Heard on the Hill

'Whites only' no more: KU unveils marker to commemorate Strong Hall sit-in of 1965

Sara Shepherd

Once upon a time, Kansas University Student Housing and The University Daily Kansan student newspaper allowed advertisements for off-campus rentals that specified “whites only.” That and a few other discriminatory practices at KU ended as a result of a significant civil rights event that occurred more than 50 years ago ...

Faculty ponder: Do suggested policy changes give KU too much control over employees’ inventions?

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University administration is proposing some revisions to the university’s intellectual property policy, and to the “Employee Invention Assignment Agreement” that goes along with it, which faculty are supposed to sign. Some faculty leaders, however, think the policy gives KU too much control over things its employees invent, or might ...

Leadership in flux: Updates on provost search, IOA and student vet center directors, Student Senate execs

Sara Shepherd

This week the third and final candidate for the position of Kansas University provost and executive vice chancellor made his public presentation on campus. When do we find out who the next provost will be? The official word from KU, according to spokesman Andy Hyland: "We do not have a ...

KU’s DeBruce Center now open, temporarily without rules of ‘Basket Ball’

Sara Shepherd

Guess where I had lunch today? Kansas University’s brand new DeBruce Center. It wasn’t a special media sneak-preview this time — on Monday the building opened to all. DeBruce is still missing its pièce de résistance. James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” are not yet on display, and the ...

Start brainstorming: KU Alumni Association announces theme for Homecoming 2016; new book tells history of women of Watkins and Miller Halls

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University Alumni Association announced the theme for Homecoming 2016 on Friday, along with some other key information. Last year, with KU Homecoming on Halloween, the theme was a fitting “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” This year’s Oct. 22 homecoming has a more open-ended one: “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” Here’s ...

Meet KU's new student body president, a fast car revving up, and other student news

Sara Shepherd

Voter turnout for the 2016-2017 Kansas University Student Senate elections was 19.25 percent, the KU Elections Commission shared this week. That represents 4,278 votes. KU students elected their top two execs by a landslide. The team of [Student Body President Stephonn Alcorn and Vice President Gabby Naylor][1] with the One ...

KU Endowment: Anonymous donor agrees to match $5K in donations to scholarship named for paralyzed frat member

Sara Shepherd

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has agreed to match the next $5,000 in donations — made before 5 p.m. Friday — to the new Tom Babb Student Accessibility Scholarship, according to the Kansas University Endowment Association. Babb, a freshman member of KU’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity, was paralyzed ...

Kansan lawsuit continues: Newspaper says suit should not be dismissed, especially in light of recent Student Senate action

Sara Shepherd

The University Daily Kansan’s lawsuit against Kansas University has taken another step forward. The Kansan filed a memo last week opposing the university’s attempt to get the suit dismissed. And in its latest filing, submitted April 8 in federal court, the Kansan adds that new Student Senate funding decisions made ...

Wheels are turning to create new University Senate standing committee on diversity

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University has an active diversity task force, the "[Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group][1]" [created in November by the Office of the Provost][2]. But there are two main problems with it, said University Senate President Mike Williams, who is a representative on the group. One, it’s finite. Two, it’s ...

Book launch planned for 'Transgalactic,' second novel in trilogy by KU sci-fi grandmaster James Gunn

Sara Shepherd

When I last wrote about Kansas University sci-fi guru James Gunn, he’d just been inducted into the National Science Fiction Hall of Fame at age 92 and was in the middle of writing a trilogy. Gunn, of Lawrence, is professor emeritus of English at KU and namesake of the university’s ...

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