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Kansas University now has a search committee in place tasked with finding KU’s next provost. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little shared names of the chairman and committee members in a memo to campus.
She said the committee will have its first meeting in early December, and that national advertisements for the job should be appearing soon. Committee chairman is Steve Warren, professor and investigator in the Life Span Institute. Here are the other members:
Michael Branicky, Dean, School of Engineering; Tammara Durham, Vice Provost, Office of Student Affairs; John Ferraro, Chair, Speech Language Hearing department at KU Medical Center; Joshua Hackathorn, Steamfitter, Facilities Services; Aleah Henderson, Doctoral Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Kissan Joseph, Professor, School of Business; Paul Kelton, Associate Dean for the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Mechele Leon, Chair, Theatre department; Julie Loats, Director, Center for Online & Distance Learning; Susan Lunte, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry; and Jessie Pringle, Student Body President.
Gray-Little said in the memo she was confident the search would attract top candidates from across the country. “This is an exciting and important search for the University of Kansas,” she wrote. “We have made great progress implementing our strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, and will look to our new provost to continue that progress.”
Jeff Vitter is leaving KU to become chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Sara Rosen, senior vice provost for academic affairs, will become KU’s interim provost beginning Jan. 1.
I sat down with Gray-Little Friday, and the provost search was one of the things I asked her about. Watch for my conversation with the chancellor story in the Journal-World sometime this weekend.
• Dean of libraries search: In other hiring news, another still-open search is that for a new dean of libraries. Four candidates visited KU in late October-early November. Search committee chair Saralyn Reece-Hardy, Spencer Museum of Art director, referred me to the provost’s office for an update on the process but I’ve yet to hear back. I’ll let you know when I get any more information.
• Key diversity administrator: We wrote about this hire weeks ago, but recently I’ve had a couple sources mention that she’ll be a key player in KU’s minority recruitment and retention efforts, which are getting extra attention since the town hall forum on race. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, assistant vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, will be Kansas University’s next vice provost for undergraduate studies. She should be on campus early in the spring semester.
• OMA director search: In case you missed the article earlier this week, three finalists for the position of director of KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs are coming to campus next week. Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs in the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at New Mexico State University, will give a public presentation at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kansas Room in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. The other two finalists will be named closer to their talks.
I just got back from Daisy Hill for my final close-up look at McCollum Hall, and I wasn’t the only one driving around taking pictures up there. I ran into a couple McCollum alumni saying their own goodbyes to the building — now gutted, windowless and looking every bit on its last leg.
One was Hank Guarisco, of Lawrence, who said he lived in McCollum Hall as a graduate student from 1969 to 1972. I asked him if he planned to watch the building’s implosion Wednesday morning.
“I don’t think I will,” Guarisco said. “It’ll be much too sad.”
Guarisco said he has fond memories of McCollum, including hanging out around the grand piano and staying up all night playing music and ping-pong. Whenever he drives by, he said, he always looks up and likes seeing the prominent building there on the hill at the corner of 19th and Iowa streets.
“I had an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s very, very sad to see it go.”
But go it will.
At 9 a.m. sharp — following a series of three sirens — explosives will go off and the 10-story, three-wing, 220,000-square-foot building will crumble in less than 20 seconds, according to project planners. Here’s a recap of key points to remember for viewing and driving in the area Wednesday morning.
• Last looks: If you want to get up close (via car, at least), you have until 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday), when the parking lot by Ellsworth and McCollum closes in preparation for the implosion.
• Watch online: The Journal-World will live-stream the implosion on our home page, ljworld.com. The stream should be activated before 8:30 a.m. We’ve also got three photographers on this assignment, so check back later Wednesday for more photos and video from more than one angle. On Twitter, follow @ljworld for McCollum coverage as it happens.
• Road/pedestrian closures: A 600-foot “evacuation perimeter” will be enforced between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Roads around the intersection will close and pedestrian access will be blocked. (For a detailed list, see below.)
• On-campus parking: Thanksgiving break starts Wednesday, so with the exception of lots in the “evacuation perimeter,” Yellow and Housing lots will be open for free parking starting Wednesday, according to KU Parking (large yellow lots that will be accessible Wednesday morning include those at the Lied Center, Student Rec Center and Burge Union lots). Red, Blue and Gold will remain restricted to permit-holders, however. Click here to view a complete KU parking map.
• Designated viewing area: KU has designated the Oliver Hall parking lot at 19th Street and Naismith Drive for public viewing, though no activities are planned and the hall will not be open to the public.
• Dust precautions: "The atmosphere will be very dusty for 10 to 15 minutes following the implosion,” KU cautioned in a press release. “Those with respiratory ailments should take precautions.”
McCollum being high on a hill does make it easier to see from afar. The view from Oliver Hall down on Naismith Drive is quite good, as is the view from across Iowa Street on West Campus — however, unfortunately, the large grassy area directly across Iowa from McCollum will be off-limits as it’s within the evacuation perimeter. My plan is to try West Campus first, just because it’s a little closer, with Oliver Hall as a backup plan if it’s too crowded. (If you’re really campus-savvy, there may be some overlooks along Jayhawk Boulevard with a straight shot — albeit more distant — view across to Daisy Hill.) The rest of my plan is to wear comfortable shoes and get to campus early enough to walk farther if I don’t like the first place I try, or in case too many people beat me to it.
McCollum implosion road closures
Kansas University has announced the following road closures between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Nov. 25, when McCollum Hall is scheduled for implosion.
15th and Iowa
• Iowa Street will be closed from 21st Street to 15th Street.
• Although the northbound lane of Iowa from 23rd to 21st Streets will be open, traffic must exit onto Constant Avenue at 21st Street.
• The intersection at 15th and Engel Road will be closed.
KU’s West Campus employees should enter the parking lots from Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Road or by driving through the Park and Ride lots at 23rd at Iowa.
• There will be barricades at 19th and Constant Avenue and Irving Hill and Constant Avenue.
• Irving Hill Bridge will be closed and Irving Hill Road will be blocked from south of Jayhawker Towers to the bridge.
• 19th Street westbound will be closed from Naismith Drive to Constant Avenue.
• Barricades will be at Bagley Drive, Stewart Avenue, Ellis Drive, Anna Drive, and Ousdahl, which will effectively close those streets. Ousdahl residents will be able to exit their homes headed east on 19th Street.
Source: Kansas University
An impeachment committee should be formed today to prepare a report and make a recommendation for possible discipline of Kansas University Student Senate’s top three leaders.
According to an email to the Senate from senior senator Lauren Arney, a meeting was planned for this morning to form the committee, made up of some Senate standing committee chairs and several other senators chosen by lottery. Under Senate rules, the committee has five school days — so until roughly mid-next week — to prepare its recommendation, which must then be presented to the full Senate at a regular or special meeting.
Following a heated universitywide town hall forum on race Nov. 11, the Senate’s Student Executive Committee approved a motion demanding the resignation of Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Senate Chief of Staff Adam Moon, whom some fellow senators and students accused of failing to do enough to support black and other marginalized students on campus. The three declined to resign, and the Student Senate took up impeachment procedures last week.
Pringle, George and Moon, in the meantime, have been working on a plan to improve the campus climate for marginalized students. They released a list of 11 commitments on Nov. 16, followed by a more detailed seven-page proposal for how to get them done shared on Friday.
• Gun survey wraps up Wednesday: In other Student Senate news, the online survey seeking students’ opinions about concealed carry on campus is still open — but not for long. The last day to take it is Wednesday. Students at KU and other state schools should have received links to the survey in their emails earlier this month.
Student-led Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk group issues diversity-related demands for KU; here’s some more context
A group of about a dozen, mostly black Kansas University students that carried signs onto the stage and temporarily took over Wednesday’s town hall forum on race read a list of 15 demands they had of KU.
I didn’t have much information on those demands in my story about the forum. They were only one scene in an event that lasted more than two hours and included many voices from students and faculty of all colors. (Also, the woman who read the demands on stage refused to give me her name or answer any questions about them afterward.)
Thursday, the group — which called itself by the hashtag it’s using on Twitter #rockchalkinvisiblehawk — published its demands in a tweet from @InvisibleHawks. Here's their list, word for word.
Below some of the demands involving issues I'm familiar with, I’ve added, in parenthesis, additional notes and links I think are helpful for context.
Demands for the University of Kansas Governing Bodies
1. Director of OMA hired by December
(Former Office of Multicultural Affairs director Blane Harding left KU in May. Precious Porras has been interim director since.)
2. Mandatory, intense “inclusion and belonging” training for all levels of students, staff, faculty, and administration
3. Issue Campus Climate Survey by February 2016
(The comprehensive survey aims to assess KU’s climate in the following areas: respect and collegiality; communication, collaboration and cooperation; overall work and academic environment; and diversity, equity and inclusion, according to KU’s Office of Diversity and Equity. KU has contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to conduct the survey, and it’s currently scheduled to be sent out in fall 2016.)
4. Train and rehire IOA staff and implement accountability measures
(KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access is charged with investigating reports of discrimination on campus — including sexual harassment and sexual violence — and recommending disciplinary action. Director Jane McQueeny resigned in October, and KU currently is searching for a replacement. The office still has four employees. )
5. Increase consistent hiring of diverse faculty and staff
(It’s not labeled as a diversity hiring program, but KU’s “Hiring for Excellence” initiative aims to get more candidates of color on campus and, ultimately, hired. I wrote about the effort earlier this year, and administrators said increasing faculty diversity is a challenging goal but credited the initiative with making some progress so far.)
6. Increase the percentage of underrepresented domestic and undocumented students
(KU’s overall enrollment went up this fall. Within the new freshman class, the number of Hispanic students went up 10 percent, the number of multiracial students stayed about the same, and the number of black freshmen went down 27 percent. The number of black students in the freshman class is still higher than it was several years ago. KU's most recent retention and graduation report is available on the Office of Institutional Research and Planning website.)
7. Immediate amendments to Senate election code
(Some students have complained that a Student Senate decision to raise the spending cap for elections prevents minority students from running for office.)
8. Increase aid and assistance to active military and veterans
(The number of vets at KU is going up. I just reported some numbers this week, along with plans to build a new Student Veterans Center inside Summerfield Hall once the business school moves out.)
9. Establish team of multicultural counselors to specifically address severe mental illnesses and the needs of students of color by Fall 2016
10. Ban concealed weapons from campus
(Under Kansas law, concealed weapons must be allowed on public university campuses beginning in July 2017. The Kansas Board of Regents currently is seeking input from KU and other universities to develop a policy covering how the new law will be implemented.)
11. Remove all professors who assault, sexually harass, or engage in abusive relationships with students. Apply this policy retroactively as well, specifically to Dr. [name redacted by the Journal-World]. Immediate expulsion of those that commit sexual assault.
(Several years ago a female student accused the professor listed by name of sexually harassing her, and she was unhappy with how KU handled her complaint. KU does not release information about individual investigations.)
12. Open investigation in Grant, Starling et al. case as hate crime beginning with IOA
(KU Black Student Union president Kynnedi Grant said during Wednesday’s forum that she and several black friends were physically assaulted and called a racial slur at an off-campus house party on Halloween. A police report was not filed, Grant said Wednesday. It’s unclear if the women filed a report with KU IOA, though Grant posted an account of the event on her Facebook page earlier this week. After the forum, Grant declined to answer my questions about the incident.)
13. Reopen investigation into the murder of Rick “Tiger” Dowdell
(Dowdell, a 19-year-old black Lawrence resident, was fatally shot during a gun battle with police near Ninth and Rhode Island streets in July 1970, a summer filled with race-fueled violence at KU and throughout the community. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation determined that Dowdell had exchanged fire with a Lawrence police officer and that a bullet from the officer’s gun killed Dowdell, according to previous Journal-World reports. A coroner’s inquest found that Dowdell’s death was justified. KU does not have jurisdiction over homicide investigations.)
14. Establish Multicultural Student Government independent of current University of Kansas Student Senate
15. Thorough plan of action from Administration by January 19, 2016
Big-time speakers often come with big-time pricetags, which had me and no doubt a lot of other people wondering how much Kansas University and Pittsburg State University might be shelling out to get former U.S. President Bill Clinton on their respective campuses later this month. Here's what I found out.
Clinton is not charging a speaking fee for his appearance at KU, though KU’s Dole Institute of Politics will pay his travel costs to get here, according to Dole Institute spokeswoman Makayla Hipke. She said the Dole Institute's endowment — which is privately funded — is covering part of Clinton's chartered plane to get here at a cost of about $30,000. The Dole Institute does not cover any Secret Service costs, she said.
Hipke said this is typical for almost all Dole Institute guests.
“We rarely, extremely rarely, pay our guests any type of an honorarium or speaker fee,” Hipke said. She added that the Dole Institute always covers guests’ travel costs except in special situations, such as governmental employees with stipulations on who can pay those costs.
Clinton is the winner of this year’s Dole Leadership Prize, bestowed annually by the Dole Institute, and will speak at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Lied Center. Tickets to the event are free but limited, and were doled out within a few hours after becoming available to KU students and members of the public Monday morning.
A few hours after his KU appearance, at 4 p.m., Clinton will speak on the Pittsburg State campus in Pittsburg.
Kathleen Flannery, Pitt State’s vice president for university advancement, said the university was not able to confirm whether Clinton was charging a fee to speak there, or if there were a fee, how much it is. Flannery said travel and other costs for Clinton’s visit there would be covered with private dollars — no student fees, tuition or other public money.
“All of his expenses are going to be covered through the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series or through other private donors,” she said. Pitt State announced the new endowed speaker series — and that Clinton would be the inaugural speaker — on Nov. 3. The series is funded by a $2.076 million gift from alumnus and former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott (brother to current Pitt State president Steve Scott) and his wife, Linda.
Pitt State is charging up to $50 for general admission tickets and $15 for students.
Flannery said Clinton would take “private air transportation” from Lawrence to Pittsburg. She said Pitt State had been in conversations with Clinton’s team before learning he was coming to Lawrence. Pitt State announced Clinton’s appearance there several days after KU announced he would be in Lawrence.
New map pictures where new Burge Union, science building will be constructed within KU’s Central District
Goodbye Stouffer Place and Burge Union. Hello integrated science building, parking garage and new Burge Union.
We’ve been reporting on Kansas University’s plans to majorly transform its Central District in the next couple years — including tearing down and rebuilding the Burge — but KU’s conceptual master plan has only vague, conceptual maps of where all that new construction might go.
KU has now shared a more specific map — albeit still tentative, as buildings have not yet been designed — showing how it envisions an integrated science building, the new union and a parking garage fitting between Anschutz Sports Pavilion and Irving Hill Road. The tract currently is home to the easternmost Stouffer Place apartment buildings, the Burge Union and parking lot 72.
KU is on tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda and is scheduled to update the Commission on its plans for the Central District, as well as discuss the possibility of a transit hub between Naismith Drive and the rec center, currently lot 90 (here’s city reporter Nikki Wentling’s writeup on that). The new map is part of the materials KU shared with the commission prior to the meeting.
Here's a slide of the map...
...and even better, a nifty before and after GIF by the Journal-World's digital editor Nick Gerik.
• Also, a quick note about something else happening tonight if you're not stuck in the City Commission meeting, or watching the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series. Rain Pryor, the daughter of famous comedian Richard Pryor, is on campus for a screening of “That Daughter’s Crazy,” set for 7 p.m. at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. During the event, which is free and open to the public, Pryor also will discuss the film, her life and career, according to KU. More information on Pryor and the film here.
This year’s Kansas University Homecoming football game is on Halloween, inspiring the spooky Homecoming week theme, “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” “An early kickoff Saturday against Oklahoma would get everyone home in time to trick or treat,” the KU Alumni Association says. “...after celebrating a KU victory, of course. Sooners, BEWARE! See you at Homecoming 2015!”
The Jayhawks kick off against Oklahoma University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Courtesy of KUalumni.org, here’s a lineup of key festivities leading up to the big game.
• Homecoming Food Fest and Jayhawk Jingles skits — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Adams Alumni Center. There will be free food and music.
• NPHC Fall Stroll Off — 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. A new event for Homecoming, the stroll off — a tradition among historically black National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities — is a competition featuring organization members showing off their signature moves and calls in line formation.
• Haunted Hotcakes Pancake Feed — 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Adams Alumni Center parking lot. Cost is $5 per person.
• Replant Mount Oread — 10:30 a.m. through early afternoon Friday in front of Joseph R. Pearson and Carruth O’Leary halls, West Campus Road. Anyone is invited to drop in and help plant new trees and shrubs. Learn more about the Replant effort, make a donation to support the project, or sign up to volunteer at replant.ku.edu.
• Homecoming Parade — 6 p.m. Friday starting at South Park, traveling down Massachusetts Street and ending at Eighth and New Hampshire streets. This year’s parade grand marshal is Catherine Carmichael, the reigning Miss Kansas World and a 2014 KU graduate and former KU volleyball player. Read more about her here.
• Homecoming Pep Rally — 7 p.m., or immediately following the parade, at Eighth and New Hampshire streets. Football Coach David Beaty, the Marching Jayhawks, KU spirit squad, Big Jay and Little Jay will be on hand to support the football team.
Visit kualumni.org for a full schedule of events planned the rest of the week. Or stop by the Homecoming table on the Watson Library lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through Friday.
The annual KU Homecoming sign competition entries were on display Monday on campus — love this one where some Ghost(buster)s of Jayhawks past are decimating a Stay Puft version of the Sooner mascot with their proton packs. See all the entries in this online photo gallery from Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder.
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We heard last week that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ might be coming to the Kansas University campus on Monday. Immediately I pictured Degeneres walking down Jayhawk Boulevard in super-hip sneakers and posing for group selfies with students in front of the campanile.
Degeneres confirmed Saturday via Twitter that the show is, in fact, coming to campus Monday.
But my vision was a little bit off. Though DeGeneres herself won’t be in Lawrence Monday (she’ll be in California), the show’s social media arm is hosting a “Twitter event” at KU, university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson told the Journal-World.
What exactly will that entail? The show is supposed to be sending out tweets as it reveals details. (No updates as of mid-afternoon Sunday, though.)
When we know more, naturally your best bet for finding out fastest is via our KU Twitter handle, @LJW_KU, and my own handle, @saramarieshep. Follow along Monday, and we’ll all see what ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ has in store for Jayhawk territory.
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KU Parking director talks about challenges prior to next week’s open forum; library dean candidates on campus; students create green beehives
Kansas University Parking and Transit’s annual fall open forum is never well-attended, parking director Donna Hultine said. Will next week’s forum be different?
Hultine talked parking with the University Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday afternoon, after the committee — prompted by complaints from students to professors emeritus over newly restricted parking — asked for more information on the situation and what might be done to improve it in the future.
KU students and employees usually have plenty of complaints about parking, many sent via email, Hultine said, though this year several unpopular parking changes have created a “perfect storm.”
For one, KU Parking — which is a self-funded unit — is addressing a $15 million backlog of deferred maintenance in parking lots, which required a rate increase to pay for, Hultine said. She said past university administrations had been reluctant to raise parking rates but that this one realized, “if we don’t fix it now we’ll lose the parking that we do have.” Rates have gone up in the past two years.
Second, Hultine said, “at the same time we’ve lost a lot of parking to construction.” New buildings including the recently completed Oswald/Self residence halls on Daisy Hill and the recently started EEEC adjacent to Lindley Hall are gobbling up areas previously used for parking. Also parallel parking was removed from Jayhawk Boulevard as part of the reconstruction and beautification of the campus’s main drag, and all spaces behind Strong and Bailey halls now are reserved, among other changes (see a complete rundown of lot color reassignments and rate changes here).
“The price increase is not related to the crowding, but at the same time it feels like, ‘They’re charging me more money and my parking is worse,’” Hultine said.
New parking lots are in the process of being created, including one behind the Lied Center and one planned after McCollum Hall is razed in November, Hultine said. She also added that although many students were frustrated about crowding in popular Lot 90 (near the rec center), there were usually hundreds of open spots in other yellow lots across campus “that are at least as close as Lot 90 would be to the top of the hill.”
As for technology-enabled improvements, the new automated license plate readers and related software should make data collection easier and more reliable, Hultine said. And that creates possibilities — there are no plans yet but such data could even translate into something like “real time” parking updates that would show drivers which lots were full and which had spaces available.
The University Senate Executive Committee also talked about times that Park and Ride buses run, the possibility of someday switching to assigned parking lots rather than color zones, and the effect upcoming Central District construction will have on parking. As for that, Hultine said, expect “growing pains.”
KU Parking's fall open forum is set for 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
• Southern problems in store for KU provost?: We reported Monday that KU Provost Jeff Vitter has been tapped to become the next chancellor at Ole Miss (thanks to fellow reporter Karen Dillon for picking up that story while I was out of the office). It’s still not clear when Vitter would take over there presuming he’s officially voted in next week as expected, but according to The Clarion-Ledger, one issue that “will demand attention immediately” is a flag dispute. Students at Ole Miss have rallied to have the Mississippi state flag — which contains the Confederate symbol — removed from the campus and were scheduled to vote this week on a resolution.
• Library dean candidates on campus: At KU, a search for the next dean of libraries is underway, with four finalists coming to campus in the next few weeks. They’ll present on the topic: “Vision and Aspirations for the Role of Libraries in the Next Ten Years at a Flagship State University Such as KU.” KU Libraries is the largest library system in Kansas, with more than 4.2 million print volumes in seven campus facilities, according to KU. KU Libraries employs 50 faculty, 100 staff and 175 student employees. Former dean Lorraine Haricombe left almost a year ago to become vice provost and director of University of Texas Libraries.
Candidate 1 is Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment and associate professor of library science at Purdue University Libraries. He was scheduled to give a presentation Tuesday afternoon. Candidate 2 will visit Oct. 26-27, Candidate 3 on Oct. 28-29 and Candidate 4 on Nov. 2-3.
• Former business dean dies: L. Joseph Bauman, a former KU School of Business dean, died earlier this month. Bauman spent most of his career — before and after his time as business dean in the early 1990s — working in business rather than academia, according to his obituary. He was 75.
• Sustainable sculpture en plein air: I came across this outdoor class Tuesday afternoon, asked what they were doing and snapped a picture. I also noticed there were bees floating around the sculptors while they worked (presumably from the Dyche Hall colony) — probably a good sign if the hives-in-progress seem approachable to them.
• Conference for pharmaceutical chem prof: Wednesday kicks off a three-day tribute — academia style — to recently retired distinguished pharmaceutical chemistry professor Ron Borchardt (we had this profile on Borchardt right after he taught his last class in May). “A Tribute to Ronald T. Borchardt – Teacher, Mentor, Scientist, Colleague, Leader and Friend” is expected to draw hundreds of people from around the country, according to organizers. Following registration, events begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the School of Pharmacy building with opening remarks and a keynote lecture by John Martin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gilead Sciences Inc., “Three Decades of Advances in Nucleotide Antivirals: From Research to Expanding Access.” Lectures by scientists from KU and other universities, talks by industry representatives, poster sessions and a panel discussion are planned all day Thursday and Friday at Theatre Lawrence.
• Haunting lecture: “Goat Bones in the Basement: A Case of Race, Gender and Haunting in Old Savannah” is the title of an upcoming presentation by University of Michigan Professor Tiya Miles, who is this year’s Bill Tuttle Distinguished Lecturer in American Studies at KU. Her talk will address slavery and “dark tourism,” or visiting sites known for morbid events. It’s set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Miles is also doing a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St. More on Miles and her work here.
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I got to check out the inside of Kansas University’s McCarthy Hall this week, and afterward talked to basketball player Perry Ellis about his team’s new home. When I asked Ellis what he thought, he started by saying: “Words can’t describe it.”
Pictures definitely are better.
Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder shot really nice ones that are posted online with my full story about the palatial, Jayhawk-laden on-campus apartment building, which the KU men’s basketball team and about 20 other students just moved into on Oct. 8. Here are some video clips I took on my phone.
Sorry it’s no personal walk-through with Coach Self, but you get the idea. Let the tour begin!
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