Heard on the Hill

Group lists KU among colleges de-emphasizing ACT/SAT scores, but it may not be there for long

Matt Erickson

FairTest, a testing watchdog group that's been critical of the ACT and SAT college-admissions tests, is publicizing [a list it's compiled of about 850][1] four-year colleges and universities that it says don't use scores from those tests to admit "substantial numbers of students" into bachelor's degree programs. On that list ...

KU law student blogs on balancing books, marriage

Matt Erickson

Posted on the [KU School of Law's blog][1] yesterday was [this entry by Ashlyn Lindskog][2], a first-year student in the school, about how she balances being a newlywed and a law student at the same time and how the two experiences are kind of alike. An excerpt: > I’m a ...

Art auction Friday will benefit KU student with brain cancer

Matt Erickson

Today's University Daily Kansan tells the tale of Zach Graas, a KU sophomore who about a year ago discovered he had brain cancer after his right hand went numb in the shower one day. Read [the story][1] to see what his life has been like for the last year — ...

KU testing expert shares thoughts on cheatin' teachers

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/oct/12/200267/ The Associated Press this past weekend ([seen here in USA Today][1]) broke down a pretty big cheating scandal that unfolded over the course of 15 years in the South, involving the tests that prospective public-school teachers take to qualify for their jobs. Prosecutors say a longtime teacher made himself ...

The page-44 story that changed the world

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2003/may/13/36902/ I talked over the phone last week with Jared Grantham, a KU Medical Center distinguished professor who has devoted his career to figuring out a kidney disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. He told me a story that didn't quite fit into [the resulting article published][1] this ...

Kosher food coming to Mrs. E's dining hall next fall

Matt Erickson

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, Heard on the Hill readers. May this entry serve as either inspiration or distraction as you try to grind your work gears back into motion. [Mrs. E's][1], the Daisy Hill dining hall at KU known formally as Ekdahl Dining Commons, will undergo a renovation during ...

A dispatch from the KU historian involved with 'The Dust Bowl,' by way of Beijing

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/aug/14/195686/ [I mentioned yesterday][1] that I was hoping to get in touch with retired KU historian Donald Worster to discuss his role in the new Ken Burns documentary "The Dust Bowl," and I'm happy to report I was successful. Worster is busy teaching a seminar in China right now, though, ...

KU chancellor signs letter warning of dangers posed by 'fiscal cliff'

Matt Erickson

You'll no doubt be hearing plenty during the coming weeks about the impending ["fiscal cliff"][1] over which the country is in danger of hurdling. That's the term being thrown around for the mandatory federal spending cuts and tax increases that will spring into place in January if Congress can't reach ...

Chancellor talks faculty governance survey, post-tenure review with Daily Kansan

Matt Erickson

Happy Thanksgiving break, KU students and others who've left campus for the rest of the week. Heard on the Hill will keep chugging along today, just in case you need an excuse to tune out a long-winded family member or need something to do during your three-hour airport layover. In ...

KU historian plays big role in new Ken Burns documentary

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2011/sep/12/220406/ Several alert tipsters and [news][1] [clippings][2] have alerted me to the fact that [Donald Worster][3], a distinguished professor emeritus of history at KU, figures prominently in the new two-part feature "The Dust Bowl" by documentarian extraordinaire Ken Burns. Worster wrote a book on the famous ecological disaster, ["Dust Bowl: ...

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