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.
Have a tip for this blog or a KU news story? Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 832-7187 or on Twitter @saramarieshep.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has apparently revoked a job offer to a professor who went to Twitter to criticize Israel over the bombardment of Gaza.
The incident is reminiscent of the controversy last year when Kansas University professor David Guth wrote tweets critical of the NRA after a mass shooting.
Guth is still employed at KU, but criticism of his tweets led to a state policy in Kansas that allows the chief executive of a public university to terminate professors who use social media in a way that is contrary to the best interests of the school.
In the Illinois controversy, Steven Salaita, a former Virginia Tech English professor, wrote numerous tweets critical of Israel.
Here is one of the tweets: "When will the attack on #Gaza end? What is left for #Israel to prove? Who is left for Israel to kill? This is the logic of genocide."
Salaita had been notified of the job offer from Illinois last year, but recently the offer was rescinded after the tweets appeared.
Here is a link to a story on the controversy in The Roanoke (Virginia) Times. link text
Back when I started college, I needed to know where I could eat dinner, how to pick up my football tickets and where I was allowed to park (almost nowhere). I did not need to know about Twitter accounts that I needed to follow, because this was about 8,000 social-media years ago, when Facebook was still available exclusively for college students, MySpace was actually a thing some people used and Twitter did not exist.
But things are different now. There are 28,000 students at KU, and it seems like there are at least that many KU-related Twitter accounts. But which ones are must-follows for KU students? (Besides @LJW_KU, of course.)
That is not a rhetorical question. We're working on a "Field Guide" for new KU students that will be part of our KU Today edition (coming in August!), and I'm putting together a list of the Twitter accounts that any KU student worth his or her salt should be following to get a comprehensive KU experience.
So please send me your nominations. I have some ideas, but I want to hear from you. A couple of guidelines:
• I know a lot of you probably follow all manner of Twitter accounts related to KU sports. But I don't want this list to be totally — or even mostly — sports-related. So extra points will go to suggestions outside of the sports world.
• I want this list to be based on your suggestions, but I'll be making the final selections. That means that no "parody" accounts — ones that purport to be a "fake" version of somebody else — will make it on the list unless they are legitimately funny and not dumb. And from what I can tell, that counts out about 99.5 percent of them.
With those things in mind, fire away. What Twitter accounts do new KU freshmen — or maybe even new KU staffers or professors — need to follow to get the hang of life on the hill? Email your suggestions to me at email@example.com, chime in via the comments below or let me know on, well, Twitter (@LJW_KU).
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That's the Twitter hashtag we'll be using for newsy happenings at KU. I have to confess that was my choice out of our list of nominees, but if you snoop around Twitter you'll find that was the clear choice of other folks, too.
We're planning to dive in and slap that thing on our tweets with gusto, and I really hope you'll do the same. If we at the Journal-World are the only ones using it, it will feel like we're shouting into a big, empty room, hearing back nothing but an echo.
So if you see something happening on campus, find something cool and KU-related on the Internet or wonder what exactly is going on in front of Wescoe Hall, tack #KUbuzz onto your tweet. Let's see if we can make this "a thing," as the kids might say.
Something else that helps me feel like I'm not yelling into an empty room is when you send me your KU news tips. So keep 'em coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
And to further exercise your democratic rights, send me a KU news tip at email@example.com.
On this first day of spring semester classes at KU, I've got an assignment for everyone.
We need a Twitter hashtag for KU news.
In case that sentence was gibberish to you, here's an explanation. (If you know what I'm talking about, skip this and the next paragraph.) Twitter is the social network where users fire off messages of 140 or fewer characters, and if you're interested in seeing in real time what's going on in the world (or in Lawrence, or at KU) and what people are saying about it, you should really give it a try. (Here are some instructions I just found.)
On Twitter we use these things called hashtags. These are words proceeded by a pound sign (the tic-tac-toe one) used to classify tweets by subject. For instance, folks tend to attach "#kubball" to their tweets if they're talking about the KU men's basketball team.
If you search for #kubball on Twitter today, you'll probably see a lot of KU fans talking smack in advance of tonight's game against Kansas State. That's what's great about hashtags: They allow you to join in a conversation about a given topic with anyone else in the world who's talking about the same thing.
There's #kubball for men's basketball, along with #kufball and other KU sports tags. There's a certain other KU-related hashtag that's been getting some national media coverage recently but is not in line with this publication's standards or this blogger's tastes, so we won't mention it.
But what about a hashtag we can use when we talk about NON-SPORTS things going on with KU's campus? What if you see something crazy going on on Wescoe Beach and want to share a photo, or you've got an on-campus event you want people to know about, or you want to ask people where to find a parking spot at a certain time of day?
The tag #KU would seem to be the obvious solution. But try searching for the hashtag #KU and compare it with what you get with #kubball. Depending on how you search, you might get some stuff having to do with Kansas University. But if you try to search it in real time, you'll likely get a lot of stuff in other languages; it's only two letters, and it apparently means other things to other people.
Some of KU's Twitter presences have tried out other tags to spur conversation, including #kustudents. But couldn't we come up with a hashtag for anything newsy or notable going on at KU, of interest to students, faculty, staff and even alumni?
That's where you come in. Tweet your suggested tags at our LJW_KU Twitter account, followed up with the tag #FindTheKUHashtag. We'll take a look at the submissions over the next week or so, and if we find one we think is worth trying out, the submitter will receive the greatest prize we have to offer here at Heard on the Hill: We'll mention your Twitter handle, both on the blog and via Twitter.
So get cracking. Maybe try to #think #exclusively #in #the #form #of #hashtags until you get some inspiration.
And as always, send your #KUNewsTips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you like glimpses into KU's history (and who doesn't?), you might keep an eye on the Spencer Museum of Art Twitter feed today.
The museum opened 35 years ago today, and it's promising to share photos from its history throughout the day via a medium that, back then, would have surely seemed quite incomprehensible: Twitter. It started with the poster advertising its Jan. 17, 1978, grand opening.
It's also inviting museum visitors past and present to share their Spencer memories, using the hashtag #SMA35.
So, send your art-gazing memories there. And send your KU news tips here: email@example.com.