Heard on the Hill

Who gets to use the N-word? Visiting lecturer gives his take

Sara Shepherd

Thursday night I covered the University of Kansas Common Book keynote event featuring celebrated author and editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, Jabari Asim. One of Asim’s books is “The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why,” and during the event’s Q and A portion an attendee aptly ...

KU Student Senate asks donors to help fund election campaigns for underrepresented students

Sara Shepherd

Last year, a group of minority and underrepresented students trying to establish their own separate “multicultural student government” at the University of Kansas cited unfairness in the current Student Senate election process as one reason such a body was needed. Among other things, they complained that the election spending limit ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Sept. 19 through Sept. 25

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 25. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Sept. 25** • Someone pushed over a motorcycle, damaging it, Sept. 25 in Lot 111, 500 block of West ...

Watch this space: Heard on the Hill is back

Sara Shepherd

Astute Journal-World readers may have noticed something recently. And the ones who like reading my stuff might have been worried. My byline has been MIA for a while, and so has Heard on the Hill. Good news (at least for those in the “like reading my stuff” camp), I’m back. ...

KU's new plan for desk-side trash cans hinges on personal responsibility — and the fruit flies probably know it

Sara Shepherd

In an effort to increase recycling and reallocate janitor hours, Kansas University has a new plan for employees’ workstation trash cans. However, its success will hinge on employees taking out their own trash. Started already at the new Capitol Federal Hall and rolling out building by building, desk-side trash cans ...

Postcard from KU: Photos of major things being built, dug up while you’re away for the summer

Sara Shepherd

For the Kansas University community members who’ve left campus for the summer, here are just a few snapshots of what’s going on construction-wise while you’re away. This should enable you a glimpse of the unusually high amount of construction activity without having to maneuver the labyrinth that is campus with ...

Professor leaving KU to lead new OU School of Biomedical Engineering; updates on a few other Jayhawks

Sara Shepherd

Around this time last year, I visited the lab of Kansas University professor Michael Detamore, where he oh-so-patiently answered questions for a feature on what he does there: tissue engineering. At least to a nonscientist like me, the concept of creating replacement body parts from combinations of biological and synthetic ...

Plaintiff adds new complaints against KU coach in Jayhawker Towers rape lawsuit

Sara Shepherd

Former Kansas University rower Daisy Tackett has added a couple of new allegations to [her lawsuit against KU][1], in which she said a football player raped her in Jayhawker Towers and that KU failed to comply with Title IX after she reported the incident. Specifically the new accusations take aim ...

Last single-gender dorm standing: $13.5 million ‘restoration’ will maintain Corbin’s all-women tradition

Sara Shepherd

As Kansas University constructs new residence halls and renovates older ones, the buildings are all moving in the same direction: going co-ed, with increasingly more privacy and suite-style living. But there’s going to be one holdout. Corbin Hall is KU’s sole remaining all-women’s residence hall, and even after an extensive ...

Original owner shares ‘last rites’ for Jayhawk Bookstore, says building now up for sale or lease

Sara Shepherd

The owner of the Jayhawk Bookstore building says it’s up for sale or lease. Bill Muggy owns the building at 1420 Crescent Road, just off the Kansas University campus at Crescent and Naismith Drive. On Thursday, the Jayhawk Bookstore will close its doors for good, leaving the prime spot “at ...

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