Heard on the Hill

Thieves give KU student rude welcome to campus

Mark Vierthaler

Dorms at Kansas University opened this weekend and already they're giving us some news.It's one paragraph in the [Kansas University Public Safety Office's][1] crime log: _Five white males helped the victim move into the dorms. One of the subjects picked up his book bag, which contained his laptop, trashcan, toiletries ...

Border War just not good enough to make top rivalry list

Mark Vierthaler

Sure, great rivalries are what make sports worth watching. The hottest rivalries bring to mind the year-long ribbing, the eagerness that comes before the face off in a square-jawed, bare-knuckled brawl. And that's just in the stands after the half-time beer rush.Great rivalries go beyond the sport and tend to ...

Protesting the Olympics

Mark Vierthaler

Topeka-based Bias Busters of Kansas and Missouri will be protesting the start of this year's summer Olympics Thursday evening in Overland Park.The group will stage a protest/candle light vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday in front of Kansas University's Confucius Institute at the Edwards Campus in Johnson County, according to a ...

Design Star Part Deux

Mark Vierthaler

Remember [my last post][1] about Olathe resident/former Jayhawk Jennifer Bertrand who was a finalist on [HGTV's Design Star][2]? Well, scratch finalist and replace it with winner.Amid a [snowfall of confetti][3] Bertrand Sunday was named HGTV's next design star after viewers voted between the two remaining finalists.Bertrand received both her bachelor's ...

Jewish student center to expand

Mark Vierthaler

The [Chabad Jewish Center at Kansas University][1] will almost quadruple in size after purchasing of a duplex this summer, according to [chabad.org][2].According to Chabad's news service: _With the help of a matching grant from the Rohr Family Foundation and a lot of fundraising, the Tiechtels were able to buy the ...

Observations on students and politics

Mark Vierthaler

During a recent dinner with my brother who is about to start work on his PhD, our conversation, as it often does, veered to politics. Now, the political debate between a journalist and a doctoral student can be - and often is - heated, even if the two share a ...

Jayhawks in the News: Reality show edition

Mark Vierthaler

She was once a Jayhawk. (Okay, she was twice a Jayhawk). And [Jennifer Bertrand][1] has one thing on her mind: winning.According to a press release that arrived in my inbox late last night, Bertrand, who received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas University, is a [finalist on HGTV ...

"Title Town USA" voting begins today

Mark Vierthaler

Jayhawk fans, sharpen your pencils.Or rather, warm up that clickin' finger. Voting starts today for [ESPN's Title Town USA][1].[Lawrence][2] is one of 20 towns and cities across the country vying for the right to call itself "Title Town USA."The Jayhawks earned a spot on the list for this past season's ...

Other states looking at university budget cuts

Mark Vierthaler

It's not just [Kansas that's asking][1] its colleges and universities to [cut chunks out of their budgets][2]Thirty-five public colleges and universities under the Georgia Board of Regents [are being asked][3] to swallow a 5 percent budget cut for the upcoming year.[The University of Georgia will][4] take an estimated $20 million ...

KU professor at center of academic dispute

Mark Vierthaler

A Kansas University professor of economics is in the middle of a [slowly simmering debate with a University of Texas at Dallas professor][1] who accuses him and a colleague of suspect research in a 2004 paper.From the Chronicle of Higher Education: _The paper's authors - Felix Oberholzer-Gee, now an associate ...

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