Heard on the Hill

New KU School of Business building 'tops out'

Sara Shepherd

Capitol Federal Hall reached a construction milestone earlier this month: its full height. The new home of the Kansas University School of Business, under construction on Naismith Drive across from Allen Fieldhouse, marked the occasion as the final beam was lifted into place. The School of Business shared these shots ...

KU debaters fall short of Final Four at National Debate Tournament

Sara Shepherd

Hours after the Duke men’s basketball team beat Wisconsin to win last night’s NCAA National Championship, the National Debate Tournament championship was still, well, under debate. Jayhawks weren't there, either, though. Just before midnight — when I got an update from KU debate director Scott Harris — debaters from Northwestern ...

KU unveils new look for marching band uniforms

Sara Shepherd

When you’re spending $300,000 to outfit 270 people with new uniforms, a one-and-done look probably isn’t the way to go. (Recall, for example, the [Zubaz-esque shorts][1] and [monochromatic — aka "smurf" — jerseys][2] the Kansas University men’s basketball team donned back in 2013.) The KU Marching Jayhawks will get new ...

There’s always debate season, right?

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University men’s basketball team suffered a [disappointing loss to Wichita State University last weekend][1], knocking the Jayhawks out of the running for an NCAA national championship this year. But there’s another KU team with a shot at a national title the weekend of April 4 — in fact, ...

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 ...

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