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The Daily Roundup – I can’t believe all this stuff is happening at the same time Edition

30 Apr

Here we go. Hold on

Police responded to McCollum Hall on the KU campus today after reports of a man with a gun. For a time there was a large police presence and police officers with semi-automatic weapons. The entire building was searched from the bottom up but no weapon or gunman was found.

It is now believed that the suspect has left campus. There are reports that a Blue Chevrolet is associated with the incident.

Primary stories:

From The Lawrence Journal-World.

From The University Daily Kansan (with a great story, great details).

From The Kansas City Star.

Supplemental stories:

The Kansan has a great photo gallery

LJWorld has a picture of what the KU homepage looked like during the incident. It now looks completely normal, there’s no mention of the incident on the main homepage.

The Star has a timeline written by a Star intern on the scene who is also a KU student.

The other big KU news today that got buried because of the gun issue was that two more KU Athletics employees resigned in the wake of the basketball ticket scandal.

From LJWorld.

From The Kansan.

Yesterday, the entire KU network crashed, leaving campus without internet, printers, ethernet, etc. for much of the day. Further, KU’s web services also crashed so KU resources couldn’t be accessed from an outside connection.

The Kansan reported on the problem and how it impacted students.

Oh, yeah, there’s also a big oil spill.

That’s The Daily Roundup. Have a great evening.

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The Daily Roundup

15 Apr

Elections for KU Student Senators was today. This may have been the most boring election ever. Really not a whole lot of drama. People were too responsible. But seriously, what am I going to write about if people aren’t being crazy?

Anyway, the major story is that KUnited (see that word play?) dominated the election, virtually sweeping the election. KUnited presidential candidates Michael Wade Smith and Megan Ritter won, with 66 percent of the vote.

KUnited won every seat in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and virtually every academic seat. Envision had a bit more luck in non-academic seats, winning all 10 senate seats reserved for graduate students. But that number’s a bit deceiving because only one KUnited member ran for a graduate student seat.

The Kansan has the full results here.

I’m still processing what the election results mean for KU; I will try to develop my thoughts into a column for The Kansan next week.

The director of the C.I.A. in 2005, Porter Goss, approved of the destruction of dozens of videotapes showing the C.I.A. torture of prisoners during interrogations, The New York Times reported today. It was The Times that first reported the existence of the tapes in 2007.

Fox News yanked host Sean Hannity from a tea party protest after it was learned he was going to headline the event. While I suppose this is a good thing, it’s also awful that things even got to this point.

Most importantly, though, it shows that Fox is not even an independent news organization (in the sense of being independent from what it covers). I’m willing to put up with an news organization that’s not objective – there’s great opinion journalism out there – but journalism absolutely MUST involve independence from the object of our reporting.

Otherwise we’re just PR hacks.

Twenty percent of Americans still believe Barack Obama was not born in the United States, according to a CBS News poll. Sigh.

Barack Obama is not a socialist, according to the Socialist Party in America.

The idea that the guy is a socialist is ridiculous. We’re so used to laissez-faire policies that we conflate liberal economic policy with socialist economic policy.

A meteor lit up the Midwestern sky last night, causing a fireball. CNN has the video.

That’s The Daily Roundup. Have a great evening.

Daybreakers

30 Mar

Britain held one of its first televised candidates debate yesterday. While televised political debates are common in the U.S. they are not in the U.K. The Times of London reviewed the debate.

Here’s a clip.

Many weathercasters apparently dispute global warming.

Turner Gill, KU’s new football coach, had his first spring practice on Sunday. The Lawrence Journal-World was impressed.