WRITER: Lauren Fox

Let's 'see what we can accomplish': Haskell interim president gives outlook on the year ahead

Sometimes, as he spoke, the interim president of Haskell Indian Nations University, Daniel Wildcat, would close his eyes. He looked contemplative as he responded to questions regarding the future of a university whose helm he took in November 2018 and that expects to select a full-time president as soon as January. But Wildcat’s not sitting idly by until then. Wildcat, 66, has worked at Haskell for 33 ...

Prominent black feminist Brittney Cooper charges Lawrence audience to be 'world makers' not 'space takers'

Brittney Cooper opened the University of Kansas’ Hall Center lecture series on Thursday night with a charge to not fear the future but to embrace its possibilities, specifically urging her audience to be "world makers," not "space takers." The Liberty Hall presentation by Cooper, a prominent black feminist, was the first of five free humanities lectures in KU's 2019-2020 school year. Cooper is the author of ...

Space for nearly 1,000 additional fans in new KU volleyball arena; first home game is Thursday

The University of Kansas volleyball team will host its home opener on Thursday in a new arena with 2,265 seats, 965 more than its previous facility. On Tuesday, the team and the athletic department unveiled the new Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for donors, staff and other attendees. The new arena is located at the same site where the team's old facility stood before it was ...

New state council on tax reform to include Lawrence school board member

Gov. Laura Kelly launched a council on tax reform Monday and appointed Lawrence school board member Shannon Kimball as a member. The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, issued by Executive Order 19-11, will conduct an 18-month study culminating in the council making specific statutory recommendations to state lawmakers. The first meeting of the council will take place Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at the Statehouse ...

KU improves by 2 spots in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The University of Kansas’ standing among public universities improved by two places per U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, released on Monday. KU came in at No. 59. Among national universities — designated as public or private institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate courses as well as master’s and Ph.D. programs — KU was tied for No. 130. “We recognize the importance of ...

KU to celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment with suffrage series

In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the University of Kansas is hosting a series of women’s suffrage events for the 2019-2020 school year. The Centennial Celebration will educate people about women’s suffrage, celebrate the progress that has been made and emphasize the importance of every citizen’s right to vote. The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified ...

KU to continue relationship with Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel, despite his July conviction

The University of Kansas will continue to allow developer Thomas Fritzel to use the Jayhawk name and brand at his Lawrence golf club, despite his felony conviction in July for improperly disposing of asbestos. Whether or not the university’s position will change if Fritzel is convicted in a second, unrelated felony fraud case remains to be determined. Chancellor Douglas Girod said, “We’re just going to ...

KU’s Common Work of Art: Blank screens 'waiting for the story that’s going to fill them'

From afar, it’s an abstract grid, a colorful collection of squares and rectangles. But up close, those rectangles turn out to be the screens of drive-in movie theaters, pictured in their lots in square frames. Some of the theaters are abandoned, tall grass overrunning the grounds and climbing up to the base of the screen. Others still look functioning and well-kept. But something’s not quite right, Spencer ...

20, including 2 Lawrence lawyers, apply for Kansas Supreme Court vacancy

By the noon deadline on Tuesday, 20 people had applied to fill the Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Lee Johnson on Sept. 8. These included two Lawrence lawyers, Lumen Mulligan and Keynen Wall. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will set interview dates for applicants. After conducting the interviews, which will be open to the public and take place in ...

3 KU professors receive Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships

Three University of Kansas professors have received the Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship, which recognizes longtime excellent educators at the university and comes with a $10,000 bonus every year for the next five years. This year’s honorees are Karen Nordheden, Robert Parsons and Amy Rossomondo. Nordheden, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, is known for ...

2 alumni to receive Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to KU

The University of Kansas Alumni Association on Thursday will honor two recipients of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, an annual award for extraordinary service to the university. This year's winners — Dr. Don Brada and Jeff Kennedy — will be recognized at a celebratory dinner at 7 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center. Ellsworth, the medallion's namesake, was a 1922 graduate who served as the Alumni Association’s ...

Gov. Kelly appoints longtime KU public safety employee to 911 Coordinating Council

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed six members to the 911 Coordinating Council, including the University of Kansas’ assistant director of public safety, Elizabeth Phillips, in an attempt to include more nontraditional agencies. The 911 Coordinating Council monitors the delivery of 911 services and develops strategies to improve the system. This past legislative session, the Kansas 911 Act was amended to ...

KU professors urge boycott of campus Chick-fil-A after location change, new football sponsorship

Updated at 2:30 p.m. Some University of Kansas professors are urging a boycott of the campus Chick-fil-A in response to what they consider a “deepened relationship” between the university and the fast-food organization, which has had a history of anti-LGBTQ stances. This year, Chick-fil-A’s campus location has moved from The Underground dining area at Wescoe Hall to the Kansas Union, which KU associate ...