WRITER: Dylan Lysen

KU's Studio 804 ready to show off 2 new homes in eastern Lawrence

Two new sleek and minimalist homes built in eastern Lawrence's Brook Creek neighborhood are ready to join a long list of homes designed by University of Kansas students. Since August, 15 KU architecture students participating in the Studio 804 program have been building the two new homes and will soon share them with the public. The homes — located at 1501 and 1503 Oak Hill Ave. — will be on display for ...

Actor Alan Alda to headline Hall Center for the Humanities 2019-2020 lecture series

A well-known Hollywood actor is set to headline a series of lectures at the University of Kansas next school year. KU's Hall Center for the Humanities on Monday announced Alan Alda, who may be best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce in the TV show “MASH,” as one of the five speakers lined up for its 2019-2020 lecture series, according to a KU news release. Alda will appear in “An Evening With Alan ...

With very wet weather, plans to kick off state's first hemp growing season slow down

This month, many farmers had hoped to make history in the state of Kansas by planting a newly legalized crop for the first time. But high amounts of rain and flooding throughout the state have put those plans on hold a little longer. “We’re flooded down here,” said Rick Gash, a hemp farmer in rural Butler County. Gash, who operates the Hemp Development Group with his wife, Stacy, said they had been ...

KU research team helping to develop telescope that could be launched into space to study sun's rays

With the help of more than a million dollars in NASA funding, a University of Kansas research group hopes to take its studies to the deep reaches of space. The group, which is led by KU physicist Christophe Royon, recently received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from NASA to help develop a telescope that could one day be rocketed into space on a satellite to orbit the sun. Researchers plan for the telescope ...

After marathon meeting, Lawrence City Commission denies controversial downtown apartment project

After hearing hours of comments on proposed plans to build a five-story apartment and retail building complex in downtown Lawrence, the Lawrence City Commission early Wednesday morning denied the project the necessary certifications to move forward. With unanimous votes cast shortly after 1 a.m., the commission denied a certificate of appropriateness to Chicago-based developer Core Spaces to build the Hub on ...

With denial of controversial downtown apartment plans, mayor says developer will need to start over

A day after the Lawrence City Commission put a stop to a controversial five-story apartment and retail complex in downtown Lawrence, the developer’s future plans for the site are not clear. Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen told the Journal-World Wednesday afternoon that she has not heard from Chicago-based developer Core Spaces since the commission’s vote early that morning to deny issuing the project the ...

Lawmakers increase Kansas higher education funding by $28.4 million in proposed state budget

State universities will expect to receive more funding from the state next year after the Kansas Legislature approved a statewide budget on Saturday. Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, who serves on the Senate’s higher education funding subcommittee, told the Journal-World Monday that the approved budget included the $28.4 million increase to higher education in the state. The budget now awaits Gov. Laura Kelly’s ...

Lawrence City Commission selects Bob Billings Parkway site for bus-transfer hub

City leaders have officially chosen a site on the edge of the University of Kansas' West Campus for the city's new bus-transfer hub. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission selected a site on Bob Billings Parkway, between Crestline Drive and Iowa Street, for the Lawrence Transit Transfer Hub. The project will serve as a bus-transfer point and will include an indoor station for the city bus service, ...

Local film exploring different perspectives in marriage to be made for seeing, blind viewers

A film by a University of Kansas filmmaker exploring the concept of different perspectives between married people will be made for both viewers who can see and viewers who are blind or visually impaired. “Before An Immense Sky” by Meg Jamieson, an assistant professor for KU’s film and media department, explores the solitude and distance between two people who are happily married or are in any other ...

Uncontested race in KU Student Senate elections suggests continuing apathy

A low turnout for Student Senate election at the University of Kansas is nothing new. But this year, the government organization achieved a new low in lack of student involvement. The 2019 Student Senate election, which took place in early April, was the first uncontested race for student body president in the organization’s 50-year history, said Andrew Moore, a student researcher for KU History, a ...

KU psychiatry researchers in Wichita develop new treatment for depression

Researchers for the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita have developed a new depression treatment that aims to help people who don't respond to medications like Prozac and Zoloft. Drs. Sheldon Preskorn and Matthew Macaluso, who are psychiatry researchers for the school, helped develop a nasal spray treatment called esketamine, which will be marketed under the name Spravato, according to a KU news ...

April health code inspections: 6 found out of compliance

Several organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in April. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can find details about specific violations, which can vary. Noncritical citations include unlabeled products, improperly ...

Kansas lawmaker calls for hearing on anti-discrimination bill before session ends

As the Kansas Legislature returned to the Statehouse to begin its veto session on Wednesday, an openly gay lawmaker called on his colleagues to begin working on a bill that would protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Rep. Brandon Woodard, D-Lenexa, who is one of two openly LGBTQ members of the Legislature, told the Journal-World on Tuesday that he is talking to other lawmakers about the possibility ...

KU interim provost lays out new budget model, says it will be implemented for 2020-2021 school year

Story updated at 9:34 a.m. Thursday University of Kansas interim provost Carl Lejuez gave the clearest picture yet of KU's new budget model during a town hall meeting on campus Wednesday, and said that it would be ready to implement for the 2020-2021 school year. “This is really fully formed for the first time,” Lejuez told an audience in Spooner Hall. Lejuez said the new budget model will first be ...

KU Class of 2019 to give portrait of former chancellor as graduation gift to campus

The graduating class of the University of Kansas plans to give a portrait of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to campus. The Board of Class Officers, a committee representing each class at KU, announced plans to give a replica of the official painted portrait of Gray-Little to campus as the gift from the 2019 class, according to a KU news release. The portrait will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Thursday ...

KU Army ROTC celebrates 100 years on campus

In the early morning hours on the University of Kansas campus, students in military fatigues can often be found running and working out. Those students are preparing to serve as leaders of tomorrow’s U.S. Army, and as of 2019 they’ve been doing it at KU for 100 years, said Lt. Col. Tracey Olson, who is a professor of military science and leader of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at KU. Many alumni of ...

KU researcher studying to make safer lithium-ion batteries, which sometimes explode

Last week in a Chinese parking garage, a Tesla Model S seemed to spontaneously combust — a spectacle that was caught on camera. The car briefly emitted white smoke before exploding into flames, even though the car was off and unoccupied, according to footage shown on CNN. While Tesla plans to investigate what caused the explosion, Huazhen Fang, an assistant professor for KU’s Department of Mechanical ...

Residents come together to brainstorm ideas to create more affordable housing in Douglas County

When Christina Gentry first moved to Lawrence with her husband and four children, she began a long road of homelessness, she said Wednesday during a community meeting focusing on affordable housing. After plans to move into a five-bedroom home fell through, Gentry and her family were forced to live out of a motel and eventually a camper. But the housing complication came with more serious consequences when she ...

First woman of color to lead KU's student body as president

A chance encounter between two students during a networking event last year led to University of Kansas students recently electing the first woman of color as their leader on campus. Tiara Floyd, who will be a senior at KU next fall, was elected as student body president in an uncontested race earlier this month and will officially take the reins during a KU Student Senate transition meeting on ...

KU organist with ties to Notre Dame says it's miraculous that organ survived fire

When University of Kansas organist James Higdon learned Notre Dame de Paris was on fire, he thought he would never be able to hear or create music in the historic cathedral ever again. “I was devastated,” Higdon told the Journal-World on Thursday, three days after the April 15 fire. “We watched the fire crawl across the roof, and I know where the organs are. It didn’t look possible it could make ...