that prestigious competition.So to sum up all of these criticisms succinctly: the KU music department, especially the doctoral program, admits too many students. How can it admit so many people, when it expects to cut down so many with the draconian entrance exams and academic standards? We all expect the program to be academically rigorous, but it goes overboard. They told me that they EXPECT incoming graduate students to fail the entrance exams. In the end, this just equates to forcing students to enroll in make-up work, which drives up the student/credit hour ratio, which increases the tuition money that these guys get, and really that's the bottom line. Nowhere other than KU will a student be so much a number, and nothing more. And that maybe is the biggest program with the music department, and maybe the university and the Kansas system of higher education as a whole.

October 15, 2008 at 12:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

I moved to Lawrence in early 2008 to be a doctoral student in the KU music department. Over the summer, several members of the music faculty admitted to me that the department has gotten out of hand with politics and red tape. They said there would be an impending reorganization as a "School of Music" in order to cut down on politics and to stay competitive with other large universities where those music departments were reorganized into "Schools of Music".As a former music graduate student at Wichita State University and the University of Connecticut, I didn't think it was all that bad at KU until the fall semester began. What I found was rigged ensemble auditions, nickel and diming for just about every expense under the sun, music theory diagnostic exams that made the graduate theory exams at UConn look like second-grade spelling, faculty who are so burnt out and overextended that they can't wait to take their next sabbatical, a department that accepts anybody and everybody as students, favoritism, secret handshakes, and I could go on.It was so bad that I dropped out of the DMA program in the second week of class. Immediately, the interim graduate studies director was ORDERING me into her office for "discussions". I showed up, only to find that she had double-booked me with other students.After those 2 weeks as a KU music doctoral student, what was immediately apparent was that the department is so bloated it doesn't know what to do with itself. There are certain faculty members who have been there for so long that they can do pretty much anything with no oversight. I discovered I had not pushed the right buttons when it came to shaking hands and currying favor with certain people. I wasn't playing in this brass band or that undergraduate music program. I didn't have this famous person as a former teacher and I wasn't on the list for that prestigious competition.So to sum up all of these criticisms succinctly: the KU music department, especially the doctoral program, admits too many students. How can it admit so many people, when it expects to cut down so many with the draconian entrance exams and academic standards? We all expect the program to be academically rigorous, but it goes overboard. They told me that they EXPECT incoming graduate students to fail the entrance exams. In the end, this just equates to forcing students to enroll in make-up work, which drives up the student/credit hour ratio, which increases the tuition money that these guys gets, and really that's the bottom line. Nowhere other than KU will a student be so much a number, and nothing more. And that maybe is the biggest program with the music department, and maybe the university and the Kansas system of higher education as a whole.

October 15, 2008 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to disband School of Fine Arts, establish new school, departments

This can only be a good thing. Maybe the music department as a whole will be less "Office Space"-ish (less bureaucratic) when it becomes a "School of Music" instead of a "Department of Music".

October 14, 2008 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Medicare hot line takes toll on nerves

I'm a new employee with the company. Hired with Vangent over the summer and going through training now. The trainers are good and I think they work their hardest. However, it is an enormous amount of information and after a week in training, I still could not tell you the different between "Part A" and "Part B". They handed us script shortcuts (hints) to use when we're taking calls (keywords to use when searching for scripts), and we're not even allowed to take the list of keyword shortcuts out on the call floor!Anyway, the article says we go through 7.5 weeks of training. Not true. Our group is only going through 3 weeks of training. I want to stress again how much material we have to learn, and they go through it very fast. Perhaps if they slowed down a bit.Last week they did pair us with some experienced CSR's and we got to "jack in" and listen to some calls. Mostly, the callers were referred to Social Security or other 800 hotlines. Seems like the main task was mostly to read a script and get the caller off of the line.The job does pay well though, and they have good benefits. So I'm hanging on to it for the time being.

October 13, 2008 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wal-Mart in west Lawrence rising quickly

Actually I just changed my mind. I went for a late-night visit to the Wal-mart in south Lawrence, and they were really rude to me. Overworked, underpaid employees working the 10-pm-to-7-am shift. It's a hard shift but they should teach those people some manners. I think they should bulldoze both Wal-marts and open another Target or two.

August 31, 2008 at 1:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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