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Mirecki, Supreme Court predictions and veterans' tuition


¢ The anti-evolution, pro-Intelligent Design Discovery Institute is questioning whether a series of threats made at University of Colorado really came from creationists, and they're invoking the name of a KU professor to make their point.Police in Boulder, Colo., said someone put slips of paper in evolutionary biology labs. "It basically said anybody who doesn't believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of," police said.Robert Crowther of the Discovery Institute said the case reminds him of Paul Mirecki, the KU profesor who said he was assaulted in rural Douglas County following a controversy over an religious studies course he planned to teach that dealt with evolution. Crowther writes of the Boulder incident: In all the years of the ongoing evolution debates, nothing like this has ever happened that I've heard of, at least not from creationists. When such things have happened in the past, it was a Darwinist who claimed to be physically attacked by creationists. Remember Paul Mirecki at University of Kansas?__I suspect that if these guys are ever caught, they won't turn out be creationists, or even very religious people.¢ Can Supreme Court observers predict how Chief Justice John Roberts will vote on a case, just by examining oral arguments? A KU professor thinks so. A study by psychology professor Lawrence Wrightsman, subject of a story on [Law.com][1], says Roberts asked an average of 3.6 questions of the side he favored, and 14.3 questions from the side he voted against.The numbers tend to support the growing perception that Roberts can be a sharp, even acerbic questioner. In Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, the establishment clause case involving taxpayer standing, Roberts asked winning Solicitor General Paul Clement only three questions, while hitting Andrew Pincus of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, the lawyer for the losing foundation, with 23._The article goes on to ask of Roberts has made up his mind in advance and is arguing against the other side._Wrightsman thinks it suggests that Roberts comes to the argument with a "predisposition." He adds, "I don't want to say he has already decided the case, but he is setting a higher standard for one side than for the other."¢ Dan Parker, a KU student who served two tours in Iraq as a Marine, is quoted in a [USA Today][2] story about tuition aid for veterans. He says states need to take responsibility for veterans' tuition because of rising college costs and shrinking higher education budgets."If you want (to get) a four-year education on the GI Bill, you're going to have to go in debt or work all the time," says Parker, who helped craft a bill this year that led to a $250,000 scholarship fund for Kansas veterans.¢ Nancy Baym, KU professor of communication studies, is quoted in a [Los Angeles Times][3] story about Internet fantasy leagues that are expanding beyond the realm of sports."People have always enjoyed taking ownership of the things they are into recreationally, and the Internet has made that more and more accessible to more people," said Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas. [1]: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1184058397113 [2]: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-07-10-gi-bill_N.htm [3]: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-fantasy11jul11,1,1392624.story?coll=la-news-politics-california


armyguy 10 years, 6 months ago

The State legislators had two different bills presented to them last session about current Iraq/Afghan vets, and their tuition. They chose not to pursue them. I will rethink my vote's next election. I had to go to great lengths to prove I was a KS resident after returning from Iraq. KU chose to disregard the facts that I was born in Kansas, went K-12 in Kansas, have lived in Kansas all my life except for military service, have owned many houses in KS. Not to mention that KU never questioned my Kansas residency before deploying to Iraq as a member of KANSAS National Guard.

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