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House's top budget writer says legislators will have lots of questions for higher education officials

I was thinking the same thing about his comment in relation to private donations. It's PRIVATE money, which can be earmarked for anything. Do I like that new buildings seem to get the bulk of those donations over scholarships for the underprivileged? No. However, I would much rather have someone generously donate to the University for a new building, rather than refuse donations outright.
Plus, how many of you have actually been in these buildings? Let me tell you, not much has changed or been upgraded since I was a freshman almost 25 years ago - same terrible cinder block walls with drab colors, terrible seating, dirty white boards (and sometimes, even old school chalk boards!), dirty rooms, etc., etc. - except for the NEW buildings, which thankfully, weren't designed to look like a prison. Frankly, spending so much tuition to sit in neglected, horrible spaces is somewhat insulting. It probably makes sense to rebuild completely, rather than try to upgrade these spaces. Bring on the new buildings, I say. :)

August 6, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House's top budget writer says legislators will have lots of questions for higher education officials

Actually, the coffee area/student lounge in Summerfield (current business building) has a plaque indicating that it is the Koch Commons (and I believe in relation to some type of donation?). One doesn't generally have their name attached to something at the university without some type of financial backing, as far as I know. Granted, that's not a building, but it is attached to Koch Industries.

August 6, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence anti-hunger advocates worried by proposed food stamp cuts

The Kansas DCF website with the income information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/applican...

P.S. You do have to be poor to qualify. Some people on this thread and elsewhere should really try more empathy and far less judgment.

July 20, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Knology changes its name to WOW!; lifts usage caps on Internet service

I fully understand that. However, it should not affect how often the signal is dropped or errors-out, and at the Silver speed test levels, it certainly should not be buffering, all which it currently does - despite WOW's technicians having no answer for the service issues (other than a clogged network and old infrastructure). Perhaps, that's their party line, but rather than fixing it, they seem perfectly happy to just shrug and provide excuses. It's not like any of the levels are inexpensive, especially when purchased without cable service (for which I'm charged an extra $20 or so/month extra for having internet alone).

May 14, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Knology changes its name to WOW!; lifts usage caps on Internet service

I'm a little confused. Since we currently pay for internet service based on the usage limits (I have Silver now, since I always went over with Bronze), does this mean there is going to be some type of rate adjustment? Wouldn't everyone just switch back to Bronze (less expensive), if WOW will be keeping the same rate tiers without usage caps?

Seems like the system is clogged enough, without removing the caps (even the technician who came for a service call here admitted that service was bad during "heavy usage times" and due to old infrastructure). Did I miss rate information somewhere in the article? I haven't received any emails or snail mail related to any change (although customer service has been WOW for some time), so I'm curious as to whether I should switch to AT&T now, or if staying with WOW will be less expensive (and better!) than it is currently.

May 14, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

University Senate pushes for more tuition assistance benefits for faculty, staff and their families

I'm all for increasing enrollment and permitting more people access to college, but how about expanding tuition assistance to graduate students, too? With an EFC of $0 from my FAFSA, I receive roughly $1200 per year (if I'm full time) in grant money from the University (pretty much a "you're poor, so here's some assistance" fund), IF that aid hasn't "run out" by the time Financial Aid gets around to figuring my aid package (submitted well before the Mar. 1 deadline). In-state tuition (and fees) is roughly $2500 for two classes (6 hours total). Full-time enrollment would be more. Yes, a "bargain" compared to many places, but still very difficult to manage out of pocket each semester.

Graduate students have not benefited from the guaranteed tuition freezes that undergrads do and have seemingly shouldered the brunt of yearly tuition increases without an increase in funding. Read: grad tuition goes up every single year - no locked-in prices for us, unfortunately.

If this goes through, maybe I should just "marry" an employee, so I can afford to finish my degree...

May 3, 2013 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rules tighten on TANF recipients

Actually, that should read "$600 PER YEAR" not $6k.

Not sure why my post appeared twice... Sorry!

May 2, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rules tighten on TANF recipients

I'm getting very frustrated with the lack of pertinent information being reported in relation to these "welfare" laws. First, how many new mothers receive this assistance? It has to be very low, consider the extremely low number of individuals receiving TANF in the first place. As someone else pointed out, TANF is not the lottery. In Kansas, one has to earn less than $6000 PER YEAR to qualify (I believe - couldn't find that number this time around on the site).

According to the State's own website, health care, child care, etc. are NOT GUARANTEED. From my own experience, child care is not fully covered - not even close. Do any of you really know how much childcare for an infant is? Several years ago, it was well over $800 per month at a local non-profit center. This is assuming one can get in, of course. What jobs here in town pay enough to cover the cost of childcare and living expenses? This is a multi-faceted systemic issue that should NOT be placed squarely on the backs of the working poor.

Let's all try to inform ourselves about existing policies and who is affecting before being so judgmental, shall we?

http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pa...

May 2, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rules tighten on TANF recipients

I'm getting very frustrated with the lack of pertinent information being reported in relation to these "welfare" laws. First, how many new mothers receive this assistance? It has to be very low, consider the extremely low number of individuals receiving TANF in the first place. As someone else pointed out, TANF is not the lottery. In Kansas, one has to earn less than $6000 PER YEAR to qualify.

According to the State's own website, health care, child care, etc. are NOT GUARANTEED. From my own experience, child care is not fully covered - not even close. Do any of you really know how much childcare for an infant is? Several years ago, it was well over $800 per month at a local non-profit center. This is assuming one can get in, of course. What jobs here in town pay enough to cover the cost of childcare and living expenses? This is a systemic issue that should be placed squarely on the backs of the working poor.

Let's all try to inform ourselves about existing policies and who is affecting before being so judgmental, shall we?

http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pa...

May 2, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

You seem to be speaking repeatedly from a position of privilege: a) that you have a car or easy access to one and the income for upkeep and gas, b) you have a local support system in town at your beck and call to provide rides, c) you have a working phone to call said support system, d) you have medical insurance and access to a physician, e) you have an employment position that permits you time off to see said physician and to perhaps permit sick days to manage your symptoms, and f) you have the income to pay for the medication to treat the migraines. If more people would stop assuming that everyone has these luxuries, then perhaps we could come from a place of understanding and assistance rather than judgment and finger-wagging.

May 1, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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