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KU chicken cheddar wrap lands on Cooking Channel college food bracket

Matt Erickson

Everybody loves a bracket this time of year, so much so that after 12 seconds of Google work I found at least [one publication][1] that published a jokey ["bracket of brackets"][2] in each of the [last three years][3]. Well, here's one I've not seen before: The Cooking Channel has put ...

KU student pushing for smoking ban on campus

Matt Erickson

Here's something on which I'm guessing some of you have opinions: One KU student is pushing for KU's Lawrence campus to be completely smoke-free. Her name is Ashley Hrabe, she's a sophomore from Salina and she's been involved with the [Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition][1] since she was in high school. ...

14 KU buildings competing to reduce energy usage

Matt Erickson

KU’s [second annual energy-savings competition][1] among campus buildings is under way, and things will surely be heating up as it continues through the next few weeks. I say that because I assume the buildings taking part won’t set their thermostats one notch below 76 degrees when temperatures pick up here ...

More news on open access to research, at KU and elsewhere

Matt Erickson

We [told you this past weekend][1] about how open (that is, free) access to scholarly research is an issue making waves around the country, and how KU's played a role in that over the years. That story mentions a White House order that requires federal agencies to ensure free public ...

Office hours 9 a.m.-noon tomorrow at Kansas Union

Matt Erickson

We're short on time here at Heard on the Hill HQ, so today we've just got a quick reminder: Tomorrow's the second Wednesday of the month, [and that means][1] it's time for Heard on the Hill Office Hours. You can come see me from 9 a.m. to noon in the ...

KU links: Former provost Lariviere confronts budget problems at Field Museum

Matt Erickson

Your weekly roundup of KU mentions in the news from around the country, a bit of a light one this time: • Less than 18 months after he [was fired][1] as president of the University of Oregon, former KU provost Richard Lariviere's new job is not shaping up as an ...

KU events this week: Marrow drive, NPR White House correspondent talk, provost lecture on 'big data'

Matt Erickson

Your weekly KU events roundup, on a Monday during which, as I write, sub-freezing temperatures remind us that there's still another week to go before spring break: • As [we told you last week][1], from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the KU Credit Union, 3400 W. Sixth St., ...

KU Natural History Museum offering bilingual event on animals of Latin America on Saturday

Matt Erickson

This month's family-oriented Science Saturday event at the KU Natural History Museum has an interesting twist. In addition to a Science Saturday, it will also be a Ciencia Sabado. If you speak both Spanish and English, that sentence probably seemed like nonsense to you, kind of like if you say ...

Proposed course requirements for CLAS students would still require foreign language, lab experience, but no Western Civ

Matt Erickson

KU's new Core Curriculum, as it will be presented to freshmen starting in the fall, is taking its final form right now. It will apply to all undergraduates, but KU's individual schools also are figuring out what kinds of general-education requirements they might like to have above and beyond the ...

KU student leaders pushing for consistent grade system

Matt Erickson

Here's a situation: Two friends, both KU students, are both enrolled in an introductory psychology course this semester. After the final, they've both scored, say, a 91.4 percent for the class. For one student, this is great news. She's gotten an A and 4 whole, meaty grade points to contribute ...

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