Heard on the Hill

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 ...

Skipping class costs KU students as much as $70 each time

Matt Erickson

The University Daily Kansan published [an interesting little math project][1] today: How much tuition money are KU students throwing out the window if they skip class? The newspaper crunched some numbers to figure out how much students are paying per individual lecture or class meeting, and therefore how high the ...

KU links: Law professor a finalist for dean job at New Mexico

Matt Erickson

Some KU news tidbits for you from around the country: • [Melanie Wilson][1], a KU professor of law and an associate dean in the School of Law, is one of four finalists to be the new dean of the law school at the University of New Mexico, [reports the Albuquerque ...

KU events this week: Sporting KC CEO, Chinese restaurants in Israel and elsewhere, manhood and violence

Matt Erickson

Your events roundup for what will presumably be the first week uninterrupted by weather at KU since mid-February: • Robb Heineman, CEO and co-owner of the Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer club, will be at the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday for a talk called "Reinventing the Empire" ...

KU Queers and Allies group bringing Phelps' estranged son to speak

Matt Erickson

KU's Queers and Allies student group has an event coming up that caught my eye: a visit from Nate Phelps. That's Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps, the longtime leader of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church. The KU Student Senate last week approved the use of $1,000 in student-fee ...

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