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Faculty Morale

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The headline stated, “Faculty group says morale among KU professors at all-time low; low pay, ‘bloated’ administration, concealed carry among factors.” This should serve as a powerful wake-up call for those who in recent years have pooh-poohed claims there are serious problems on Mt. Oread. Some of these issues include: A gradual decline in enthusiasm about the university; a lack of leadership; th... More »

Strong Board of Regents

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The way things are going, it’s likely Kansas eventually will end up with a Board of Regents composed of individuals who don’t have much of a record of significant accomplishments, little interest or involvement in elective politics, no strong active ties with the state’s regents institutions, careful not to belong or support controversial organizations and must live in specific areas of the state.... More »

Money and Corruption

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It would be great if there was as much interest, enthusiasm and public concern about the academic excellence of our colleges and universities as there is about the athletic excellence at these schools. This week’s news about the FBI’s investigation of bribery, fraud and corruption associated with college basketball programs was front page news throughout the country. Hard core sports fans probably... More »

Economic Development

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It is ironic two nearby cities, Tonganoxie and Kansas City, are engaged in discussions about the possibilities of large businesses selecting their cities as sites for major expansions of their respective companies. In Tonganoxie, it’s about plans by Tyson to build a plant to grow and process millions of chickens for American dinner tables. News about this possibility has triggered heated debate as... More »

Top Priority?

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This past Saturday on the way to the Kansas University-Central Michigan football game, a former KU athlete stopped this writer and asked, “What do you think?” I said I thought the game was a toss-up but that it was crucial the Jayhawks started winning. It was clear, however, the question was focused on the proposed $300 million remodeling and renovation of KU’s Memorial Stadium rather than the foo... More »

KU Search Efforts

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There’s no easy solution and hindsight is great, but Kansas University officials need to give more attention to the timing and sequence of announcements of major hires at the University. The recent announcement of the hiring of two new deans – Michelle Mohr Carney, School of Social Welfare, and L. Paige Fields, School of Business – only a short time before naming Dr. Doug Girod as the new chancell... More »

KU Chancellor Selection

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Both of the Kansas University-related finalists for the KU chancellorship are winners in every respect but a selection had to be made. The selection of Dr. Doug Girod over Dr. Neeli Bendapudi probably came as a surprise to many but it is good news for the University, good for Lawrence and good for Kansas. The same could have been said if Bendapudi had been selected. Girod is sure to inject leaders... More »

Proud History of Sunflower Broadband

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Last week’s news that the new owner of Lawrence’s cable television operation plans to close the local news portion of Channel 6 was sad and unfortunate but brings back many memories of the beginning and development of Sunflower Cablevision….Lawrence’s first cable television system. The first idea of a cable system for Lawrence started in the early 1960’s when this writer attended an American Newsp... More »

Dangerous Criticism

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Some time, the sooner the better, hysterical and frantic Democrats should call off their well-planned and all-out war to destroy the Trump presidency. They need to accept and acknowledge Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House. To date there is no evidence Trump has broken any laws and no evidence he collaborated with Russians to win the presidency. The “never Trump” contingency of the De... More »

Rare Opportunity

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By now it is assumed finalists for the upcoming vacancies in Kansas University’s chancellor’s office, the dean of the KU School of Business and the dean of the KU School of Social Welfare have been selected and interviewed. It’s also likely one of the finalists for the chancellor’s position is Neeli Bendapudi, current KU provost and former dean of the KU School of Business. The personable, effecti... More »