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KU ROTC cadets catch ride on Black Hawk helicopters

Kansas University Army ROTC cadets got a lift to Fort Riley on Thursday on a squadron of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.Six of the helicopters flew in formation over campus at 11:30 a.m. and landed at Shenk Recreational Sports Complex, where cadets — who marched to the fields from the Military ...

English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus

Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. They are improving their English and ...

KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school

Topeka ? Kansas University's Lawrence campus may have to give up $9.4 million in state funding over the next two years, with most of that money being shifted to its medical school to increase the number of doctors who practice in rural areas.A budget subcommittee of the Kansas Senate ...

Rock Chalk Revue annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Kansas University’s student-run annual fundraising event, “Rock Chalk Revue,” returns to the Lied Center this week with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.Rock Chalk Revue is a program consisting of five pairings of sororities and fraternities that each produce a 25-minute original ...

Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU

Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures."I think storytelling is the fabric of our lives," she said.Tuesday night, Fox sat in Kansas University's Woodruff Auditorium to hear former U.S. Poet Laureate ...

KU Dining director wins ‘Academy Award’ of collegiate foodservice

Nona Golledge credits staying on top of dining trends and “leading from the heart” with making her Kansas University Dining Services team a forerunner in university dining.Golledge, KU Dining director since 2006, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2015 International Food ...

Visiting KU professor shares Israeli perception of Netanyahu visit

Many Israelis are cynical about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, viewing it as an attempt to drum up popularity for his reelection that could even harm Israel’s relationship with America, a Kansas University visiting professor says.“There is a lot of ...

Academic freedom: Scholarly concept sparks lively mainstream debate

Academic freedom is a source of lively debate right now among some at Kansas University, where the cases of two faculty members have propelled the term out of academia and into mainstream headlines. And KU is not the only school with academic freedom disputes making the news.There’s ...

Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public. ...

Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property

If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with “A Raisin in the Sun” at Kansas University’s ...

FAA rules mean KU Athletics can’t pay for flights on university planes

Although Kansas University Athletics had almost $97.7 million in revenue last year, when its officials fly on KU jets, the expenses are paid for with public money.Federal Aviation Administration rules prohibit the university’s aviation services from accepting payment from anyone, including KU ...

KU Endowment pays to purchase planes

Taxpayers fund the operation of Kansas University’s aircraft, but the planes themselves have been purchased with private donations from the Kansas University Endowment Association, the independent, non-profit fundraising organization for KU.In December 2014, for example, KU bought a Cessna ...

KU medical program uses planes to provide treatment for rural Kansans

GOODLAND ? Three years ago, David Emig, a retired sheep farmer near Goodland, wasn’t feeling well and went to see his doctor in nearby Burlington, Colo.The bad news was Emig had cancer.Better news was that he wouldn’t have to endure travel to Hays, Denver or Kansas City to have ...

Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential

In January 2014, former Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, flew to Belmar, N.J., to recruit players.The cost to taxpayers for the round-trip flight? $19,682.61. That’s because the Weises flew on a jet owned by KU rather than taking a commercial flight.Over ...

KU School of Music to host Jazz Festival this week

The Kansas University School of Music will host the 38th Annual Jazz Festival concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Union's Woodruff Auditorium. The concerts will feature special guest artists saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi with the KU Jazz Festival All-Star Band on Friday and ...

KU professor creating digital app to interpret black teen’s 1955 murder

Founders of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Miss., have dealt with numerous roadblocks to commemorating the black teenager’s 1955 killing.Among them, many versions of Till’s death circulate in the area, and roadside markers at significant sites have been stolen or shot and ...

KU jazz colloquium to feature scholars, performance

Scholars and artists will discuss the idea of "place" within creative improvisation during a colloquium next week at Kansas University. Improvising in Place: An Interdisciplinary Jazz Studies Colloquium will include lectures, a film screening and a music performance. The event will be held from ...

After years of decline, KU spring enrollment increases slightly

After four years of decline, Kansas University’s Lawrence campus reported a small uptick in spring enrollment after totaling numbers from a count taken last week on the 20th day of classes. Total enrollment on the Lawrence campus went up 85 students, or .4 percent, from 22,971 in spring 2014 ...

KU taking piecemeal approach to $4.8 million budget cuts for current fiscal year

Kansas University leaders this week are still trying to decide how to save nearly $5 million over the next few months.Responding to statewide spending cuts announced earlier this month by Gov. Sam Brownback that are needed to close a budget gap created by lower-than-projected state revenue, KU ...

Kansas University Honor Roll for fall 2014

Approximately 4,970 undergraduate students at Kansas University earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2014 semester. Honor roll criteria vary among the university’s academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average ...