Stories for July 2002


Wednesday, July 31

KU search committee was unaware of NCAA inquiry

By Chuck Woodling Information about a preliminary NCAA inquiry into rules violations at Fresno State wasn't made available to the Kansas University search committee that recommended hiring Al Bohl as KU's athletic director.

Endowment plans KU Med fund-raiser

By Terry Rombeck Hospital leaders are hoping "Treads and Threads" earns bread for KU Med. "Treads and Threads," a black-tie gala this fall at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., will represent increased involvement by the Kansas University Endowment Association at the hospital.

Tuesday, July 30

6Sports video report: KU recruits show off talent

6Sports reports on the appearance of Oklahoma high schoolers J.R. Giddens and Jeremy Case, in the area to compete in the AAU basketball tournament. Giddens and Case have orally committed to the KU basketball team.

KU student aims to salvage discarded housewares

By Terry Rombeck Jeff Allmon is tired of Lawrence's streets looking like a landfill during the last week of July. So he's recruiting Kansas University students to scout the city for furniture and other items being hauled to the curb by renters whose leases are expiring Wednesday.

Monday, July 29

FDA approves drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome

By Terry Rombeck Dr. Richard McCallum has felt somewhat helpless. Over the past 25 years, he's seen how irritable bowel syndrome can change a patient's life. But he's never been able to prescribe medication for his patients.

Sunday, July 28

Ohio Street comments pour in

By Joel Mathis While Kansas University and the city's historic preservationists battle over the future of three old houses in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, Dennis Farney watches as his dream is deferred.

Friday, July 26

KU program fosters potential doctors

By Terry Rombeck Lesleigh Lee has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she's watched her father treat predominately poor, black patients in Tallahassee, Fla. "It's important that people have qualified doctors to take care of them," she said. "Sometimes people get left out."

Wednesday, July 24

KU study: Black smokers can benefit from antidepressant

By Michelle Burhenn A Kansas University School of Medicine study says that an anti-smoking drug works for blacks whose smoking cessation success rate is 34 percent lower than whites. The research conclusions of Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia and his team of five researchers were released today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

Tuesday, July 23

6Sports video reports: Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are Playboy All-Americans

The two seniors are the first Jayhawks named to the list since Eric Chenowith.

KU picked last in North

Kansas University's football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference North Division in a poll of league media representatives.

Sunday, July 21

New seating plan not in works for Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas University mailed its men's basketball ticket re-order forms to customers the week of July 4th. To the relief of many KU season-ticket holders, no fireworks were stuffed into the envelopes.

Wags impressed by KU spring demeanor

By Bill Mayer Couple of competent football observers I know noted the intensity of focus for the Kansas University players as they toiled in their windup battle the past spring. They loved it; it seemed the Jayhawks were serious about what they doing, really cared.

Saturday, July 20

Jayhawks looking for final nonconference opponent

By Gary Bedore It may seem as if it's taking a long time for Kansas University officials to release the 2002-03 Jayhawk men's basketball schedule. In reality, however, the schedule figures to be announced close to the same time as a year ago that is, on or around July 25.

Friday, July 19

KU employees take unpaid leave

By Terry Rombeck Malcolm Neelley wanted to do his part to help Kansas University's budget, so he signed up for an unpaid vacation.

Williams pushed Vaughn

KU coach influential in guard's signing with Magic

Credit Roy Williams for an assist in former Kansas University point guard Jacque Vaughn landing a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic.

Thursday, July 18

6Sports video report: Vaughn signs with Magic, La Frentz to stay put

6Sports reports on two former KU basketball players, Jaque Vaughn and Raef La Frentz, and their NBA career decisions.

6Sports video report: Coach looking to replace lost players

6Sports reoprts on the KU softball elite camp, where coach Tracy Bunge is looking to replace her eight departed seniors.

Wednesday, July 17

KU to play host to Campus Greens national convention

By Scott Rothschild A student group formed from Ralph Nader's 2000 run for the U.S. presidency will have its national convention Aug. 8-11 at the Kansas Union. The Campus Greens event is expected to draw more than 400 high school and college students from across the nation.

Recruitung note: two future Jayhawks in Atlanta camp

Future KU basketball players Jeremy Case (6-0, McAlester, Okla.) and J.R. Giddens (6-5, Oklahoma City) played for the Athletes First team that fell in the quarterfinals of the Peach Jam AAU tourney in Atlanta this week.

Additional aid offered after KU tuition increase

By Terry Rombeck About 3,700 Kansas University students will learn this week they will receive additional financial aid for the coming school year.

Tuesday, July 16

Mangino makes rare public appearances

By David Mitchell Mark Mangino doesn't get out much. For the last two days, however, Kansas University's first-year football coach has been out and about, shaking hands, greeting fans and making nice with the media.

Recruiting note: parental visit for Nevada standout

The parents of David Padgett, a 6-11 high school senior-to-be from Reno, Nevada, are going to visit KU this summer.

Late Night date set

Late Night With Roy Williams will be held the night of Friday, Oct. 11, at Allen Fieldhouse. Look for KU's 2002-03 schedule to be released sometime next week.

Williams trading faces at Allen Fieldhouse

The portrait of a baby-faced Roy Williams soon will be replaced by a more mature-looking Williams on the walls of Allen Fieldhouse.

Geologist donates $1 million to KU

By Terry Rombeck Joseph Cramer is on a quest to discover all he can about North America's first inhabitants. Now he has enlisted researchers at Kansas University and given them $1 million to help.

Sunday, July 14

KU Basketball Notebook: Gooden faring well in summer league

Drew Gooden poured in 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to fuel the Memphis Grizzlies to a 120-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks in a Southern California Summer Pro League game on Friday night in Long Beach, Calif.

Wilcox returning to academic roots at KU

By Terry Rombeck Ask Kim Wilcox what he does for a living, and he'll tell you: "I'm a professor." Wilcox hasn't been in front of a classroom in four years, but he insists he's still a front-line educator at heart and not an administrator.

Thursday, July 11

6Sports video reports: Drew Gooden will say his piece on the Last Word

Gooden will share the limelight with Kareem Rush on the show hosted by Jim Rome.

KU, GTAs settle on likely contract

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University and its graduate teaching assistants ended nearly two years of sometimes-contentious negotiations Wednesday by tentatively agreeing to a contract that will increase GTA salaries in the next three years. Both sides said they were pleased with the pact, which will increase the amount KU spends on GTA salaries by 10 percent each of the next three years and for the first time sets minimum salaries for GTAs.

Wednesday, July 10

GTA contract expected today

By Terry Rombeck Officials representing Kansas University and its graduate teaching assistants are optimistic GTAs will have a tentative contract as early as today. An agreement between KU and the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition would end 22 months of negotiations.

6Sports video report: Four Jayhawks serving as camp counselors

6Sports reports on the Jayhawks participating in the Nike All American basketball camp.

Tuesday, July 9

Med Center appoints new dean

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials wasted little time in selecting a new executive dean for the School of Medicine. They announced Monday that Barbara Atkinson, chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine since 2000, would replace Deborah Powell, who last week accepted the dean position at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

6Sports video report: Former Firebird heading to KU

6Sports reports on former Free State golfer Charlie Santaularia's decision to transfer to KU.

6Sports video report: Former KU guard gets chance at NBA

6Sports reports on former KU guard Billy Thomas' chance to move into the NBA.

Sunday, July 7

Bring back double-duty football

By Bill Mayer The National Football League would wretch in agony. Some support people like assistant coaches in specialty categories might be out of jobs. But college football wouldn't collapse if the scholarship limit was set at 50 instead of 85 and the platoon system was minimized.

Saturday, July 6

University to continue pre-game tailgating

By Michelle Burhenn Football fans can look forward to another season of game-day parties outside Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Friday that last football season's trial period for allowing alcohol consumption at tailgating parties would be extended for another season, with some modifications.

6Sports video report: KU adds another coach

6Sports reports on the new head coach for the women's golf team.

Thursday, July 4

6Sports video report: Scot Pollard wants to reach greater heights

The former Jayhawk wants more playing time and is looking to take his game to the next level.

Wednesday, July 3

Former KU coach Timmons champions students

By Andrew Hartsock Bob Timmons is more than a little reluctant to discuss the cost of his magnum opus. When it's suggested that Timmons a Kansas University Athletic Hall of Famer for his success as KU's head track and field coach from 1965-1988 invested enough in it to pay for a nice car, if not a small house, Timmons smiles.

6Sports video report: Big 12 dominates ESPN midsummer college basketball rankings

6Sports reports on ESPN's midsummer college basketball rankings that place KU at number two.

KU dean named to lead Minnesota medical school

By Mindie Paget The executive dean of Kansas University's School of Medicine has been named dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Deborah Powell, a pathologist who has been at KU since 1997, will become the first female dean of the Minnesota medical school and one of only nine female deans among the 125 U.S. medical schools.

Tuesday, July 2

Powell leaving for Minnesota post

(Web Posted Tuesday at 3:10 p.m.) The executive dean of Kansas University's School of Medicine has accepted a position as dean of the University of Minnesota's Medical School.

Diseased elm on its last limb, officials say

By Mindie Paget Jayhawk Boulevard once was lined with elm trees that created a soft canopy above Kansas University's main thoroughfare. Over time, most of the graceful giants succumbed to Dutch elm disease and were removed. A hardy survivor remained for some 90 years in front of the Natural History Museum.

6Sports video report: KU names new baseball coach

6Sports reports on KU's new head baseball coach, Ritch Price.

6Sports video report: Bill Thomas hoping to make move to NBA

6Sports reports on former KU guard Billy Thomas' hopes on heading to the NBA.

Monday, July 1

Vice chancellor ends challenging first year

By Terry Rombeck It wasn't what Janet Murguia had hoped. Hired a year ago, Murguia was hired to improve Kansas University's image. Instead, she spent much of her time helping the university keep its head above water during a rough budget year. And she did that while watching her father battle a heart condition, then die in December.