Heard on the Hill

KU chancellor elaborates on why she vetoed funding for Multicultural Student Government

Sara Shepherd

When Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little [vetoed Student Senate funding for a Multicultural Student Government][1], she cited a couple key points in a letter to Student Senate leaders. One, the student organization does not yet exist as a government. Two, university code doesn’t allow more than one government representing any ...

‘Bring the T. rex home’ and other campus projects worth noting

Sara Shepherd

Earlier this year I wrote about how Kansas University Endowment was foraying into crowdfunding-style campaigns with a new effort called Launch KU. (In case you missed that story, [click here to read it now][1].) There's a new batch of Launch KU projects open now. Obviously KU Endowment is looking for ...

She, he or they? New KU staff nametags will volunteer preferred gender pronouns

Sara Shepherd

Covering Kansas University over the past year, I’ve seen a number of students and employees (I’d say an increasing number) automatically volunteer their preferred gender pronouns when introducing themselves — usually before giving presentations, asking questions in forums, speaking at Student Senate meetings, etc. If you’re not familiar with gender ...

KU faculty: Who’s retiring, who got tenure and who’ll be out of the office next year

Sara Shepherd

This time of year, thousands of Kansas University students graduate and enter a new phase of life: the working world. At the same time, there’s a slice of the KU community clocking out of the working world for good — for some after no less than half a century at ...

‘Reassert its control over the curriculum,’ and other things KU Faculty Senate should do next year

Sara Shepherd

At the final Faculty Senate executive committee meeting of the year last week, outgoing Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker handed over the reins — along with some leftover items of importance — to the incoming president and committee members. This year’s Faculty Senate capped the semester with perhaps its biggest ...

Great moments from KU graduation 2016

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University’s annual commencement ceremony is always a festive event, from the graduates gathered pre-ceremony on Memorial Drive to the proud families in the stands at Memorial Stadium. Here’s a roundup of a few great graduation day (and weekend) moments, as spotted on social media. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFcF3anjTf5/?tagged=kugrads https://twitter.com/saramarieshep/status/731878505282076673 https://www.instagram.com/p/BFb4m2nv3qi/?tagged=kugrads https://www.instagram.com/p/BFbafcqrUdV/?taken-by=whit_sipp https://twitter.com/caboni/status/731880764044779520 ...

Naismith’s original rules of ‘Basket Ball’ freshly installed, now on view at KU’s DeBruce Center

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University’s DeBruce Center is now truly complete: James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” — the high-profile acquisition for which the building was constructed — are installed and on display. The building opened to the public a few weeks ago and the rules were put in place Friday morning, ...

Memorial Drive reconstruction project, other summer road closures start Monday on KU campus

Sara Shepherd

If you can find a spot, Memorial Drive is one of the best places to park on the Kansas University campus, I think. Assuming you’re trying to get somewhere on Jayhawk Boulevard, it’s halfway up the hill. Plus it’s peaceful, shady and offers a view of Marvin Grove. It’s also ...

KU adding new position in CLAS, associate dean of diversity and inclusion; honor for McCollum 'Implosion Team'

Sara Shepherd

I noticed last week that Kansas University is creating a new administrative position for diversity and inclusion, an associate dean of diversity and inclusion. Here’s some more information about that job. The associate dean of diversity and inclusion will report to and advise the dean of KU’s College of Liberal ...

KU rape lawsuit moves to federal court; UDK case appears headed for settlement

Sara Shepherd

The case of Daisy Tackett v. Kansas University — filed by a former KU rower who said a football player raped her at Jayhawker Towers — has been reassigned from Douglas County District Court to federal court. KU asked for the case to be moved because its allegations fall under ...

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