Heard on the Hill

Save the date: KU schedules McCollum Hall demolition

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University has set a specific date for the demolition of McCollum Hall, which we previously reported would take place sometime this fall. Demolition is scheduled for 7 a.m. Nov. 25, according to university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. Further details will be firmed up and shared at a later time, she ...

Former KU dean named president of University of Alabama

Sara Shepherd

A former Kansas University engineering dean has been named president of the University of Alabama. It’s actually a homecoming for Stuart Bell, who spent 16 years at the University of Alabama — first as assistant professor of mechanical engineering and, later, as department head — before he worked at KU, ...

Transgender KU grad’s story lands on unlikely stage: ‘Dance Moms’

Sara Shepherd

“When I was your age,” a bearded and button-up clad Jay Pryor tells a handful of dolled-up young dancers, “my name was Janet.” That’s from an online trailer advertising a new episode of [“Dance Moms”][1] featuring choreography inspired by the story of Pryor’s transformation from woman to man. The episode ...

Through hell in 45 minutes: 5 questions with prof performing ‘The Inferno’ at Fringe Fest

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University classics professor emeritus Stanley Lombardo’s dramatic reading of his translation of “Inferno” at this weekend’s Fringe Festival KC may be abridged, but he doesn’t leave out author Dante Alighieri’s famously ominous line, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Over the next 45 minutes — the max time ...

Provost: KU planning for implementation of same-sex spouse benefits

Sara Shepherd

For five years, Kansas University's University Senate has been studying the issue of domestic partner benefits, urging KU to offer them, and basically getting nowhere. The new U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage — obviously — is not a mere suggestion. It's causing real change, and swiftly. Just three ...

KU faculty star in 'idea' sessions at next week's Free State Festival

Sara Shepherd

It’s as if an entire section of the Free State Festival was made for the academic types of Kansas University: ideas. KU faculty are populating a great many of next week’s three dozen or so “idea” sessions planned in conjunction with the Free State Festival — these people are experts ...

KU Office of Multicultural Affairs offering counseling, gathering today in response to Charleston church shootings

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University's Office of Multicultural Affairs issued the following statement this morning in response to [Wednesday's deadly shootings of nine black men and women][1] at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. > It is with heavy hearts that we issue > this statement regarding the violence > at Emanuel AME ...

NASA grant will help get KU student's drone radar system from lab to market

Sara Shepherd

A few months ago when I was interviewing Kansas University student Lei Shi for [a story about his research on radar technology for small drones][1], I couldn't help but ask things like, "Do YOU really see drones flying all over the place, delivering pizzas and whatnot, in the foreseeable future?" ...

KU law professor running for KCMO city council

Sara Shepherd

With the Kansas City, Mo., City Council election closing in, a Kansas University law professor appears likely to win a seat. Quinton Lucas, [KU associate professor of law][1], is running to be the third district at-large representative on the council. Lucas is a fourth-generation Kansas Citian who grew up poor ...

Trekkie behind China's $97 million USS Enterprise building is a KU grad

Sara Shepherd

There is now a massive building in China shaped like the USS Enterprise from “Star Trek.” And it turns out, the Trekkie behind the phenomenon is a Kansas University graduate, [The Wall Street Journal recently reported on its China Real Time blog][1]. Hong-Kong listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft ...

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