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When Louis Armstrong played KU

Kansas City, Mo., March 23, 1957. On a wet, dreary spring evening, the Kansas University Jayhawks were battling the North Carolina Tar Heels for the men's basketball national title inside Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. KU had a lot going for it (a home-court advantage, future basketball ...

Kansas Senate passes bill requiring university prospectuses

Topeka ? Kansas universities would be required to publicize information on their graduates' average salaries, student loan debt and employment under a bill approved by the state Senate.Supporters of the bill, which passed the chamber on a 27-11 vote Thursday, said it would help prospective ...

KU alumnus, longtime supporter Mike Shinn dies

Kansas University alumnus and longtime supporter Mike Shinn died Monday in his hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, officials said. He was 72 years old. Shinn graduated from KU in 1966 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and later he earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in ...

Jayhawks are nation’s second-most valuable college basketball team, study says

In the a national tournament to decide college basketball’s most valuable team, Kansas University isn’t the national champion, but it appears to be closing in.The KU Jayhawks are worth $35.4 million, making them the second most valuable team in the country, according to Forbes magazine’s ...

Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU

Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming "The 1968 Miami Pop Festival," will celebrate their book's launch at 7 p.m. March 24 in the Kansas Union's Alderson Auditorium. The book, to be released this month by the Lawrence-based Global Green ...

KU forum seeks solutions to racism on campus

On the last day of classes before spring break, the Kansas University campus was mostly quiet Friday afternoon. One exception was at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, where about 100 people gathered for a racism forum.The forum, “Community Conversation: Addressing Racism on ...

KU students host forum about offensive Rock Chalk Revue character

To guide the forum, “I’m not Paco,” Marilynn Chavez wrote a prompt on the white board at the Kansas University Office of Multicultural Affairs: “I feel this way … because ...” A stream of frustrated and disappointed words followed.Chavez is the president of the KU Hispanic American ...

KU researcher discovers Neanderthals made jewelry

It turns out Neanderthals were smarter than originally thought.Kansas University announced Wednesday that researcher David Frayer discovered that some Neanderthals were cognitively advanced enough to make jewelry. Frayer published the discovery in collaboration with three Croatian ...

KU graduate programs ranked in top 10 by U.S. News and World Report

Ten Kansas University graduate specialties or schools are in the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Graduate Schools Rankings released this week. KU’s City Management and Urban Policy program and its Special Education program are No. ...

KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis

Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence. Willis joined KU in 1970 and retired in 2000. During his 30-year tenure, he served as director of theater from 1976 to 1989 and as well as department chair. “On behalf of the entire KU ...

KU research spending has biggest four years ever, but prognosis not good

Kansas University on Tuesday reported good news and bad news about research funding. In the past four years externally sponsored research expenditures at all KU campuses totaled more than $1 billion, the strongest four-year span ever for the school.However, in the face of the continuing federal ...

KU’s Monarch Watch studying rare white butterflies

When it comes to butterflies, it takes a lot to shock Orley “Chip” Taylor, director of Kansas University’s Monarch Watch on West Campus.But when Taylor first noticed two white mutants among the monarch butterflies that his students were raising about three month ago, he was taken ...

New KU Hospital building planned to accommodate fast-growing areas

Kansas University Hospital on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on a new building that will add almost 100 beds to the hospital’s capacity, helping meet demand in fast-growing areas.The $280 million Cambridge North Patient Tower is going up at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, Kan., ...

KU names new Men of Merit

Kansas University named its 2015 Men of Merit on Friday. The annual awards recognize students, faculty and staff "positively defining masculinity through challenging norms, taking action and leading by example" while also contributing to the university or the community, according to KU.A ...

Debate continues over procedure for social media policy violations

The Kansas University Senate is still trying to agree on a written procedure for what happens when a KU employee is accused of violating the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy.Senators debated two proposals during their meeting Thursday, their second meeting to debate the procedure. ...

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 ...