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The University Daily Kansan has an interesting look today at how the rights granted to KU students by the university compare to those of students at other universities in the Midwest.
The newspaper compared KU's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities to policies at Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. And according to a comparative chart (which didn't make it into the online version), KU appears to grant more rights to its students than any of the others.
Two notable rights KU students have that the others don't are freedom of expression in the classroom ("subject only to the responsibility of the instructor to maintain order") and a protection against receiving an academic punishment for committing a crime off campus.
Some other rights that KU grants that other universities don't: the right to challenge a grade, protection from censorship or unreasonable search and seizure in student housing, and the right to distribute written materials on campus without prior approval. (Edit: Things might be a bit more complicated. Check my comment below.)
That Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities dates to 1970, when the Student Senate wrote it up and the chancellor approved it. Only KU and Oklahoma have such a document devoted to the rights of students, among the universities the Kansan looked at.
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We asked you to help #FindTheKUHashtag, and now we've got some suggestions.
Now we need to pick which tag will work best as something to slap on our tweets about stuff going on on the KU campus, interesting KU people, KU-related questions or anything else we can think of.
But the whole idea here is that this tag will be used by YOU, dear person with a connection to KU, and not just by me. So I'm going to make you pick it.
Tweet your favorite at @LJW_KU, picking from the nominees below. Attach #FindTheKUHashtag to the end of your tweet (or don't; there are no official rules here). If you don't like the nominees, then suggest something else — if you can get people to vote for it, it will be eligible.
Get in your votes by the end of the week, and I'll announce a winner Monday. Here's your list of nominees:
Please do vote, or else I'm going to have to just pick one. And nobody likes a dictatorship.
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Yesterday's post about Leobardo Espinoza Jr., the Topeka high school senior blogging about his college choice for the New York Times who's reportedly been offered a full-ride scholarship to KU, prompted a good deal of discussion.
That's understandable, as I think it's an interesting story. (A note: Do, of course, feel free to form and post your own opinion about the story, but I would urge you to read Espinoza's full blog post first for some perspective.)
One commenter asked a good question: What exactly is the David M. Wall Scholarship, which Espinoza wrote that he was offered? It is not part of KU's regular slate of renewable scholarship offerings for incoming students.
I checked in about that with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and I think the answer gives us a bit more understanding about the story.
Kristi Henderson, communications director for the college, filled me in: The David M. Wall Scholarship, established in October 2008, goes only to graduates of Topeka High School who plan to seek a degree in liberal arts and sciences. The recipients are chosen based on achievement and need. All that is according to the wishes of the donor who created the scholarship.
(The recipients are picked by a committee appointed by the dean of liberal arts and sciences, KU spokesman Jack Martin added in a comment on yesterday's post.)
The four-year renewable scholarship always covers tuition, fees and books, and it's awarded as often as the balance of the fund allows. That's typically every two years or so, Henderson said — two students have received it so far, starting in 2009-10.
So, now you know a bit more of the story. Please, discuss.
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The Denver Post reported this week on the rising number of emergency-room visits related to abuse of hyperactivity drugs, and to put a face on the trend the paper talked to a KU graduate who says she struggled with addiction to the stimulant Adderall during her time in college.
Kate Beach, now 26, told the paper that four years ago she was taking five times the recommended dose of the medication, making use of prescriptions in three states.
But Beach's story has a happy ending: The Colorado Springs native is now clean and working for a health rehabilitation center at the University of Colorado.
The University Daily Kansan talked to a number of students who'd abused Adderall back in 2008, and the federal report suggests ER visits related to such abuse have doubled since about that time. Our Go! Double Take columnists also tackled the issue of Adderall abuse earlier this week.
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We told you last month about Leobardo Espinoza Jr., a high-school senior in Topeka who's preparing to be a first-generation college student and blogging about his school choice for the New York Times. At that time, he'd just written that he had visited KU, but he had applied to a bunch of other schools and wondered if he might like to go somewhere farther away.
Well, turns out KU has introduced a $40,000 wrinkle to his story.
Today, Espinoza has another blog post telling the story of how two KU representatives came to his high school and offered him a four-year, full-ride scholarship as he stood at the front of a room full of classmates.
One official told him folks at KU had been reading his blog entries, looked him dead in the eye and said, "We want you at the University of Kansas," he writes. Then Espinoza looked inside the envelope handed to him to see an offer for a four-year scholarship that would pay for all of his tuition and fees, plus an allowance for books.
That would be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 over the course of four years, depending on what happens with tuition rates this summer. (See KU's cost calculator here.)
But here's the thing: Espinoza's still not sure about going to KU. He sounds genuinely grateful about the offer, but he says he's always considered KU a "fallback school." According to a chart at the bottom of the entry, he's waiting to hear back about applications to Yale, Stanford, Brown, Washington-St. Louis and others.
All in all, I'd suggest giving the entry a read, as it lays his thought process bare in a way that's pretty compelling, even touching. He's pretty obviously conflicted about this. No matter how you feel about the fact he's not jumping on an offer of free tuition for four years at KU, you have to hand it to him for being so transparent about his decision and taking his future so seriously.
I'll be following along to see what happens.
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Will of KU benefactor Elizabeth Watkins, dead since 1939, provides twist in student health center changes
It was 152 years ago today that Kansas gained statehood: Jan. 29, 1861. That seems like quite a while back; KU did not open until more than five years later.
But as officials explore possible changes at KU's student health center, the University Daily Kansan reported yesterday, they'll have to keep an eye on the will of a woman who was born eight days before Kansas became a state.
Elizabeth Miller was born on Jan. 21, 1861, in New Paris, Ohio. She moved to Lawrence when she was 11, and at 48 she married Lawrence financier J.B. Watkins after working for his company for decades. Her husband died in 1921, after which she began to shower their fortune on KU and Lawrence.
Before and after her death in 1939, Elizabeth Watkins' gifts helped establish a dizzying array of KU and Lawrence institutions: Watkins Scholarship Hall (the first scholarship hall in the country, based on Watkins' idea), Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the KU chancellor's residence, Danforth Chapel, even the largest bell atop the KU campanile (and a lot more).
And, of course, there's the Watkins Memorial Health Center (preceded by Watkins Memorial Hospital, whose building is now known as Twente Hall, home of the School of Social Welfare). The new building, built in 1974, was funded through her trust, and her will dictates what may or may not occupy space there.
The Kansan reports that the center has downsized its physical therapy department, and whatever goes into the newly created space must be beneficial for students' health — all because of the woman once known as KU's "Fairy Godmother," according to KUHistory.com. She's still waving her wand, 72 years after her death.
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We told you earlier this month that KU's student government was set to oppose any effort to allow for concealed carry on Kansas college campuses, and a bill in the works would do that in a formal way.
Among the bills KU's Student Senate will be considering over the next couple weeks will be a resolution that would formally oppose concealed carry on university campuses. The bill says concealed carry would threaten the safety of students, staff and others at KU and that university administration and local law enforcement agencies should be making the call on what's allowed.
A bill that would have allowed for concealed carry of handguns on Kansas college campuses passed a state House committee last year, but the bill that ultimately passed the house exempted university buildings (it concerned public buildings in general). That bill never made it out of the Senate.
A similar bill has been filed for this year's session, and it also allows for higher-educational officials to make their own decisions when it comes to their campuses. But in December, Kansas Board of Regents chairman Tim Emert said he was expecting another fight on the issue this year. The Regents also oppose on-campus concealed carry.
We'll see what happens. In the meantime, do please continue to send your KU news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've felt yourself compelled to click the ol' "Like" button or maybe even leave a pithy comment on KU's official Facebook page, you're not alone.
KU's Facebook page ranked as the fifth-most engaging in the country among college pages with 75,000 or more fans, according to a list from Varsity Outreach, a college social-media firm, earlier this month.
And at about 198,000, KU's page has more "likes" than three of the four schools ranked above it. Having bunches of fans actually isn't that great of a help in these rankings, as the number of fans is the denominator in the site's "Engagement Score" calculator. Universities scored highly by sparking a lot of interaction on their pages.
Texas A&M ranked at the top, an achievement made even more impressive by its Texas-sized fan count of nearly 387,000. KU ranked highest among Big 12 universities.
KU has won itself some social media accolades before, as well.
And hey, speaking of social media engagement, don't forget that you've got an assignment: #FindTheKUHashtag. In case you missed that entry last week, we're hoping to find a better Twitter hashtag for non-sports KU news, and we want you to suggest it. Tweet them at @LJW_KU with the tag #FindTheKUHashtag.
Send those in by the end of the day today. But send your KU news tips to email@example.com anytime.
A political science professor at KU is up for a top job at Marquette University in Milwaukee, it would appear.
Herron joined the KU faculty in 2001 and has held a number of other administrative jobs, as well. At the moment, he's actually on a two-year leave through August of this year in Washington, D.C., where he's a program director for the National Science Foundation.
Marquette, a Jesuit university, has around 12,000 students. The other three candidates are professors from Loyola University Chicago, Boston College and — wait for it — the University of Missouri. Herron is set to appear on the Marquette campus next week.
In contrast to KU, which in the case of public job searches tends to announce the names of candidates one at a time just before they visit, Marquette announced this crop of candidates all at once. I'm not sure what the significance of that might be, but hey, I noticed it.
In case you'd like to follow along with the dean search, the Marquette student newspaper is promising continued coverage.
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The online literary magazine The Millions has a pretty extensive interview today with Megan Kaminski, a creative writing lecturer at KU, about her book of poetry, "Desiring Map."
On her faculty page, Kaminski wrote that "Desiring Map," her first book, "explores human possibility in nature" of various places, including the Midwest, Paris and Los Angeles suburbs. The Millions writes that her poems are "often characterized as quiet, but they're wrought with a subtle violence."
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