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KU links: Chancellor's message on state funding; texting and driving; your crunchy chicken wrap update of the day

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Many things are published on the Internet each week. Some of them mention KU. Here is your weekly roundup of those.

• As the Kansas Legislature contemplates possible funding cuts for higher education, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little's office published a message from her arguing against such cuts for KU and other state universities.

• Men's Health magazine has an item about texting and driving, and as many people do when they're talking about texting and driving, the writer consulted with KU psychology professor Paul Atchley, who knows a thing or two about it.

• The Kansas City Star covered a talk by Shane Lopez, a professor of the practice at the KU School of Business, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He talked about the power of hope, a subject he wrote a book about. If you find it interesting, I suggest you watch the pages of the Journal-World later this week.

• Runner's World magazine reported on a forthcoming study from some KU Medical Center researchers on how certain types of shoes can affect the way teenagers run.

• And now that all that fluff is out of the way, we've got what you've really come here for: Your Crunchy Chicken Cheddar Wrap Update Of The Day. It seems the KU Memorial Unions have pounced on the wrap's run through this Cooking Channel college food bracket and are putting together a full-fledged get-out-the-vote campaign.

The Unions bought a URL to promote the wrap's tourney run: KUcrunchtime.com. And they've made banners promoting the wrap, which I'm told are posted at the KU Union and the Underground at Wescoe Hall. You may also encounter some students who've been hired to wander around campus carrying posters and banners, as well.

A banner on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. Photo courtesy of KU Memorial Unions.

A banner on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. Photo courtesy of KU Memorial Unions. by Matt Erickson

The wrap is leading Syracuse University's honey buns handily, as of Monday afternoon. Voting on this round of the bracket runs through 2 p.m. Wednesday.

We're sure that the chicken wrap's sterling performance so far is due largely to the Heard on the Hill polling bump, measured before many times by novelty online bracket scientists. It's a phenomenon that can continue only with your help, so send those KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com.

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    Shardwurm 1 year, 9 months ago

    I couldn't get past the second paragraph of Gray-Little's propaganda message.

    Spending is out of control at $tate Univer$itie$ all over the country. Here at KU we have classes being taught by people without college degrees and we're paying full tuition for them. We have professors in English classes (not Political Science) telling students that 911 was a conspiracy between George Bush and OPEC to drive up the price of oil. We have teachers putting books in PDF format, burning them onto CDs, and charging $85 for them.

    The middle class is getting ripped off and it's time to find ways to be more efficient instead of going to the same old rhetoric about "If you don't spend billions on education what does it say about you?" What it says is we're tired of pumping money into a black hole where the consumer has no say in what the Univer$ity does (if you think the Regents are looking out for us...well, LOL!). We're tired of being treated like we're morons while you stand there with a mask on and hold a gun to our heads.

    Want some ideas?

    1. Charge less for degrees that are less competitive in the job market. We all know a BA in English is worth less in the long run than what we pay for it, whereas a BS in Chemical Engineering is well worth the investment. Would you pay $65,000 for a Kia? Then why are we paying the same for an English degree as we would for Chem Engineering? And the answer isn't to just raise the cost of an Engineering Degree. This would give more people the opportunity to attend college (because the could afford it) and increase you enrollment, ultimately increasing your revenue.

    2. Charge less for 100-level courses. Give people a chance to try college without having to borrow $15,000. How many times have I heard "I can't afford college"? Get people in the classroom for a year and maybe they'll decide it's worth the investment. Over the long run this also increases enrollment. Besides...the quality of your 100-level instructors is laughable as it is. It's infuriating to pay full price to have a high school grad as your teacher.

    3. Create 3 or 4 standard schedules for Freshmen. If you're a full-time student you pick which course 'pack' you want and your schedule is set. No changes. You can drop but not add. This way you are able to more easily manage your faculty requirements because you know exactly what to expect for all freshmen. This reduces cost.

    4. Stop insulting us with Rhetoric. There are some of us who either have children in college or know people who work at the Univer$ity. I've had people tell me they get paid $30,000 a year "to surf the web and work about 2 hours a week." It's time to start cutting your greatest expense - excess personnel. We don't believe it's about the education of our youth anymore. We believe it's about money. Plain and simple. You are as much a business as IBM. Stop pretending you're not...at least we'll respect you more.

    Steve Bunch 1 year, 9 months ago

    Lots of allegations here. It would be nice to see some of it documented. For example, who exactly is teaching at KU without a college degree? I'm sure if the JW wanted to do an investigative piece they would preserve your anonymity if you gave them the necessary leads to support your assertions.

    Thomas Bryce 1 year, 9 months ago

    I personally know of a teacher teaching full Semester course loads(3 classes per semester) with Multiple degrees and a Fulbright Scholarship and making a Third( yes 1/3rd of the Pay) of what a Professor makes. I do not know of any one teaching at KU that does not have at least an under grad. degree.

    Thomas Bryce 1 year, 9 months ago

    No Ph.D offered in this field(Design and Architecture). Applying else where IS being discussed . A BFA and an MFA , several published book Editions that are in very prestigious collections around the world and a Fulbright Scholarship are just not enough for KU. A Ph.D is not required To be a Professor in all fields or Schools.

    Centerville 1 year, 9 months ago

    Did any of you know that the Chancellor has the highest salary on the state payroll? Around $500,000. All that for what? Whining.

    Thomas Bryce 1 year, 9 months ago

    Sorry, You are incorrect. According to The 2012 Kansas State payroll on Kansasopengov.org, Chancellor Gray-Little is 4th at $433,949.88. That is 4th place. Barbara Atkinson of KU Med IS THE Highest paid State employee at $789,927.44, Sheahon Zenger, KU Athletics Director is 2nd at $499,999.94. Third is Doug Girod, KU Med Center Chairperson at $434,047.51.

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