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Back to school issue 8-20-14.
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Published by: The University Daily Kansan on Aug 20, 2014
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While most students were enjoying the summer months away from school, the KU Information echnology department members were taking part in student orientation to help more than 2,700 students configure their smartphones and other mobile devices to connect to Jayhawk Wi-Fi.Wi-Fi is one of the major components of academic success and students’ connection can make or break an assignment or project.David Day, director of I External Affairs at the University, said while questions have been raised about the speed of Wi-Fi connections on campus, only a small percentage of the daily calls they receive deal with Wi-Fi at all.“Quite frankly we haven’t heard a lot of complaints about Wi-Fi on campus. ypically when we do it’s due to configuration problems and connection problems that students are having,” Day said. “Going back in April, we had about 25 calls to our customer service center related to Wi-Fi. Te majority of those were related to configuration of a particular device. Tat 25 calls related to Wi-Fi service is very low compared to other issues and other calls we get on campus.Day said he did hear of several inquiries about wireless service in Allen Fieldhouse and Green Hall, but in both cases the department made changes and added access points to try to improve connectivity.“With Allen Fieldhouse, it was related to specifically the areas where students camp out and that’s kind of gray area with us because with wireless on campus our main focus is on providing great Wi-Fi service in academic buildings,” Day said.Day said I has not made more of an investment in those areas that are mostly for recreational use, but they do understand that while students are camping out for basketball tickets many choose to study and need Internet access, which is why they’ve made investments to provide some coverage there.Several projects to add more coverage on campus are underway and students should see improvements by the end of the semester.Te I department is currently finishing up initial upgrades in almost all academic buildings on campus.“So we’ve really been working on this for about two and a half years and we’re really focusing on expanding Wi-Fi on campus and you’ll see a whole list of places where we’ve completed upgrades and expansion and added Wi-Fi,” Day said. “Tis last two and a half years was really a push at making some really significant upgrades in academic buildings: the libraries, Kansas Union and places where students study and congregate and where classes are being held.”I is currently working on upgrades at the Spencer Research Library and a few outdoor areas, which they expect to be completed during the fall semester. Specifically, Student Senate leaders have spoken to their department about the outdoor area behind Wescoe Hall and the corridor between Anschutz Library and the Military Sciences building. “Tat’s an area where students are increasingly going to study and congregate and, you know, jump on their laptops between classes and that kind of stuff, so that’s another area where we’re focusing right now,” Day said.As far as comparing KU’s wireless service to other universities, Day said this is difficult because there is no measurement that can be used fairly used. Te structure of the building or layout of the campus can affect service.“Our focus is not necessarily
 Volume 127 Issue 1 Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Crews work on the second phase of Jayhawk Boulevard construction during Summer 2014. The end date of construction was originally Aug. 15, but has been rescheduled to end Sunday, one day before classes resume.
Jayhawk Boulevard construction end date delayed 
Updates in the last two years:
1. Libraries2. Kansas Union
In the future:
3. Outdoor area behind Wescoe Hall4. Spencer Research Library5. Corridor between Anschutz Library and the Military Sciences building2. 3. 5. 4. 1. 1.
he completion date of the second phase of construction on Jayhawk Boulevard has been rescheduled.he end date was previously Aug. 15; however, according to an email sent Aug. 13 from the Office of Design and Construction Management, Jayhawk Boulevard is scheduled to open by Sunday — one day before classes begin for the fall semester. he construction of Engel Road on Daisy Hill is now scheduled to end hursday.Gavin Young, assistant director of strategic communications at the University, said the construction crews found that some material beneath the street was harder to excavate than what they had anticipated.“We were disappointed with some of the delays on the Jayhawk Boulevard project,” Young said. “here were some unforeseen conditions early on in the project as they were doing the excavation of the road that caused a few delays.”Although the construction on Jayhawk Boulevard and Daisy Hill will be done before classes begin Monday, construction on the new School of Business — Capitol Federal Hall — has closed down the sidewalk between Watkins Memorial Health Center and the Robinson Center.Young said construction crews will build a utility tunnel, which will be used for electricity and water, at the future site of Capitol Federal Hall. here were no utilities running to the site when it was used as a recreation area for tennis and volleyball. A temporary sidewalk scheduled for Sept. 19 will be available between Watkins and Robinson.While some students might find it inconvenient, Dharam Patel, a junior from Olathe, said it’s something they will have to deal with during the first month of school.“I think they’ll be annoyed by it, but it’s not somethingthey can’t just handle or takecare of,” Patel said. “You’ve  just got to show up earlier.”
— Edited by Paige Lytle 
University works to improve Wi-Fi on campus
“We’ve really been working on this for about two and a half years ... focusing on expanding Wi-Fi on campus.”DAVID DAYDirector of IT External Affairs
A program developed at theUniversity intended to replacelearning from traditionaltextbooks with online contenthas made changes for the fallsemester.Acceso, a web-basedplatform developed in 2009 to act as an alternative totextbooks, has garnered $500,000 in savings ontextbooks since its launch.In the five years since itsinception, more than 3,000 intermediate-level Spanish students at the University and hundreds more across thecountry have benefitted from the program.Amy Rossomondo, associate professor of Spanish, said the decision to implement Accesoin course material was aninitiative of the Spanish and Portuguese department. She said professors felt commercialmaterials were lacking incontent that was important forstudents to consider as they were learning Spanish.A lot of students find it to bechallenging and different thanwhat they expect, but overall they are more successful bothin terms of the grades thatthey’re earning and quality of the language they’re acquiring
Acceso online textbooks move Spanish classes to computer labs
“We were ending up losing 10 or 15 minutes of class time ... with all of this switching.”AMY ROSSOMONDOAssociate professor of Spanish
 Graduate Student Night
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 Spencer Museum of Art
Graduate students from all departments are welcome to meet at this social event.
 Hawk Week: Cash Carnival
 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 Kansas Union, Lobby
 The Student Money Manage-ment Services staff will provide a free credit report.
 Guest lecture: Jonathan Katz
 7:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium
 Journalist and author of “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster” will talk about the implica-tions of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
KU Info Tables
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Wescoe Hall, Wescoe Beach and Watson Gateway
 Informational tables will be set up during the first two days of class to help students find build-ings, answer campus questions and provide water.
NEWS MANAGEMENTEditor-in-chief
Emma LeGault
Managing editor
Madison Schultz
Digital editor
Hannah Barling
Production editor
Paige Lytle
Associate digital editors
Stephanie Bickel and Brent Burford
Christina Carreira
Sales manager
Tom Wittler
Digital media manager
Scott Weidner
Amelia Arvesen
Associate news editor
Ashley Booker
Arts & features editor
Lyndsey Havens
Sports editor
Brian Hillix
Associate sports editor
Blair Sheade
Special sections editor
Kate Miller
Copy chiefs
Casey HutchinsSarah Kramer
Art director
Cole Anneberg
Associate art director
Hayden Parks
Hallie WilsonClayton Rohlman
Opinion editor
Cecilia Cho
Multimedia editor
Tara Bryant
Associate multimedia editors
 James Hoyt and George Mullinix
ADVISERS Media director and content strategist
Brett Akagi
Sales and marketing adviser
 Jon Schlitt
editor@kansan.comwww.kansan.comNewsroom: (785) 766-1491Advertising: (785) 864-4358Twitter: @KansanNewsFacebook: facebook.com/thekansanThe University Daily Kansan is the student newspaper of the University of Kansas. The first copy is paid through the student activity fee. Additional copies of The Kansan are 50 cents. Subscriptions can be purchased at the Kansan business office, 2051A Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045. The University Daily Kansan (ISSN 0746-4967) is published daily during the school year except Friday, Saturday, Sunday, fall break, spring break and exams and weekly during the summer session excluding holidays. Annual subscriptions by mail are $250 plus tax. Send address changes to The University Daily Kansan, 2051A Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue.
Check out KUJH-TV on Wow! of Kansas Channel 31 in Lawrence for more on what you’ve read in today’s Kansan and other news. Also see KUJH’s website at tv.ku.edu.KJHK is the student voice in radio. Whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll or reggae, sports or special events, KJHK 90.7 is for you.
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Remember the person who, though not a parent, took the time to listen or encourage you to do your best? Having support and motivation from someone you looked up to didn’t just make you feel special, it made you the person you are today.
Become a mentor and be involved in a life-changing experience for an at-risk child. You can change a child's world without changing yours. It only takes a commitment of your time.
Kansas Football Player JaCorey Shepherd and his Little Brother Christoper, better known as Tank
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KUAAP aids international student immersio 
Tis year almost 60 students from four countries — China, Russia, India and Vietnam — will be the first students to participate in the KU Academic Accelerator Program. Te program is a year long, takes place over three semesters and is composed of a fixed curriculum of core classes, as well as courses through the Applied English Center.“I’d like to see us prepare these students in a substantive way and have them go on to matriculate fully onto the University,” said Antha Cotten-Spreckelmeyer, an academic director of KUAAP.KUAAP requires students to have a higher level of proficiency in English because, although the program is an academic degree track, it also strives to introduce students to American culture and life on campus.Participating students will live on campus and have unique opportunities to experience the Universityand American culture through field trips, such as going to away football games and touring the Konza Prairie in the Flint Hills and possibly the Kansas City area later in the program. “[Te trips] will tie into the readings, but the program will also introduce students to Kansas, KU, Lawrence, as well as the state,” Cotten-Spreckelmeyer said. “We want students to get a sense of the culture, the history, the peoples and the environment of the state.”A main goal of the program is to expand the number of international students at the University. Assistant Vice Provost Charles Bankart hopes that the program will help recruit more international students and ultimately double the international population at the University in six or seven years.“We’ve had a steady increase [of international students] over 10 years, but it hasn’t increased to the extent we would like,” Bankart said. “We want to establish a good fit between international students and KU, so that they become Jayhawks.”Another goal of the program is to diversify the international population, so the program focuses recruitment in South and Central America, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.Currently about half of the international students enrolled at the University are from China, Bankart said.“We want a diverse population because it is important in infusing classes with students from all six regions,” Bankart said.One main challenge for KUAAP was communicating the opportunity to a largenumber of internationalstudents in such a shortamount of time, whichBankart hopes will not be an issue in the future.As the program expands over time, Bankart said hehopes to use the feedback of the students to adaptthe program so that thecurriculum and experiences will expand in the best for the students.“Quality is paramount bothin academics and in student experience,” Bankart said. “If we are successful at bringing a positive experience tostudents then the programwill expand by itself.”
— Edited by Kate Mille 
on benchmarking ourselves against other schools but on meeting the needs of our students, faculty and staff here at KU,” Day said.If you are having trouble or would like to make suggestions about wireless services on campus or any other technology service offered, KU I encourages you to call 785-864-8080 or email itcsc@ku.org. 
— Edited by Kate Miller 
Suspect in student death sentenced
 Justin P. Gonzalez, from Mission, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of Nicholas Sardina of Lawrence, according to the Douglas Coun-ty District Attorney’s office. Sardina, 27, a former Uni-versity student from Clarence, N.Y., was last enrolled in fall 2011 and was a sergeant in the National Guard, according to a Kansan article published in August 2012.The article also reported that Gonzalez was involved in an altercation at a house party on Tennessee Street that allegedly led to Sardina’s death on February 25, 2012. 
— Amelia Arvesen 
Friday, August 29th / Doors open at 9 pm / 18+ to enter 
Sponsored by:With food provided by:
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University works to tackle freshman retention 
o combat low reshman etention rates and increase  verall graduation rates, he University continues to nstitute and modiy programs or the benefit o reshmen. ocusing on course redesign, xperiential learning and a ense o belonging among new tudents, the University hopes o raise reshman retention by lmost 10 percent in the next ight years.Te most recent data rom he Office o Institutional esearch and Planning shows hat 79.9 percent o 2012 reshmen returned afer one ear, and 77 percent returned fer three semesters. Te effort to increase etention is spearheaded by ara Tomas Rosen, senior ice provost or Academic ffairs. Rosen is responsible or the implementation o he University’s strategic plan or increasing retention and raduation rates. “I’m cautiously optimistic hat we’re finding mprovement [in the retention ates],” Rosen said. “It’s very, ery slow. Tere’s very, very mall improvements. I you ook at the past 10 years or so, ou can see it’s a highly stable umber.”In act, retention rates in the ast seven years have remained teady at around 79 percent, xcept a 77.8 percent rate in 008, according to OIRP. Te ercentage o reshmen who eturn afer their first year  school has not surpassed 80 percent since 2005. Te University’s highest eturn percentage occurred  ver 10 years ago, when 82.7 percent o the 2003 reshman class returned a ear later. 2003’s high is still more than 7 percent below the University’s ultimate goal or reshmen retention: 90 percent by 2022.Te most recent report rom the AC’s Institutional Data Questionnaire shows that low retention rates are a national problem. O 2012 reshmen at public schools that offer bachelor degrees, only 64.2 percent returned or a second year o schooling. Four-year private schools did not are much better, with only 69.8 percent o reshmen returning or their sophomore year.Although the University can boast a higher retention rate than the national average, it’s still not the best in the state o Kansas. According to the Kansas Board o Regents, Kansas State University retained 80.6 percent o students in 2009, while just across the border the University o Missouri currently has a retention rate o 84.6 percent, according to its school website.In an attempt to combat this issue, the Office o Academic Affairs instituted the new Progression and Graduation Strategic Plan, which will aim to track not just retention, but a student’s progress towards graduation and earning a degree.Rosen explained that the new plan will identiy high-risk courses and students early on in their academic experience. High-risk courses are courses that “could provide a barrier to students,” said Rosen. Tese courses will then undergo a course redesign to better allow first-year students to continue their success at the University. Using predictive analytics rom the Education Advisory Board, the University will also aim to identiy high-risk students and track their progress throughout their academic career.“In a student-specific plan, [we’re looking at] i students are making progress toward that degree, not just racking up credit hours, but actually making good progress towards a chosen major,” Rosen said. “We’re putting a predictive analytic tool in play to help advisors identiy students who are making really good progress or maybe have some risk actors.”Another office playing an important role in reshman retention is the Office o First Year Experience. Created specifically to help reshmen navigate their first year at the University, the programs implemented by this office work towards ostering a sense o belonging or first-year students.Sarah Craword-Parker, the director o the Office o First-Year Experience, oversees the programs designed to help reshmen build a solid oundation at the University. She witnessed success in the office’s programs, which include the Common Book, Bold Aspirations Strategic Plan and first-year seminar programs, all o which aim to create a sense o collaboration among first-year students.“We’re trying to create the conditions and environment that help students be successul at KU,” Craword-Parker said. “For example, we know that the more students eel a sense o belonging at the institution, the more likely they are to persist in earning towards a degree. We’ve ound that early connections to aculty, staff and other students are essential.In addition to these programs, reshmen have a new opportunity this year. Instead o moving into the dorms the Friday beore classes begin, students this year will move in Tursday. Te extra day on campus allows reshmen the chance to tour the campus and find their classes, as well as learn to ride the buses and purchase textbooks. Te Office o First-Year Experience will welcome students to the University through a special film showing Tursday night on Campanile Hill.Te movie, which consists o interviews with students and aculty, as well as scripted pieces, is just another way or students to eel a sense o belonging with the campus community, Craword-Parker said. “Te ocus o the film is really to welcome students to campus and help them understand what this transition into the University looks like,” she said. “We really wanted the movie to bring our new students into conversation with our old students.”Craword-Parker has already seen success with the office’s programs or increasing reshman retention. Te office tracks student success through the number o credit hours completed by a student, as well as how a student perorms in terms o written communication. She believes the program playing the biggest role is the first-year seminars available to reshmen.“We are positive rom some o the results we have been seeing rom our programs, specifically with our first year seminars,” she said. “We know rom the limited inormation we have rom Fall 2012 … that those students are being retained at a higher level.”However, Craword-Parker said that the University has a long way to go beore serious retention goals are met. Similarly to Rosen, Craword-Parker remains optimistic.“Over the next couple o years, we’ll be watching a  variety o different indicators to see i we are meeting the goals we have set or ourselves,” Craword-Parker said. “I think we’re making good progress, but there’s still a lot o work to be done.
Edited by Madison Schultz and Jordan Fox 
YEAR: FR.: AFTER 1 YEAR AFTER 2 YEARS1996 3,546 77.8% 68.3%1997 3,808 77.6% 68%1998 3,696 77.9% 69.3%1999 3,783 80.3% 71%2000 4,117 78.1% 69.8%2001 4,023 81% 72.1%2002 4,011 81.8% 74%2003 3,971 82.7% 72.8%2004 4,182 82.3% 72.7%2005 4,106 80.6% 71.3%2006 4,091 79.3% 73%2007 4,028 79.7% 71.3%2008 4,436 77.8% 69.3%2009 3,894 79.3% 71.4%2010 3,490 79.9% 72.5%2011 3,493 79.2% 72.1%2012 3,651 79.9% N/A
— Information from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning 
Most recent retention rate: 79.9%University’s goal: 90% by 2022 What the University is doing: -Progression and Graduation Strategic Plan -Identify high-risk students through predictive analytics -KU Common Book -Bold Aspirations Strategic Plan -First-year seminar pro-grams -Earlier move-in day with welcome film

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