Heard on the Hill

Kansas Regents make top 10 list — for being anti-free speech, according to national group

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas Board of Regents made the '10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2014' list, announced today by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. Regarding the Regents and the lone other non-university list-maker, FIRE's announcement explains: “Two of the institutions listed aren’t colleges but still deserve ...

KU sports psychology expert sees lessons in Kansas City Royals team chemistry

Scott Rothschild

Watching the Kansas City Royals come back from several deficits and win a wild card game and advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs, Mary Fry saw a team that gets it. Fry, director of Kansas University's Sports and Exercise Psychology Lab, said the Royals are an example of a ...

In response to Ferguson, two KU professors say it's time to end 'investigatory stops' by police

Scott Rothschild

Writing in response to the events in Ferguson, Mo., Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody, professors at Kansas University's School of Public Affairs and Administration, had a recent opinion piece published by The Washington Post, in which they called for an end to "investigatory stops" by police as a way to ...

KU prof says NFL toughening suspension policy for domestic assault shows public pressure can work

Scott Rothschild

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to toughen penalties for players accused of domestic violence, shows that the public can influence large sports organizations, a Kansas University assistant professor said Friday. Jordan Bass, executive director of KU's Laboratory for the Study of Sport Management, said Goodell's mea culpa "speaks to how ...

Pros and cons of performance-based budgeting reviewed

Scott Rothschild

For you policy wonks, there is nice article on The Pew Charitable Trusts website about something that is being talked about more in Kansas called performance-based budgeting. Here is a [link][1] to that article. Performance-based budgeting ties state funding decisions to specific goals. The article goes over the pros and ...

Brownback subscribes to 60 percent plan, but provides no details on how much that will cost

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Kenny Wilk said he was delighted to hear Gov. Sam Brownback adopted one of the regents' main goals — getting 60 percent of Kansas adults to have some kind of post-secondary degree or work-related credential. Wilk, a former Republican legislator who was appointed to the ...

Another professor in tweet controversy

Scott Rothschild

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has apparently revoked a job offer to a professor who went to Twitter to criticize Israel over the bombardment of Gaza. The incident is reminiscent of the controversy last year when Kansas University professor David Guth wrote tweets critical of the NRA after a ...

KU's newest academic building: Capitol Federal Hall

Ben Unglesbee

The national roster of university building names is generally composed of the ghosts of former administrators and rich alumni who shared their deep pockets with their alma maters. KU is no different in that respect. The names of wealthy alumni grace many of the university's halls and libraries: Anschutz, Eaton, ...

KU Student Body's "Burritogate" saga roils on, but end could be near

Ben Unglesbee

Another chapter in the Kansas University student body "Burritogate" saga was written Thursday. Its authors were the University Judicial Board, a body of faculty, staff and students that resolves "to whatever extent possible" conflicts, complaints and grievances brought before them. The board had the final say on the matter of ...

The future of KU parking: fewer spaces that cost more

Ben Unglesbee

"I want you to feel my pain." That's what Donna Hultine told an audience Monday to explain why she was showing them photo after photo of cracked and potholed concrete. For Hultine, the director of KU Parking and Transit, campus parking lots crumbling visibly on her watch is painful. So ...

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