WRITER: Kathy Hanks

KU's Stouffer Place Apartments still looking to fill openings

Fall classes began Monday at the University of Kansas, and students searching for a room to rent at the last minute will find a few available on campus. Sarah Waters, KU's director of student housing, said KU was still working to fill the Stouffer Place Apartments, 1835 Ousdahl Road. Two years after breaking ground as part of the Central District’s redevelopment project, the new Stouffer Place has opened its ...

Chancellor, other speakers share advice for students at KU's opening convocation

Like the medical doctor he is, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod offered some health advice for the students attending the university's opening convocation. “The brain works better after exercise,” Girod said during Sunday's ceremony at the Lied Center, adding that physical activity would help students ward off the dreaded “freshman 15” weight gain in their first year. The ceremony, which ...

KU to cut funding to Audio-Reader program; all university funds to be eliminated by 2022

The University of Kansas plans to cut funding to the Audio-Reader program, but the service will continue reading daily newspapers, magazines and best-sellers to visually impaired people. Within three years, KU will stop providing roughly $330,000 in annual support for the program, said Dan Skinner, director of Audio-Reader and Kansas Public Radio. Funding won’t immediately be affected, as the 2019 fiscal ...

Aging flower children gather at KU to remember Woodstock

The hippies arrived promptly at 10 a.m., even though 49 years ago most of them wouldn’t have begun partying until 10 p.m. Wearing tie-dyed shirts and headbands, they dressed Wednesday like the “flower children” they once were as they celebrated the 49th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival. A table was spread with munchies. But the brownies were pot-free; so was the air. Instead, the smell of ...

Newest Jayhawks move in, get settled at KU's dorms

Healy Young was doing the heavy lifting as she pulled suitcases from the back of the car and hauled them up to the fourth floor of Naismith Hall. That’s where her daughter Brittany Huang, 18, was unpacking. Mother and daughter had flown from New Jersey to Kansas City so Brittany could attend the University of Kansas. They rented a car at the airport and navigated to the Lawrence campus. Move-in day brought ...

Kevin Willmott talks truth, humor and success of 'BlacKkKlansman' film

It doesn’t matter where Kevin Willmott watches "BlacKkKlansman." Whether it’s at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood, New York or Lawrence, in every theater, the ending is always met with dead silence. The award-winning film with the arresting finish — relax, no spoilers below — opened in area theaters just this past weekend; however, Willmott, a University of Kansas professor of film and media studies, ...

Team of chaplains ready to help local first responders during stressful times

It had been a rough weekend for first responders in Lawrence. First, they rescued a 1-year-old and his mother, after she allegedly drove a vehicle into the Kansas River. Then, the next day, they recovered the body of a 5-year-old girl who had also been a passenger in the car. At times like these, Paul Taylor and six volunteer chaplains are a quiet force standing alongside law enforcement officers, firefighters ...

After 23-year run, Van Go's leader stepping down in December

Lynne Green dreamed Van Go Inc. into reality 23 years ago, and then marveled as it thrived and grew into a nationally recognized public arts program for at-risk kids. Now Green is ready to let Van Go soar without her. She plans to step down as its leader on Dec. 28. “I birthed it, it’s my baby and now it’s grown up,” Green said. “You let your children go, there is a point in time when that has to ...

What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower

The moon won’t be making an appearance this weekend, but about 50 meteors per hour will light up the sky, offering stargazers a dazzling show between midnight and dawn. The 2018 Perseid meteor shower, a popular summer stargazing event, should be more vibrant than in other years. However, it's important to set an alarm, because the meteor shower occurs while most people are sleeping. Because the moon is in a ...

KU's Hall Center for the Humanities appoints associate director

Sarah Bishop has been appointed the associate director of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. She had previously served as interim associate director from November 2017 to June 2018. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, Bishop was the chief communications officer for the Lawrence Arts Center. She also served as the director of the 2015 and 2016 Free State Festivals. Marta ...