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Friday, May 31

Russell wins national title

Kansas University senior Scott Russell won the javelin competition Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor championships. It wasn't even close.

Hemenway to head NCAA board of directors

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will play a key role in selecting the next president of the NCAA. Hemenway has been selected as chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors. He also will be one of five members on the search committee for the organization's next president.

Thursday, May 30

6Sports video reports: Jayhawks will compete in NCAA's Track and Field Championships

Three women and three men are representing Kansas University at the championships.

KU recruit injures knee

Future Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens suffered a grade-two tear in his medial collateral ligament in his right knee on May 19 at an AAU basketball scrimmage in Denton, Texas, and will be sidelined for two to six weeks.

KU Med official decries Medicare cuts

By Terry Rombeck Planned cuts to Medicare could hit not only patient care but the quality of education for medical students, a KU Med official said Wednesday.

Kansas names trainer to work with football

Carol Jarosky, who has worked in the Kansas University athletic training room the past seven years as an assistant trainer, has been named athletic trainer for football.

Wednesday, May 29

6Sports video report: Freshmen headed to NCAA track and field championships

6Sports reports on Kansas University freshmen triple jumper Brooklyn Hann.

KU unveils search committee

Kansas University has named a six person search committee to find a replacement for head baseball coach Bobby Randall. The committee is led by associate athletics director Richard Konzem, who is sports supervisor for KU baseball.

Tuesday, May 28

6Sports video report: Three Hawks earn All-Conference honors

6Sports reports on the three Jayhawk baseball players to earn all-conference honors.

Six Jayhawks arrive at site of NCAAs

Kansas University's contingent of six athletes on Monday held a late afternoon workout at Louisiana State University's track, site of this week's NCAA Outdoor track and field championships.

Friday, May 24

KU names finalists in director search

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University has announced five finalists for its director of admissions and scholarships position.

KU's Musser All-American

Kansas University senior left fielder Christi Musser was named a third-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Assn. on Wednesday night at the Women's College World Series Banquet in Oklahoma City.

6Sports video reports: Al Bohl Sunflower Bank Classic begins

A silent auction acted as a fund-raising event for the Ballard Center.

Lawrence briefs

Performance times changed for KU carillon concerts Fifth-grader's speech wins Optimist 1st prize

Thursday, May 23

6Sports video reports: Scott Russell wins more awards

The Jayhawks' standout thrower wins the Big 12 Men's Outdoor Performer of the Year.

KU football, baseball yearn for yesteryear

By Chuck Woodling The picture remains vivid in my memory. Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick, football coach Glen Mason, men's basketball coach Roy Williams and baseball coach Dave Bingham are standing together, all wearing smiles bright enough to illuminate a coal mine.

Russell adds another accolade

Senior thrower named male performer of year

Kansas University senior thrower Scott Russell and freshman jumper Brooklyn Hann were selected the Big 12 Men's Outdoor Performer of the Year and Women's Freshman of the Year, respectively, the conference announced Wednesday. Russell picked up the fifth and sixth individual league titles of his career in the hammer throw and the javelin last weekend at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo.

KU's Lamborn honored

Junior Eve Lamborn of Kansas University's women's track and field team was named to the 2001-02 Verizon Academic All-District VII second team Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 22

6Sports video report: Bohl to hit the course for Ballard center

6Sports reports on the Al Bohl Sunflower Bank Golf Classic.

Gooden sold on BDA agency

As reported in Tuesday's Journal-World, former Kansas forward Drew Gooden has signed with BDA Sports Management Bill Duffy's powerful company based in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Tuesday, May 21

KU makes changes in media relations

Janay Leddy, a member of the Kansas University sports information staff for the last four years, will be in charge of media relations for the Jayhawks' football team this fall. Leddy, who had been assigned to women's basketball, replaces Doug Vance who will concentrate on administrative duties in his role as associate athletics director for communications.

6Sports video report: Randall stepping down after seven years

6Sports reports on the resignation of the KU baseball coach, Bobby Randall.

Jayhawks anticipated coaching change

By Levi Chronister Back-to-back finishes at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference led to constant speculation about coach Bobby Randall's job security. "With the way things have been going the last couple years," sophomore co-captain Ryan Baty said, "we anticipated something would happen, but we tried not to think about it too much."

Sunday, May 19

Multicultural banquet honors diverse graduates

By Mindie Paget A diverse group of Kansas University students poised to graduate today first gathered Saturday night to celebrate their collegiate accomplishments. More than 150 students, faculty, staff and families attended the 26th annual Multicultural Graduation Banquet, themed "Si Podemos," Spanish for "yes, we can."

Broken gas meters evacuates apartments

An apartment building at Kansas University's Stouffer Place had to be evacuated shortly after noon Saturday after a truck rolled into and broke two natural gas meters. The truck was unoccupied and had apparently slipped out of gear when it rolled backward out of a parking place, down an incline and against the back of the building in the 1700 block of Bagley Street.

Graduation exercises dominate calendar

More students in the Class of 2002 will receive diplomas in commencements this weekend and next across the area. Continuing with ceremonies today, students will take the stage to celebrate earning high school diplomas and bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

University announces inclement weather plans

More than 4,000 graduates are expected to participate in this year's Kansas University Commencement procession, which begins at 2:30 p.m. today on Campanile Hill. Graduates should assemble at 2 p.m. on Memorial Drive.

KU: Feds should help finance foreign student tracking

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials say the federal government should help pick up the tab for a new computer system to track international students. "This is a national security issue," said Diana Carlin, dean of international and graduate programs.

Saturday, May 18

All-University Supper reflects on year at KU

By Mindie Paget For freshmen at Kansas University, the road to graduation can seem like an insurmountable collection of obstacles. Yet every year at this time, thousands of KU seniors walk down the hill and into the real world.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks tied for 6th after 36 holes

6Sports reports on the KU men's golf team at the NCAA Division 1 men's golf central regional tournament.

Grad cultivating deaf awareness

By Terry Rombeck Kester Marsh will be able to hear the crowd sing Kansas University's alma mater at commencement Sunday. Most of his family will not. Marsh's wife, parents and son are deaf. He's graduating with a master's degree in deaf education.

Friday, May 17

Rose, MacDonald share KU golf honors

Jill MacDonald and Heather Rose, both juniors, shared most valuable player honors on the Kansas University golf team this spring.

KU men's golf tied for second

Kansas University's golf team is tied for second after the first day Thursday of the NCAA Central Regional at Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

Russell headlines Big 12 Outdoor

Kansas University senior Scott Russell is the headline performer entering the 2002 Big 12 Outdoor track and field championships today through Sunday at Missouri's Walton Stadium. Russell, a 6-foot-9 senior from Windsor, Ontario, has won four individual league outdoor titles two in the hammer throw (1999-00) and two in the javelin (1998, 2000).

KU announces graduation schedule

J-W Staff Reports Here is a listing of events associated with Kansas University's commencement this weekend. The list was provided by University Relations.

Drama unfolds over KU theater changes

By Jan Biles University Theatre is in the middle of its own drama. Several Kansas University faculty and staff are upset about a realignment of the theater's administrative structure. But university officials say their reaction is much ado about nothing.

KU baseball players honored by Big 12

Four Kansas University baseball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team.

Thursday, May 16

Musser, Tabb All-Midwest

Kansas University's Christi Musser and Leah Tabb have been named to the All-Midwest Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Assn.

Two Jayhawks honored

Two Kansas University baseball players were named to the 2002 Academic All-Big 12 team, conference officials said Wednesday.

KU's Hollingsworth fired

Three straight years of last-place finishes in Big 12 Conference women's golf have cost Kansas University coach Nicole Hollingsworth her job. KU athletic director Al Bohl announced Wednesday that Hollingsworth had been fired.

KU recognizes distinguished alumni

By Tim Carpenter A diverse foursome barbecue expert, diplomat, engineer and volunteer is linked by association with Kansas University.

Plan would link KU on Wheels, city buses

By Alison Mann Kansas University students may get two bus services for the price of one. And the Lawrence Public Transit system may increase ridership, and thus federal funding, if the city and KU on Wheels agree to partner up.

25% boost in tuition sought

By Terry Rombeck Tuition at Kansas University would increase by 25.2 percent this fall for undergraduate resident students under a proposal announced by administrators Wednesday. And if legislators don't approve a tax increase to help fund higher education, the tuition increase could go higher still, an official said. Online extra: Is KU's proposal to raise tuition by 25.1 percent too high? Vote in the poll.

Wednesday, May 15

KU proposes 21 percent increase in tuition

(Updated Wednesday at 4:08 p.m.) Tuition and fees at Kansas University would increase 21 percent this fall for in-state students under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by university officials.

KU's McHenry to transfer

Kansas University freshman volleyball player Dani McHenry has decided to transfer to Washburn University, the Journal-World has learned.

6 KU seniors are awarded Fulbrights

Six seniors graduating from Kansas University have received Fulbright grants to study overseas next school year. The grants provide round-trip travel, health insurance, tuition and living expenses for an academic year.

Fresno issue just a blip for Bohl

By Chuck Woodling As I sit back and reflect on the Al Bohl brouhaha at Fresno State, I can only wonder why funneling reserve funds into the FSU operating budget went on for three years before somebody at the school looked at the books and said, "Hey, we can't do that."

Harbour advances in qualifying

Kansas University golfer Casey Harbour was one of nine players to advance Monday during the first round of qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Monday, May 13

Diverse greek chapters look to work together

By Terry Rombeck In 1930, with racism rampant on university campuses, several black fraternities and sororities from the University of Indiana and Howard University joined together to form their own umbrella organization separate from the all-white Interfraternal Conference.

Saturday, May 11

Storm delays KU-OU

By Levi Chronister More than 550 people were on hand Friday at Hoglund Ballpark to take advantage of Quarter Hot Dog Night and watch Kansas take on Oklahoma, but Mother Nature had other plans.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks will try to end Sooner win streak

6Sports reports on the first six innings in the first of three games against the Oklahoma Sooners.

Friday, May 10

Bohl defends record during Fresno State tenure

By Chuck Woodling An impassioned Al Bohl told his side of the story on Thursday afternoon, and the Kansas University Athletic Corporation board believed him. "I did nothing inappropriately," stressed Bohl, KU's athletic director for the last nine months.

KU reading program celebrates its millionth student

By Terry Rombeck Alyssa Paul loves adventure and mystery novels, but on Thursday she made the history books. The fourth-grader was introduced as the millionth reader to enter the Kansas University Reading Program for Children during a ceremony at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Jayhawks to entertain Sooners in baseball

Kansas University will play host to Oklahoma in a three-game baseball series this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark amid growing speculation that Bobby Randall's days as KU coach are numbered. Randall, 53, appears headed for his sixth losing season in seven as the Jayhawks' head coach. KU is currently 21-24 in all games, including a last-place 4-16 record in the Big 12 Conference.

6Sports video report: Two KU softball players receive academic honors

Shelly Musser and Courteny Wright are named to the Verizon Academics All-District Seven team.

Thursday, May 9

Lawmakers laud Jayhawks

KU honored for Final Four run

By Scott Rothschild Kansas University's men's basketball coach Roy Williams said he hoped bringing the team to the Legislature on Wednesday would send the message to lawmakers to protect funding for education. "Cutting education should be the last thing they do," Williams told a group of reporters after the team was honored in the House and Senate.

Wednesday, May 8

Jayhawks guests for Capitol fete

Gov. Bill Graves and the Kansas Legislature will pay honor today to the Kansas University men's basketball team.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks to be honored by Governor

6Sports reports on the Jayhawks' visit Wednesday to the state capital to be honored by Governor Graves.

KU reviews student affairs position

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University administrators are using David Ambler's retirement as a reason to review its Division of Student Affairs. Ambler, who steps down as vice chancellor of student affairs this summer, has been in the position 25 years.

Monday, May 6

College seniors find tough job market

By Terry Rombeck Ryan Vick is one of the lucky ones. He has a job already lined up after he graduates from Kansas University later this month. But his job at Exxon Mobile in Houston didn't come easy. "I feel like I had to work a little harder than previous classes to get a job," he said.

Sunday, May 5

Jayhawks sweep Centenary

By Doug Pacey Kansas University's Matt Tribble would not have even been able to hit the cutoff man from his spot in right field two weeks ago. The Jayhawk with the highest batting average .347 on the team wouldn't have been good for more than a few drag bunts, at best, even one week ago.

Hot music, cool cars spice up weekend

By Matt Merkel-Hess Day on the Hill rocked and Art Tougeau rolled under sunny skies Saturday. Art Tougeau, Lawrence's annual art-car parade, began at noon in South Park and trucked past hundreds of spectators on Massachusetts Street with decorated cars, golf carts, bikes and scooters.

Saturday, May 4

6Sports video report: Drew Gooden only Jayhawk leaving

6Sports reports on the announcement made by Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich and their decision to stay in school.

Malott honored for gateway donation

By Terry Rombeck Former Kansas University Chancellor Deane Malott and his wife, Eleanor, added trees and shrubs to a once-barren campus. Now, their son is continuing the tradition.

Jayhawks will open against Bulls

By Gary Bedore The Preseason NIT has yet to release all the matchups for its 2002-03 season-opening men's basketball tournament. However, Kansas will meet South Florida of Conference USA in a first-round clash next November at a date to be determined in Allen Fieldhouse.

Report: Budig candidate to replace Dempsey

Gene Budig the next president of the NCAA? ould happen. Budig, 63, is the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Cedric Dempsey, CNN-SI has reported.

6Sports video report: Drew Gooden only Jayhawk leaving

6Sports reports on the announcement made by Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich and their decision to stay in school.

Sayers gives back to KU

Hall of Famer's golf tournament raises money for School of Education

By Chuck Woodling When Gale Sayers stages his annual benefit golf tournament in Lawrence, he likes to have Bob Skahan in his foursome. "I haven't been able to play in all of them," said Skahan, "but this year I could, and I'm glad because I know how much Gale loves KU."

Huskers rally past Kansas

Kansas jumped to a 3-0 lead against seventh-ranked Nebraska, but the Jayhawks couldn't hold on and dropped into the loser's bracket Friday night at the Big 12 Softball Tournament.

Friday, May 3

KU baseball makes changes

Today's scheduled 7 p.m. game against the Shreveport, La., school now will be played as part of a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday's noon series finale remains unchanged. KU has also added a game.

Rising tuition dominates budget of poor families

By Terry Rombeck Rising tuition rates are eating up more of low-income families' budgets, according to a national study released Thursday.

Four Jayhawks sweep in all-league academics

Five Big 12 Conference softball players, including four from Kansas, have been named to the league's all-academic team for the fourth straight year.

Jayhawks win twice

Kansas knocks off Tech, then shocks No. 2 OU

Kansas University's softball team got off to a blazing start during the first day of the Big 12 tournament. The Jayhawks dropped No. 10-seeded Texas Tech, 2-1, in the play-in game before stunning No. 2 Oklahoma, 3-1, in the opening round of the double-elimination phase of the tournament Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium.

Hulse, Tabb All-Big 12

Kansas University's Amy Hulse and Leah Tabb have been named to the All-Big 12 Conference softball team. KU's Christi Musser was named to the second team. All three are seniors.

Thursday, May 2

KU hires Hinrichs to head Williams Fund

By Chuck Woodling For two decades Jay Hinrichs worked as a volunteer statistician at Kansas University men's basketball and football games. "After 20 years I figured I'd get a watch," Hinrichs quipped, "but they gave me a job instead."

Jayhawks tumble to UIC

Illinois-Chicago pounded out 11 hits in handing Kansas University a 5-3 baseball setback Wednesday afternoon.

Kansas to open with Tech

With a nucleus of eight seniors, Kansas University's softball team had certainly hoped to finish higher than seventh in the 10-team Big 12 Conference race. "The season didn't go as we expected," said second baseman Amy Hulse, one of those eight seniors. "Some things never do."

Wednesday, May 1

6Sports video report: KU can't get past Big 12 South

6Sports reports on the Big 12 Golf Tournament Tuesday in Hutchinson.

Russia spices Lied lineup

Center announces acts for '02-'03 series

By Jan Biles The Lied Center is bringing a bit of Russia to its stage next season. The lineup includes performances by the Moscow Boys Choir, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Russian State Opera and pianist Olga Kern. In addition, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a concert of works by Russian composers.