On Friday, the Douglas County District Attorney’s oce releaseda statement concerning the animalabuse case involving the Alpha Nuchapter o Beta Teta Pi. Te ra-ternity has been under investiga-tion due to an incident linked withthe abuse and killing o a turkey during a party at the raternity’shouse.“Aer an exhaustive investigationwe believe there isevidence to suggestthe turkey was mis-treated,” districtattorney CharlesBranson, statedin a news releaseconcerning theconclusion. “How-ever, our review o the evidence re- vealed conictingaccounts given by various witnesses, making it di-cult to determine exactly who wasresponsible or the improper treat-ment o the bird,” Branson said.Te statement also containedsanctions with which the chapterhas agreed to; 1,000 hours o com-munity service as well as $5,000 topay or the investigation conduct-ed by the Lawrence Police Depart-ment. In a statement to the Uni- versity Daily Kansan by JacksonLong, president o the Alpha Nuchapter, the raternity respondedwith the ollowing:“Te Alpha Nu Chapter ispleased to resolve the investiga-tion stemming rom allegations o animal abuse at our annual winterormal last December. In additionto conducting our own internalinvestigation, the chapter has co-operated ully with both the Law-rence PoliceDepart-ment andthe DouglasCounty Dis-trict Attor-ney’s ocethroughoutthe durationo their inves-tigation. Werecognize thatthe allega-tions broughtupon our chapter do not reectour core values, and we have takenthe necessary steps to ensure inci-dents like this do not occur in theuture.”Te conclusion o the investi-gation showed that ocers o theraternity were present during theincident. Conicting media ac-counts and evidence reports by witnesses on the scene made itdicult or investigators to pin-point the exact perpetrators o theturkey’s abuse stated the DistrictAttorney’s oce.Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Lit-tle also released a statement con-cerning the investigation. “Asmembers o the KU community,the participants in this inexcus-able incident have embarrassednot only themselves but the entireuniversity. Te behavior reporteddoes not reect the principles orstandards o conduct I expect romour students. Fraternity leadershipshould use this time to restore thetrust o the university and the pub-lic,” Gray-Little said.According to the District Attor-ney’s oce the investigation wasdelayed due to proximity the casehad to winter break which causeda seven month delay. Branson alsostated, “I hope other organizationsholding unctions will take noticeo this and police their unctionsaccordingly.”
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Te University moved up to 47thin the 2014 U.S. News and WorldReport ranking o public universi-ties released on Sept. 10.Te University’s ranking last yearwas 51st, and this year the Univer-sity shares the 47th spot with veother public universities. In overallrankings, the University tied or101st with seven other nationaluniversities.A University news release sug-gests that the shi in the Universi-ty’s ranking could be due to the im-plementation o Bold Aspirations,its strategic plan, and the KU CoreCurriculum. However, the U.S.News staf writes that changes inranking rom last year to this yearare most likely due to the changesmade in the methodology o rank-ing or changes in other schools’perormance, not just changes inthe school’s programs.Te rankings have been criticizedor using college selectivity and rep-utation as measurements o schoolquality, writes the Lawrence-Jour-nal World in a Sept. 13 article. Sincethe most efective and air way tomeasure the quality o education ateach school is highly debated, U.S.News updates its methodology ormeasuring data requently.Even though U.S. News includesactors other than college reputa-tion, Emma Zink, a reshman romDurango, Colo., placed importanceon this aspect when deciding onwhich colleges to apply to.“It probably shouldn’t have mat-tered as much, but I applied to alot o Ivy League schools, becauseo their reputation,” Zink said. “Iwasn’t considering Kansas becauseI didn’t think it was as good o aschool.”Zink said when considering po-tential colleges to apply to, she also valued actors such as location,class size and nancial resources.Data is gathered about each col-lege based on 16 areas o academ-ic excellence, including the highschool perormance o studentswho attend, aculty resources andother actors. A weighted compos-ite score is determined based onthese actors in order to rank theschools.Te U.S. News staf recommendsusing their rankings as one toolwhen deciding on a college, but toalso use other resources such ascounselors, parents, websites andcampus visits. In addition, many other actors should go into a stu-dent’s choice about which collegethey choose, including the location,size, nancial resources and per-sonal preerences.Tis year, U.S. News changed itsranking methodology to betterrepresent the perormance o eachschool. It increased the weight orSA and AC scores, and lessenedthe weight or high school classstanding o newly enrolled stu-dents. Tis was mainly due to theact that each year, the number o applying seniors with class rank ontheir transcript is declining.Another actor that was changedwhen determining rankings wasgraduation rate perormance,which was widened to include allthe Best Colleges ranking catego-ries. Graduation and retention rateshave a total weight o 30 percent inthe ranking process, which is morethan any other actor.When trying to compile a list o potential colleges, the rankingsprovide reliable data to compareschools and help students to look closely at the diferences betweenthe specic actors that are mostimportant to the individual.“We do it to help you make oneo the most important decisions o your lie,” the U.S. News staf writes.Zink says when trying to narrow down her list o potential colleges,rankings were not as much o aconcern or her as the experienceshe would get out o the university.“Just looking at rankings, youwould never know the eel o thecampus. Tere’s a community that,even i you’re not a part o it, youcan walk around and see,” Zink said.She considered a small school inConnecticut, but when she wentto the college or a campus visit,she discovered that despite its highrankings, well-respected academicsand picturesque campus, it was nota place she wanted to attend due tothe limited social aspects o studentlie.“It’s a really good school, but it’sa miserable place to be,” Zink said.Due to this, Zink ound that rank-ings are not always the best way tomake a decision on a college.“You can compare the academicsand the statistics, but schools arediferent or each person,” Zink said.“You have to enjoy the placeyou’re at to get more out o it, andthat’s more o a personal thing thatstatistics can’t analyze.”
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“Fraternity leadershipshould use this time torestore the trust o theuniversity and the public,”
BERNADETTE GRAY-LITTLEUniversity Chancellor