Heard on the Hill

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 ...

Athlete graduation rates: Men’s basketball, women’s golf teams had highest of all KU sports

Sara Shepherd

If you don’t count the ones who transferred or otherwise left the university in good academic standing (i.e. went pro), every University of Kansas men's basketball player who came to KU between 2006 and 2009 went on to graduate in six years or less, according to newly released stats from ...

University governance taking stance on campus carry; Multicultural Student Government plans new request

Sara Shepherd

University of Kansas administration continues working on weapons policy updates with the assumption that beginning July 1, 2017, the university must allow legally carried concealed guns on its campus — as current law dictates. The latest step forward was Wednesday, when a Kansas Board of Regents [recommended KU’s proposed weapons ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 13

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 13. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Nov. 13** • Someone stole an XBox 360 between Nov. 11 and Nov. 13 in Jayhawker Towers. Loss was ...

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