Heard on the Hill

KU's Joyce Castle gets mention in NY Times review

Andy Hyland

A Kansas University voice professor earned a positive mention in The New York Times recently for her performance in Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "The Consul" at the Glimmerglass Opera in New York City. A photo of Joyce Castle is on the first page of the link, and, later in the ...

KU journalists place in national Hearst competition

Andy Hyland

Kansas University students were among the top finishers in San Francisco recently at the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards national championships. Competing among 24 of the winners of monthly competitions, Mark Dent finished second and Rustin Dodd finished third in the national writing championship. Dent earned a $4,000 scholarship ...

Ohio newspaper examines openness in college athletics; KU asks it to pay up for information

Andy Hyland

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Columbus, Ohio, published over the weekend the results of a six-month long investigation into the athletic departments of the 119 colleges and universities in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The newspaper sought the release of information on things such as who accompanied the ...

One parrot's attempt at the Rock Chalk Chant

Andy Hyland

Yes, that's a parrot. And yes, it does appear to be doing the Rock Chalk Chant. The video was posted as a response to the KU Alma Mater and Rock Chalk Chant on the official KU YouTube page. It's not an altogether poor effort, especially for a bird.

KU Journalism School earns Hearst honor

Andy Hyland

Make it three years in a row for Kansas University School of Journalism students. The school accumulated the most total points in the William Randolph Hearst Writing Foundation Awards competition. The points were awarded based on six writing competitions throughout the year. Coming in behind KU were the University of ...

KU Debate advancing in national tournament

Andy Hyland

While the Jayhawk basketball team has been eliminated from post-season competition, it looks like the Kansas University debate squad is performing well in its national tournament. According to unofficial Internet postings from people following the National Debate Tournament in Austin, Texas, the top KU team of Nate Johnson and Brett ...

KU appeals to alumni to help with legislators

Andy Hyland

The Kansas University Alumni Association is asking its Jayhawks for Higher Education members to contact their state senators and appeal for lower state budget cuts. A letter from Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, and Chancellor Robert Hemenway asks alumni to tell their senators to scale back the ...

Forbes magazine calls KU basketball team fifth-most valuable

Andy Hyland

Worth $21.7 million, Kansas University's men's basketball team is the fifth-most valuable in the nation according to Forbes magazine. KU has moved up three spots on the annual list since last year, and reported an income of $2 million in income from basketball-related merchandise, powered by sales from the Final ...

Obama's bracket has KU losing in Sweet 16

Andy Hyland

The President of the United States has revealed his bracket — he predicts Kansas will play to its seed, losing to second-seeded Michigan State in the Sweet 16. It's a rather indecisive bracket, with several question marks and scratching out of teams and writing new ones. At one point, the ...

"Upsetology" gives ND State 22.6 percent chance of beating KU

Andy Hyland

The Wall Street Journal has pegged KU as the three seed most vulnerable to a first-round upset. In an article titled "The Science of Upsetology," KU would lose to North Dakota State 22.6 percent of the time, according to 10,000 computer simulations of the game run by sports forecaster AccuScore. ...

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