Lawrence in the News

More focus on curator who faked KU degrees

¢ An update on the South Korean art curator who faked degrees from KU: The [Washington Post][1], among other outlets, are running an extensive profile on Shin Jeong-ah, who claimed bachelor's and master's degrees from KU that she didn't earn._The scandal is also prompting a renewed look at ...

KU grad reporting for ‘Daily Show’ in Iraq

¢ Rob Riggle, a KU graduate and current correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," is profiled by [ABC News][1] on its Web site today.Riggle is a former Marine who currently is filing reports from Iraq this week - the REAL Iraq, not the fake backdrops the show is known for._"You don't ...

Profiles of Bill Lacy, Simran Sethi

¢ The hometown paper of Bill Lacy, the [Cookeville (Tenn.) Herald-Citizen][1], ran a long profile today on Lacy. He is the director of the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University and recently was named director of the exploratory campaign of Fred Thompson._"I got involved in large part ...

KU grad first woman herpetology curator at Bronx Zoo

¢ The [New York Daily News][1] today profiles a Kansas University graduate who is the Bronx Zoo's first woman curator of herpetology.Jennifer Pramuk received both her master's and doctorate degrees from KU._The sleek indigo snake - so named for its blacker-than-black skin - was draped over ...

What bloggers are saying about Fred Thompson and Bill Lacy

¢ Newspapers and the blog world were busy talking about possible presidential hopeful Fred Thompson's selection of Bill Lacy to lead his yet-to-be-official campaign. Lacy, who led Thompson's 1994 senatorial campaign in Tennessee, is taking a leave of abscense from KU's Dole Institute of ...

Is risk to famous fossil worth the benefit?

¢ Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Natural History Museum at KU, gives his thoughts on the moving of famed fossil Lucy in a story by the [Associated Press][1]. Lucy, a 3 1/2-foot-tall adult of an ape-man species, is headed to Houston for exhibition from Ethiopia, where it was ...

Gatlin to begin hearings over KU Relays doping accusations

¢ Sprinter Justin Gatlin starts a two-day arbitration hearing in Atlanta today over his testing positive for doping during the Kansas Relays in 2006. The [Washington Post][1] says Gatlin plans to say he was "unwittingly doped by a massage therapist who rubbed testosterone cream onto his ...

More on KU and music piracy policies

¢ KU's dealings with the Recording Industry Association of America is getting more national attention. The [Chronicle of Higher Education][1] cited a University Daily Kansan story this week stating the university won't forward pre-litigation notices to students accused of illegal ...

KU’s new piracy policy getting national attention

Kansas University is getting a lot of press for its decision to crack down on music pirating on campus.A story on [InsideHigherEd.com][1] about new downloading regulations that may be attached to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act mentions KU's crackdown.The university has ...

Jayhawk drag queen likes Travolta as a woman

¢ A Miami drag queen and Kansas University alumnus thinks John Travolta does OK playing a woman in "Hairspray." The drag queen, Elaine Lancaster, is quoted in today's [Miami Herald][1]._At first when he came on screen you thought ''Oh, it's John Travolta in drag.'' As the movie progressed, he ...

House party trial to begin for parents of KU student

¢ The child endangerment and obstruction of justice trial for parents of a KU student is set to begin this week in Lake County, Ill., according to the [Lake County News-Sun][1].Jeffrey and Sara Hutsell are accused of allowing their underage son, Jonathan, to host a drinking party at their home ...

Top art official in Korea claimed bogus KU degree

¢ The Korean art world is embroiled in a scandal involving a museum director who claimed to have a degree from Kansas University.The [The (UK) Independent][1] reports that Shin Jeong-ah, head curator of Korea's top art museum, the Sungkok Art Museum, in fact doesn't have the master's degree ...

Andy Marso’s mom supports meningitis recommendation

¢ Virginia Marso, mother of former KU student Andy Marso, who nearly lost his life to bacterial meningitis, is calling for more children and teens to become vaccinated for the disease, the [St. Cloud (Minn.) Times][1] reports.The National Meningitis Association is having a briefing today to ...

Mirecki, Supreme Court predictions and veterans’ tuition

¢ The anti-evolution, pro-Intelligent Design Discovery Institute is questioning whether a series of threats made at University of Colorado really came from creationists, and they're invoking the name of a KU professor to make their point.Police in Boulder, Colo., said someone put slips of ...

KU grad to head Korean women’s group

¢ A Kansas University graduate has been named director of a South Korean organization that promotes gender equality, according to the [Korea Times][1]. Lee Kyung-sook, 64, received her master's degree in political science from KU. [1]: ...

Wakarusa band argues against hike in Internet music fees

¢ A member of Chicago band Tangleweed explains how the band was "discovered" to play at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival through Internet radio station Pandora.com in a column in the [Chicago Tribune][1]. Kenneth Rainey goes on to argue that proposed royalty increases for Internet ...

Senator defends his ‘Big Brother’ daughter

¢ State Sen. Phil Journey apparently is trying to "help set the record straight" about his daughter, who is a contestant on the "Big Brother 8" TV show.It appears that Journey, a Republican from Haysville, sent a letter to the site [Realitytvcalendar.com][1] complaining a blogger had called ...

State senator’s daughter on ‘Big Brother 8’

¢ Carol Journey, a KU student, Chiefs cheerleader and daughter of outspoken conservative State Senator Phil Journey, is among the candidates for "Big Brother 8." A story on [TVGrapevine.com][1] examines Phil Journey's political stances and wonders:_Now all the above might not carry a lot of ...

Lawrence artist featured in Houston Chronicle

¢ Joel Cooper, a Lawrence artist specializing in origami, is featured in today's [Houston Chronicle][1]. He's part of an origami festival in Houston this weekend._Cooper has a bachelor's degree in fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture and bronze casting from University of Kansas. So once he ...

Lawrence soldier talks about why he joined

¢ Aaron Emerson of Lawrence, a specialist in the Army, is profiled in a [Reuters][1] story about Americans who are choosing to join the military to fight an unpopular war in Iraq.![][2]_"I begged and cried and pleaded for him not to join," said Misty Emerson, his mother, fingering a peace ...