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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 ...

KU grad students fighting to hold on to work hours

Ben Unglesbee

With spring break looming, graduate students at Kansas University scrambled last week to organize a response to discussions within KU around the possibility of limiting the number of hours many graduate students can work to 20 per week. The discussions are still early and revolve around how KU will adapt ...

The David Guth of Wisconsin

Ben Unglesbee

Some of you on the hill might remember a little incident last September involving a Kansas University journalism professor, a politically charged sentiment about the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., and a social media platform that disseminates statements of 140 characters or less. I'm talking about David Guth, who ...

Another setback in KU's quest for Med Center expansion

Ben Unglesbee

In recent days Kansas University officials have faced new setbacks with legislators on some key initiatives, but certainly not for lack of effort or focus. For much of the past year the university's public affairs office and top administrators have been trying to persuade lawmakers to help fund a new ...

KU students call on regents to suspend social media policy

Ben Unglesbee

Kansas University students have joined in the call for the Kansas Board of Regents to suspend a social media policy passed in December. The KU Student Senate passed a resolution this week urging the regents to ax the policy while a regents-created work group reviews it and recommends revisions. Garrett ...

KU students in Topeka to ask for break on sales taxes for textbooks

Ben Unglesbee

A contingent of Kansas University students spent the day in Topeka Tuesday advocating for higher education issues with lawmakers. Members of KU's Student Senate joined students from other Kansas Board of Regents universities traveling to the capital as part of Higher Education Day. On behalf of their student bodies, the ...

Taking to social media to test the social media policy

Ben Unglesbee

Almost immediately after the Kansas Board of Regents passed a new policy on improper social media use in December, people across the state and country took to social media to express their views. They tweeted. They Facebooked. They started email chains. A Facebook group called ["Kansas Universities Faculty & Staff ...

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