Police Investigation
8:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

KU Fraternity Investigated For Sexual Assault

The Kappa Sigma fraternity at KU has been put on suspension and is at the center of a sexual assault investigation.
Credit gamma-o.org

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little moved quickly to place Kappa Sigma fraternity on interim suspension after allegations of a sexual assault at the house over the weekend.

Lawrence police say the alleged crime was reported early Monday morning. According to the university, Gray-Little authorized the interim suspension letter Tuesday. That letter was hand delivered to the Kappa Sigma house. The action and police investigation were announced Wednesday.

The university's Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access is also investigating.

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Heartland Health Monitor
6:54 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KU Pathologist Welcomes Federal Initiative To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order directing the federal government to step up the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

It’s a fight with enormous consequences, according to Rebecca Horvat, who oversees infectious disease testing at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. Horvat is well familiar with bacteria that are impervious to front-line antibiotics.

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6:22 am
Mon September 1, 2014

KU Police Officers Now Wear Body-Mounted Cameras

A body-mounted camera made by Digital Ally, a Lenexa company.
Credit (Courtesy of Digital Ally)

The University of  Kansas Police Department began the new school year with eight body-mounted cameras that its officers are wearing on all patrols.

The department ordered the cameras last spring – well before the protests in Ferguson, Mo., when a police officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Since then, many have called for using the body-mounted cameras to keep police accountable.

The KU Police Department has used dashboard cameras for 20 years, said Capt. James Anguiano said. But those video cameras have limited use, for those officers in vehicles, he said.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination

Credit KU Gunn Center For The Study Of Science Fiction

Every year at the University of Kansas, the faithful and talented gather at the intersection of reality and imagination. What brings the most outstanding in their field to Lawrence? The study and writing of science fiction. On Friday's Up To Date, guest host Suzanne Hogan looks at The Campbell Conference, a local conference which brings writers and fans together.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Want To Play The Carillon? Choices Are Slim, But KU Is One

Assistant professor of music, Elizabeth Berghout, plays the carillon — the instrument that controls the campanile on the KU campus.
Credit Dawn Fallik

It was a beautiful Wednesday morning at the University of Kansas and the chimes inside the school's Campanile rang out "Ode to Joy" across the lush campus.

And then they started clanking, an odd off-beat, minor clank. Students passing by looked at each other, a little worried.

"It is broken?" one asked.

No, just student Amanda Schultz, trying to make 53 bells do a blues slide on the carillon.

There are only handful of schools in the country to learn the carillon, a tall organ-like instrument that controls the bells in a bell tower, or campanile.

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7:44 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Moody's Lowers Bond Rating For KU, Emporia State

The credit rating agency Moody's has downgraded its bond rating for the University of Kansas. The rating fell one grade to AA2. The company cited what it calls "thin operating cash flow" and falling enrollment as the state faces budget challenges in the coming years.

KU's Joe Monaco says despite the downgrade, the rating is still the third-highest an institution can receive.

“An Aa2 rating is still a very strong rating that enables us to continue financing the projects and the operations we need to serve students and the state of Kansas,” Monaco says.

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7:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Bob Dole Speaks On KU Campus During Kansas Visit

Former Republican Kansas Senator Bob Dole is in the midst of a tour through eastern Kansas to meet with friends and supporters.

Dole will wrap up the three-day trek Wednesday in Atchison and Leavenworth.

On Tuesday, the 90-year-old visited the University of Kansas campus and spoke at a facility named after him — the Dole Institute. He didn't shy away from serious topics.

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9:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

It's Going To Be An Epic Weekend In St. Louis For Kansas Basketball Fans

Wichita State, Kansas and Kansas State will all play in the first round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament this weekend in St. Louis.
Credit Wichita State University / goshockers.com

 Since Wichita State’s first appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament 50 years ago, this is the first time that the Shockers, Kansas and Kansas State are at the same site — all three teams will be in action Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. And fans who planned early are getting the most bang for their buck.

Since KU contended for a No. 1 seed before settling for a No. 2 seed, Jayhawks fans like Phillip Brown of Elm, Mo., gambled on St. Louis as KU’s destination. It paid off.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:58 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas Senator Says Bill Targets KU Budget

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a budget bill that would restore some funding to state universities that was cut last year. But the bill caused some heated words about whether lawmakers are targeting the University of Kansas.

The bill eliminates $2 million Gov. Sam Brownback had proposed for a program to help commercialize KU research. Only KU had a program proposal deleted from the governor's suggestions.

Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, says the committee targeted KU.

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Arts & Culture
7:28 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kansas City Federal Reserve Commissions Student Art For Centennial

One of the proposals included beehives constructed out of ceramics and wood, with patterns inspired by the 183 objects donated by Federal Reserve Bank employees.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Federal Reserve System was established by Congress 100 years ago. To honor the centennial, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is working with University of Kansas students to turn some of its own history - from name plates to modems - into a new art installation.

Shaping a range of objects, from mundane to archival, into art

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7:03 am
Thu January 16, 2014

$17.5 Million Basketball Dorm To Be Built At KU

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the construction for an apartment building that will serve as the housing for the men’s and women’s basketball players at the University of Kansas. It’s expected to be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

When completed, the $17.5 million apartment building will have 66 bedrooms, enough to mix in some students who don’t play for the Kansas Jayhawks, which is a NCAA requirement. The apartment will have a half-court for recreational basketball.

Funding will be private and through issued revenue bonds.

2:56 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kansas Regents Reject Plea To Suspend Social Media Plan

The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday denied a faculty group’s request that it suspend a controversial social media policy that has received national criticism as harming free speech.

Emporia State Professor Sheryl Lidzy, representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, asked for the suspension, saying the plan could harm the hiring of top quality faculty and continue to generate negative publicity.

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4:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

KU Med Names New Executive Dean

Dr. Robert Simari joins KU Med as executive dean.
Credit KU Medical Center

The University of Kansas School of Medicine announced Tuesday afternoon that Dr. Robert Samari will become the school's new executive dean.

Samari comes from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he currently serves as vice chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and co-director of the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Simari grew up in Overland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. He received his medical degree from KU in 1986.

Simari is also co-founder of Anexon, a biotech company based in Cambridge, Mass.

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5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

KU Theater Department Reinvents Stage Design With Computer Technology

Mark Reaney's computerized rendering of the set of the University Theatre's production of 'Adding Machine: A Musical'.
Mark Reaney Department of Theatre, University of Kansas

When the University Theatre at the University of Kansas in Lawrence first staged the play The Adding Machine in 1995, it garnered national attention. American Theatre magazine was impressed by the way the production utilized cutting edge computer animation in its set design. This week, the department opens a musical version of the play with its scenic designer intact while the technology used is now much more advanced.

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Tuition Hikes
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise

University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.

The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.

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9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.

Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.

“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.

Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?

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9:32 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KU Lobbies To Save Research Grants

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Amid negotiations in Washington to year end avoid budget cuts and tax hikes, universities are lobbying against grant reductions.

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10:16 am
Fri December 14, 2012

KU Researcher Lands NIH Grant For Alzheimer’s Study

A cross-section of a human brain damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
user AJC1 Flickr

A University of Kansas researcher is partnering with a Harvard scientist on a $1.7 million study of a protein believed to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

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7:42 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff

The University of Campus Kansas in Lawrence seen at sunset. KU would suffer tens of millions of dollars cuts in federal grants if no deal is reached between Congress and President Obama.
KU flickr

Budget negotiations between President Obama and Congressional leaders continue, but if those talks fail, Kansas will see a series of funding cuts that will affect the future of higher education, research, and military bases in the state.

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Central Standard
6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday


The worlds of creative writing and visual art are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.

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KC Currents
1:32 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Kansas Army Base Hosts Shariah Class

Dr. Raj Bhala teaching officers at Fort Leavenworth.
Alex Smith KCUR

In Kansas, the Islamic code of laws called Shariah has drawn a lot of suspicion and debate during the past year.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Can 'Boozing It Up' Make Us More Conservative?

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

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7:38 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 2, 2012

A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual & a state budget proposal has unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to pass the Kansas legislature. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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7:33 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 9, 2012

The KC Council's new redistricting map, KU's new football coach, inside "The Nutcracker," & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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5:32 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad

Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.

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11:55 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Bioscience Authority Commits $9 Million to KU Cancer Center

Salina, KS – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has pledged more than $9 million over the next five years to bring five prominent cancer researchers to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

9:40 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins Resigns Abruptly

Lawrence, KS – The athletics director position at the University of Kansas went through sweeping changes. Lew Perkins is no longer in charge, an interim A.D. is in place and a plan for a successor is underway

Sean Lester was named interim athletics director. He joined the KU athletic staff at the same time as Lew Perkins seven years ago. Like Perkins, Lester also previously worked at the University of Connecticut.

Lester said he was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Perkins.

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3:08 am
Thu May 27, 2010

KU Uncovers Million-Dollar Ticket Heist

Kansas City, Mo. – An independent investigation into the University of Kansas Athletic Department says at least a million dollars worth of tickets were sold inappropriately over the past five years -- and it may have gone on longer than that.

The investigation conducted by a Wichita law firm showed that five KU athletics staffers and a consultant sold or used more than 17,500 basketball tickets, and more than 2,000 football tickets.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the media:

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4:46 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Armed Search Of KU Dorm

Law enforcement officials gather outside McCollum Hall on the campus of Kansas University, Friday, April 30, 2010. Law enforcement officials are looking for a possible armed suspect in McCollum Hall.
photo by Kevin Anderson

Lawrence, Kan. – From Lawrence Journal World

Updated 3:54 PM 4-30-10: All available Kansas University police officers and some members of the Lawrence police department were dispatched just before 2 p.m. Friday to McCollum Hall in response to report of a man with a gun at the residence hall.

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