Heard on the Hill

Cal State building named for former KU administrator; Jayhawk is Washington state poet laureate; chancellor’s husband as Santa; and other KU names in the news

Sara Shepherd

Here are a few University of Kansas names in the news and some other recent updates: **• Cal State LA names building for former KU administrator:** There’s a building at California State University, Los Angeles being named after a former KU associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. James Rosser left ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Nov. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Dec. 4** • Someone used blue and purple spray paint to mark a wall and door between Dec. 1 ...

Update on multicultural student government: University Senate committee will review current Student Senate practices

Sara Shepherd

A quasi-outside committee is being formed to review how the University of Kansas Student Senate does business, then recommend diversity and inclusion reforms that may include giving equal power to a separate multicultural student senate. Several students — including the student body president and vice president — bristled at the ...

What a difference a year makes? Student Senate leaders update progress on minority student "pipeline" program, other diversity goals

Sara Shepherd

A year ago, KU’s Student Senate was [embroiled in an impeachment attempt][1] that threatened to kick out the 2015-16 executive officers, whom some accused of failing to do enough to support black and other marginalized students. Those officers ultimately kept their jobs, and took some steps to increase diversity and ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Nov. 21-27

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 27. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. Note that KU's Thanksgiving break was Nov. 23 through Nov. 27. **Nov. 22** • Police found a minor in ...

KU named bike-friendly campus; new text alert system warns drivers of lot closures

Sara Shepherd

The University of Kansas is now an official Bicycle Friendly University (bronze level), an honor bestowed by the League of American Bicyclists. That doesn’t mean friendly on your quads, as riders who pedal up the hill can no doubt attest. It means KU is “raising the standard and being innovative ...

What percent of KU community members took important online ‘climate’ survey?

Sara Shepherd

Of more than 37,000 University of Kansas community members invited to take an online survey for the KU Climate Study, more than 9,500 did, according to the university. That’s a participation rate of roughly 26 percent, by my calculations. The survey was live from Sept. 13 [to Oct. 14][1]. KU ...

More than 700 celebrity faces, autographs will have permanent home at KU library

Sara Shepherd

Famous writers, musicians, actors, sports figures — University of Kansas associate professor of film and media studies John Tibbetts has interviewed and painted portraits of more than 700 such personalities. Those portraits, all signed by their subjects, will have a permanent home at KU’s Spencer Research Library. KU Libraries announced ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Nov. 14 through Nov. 20

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 20. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Nov. 20** • Someone stole items from a vehicle Nov. 18 or Nov. 19 at Lot 111, 500 block ...

KU notes recent deaths of retired English professors, African studies lecturer

Sara Shepherd

This fall, the University of Kansas community is mourning the deaths of two retired English professors and an African and African-American studies lecturer known for teaching Kiswahili. The university this month shared statements remembering the three teachers. *** George Worth, 87, was a professor emeritus of English who worked at ...

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