Heard on the Hill

Marketing firm survey says Jayhawks are state's most famous brand

Sara Shepherd

Never underestimate the reach of a powerhouse basketball program. I’ve had a student from China tell me, when settling on an American university to attend, that he picked KU because he’d heard of its basketball team and thought it was cool. I know people who never attended KU who got ...

New school year brings new traffic booth locations, people and more at KU

Sara Shepherd

Today is the first day of school for KU’s Lawrence campus, and with this new school year comes a number of new things. From newly located traffic booths to multimillion-dollar new buildings to beaks on buses, here are a few worth noting: **Newly relocated traffic booths** There’s more campus access ...

Where did all the lilacs go on Lilac Lane?

Sara Shepherd

After hearing all the lilacs had suddenly disappeared from Kansas University’s Lilac Lane I thought, “No way,” and went to see for myself. Sure enough, every bush has been ripped out, and there’s just mud where they once lined the street behind Fraser Hall. At least for this KU/Oread neighborhood ...

Casting call: KU Theatre needs black, Latino actors for two fall plays

Sara Shepherd

In some roles, the actor could be any race. Others really require the real thing. The latter is true for two of Kansas University Theatre’s fall plays, but with a limited pool of theater majors of color, directors are trying to reach a broader audience about casting calls, which start ...

‘Helped on bomb?’ KU professor, graduates secretly designed atomic weapons at Los Alamos

Sara Shepherd

In the days following the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the then-Lawrence Daily Journal-World published accounts of the bomb’s power and the scientific breakthrough it represented. While combing the archives for clips used with [today’s front-page story, "Hiroshima 70 years after the bomb: Local emotions on ...

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 ...

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