Heard on the Hill

Kansas university employee gun survey results are in; KU generally more anti-gun than other schools

Sara Shepherd

Most — 70 percent — Kansas state university employees said they’d like to see state law amended so guns won’t be allowed on campus starting in 2017, and 7 percent want to keep the current law but extend universities’ exemption past 2017. Of the other university employees, 19 percent want ...

Here's what's happening at KU for MLK Day

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University’s spring semester classes start Tuesday, but there will be activity on campus on Monday — and into the week — for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The main event is a candlelight vigil and walk followed by a reception with live music. KU’s MLK Day walk will begin ...

Stouffer Place demolition starts this week, kicking off major Central District redevelopment (and traffic challenges)

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University is beginning to tear down the Stouffer Place apartment buildings this week, starting with two near Hilltop Child Development Center. Stouffer Place demolition kicks off redevelopment of KU’s entire Central District, which will create long-term detours and parking shortages in the area. The Central District is the area ...

Hoverboards still have a green light at KU, even as other universities ban them

Sara Shepherd

Dozens of universities nationwide have recently banned or restricted hoverboards, The Associated Press reported last week. But hoverboards still have a green light at Kansas University. Disclaimer: the battery-powered devices aren’t actually hoverboards like those in the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” which actually hover. They’re more like ...

KU names final candidate for director of Institutional Opportunity and Access

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University has now shared the name of the third and final candidate to become director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, which investigates complaints of sexual violence and discrimination against students. Robinette Kelley is scheduled to give a public presentation at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Alderson Auditorium ...

NPR features research outside Lawrence bars; phones blowing up at KU-OU game

Sara Shepherd

I often hear NPR’s regular feature "Hidden Brain" during my commute to work. But darn it if I didn’t miss the day NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam interviewed a Kansas University graduate student conducting research on drunken people outside Lawrence bars. Thankfully, a colleague caught Tuesday’s story and shared it ...

Funeral held for KU student killed in Wisconsin canoe accident; search for fourth victim ongoing

Sara Shepherd

A funeral for Mori Weinstein, the 21-year-old Kansas University junior who died in a Wisconsin canoe accident, took place Wednesday. Weinstein’s funeral was the first of the four young men killed when their canoe apparently capsized early Sunday morning on an icy lake in East Troy, Wis. Weinstein's body was ...

Update on director searches for two KU offices focused on sexual assault

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University has released the name of the second finalist for the position of director of its Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, or IOA. Ebony Calloway-Spencer will give a public presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union. Calloway-Spencer has worked seven years ...

The top KU news stories of 2015

Sara Shepherd

As the Journal-World’s Kansas University reporter, I was busy this year. Numerous KU happenings made national news, and some will have lasting impact on the university. There were high-profile visitors, buildings going up and coming down, an alumnus' ashes rocketing through space and controversies over race, sexual assault and donations ...

KU has a new, online-only blue

Sara Shepherd

Kansas University made an announcement Tuesday on its official social media pages, where the subject of said announcement will be visible: The university has a new shade of blue for its “online identity.” KU describes the color as “brighter, bluer and better” than the color of the social media logos ...

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