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NYT: Lawrence sprinkler ordinance is model for the nation


¢ Lawrence and Kansas University were lauded Friday by the [New York Times][1] for being ahead of the curve when it comes to requiring greek houses to have sprinkler systems."Some of our facilities are really large and structurally pretty sound, but others weren't quite that way," said Ann Eversole, a longtime administrator at the university who worked closely with fraternities and sororities when the ordinance was enacted.For local alumni-run housing corporations that owned the chapter houses and acted as their landlords, "it was a very responsible thing to do," said Dr. Eversole, who is now assistant vice provost. "But for some, it caused great difficulty," she said, noting that a handful of chapters had not survived the ordinance and had closed down.¢ Lawrence native Karole Armitage, a well-known dancer and choreographer, is featured in Sunday's [New York Times][2]. She has a new dance, "Gamelan Gardens," premiering._Ms. Armitage, now 53, after a long stretch in Europe, is once again a relative newcomer, a stranger to a large segment of local audiences. To those who remember or have read about the new era that her early choreography seemed to promise, however, she is a prodigal daughter.¢ Springfield, Mo., has taken a page from downtown shopping in Lawrence, adopting a "Downtown Dollars" program that's similar to a gift certificate program offered by Downtown Lawrence Inc. The [Springfield News-Leader][3] explains the story._The idea was borrowed from the downtown district of Lawrence, Kan., where a similar program sold $17,000 worth of gift certificates, said Brian Fogle, director of community development at Great Southern Bank."We thought it was such a good idea we wanted to try it here," Fogle said. [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/08/education/08frats.html?ref=us [2]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/arts/dance/10sulcas.html?_r=1&ref=arts&oref=slogin [3]: http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061209/BUSINESS/612090348/1092


Sigmund 8 years, 10 months ago

I am surprised nobody jumped on the idea of Boog dollars!

Emily Hadley 8 years, 10 months ago

Fraternity houses forced to close because they couldn't afford to pipe water into their houses? Strange.

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