Heard on the Hill

KU student's winning piano design is a work of art

Sara Shepherd

Musical instrument? Art? Both? (I'm going to say both.) A Kansas University student’s striking sculptural piano design beat out more than 100 international submissions to be among seven winners of the first Roland Corporation Digital Piano Design Awards. The design, entitled “Amber Unleashed,” was created by Rebekah Winegarner, an industrial ...

'We promised': KU provost shares list of diversity and inclusion steps made so far

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University provost’s office now has, on paper, a “Diversity Action Plan” listing things KU has done and things it will do in the coming semester and year to improve diversity and inclusivity on campus. Interim provost Sara Rosen shared the plan Thursday in a [letter][1] to the campus. ...

State senators introduce bill in attempt to permanently exempt universities from concealed carry law

Sara Shepherd

A group of five democratic state senators — including two from Douglas County — is trying to reverse the portion of a law requiring public colleges to allow concealed carry of guns on their campuses starting in July 2017. Under current law, the personal and family protection act, postsecondary educational ...

Student Senate hosting public forum on effort to ban all tobacco from campus

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University Student Senate will host a public forum Wednesday regarding the Tobacco Free KU initiative. The forum will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union, prior to the 6:30 p.m. Student Senate meeting. KU human resources director Ola Faucher will present information on ...

Prescription drugs, hundreds in cash stolen from KU dorm rooms as residents slept

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University police are looking for whoever burglarized at least six rooms of a KU residence hall on the same night, stealing prescription drugs and hundreds of dollars in cash while residents slept. On Thursday, students reported six aggravated burglaries that occurred between late Wednesday night and Thursday morning at ...

Candidate visits kick off Monday for leader of new KU Student Veteran Center

Sara Shepherd

As I reported last fall (on Veterans Day, to be specific), Kansas University’s Student Veterans Lounge is closing along with the Burge Union in March. But in its place [KU is planning something bigger and better for vets: the Student Veteran Center][1], to be located in Summerfield Hall after the ...

Time capsule: One year ago today, KU played host to perhaps its biggest VIP yet

Sara Shepherd

On this day a year ago, the Kansas University campus was decidedly more abuzz than this cold, cloudy and slushy Friday. On Jan. 22, 2015, KU was busy welcoming arguably its biggest VIP visitor in more than a century — President Barack Obama. Previously the last sitting U.S. president to ...

KU v. K-State court disagreement inspires Board of Regents to propose 'Notice of Litigation Policy'

Sara Shepherd

If one state university is going to sue another state university, the Kansas Board of Regents at least wants to know about it first. Same goes for when a university plans to file a brief opposing another university in a court case. That’s the gist of a proposed “Notice of ...

KU professors who died over break remembered for focus on social justice, pioneering in pharmacy

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University community is mourning two professors who died over the winter break. Toni Johnson, associate professor of social welfare, died Jan. 7 in Austin, Texas. She was 59. Johnson had worked at KU since 2005, according to a KU [news release][1]. Her field of study was children’s mental ...

Updates from the DeBruce Center, future home of Naismith’s ‘Rules of Basket Ball’

Sara Shepherd

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the DeBruce Center, the big glass building under construction adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse that will soon be home to James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball.” But things over there are moving right along. When plans were first announced a couple ...

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