Heard on the Hill

KU professors' book gets citation in the Supreme Court dissent everyone is talking about this week

Sara Shepherd

Online news headlines called it “epic,” “scathing,” “blistering,” “fiery” and an “Atomic Bomb of a Dissent Slamming Racial Profiling and Mass Imprisonment” (that last one was [courtesy the Slatest blog on Slate.com][1]). U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor authored a dissenting opinion in [Monday’s 5-3 decision][2], in Utah v. Strieff, ...

A broken window already at the brand new DeBruce Center — what happened?

Sara Shepherd

**UPDATE:** KU construction officials say "spontaneous glass breakage" is actually to blame. [Click here][1] to read more. *** When a building is entirely made of sleek glass panels, it’s pretty obvious when one of them is not like the others. So the large shattered panel on probably the most prominent ...

Here’s what KU’s new Central District student union and science building will look like

Sara Shepherd

With this post, I think I now will have shared with you at some point or another images of all the main new buildings that are up or will go up in Kansas University’s Central District, and around the perimeter of it. The latest images, which I requested from KU ...

Video gamers are getting college athletic scholarships, but are they really athletes? KU researchers explore

Sara Shepherd

At the Kansas Athletics Inc. Board of Directors [meeting I attended][1] earlier this week, this most definitely did NOT come up. But apparently there are a small number of other universities out there now offering athletic scholarships to video gamers. While they had to look outside Kansas University to find ...

Alaska requests federal waiver for failing to complete K-12 assessments, blames KU Internet fiber cut

Sara Shepherd

As I reported earlier this week, Kansas University says it's still tallying up [costs from the great fiber cable cut of March 29][1], which shut down Internet and other KU-based websites for days across campus and beyond. Another place far, far beyond KU continues dealing with problems that it blames ...

KU announces interim business and social welfare deans; student newspaper hiring pro news adviser after year without

Sara Shepherd

Two Kansas University schools now are searching for new deans, and today KU announced who will lead those schools in the meantime. James Guthrie, associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Business, and Stephen Kapp, acting dean for the School of Social Welfare, will assume roles as interim ...

Engineering professor, paleobotanist and piano instructor who recently died taught decades at KU

Sara Shepherd

The Kansas University community recently lost faculty members in engineering, paleobotany and piano who had taught at the university for decades. The three teachers died in April and May. *** Nancy Kinnersley, associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science, died May 18 in Kansas City, Kan., ...

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 ...

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