Heard on the Hill

KU's new plan for desk-side trash cans hinges on personal responsibility — and the fruit flies probably know it

Sara Shepherd

In an effort to increase recycling and reallocate janitor hours, Kansas University has a new plan for employees’ workstation trash cans. However, its success will hinge on employees taking out their own trash. Started already at the new Capitol Federal Hall and rolling out building by building, desk-side trash cans ...

Postcard from KU: Photos of major things being built, dug up while you’re away for the summer

Sara Shepherd

For the Kansas University community members who’ve left campus for the summer, here are just a few snapshots of what’s going on construction-wise while you’re away. This should enable you a glimpse of the unusually high amount of construction activity without having to maneuver the labyrinth that is campus with ...

Professor leaving KU to lead new OU School of Biomedical Engineering; updates on a few other Jayhawks

Sara Shepherd

Around this time last year, I visited the lab of Kansas University professor Michael Detamore, where he oh-so-patiently answered questions for a feature on what he does there: tissue engineering. At least to a nonscientist like me, the concept of creating replacement body parts from combinations of biological and synthetic ...

Plaintiff adds new complaints against KU coach in Jayhawker Towers rape lawsuit

Sara Shepherd

Former Kansas University rower Daisy Tackett has added a couple of new allegations to [her lawsuit against KU][1], in which she said a football player raped her in Jayhawker Towers and that KU failed to comply with Title IX after she reported the incident. Specifically the new accusations take aim ...

Last single-gender dorm standing: $13.5 million ‘restoration’ will maintain Corbin’s all-women tradition

Sara Shepherd

As Kansas University constructs new residence halls and renovates older ones, the buildings are all moving in the same direction: going co-ed, with increasingly more privacy and suite-style living. But there’s going to be one holdout. Corbin Hall is KU’s sole remaining all-women’s residence hall, and even after an extensive ...

Original owner shares ‘last rites’ for Jayhawk Bookstore, says building now up for sale or lease

Sara Shepherd

The owner of the Jayhawk Bookstore building says it’s up for sale or lease. Bill Muggy owns the building at 1420 Crescent Road, just off the Kansas University campus at Crescent and Naismith Drive. On Thursday, the Jayhawk Bookstore will close its doors for good, leaving the prime spot “at ...

Trolley-inspired bus shelter on Jayhawk Boulevard not happening as hoped; KU turkey burger wants your vote; chancellor in NYT

Sara Shepherd

In 1948 workmen removed what was believed to be the last 60 feet of trolley tracks from the KU Loop that operated on The Hill from 1910 to 1933, according to [kuhistory.com][1]. In 2014, work on the [Jayhawk Boulevard reconstruction project][2] uncovered more remaining track that had been buried under ...

Second KU sex assault lawsuit moves to federal court

Sara Shepherd

Following the path of a related sexual assault lawsuit filed earlier, the case of Jane Doe 7 v. Kansas University has also been moved from Douglas County to federal court. “Doe” [publicly identified herself earlier this month as Sarah McClure][1], and said she was a freshman on the KU rowing ...

One made national news, another sued — how many other KU faculty lose their appointments each year?

Sara Shepherd

You don’t normally hear much about the junior faculty members who don’t get tenure and, basically, subsequently disappear from Kansas University after just a couple years on the Hill. This semester was different. Two assistant professors didn't get reappointed and made the news: Andrea Quenette in communication studies, because [her ...

A broken window already at the brand new DeBruce Center — a more scientific explanation of what happened

Sara Shepherd

My [Tuesday post about the broken glass pane at Kansas University’s new DeBruce Center][1] being attributed to shifting seems to have caused some alarm. KU Memorial Union and construction people felt like a more scientific explanation was needed. Here goes. The building isn’t sinking and falling down (which certainly would ...

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