WRITER: Lauren Fox

KU to 'test the waters' with retail alcohol sales in union restaurant

The football stadium is not the only place on the University of Kansas campus where people can purchase alcohol. On Tuesday, Impromptu Cafe, a sit-down lunch restaurant in the Kansas Memorial Union, began selling beer and wine. David Mucci, director of the Kansas Memorial Union, said introducing alcohol to the restaurant would be a good way to “test the waters” regarding future business enterprises on ...

Four ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this week in Lawrence

Lawrence’s annual weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will include a lecture on Emmett Till, a second line band march at KU and music from the St. Luke AME Baptist church at New York Elementary’s MLK Chili Feed. Here’s a schedule of some of the events for this week: Monday, Jan. 20 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast This year, the annual breakfast will feature keynote speaker ...

KU Medical Center conducting clinical trial for male contraceptive gel

A male contraceptive being tested at the University of Kansas Medical Center takes the form of a gel that men apply daily to their shoulders. The research institution is currently conducting a clinical trial for the contraceptive, and is looking for couples to participate. Dr. Ajay Nangia, the vice chair of urology at the medical center, is a collaborating investigator of the study. “I think what we’re ...

KU to cut its language school; departments will remain intact

The University of Kansas will cut its School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures because of budget cuts, according to an email from the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The closing of the school will not affect the language departments themselves, interim dean John Colombo specified in a Friday email to faculty and staff. Colombo called the school closing a change in ...

KU chancellor: Governor's proposed budget for higher education won’t ‘help us much on the affordability side’

The leader of Kansas' flagship university is more than a little disappointed with Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed budget, which was released on Thursday. The Kansas Board of Regents requested $50 million for state universities, according to University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod. Kelly allocated only $11.9 million, according to her fiscal year 2021 state budget. “Our ask was $50 million for the four-year ...

Go, See, Do: Whirlwind Shakespeare, Kaw Valley Eagles Day and more

Last updated at 1:05 p.m. Friday Three actors. Thirty-seven plays. Ninety-seven minutes. “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged),” a comedic romp through the Bard’s plays (and sonnets!), opens Friday at Theatre Lawrence. Director Doug Weaver described the plot as three friends who kind of like Shakespeare getting together to see if they can “mention every play.” What ensues is a comedic and ...

Regents: KU awarded nearly $900,000 from state in EPSCoR grants for research

TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Regents approved $425,000 in state funding to University of Kansas researchers on Wednesday at its January meeting. Prior to this meeting, the board in previous years had already approved $464,599 for KU research funding in 2020, bringing the total for KU up to $889,599. KU received the funds from the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a federal ...

Lawrence’s Busker Festival to be a day longer this year

A loss of a city grant had some people concerned that Lawrence’s annual Busker Festival would suffer, but the festival’s organizer has announced that the event will actually expand by a day this May. “I came downtown last year on Monday after the festival and found crowds of people, many looking for the festival,” organizer Richard Renner said in a press release. “So, I thought, why not give them ...

Gov. Kelly appoints Free State Brewing owner to tourism, travel council

Chuck Magerl named his brewpub Free State Brewing Company as a clear nod to Kansas history. Magerl, owner of the state’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, said that showcasing Kansas’ history was something he’s committed to — “making people aware of what has been and what can be.” And Kansas history is something Magerl hopes the state will be able to showcase in its tourism initiatives. In ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Governor's State of the State address to be broadcast live on TV

Gov. Laura Kelly's State of the State address will be broadcast on live television at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the first time the address has been broadcast live since 2015, according to a press release from the governor's office. During the speech, Kelly will report her administration's priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Mike Murphy, director of programming with KCPT, the PBS affiliate for ...

KU greek life task force submits recommendations to the chancellor

A task force that examined greek life at the University of Kansas has recommended that the chancellor reinstitute Friday morning classes in all KU schools and create a partnership aimed at uniting the greek organizations with the greater community. In a public message published on Friday, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod shared these and other recommendations of the Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force — ...

Fraternity follow-up: Here’s why KU won’t release full details on fraternity investigation

Students were urinated on and hit by their fraternity “brothers.” A highly intoxicated student was tied to a decorative anchor outside a sorority house. Students used cocaine to draw their fraternity’s Greek letters at their chapter’s spring break house. These were the details revealed this fall when the University of Kansas released documents related to its investigation into Delta Upsilon, a ...

Gov. Kelly appoints equal number of men, women in first year

The Women’s Foundation of Kansas City commended Gov. Laura Kelly for appointing more than 150 women to state boards, commissions and the judiciary in her first year. Kelly selected an equal number of men and women for various appointments, according to a press release the organization sent last week. “In her first year in office, Governor Laura Kelly has taken major strides to close the leadership gap and ...

Local leaders, legislators pleased with announcement of bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan; other news from the Legislative Priorities Breakfast

Thursday's announcement from Topeka about a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan was met with unanimous approval from speakers at the annual Legislative Priorities Breakfast Friday in Lawrence. The plan, proposed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, would cover as many as 150,000 additional people. “The Douglas County Commission is excited about the news from ...

Learn about book conservation, KU's Spanish and Portuguese department at 2 exhibits on campus

Ever wondered how University of Kansas library staff protects rare books and special collections? The Kenneth Spencer Research Library explains some techniques and practices in an exhibit that closes next Friday, Jan. 17. This exhibit, “Unseen Hands,” is one of two free KU Libraries exhibits that will close this month. The other, “Strong Foundations,” is located in Watson Library and celebrates more ...

‘More than a career path’: KU students visit independent pharmacies across central and southwest Kansas

OSAGE CITY — Mandy Gibson remembers visiting independent pharmacies across Kansas with her classmates from the University of Kansas’ School of Pharmacy in the early 2000s. “I remember the people. I remember what they said. I remember the atmosphere of those pharmacies,” Gibson said. Now, the 2002 KU alumna is the one providing similar memories for current students. Gibson is the pharmacist at ...

Strategic plan, tuition assistance and a car club: Semester in preview with KU Chancellor Girod

This upcoming semester, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod is looking forward to solidifying a tuition assistance program for dependents of staff and faculty, completing the strategic plan and serving as the faculty adviser for KU’s Car Club. During a brief interview after the Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 18, Girod talked about some of his plans for the coming semester and what he ...

‘This is Love’: Documentary about Wichita musician Rudy Love will debut educational tour at Liberty Hall

The public might not recognize the name Rudy Love, the star of a documentary set to screen at Liberty Hall on Jan. 15, but they likely know his music. John Alexander, director of the film “This is Love,” called the Wichita musician the “untold source of a lot of R&B and soul and rap music.” Love was the lead singer of the sibling group “Rudy Love & the Love Family.” He also co-wrote songs ...

Early-morning fire affects 12 apartments at Village 1 in Lawrence; damage estimate is nearly half a million dollars

Updated at 10:19 a.m. Friday Lawrence firefighters are investigating the scene of an early-morning fire that affected a dozen units of a central Lawrence apartment complex. The fire Friday at Village 1 Apartments, 2411 Louisiana St., did not harm any people aside from four minor injuries that were treated at the scene, but did cause almost half a million dollars in property damage at the affected building, ...

Lawrence Rep. Mike Amyx appointed to Legislature's higher education budget committee

Rep. Mike Amyx has been appointed to the Kansas Legislature's higher education budget committee, according to a press release this week from Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman Jr. Amyx, D-Lawrence, said he was looking forward to serving on the committee but that it would be “a lot of learning, I can tell you that.” Higher education advocates in the state have been pushing for the restoration of the higher ...