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KU faculty star in 'idea' sessions at next week's Free State Festival

Sara Shepherd

It’s as if an entire section of the Free State Festival was made for the academic types of Kansas University: ideas. KU faculty are populating a great many of next week’s three dozen or so “idea” sessions planned in conjunction with the Free State Festival — these people are experts ...

KU Office of Multicultural Affairs offering counseling, gathering today in response to Charleston church shootings

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University's Office of Multicultural Affairs issued the following statement this morning in response to [Wednesday's deadly shootings of nine black men and women][1] at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. > It is with heavy hearts that we issue > this statement regarding the violence > at Emanuel AME ...

NASA grant will help get KU student's drone radar system from lab to market

Sara Shepherd

A few months ago when I was interviewing Kansas University student Lei Shi for [a story about his research on radar technology for small drones][1], I couldn't help but ask things like, "Do YOU really see drones flying all over the place, delivering pizzas and whatnot, in the foreseeable future?" ...

KU law professor running for KCMO city council

Sara Shepherd

With the Kansas City, Mo., City Council election closing in, a Kansas University law professor appears likely to win a seat. Quinton Lucas, [KU associate professor of law][1], is running to be the third district at-large representative on the council. Lucas is a fourth-generation Kansas Citian who grew up poor ...

Trekkie behind China's $97 million USS Enterprise building is a KU grad

Sara Shepherd

There is now a massive building in China shaped like the USS Enterprise from “Star Trek.” And it turns out, the Trekkie behind the phenomenon is a Kansas University graduate, [The Wall Street Journal recently reported on its China Real Time blog][1]. Hong-Kong listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft ...

Seven KU buildings still have ‘naming opportunities'

Sara Shepherd

So you don't have a building at Kansas University named after you yet? (Welcome to the club.) Don't give up hope. At least seven still have “naming opportunities,” according to KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, who I asked about this after reporting that [KU is naming the Art and Design Building ...

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, ...

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