WRITER: Dylan Lysen

'What Were You Wearing?' exhibit opens again on KU campus for sexual assault awareness month

As part of sexual assault awareness month, an exhibit that challenges the idea that victims' clothes lead to assaults returned to the University of Kansas this week. The exhibit known as “What Were You Wearing?” opened in the Kansas Union Gallery on Tuesday as part of the the KU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center’s April programming. This month’s display of the installation will be the third ...

Research to intervention: KU study on college responses to sexual assault is being put to use

When it comes to responding to reports of sexual assault, response teams on college campuses face a set of barriers that prevent their work from being as effective as similar programs run by cities and counties, according to a University of Kansas study. But this revelation is allowing the group of KU researchers who conducted the study to help some Midwest colleges and universities do a better job by creating ...

$500K gift establishes KU professorship for military history

Through a $500,000 gift to KU Endowment, a University of Kansas alumnus established a new professorship at the university focused on military history. David Pittaway, of Naples, Fla., donated the gift to create the professorship because he thinks vital military history, including the study of important battles and wars that shaped the world, is not being adequately acknowledged in history departments, according ...

NCAA 'aggressively' pursuing evidence in college basketball corruption trial, NCAA president says

The NCAA is “aggressively” pursuing evidence obtained by the FBI for the college basketball corruption trials, NCAA President Mark Emmert said. Emmert, who made the comments Thursday during a news conference for the NCAA’s Final Four basketball tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., said the NCAA has filed a request in a U.S. District Court in New York City for the FBI's evidence to be released so that the ...

KU's new 'angry white male' course receives national attention

A University of Kansas course focusing on angry white men received some national attention on Wednesday. The course Angry White Male Studies is listed as a Humanities and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies course in the KU catalog for the 2019-2020 school year. Conservative higher education website Campus Reform and media outlets the New York Post and the Washington Times reported on the existence of the ...

March health code inspections: 5 businesses found out of compliance

Several businesses in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in March. 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 ...

Law allowing Kansas grocery stores to sell full-strength beer takes effect

As of Monday, employees at grocery stores across the state will be stocking shelves with a product they've never been allowed to sell before — full-strength beer. Elsewhere, liquor stores will also begin to stock shelves with new nonalcoholic products, although some liquor store owners say the changes are a bit of a mixed bag. On Monday, a law that was passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2017 will go into ...

Locals witness Kansas Supreme Court system in action during Lawrence special session; a case could affect Douglas County ordinance

Hundreds of people came out to the Lied Center to witness the Kansas judicial system in action Monday evening when the Kansas Supreme Court held a special session hearing in Lawrence, the first time it has visited the Douglas County city in its 158-year history. The audience members got to share a few laughs with the court’s justices too. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said the court has attempted to hold ...

KU football star Pooka Williams agrees to domestic violence diversion; terms include community service, anger management

Story updated at 4:24 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019: A University of Kansas star football player who was accused of punching a woman in the stomach and grabbing her throat has agreed to steps that could end the criminal case against him. Pooka Williams and Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson signed a diversion agreement regarding a misdemeanor domestic battery charge stemming from a December 2018 ...

Lawrence artist Roger Shimomura's new exhibit touches on U.S. immigration policy

A renowned Lawrence artist will soon display many newly created images, some of which were inspired by U.S. immigration policies under President Donald Trump. Roger Shimomura, 80, will open his three-part exhibit called “American Muse” at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art gallery in Kansas City, Mo. Sherry Leedy, director of the gallery, said the new exhibit, which features more than 100 pieces, will give ...

Kansas House again rejects Lawrence lawmaker's attempt to repeal campus carry

Story updated at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday A Lawrence lawmaker again attempted to repeal part of a state law allowing concealed carry of firearms on college campuses, but her attempt failed. During debate on the floor of the Kansas House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, introduced an ultimately unsuccessful amendment to House Bill 2326, which would allow the state to recognize Kansas ...

Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest in case involving sex with inmate; must register as sex offender

A former Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of sexual relations with a female inmate was convicted of aggravated battery on Wednesday after he accepted a plea deal. Mario J. Godinez entered a no contest plea to the felony charge as part of a deal with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, which dropped his original charge of unlawful sexual relations. Branden Smith, a pro tem judge who ...

Kansas Senate gives initial approval to bill requiring clergy to report suspected sexual abuse

A bill that would require church clergy to be mandated reporters of child abuse, including sexual assault, received initial support from the Kansas Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 218 would add religious leaders, regardless of religion, to already existing laws that require teachers, social workers, firefighters, police, psychologists, therapists and other professionals to relay information of possible sexual ...

U.S. Army intelligence community to use research conducted by KU students

University of Kansas student Kara Fort finds her most recent research project has a little more at stake than her other, standard assignments, she said Friday before giving a presentation on how climate change is exasperating the agriculture environment in Nigeria. Her research into one of the African nation’s largest economic industries is not just a project she wants to ace for her college grades. It also ...

KU study: Sports organizations waste work time during NCAA tournament too, but it has benefits

When it comes to March Madness, employees of university athletic departments are just like the rest of us — they're keeping up with the games at work, too. But in some cases, this lack of productivity is actually encouraged and produces its own set of benefits for workplaces, said Jordan Bass, a KU assistant professor and author of a study investigating workplace culture as it relates to the NCAA's national ...

As higher education funding plans inch along in Legislature, Kansas business community asks for vast increase

Many Kansas businesses want state lawmakers to vastly increase funding for higher education, but initial budget bills approved this week call for a more limited funding allocation to state universities. In letters sent to all Kansas lawmakers on Monday, a group of more than 30 business representatives and advocates requested that the Legislature provide the $50 million increase to the state's universities that ...

KU chancellor has not considered suspending coach as NCAA investigates; Regents chairman also weighs in

Although FBI wiretaps in federal court revealed University of Kansas assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend said KU would do “what it takes” to land a highly touted recruit, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday that he has not considered suspending any KU coaches, including Townsend. The Journal-World asked about possible suspensions after Louisiana State University suspended its head men’s ...

KU on track to begin permanent provost search after spring semester, chancellor says

The University of Kansas hopes to begin searching for candidates for its permanent provost position after the spring semester comes to a close, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday. Prior to the Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka, Girod laid out for the Journal-World the probable timeline for the search for a permanent provost. Currently, the university is soliciting bids from search firms to help ...

Sentencing for basketball recruiting fixer moved to September

A college basketball recruiting fixer who revealed that he had made illicit payments to University of Kansas basketball players will now have to wait until September for sentencing. T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant who was a key government witness for the college basketball corruption trial in October 2018, will be sentenced on Sept. 10, the office of presiding Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the ...

Baker University's athletics program to join a fast-growing video game industry with creation of esports team

Baker University is adding a new sport to its athletic program, but the team won’t be taking any fields or courts. Instead, the team will be taking on the virtual world in video games. The Baldwin City-based university announced last week that its athletic department is joining several other Kansas universities and colleges in launching an esports team, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The program ...