By Rachel Salyer

Rachel Salyer

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Rachel is a senior studying Journalism from Towanda. This is her second semester as the crime and safety reporter. Besides the news, Rachel has an affinity for overweight animals, Chap Stick and cheese. She interned at 41-Action News in Kansas City, MO. over the summer. Another summer highlight included learning how to parallel park. After graduation in May, Rachel hopes to obtain a job in television news.

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Lawrence police issue more than 200 citations as part of campaign

The Lawrence Police Department issued more than 200 citations during its participation in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign. The weeklong campaign targeted drunken driving and seat belt enforcement. It was funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation and ran from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25. The following 230 citations were issued: […]

Mrs. E's dining hall is revamping its services for spring semester

Mrs. E’s dining hall is revamping its services for spring semester

Most 19-year-olds don’t need a facelift, but after serving thousands of meals daily, Mrs. E’s is due for a makeover. KU Dining will begin more than $3 million in renovations to the dining food court and dining room. The construction on the Engel Road entrance will begin during winter break and may continue over spring […]

Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of arsonist

A $2,500 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspected arsonist targeting apartments in south Lawrence. On Wednesday, the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical department announced The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering the reward after more than a dozen suspected arsons […]

Battling for life, freedom and independence after cancer

Battling for life, freedom and independence after cancer

Like many who wage battle, Zach Graas fights for freedom and independence. But his battlefield is empty hospital hallways and the hollow, piercing sound of an MRI machine. His enemy: the dozens of pills he swallows daily. Zach has one word to describe the cancer that has invaded his 19-year-old brain: “frustrating.” His fight started […]

Student struck by vehicle on campus

A car struck a University student who was crossing Oread Avenue in front of the Kansas Union about 6:00 p.m. Monday. The student was using the crosswalk and received minor injuries, said Sgt. Gary Wieden, a KU Office of Public Safety spokesman. At the time, it was unknown if speed was a factor in the […]

Football tickets given away to students for senior night

Football tickets given away to students for senior night

It may have been a little easier for Kansas Athletics Inc. to hand out free student football tickets Saturday because more than $1 million from student ticket sales is already in the bank. With 7,400 all-sports student combo tickets sold, Kansas Athletics has made $1.1 million from student ticket sales, with tickets still selling. Students […]

Lawrence Police Department will have extra traffic enforcement during holiday

The Lawrence Police Department is targeting impaired drivers and vehicle occupants not wearing seat belts all week. The department is one of several police agencies statewide participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, which begins today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 25. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, “the Thanksgiving holiday weekend frequently […]

Former engineering professor files to appeal tenure case decision

A former University professor is appealing a Douglas County District Court decision that defends the University’s decision not to award tenure to him. Albert Romkes had worked as an assistant mechanical engineering professor since 2005 until he was not awarded tenure last school year and subsequently dismissed from the University. The appeal was filed last […]

Woman struck and robbed on Naismith Valley Park walking trail

A 24-year-old woman was struck in the head and robbed about 12:30 p.m. today on a walking trail south of 27th Street. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman said the woman was walking on the Naismith Valley Park walking trail, 1400 West 27th Street, when a man approached her from behind, hit her […]

New developments in string of Lawrence arsons

New developments in string of Lawrence arsons

An apartment fire Sunday morning in the 1700 block of West 24th Street could be latest in a suspected string of arsons occurring in the area. According to the fire report, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical emergency workers found “burned material” outside one of the apartments. The report categorized the fire as arson, but fire chief […]

Public officials seek help in arson cases

Public officials seek help in arson cases

Lawrence public safety officials are asking the public for information about a string of arsons being investigated at local apartment complexes. The fires were intentionally set between Oct. 19 and Nov. 4 between west 23rd Street and west 25th Street and from Iowa to Naismith Drive, according to a City of Lawrence press release. Eve […]

Millennial generation priorities, identities diverging from older generations

Millennial generation priorities, identities diverging from older generations

With cell phones as bedmates and college a necessity, the millennial generation is fast setting itself apart from parents and grandparents. The millennial generation, or those born after 1980, has the highest amount of education, with 54 percent having some college education, according to a 2010 Pew Research Center study. The study examined millennials age […]

Lawrence police issue criminal violations at Halloween house parties

Police targeted Halloween house parties on Friday, Oct. 26, issuing nearly 30 criminal violations and busting a party where liquor was sold to minors. The Fake ID 101 Taskforce aims to enforce underage drinking laws. The majority of the citations were issued at a house party in the Oread Neighborhood, which includes four charges of […]

KU Endowment offers loans for students

KU Endowment offers loans for students

When Shawnee junior Julia Urban was in a pinch for book money, she considered selling her plasma or signing up for a clinical drug trial. Urban thought the financial aid she applied for and received at the beginning of the semester would be enough with her part-time job, but it wasn’t. And she had maxed […]

Computers stolen from Art and Design building

Thieves stole 18 laptop computers valued at $30,600 during a break-in at the Art and Design building Tuesday, according to a KU Public Safety office report. Around  9:28 a.m. on Oct. 30, someone cut a lock from a computer cart in the building and removed the computers. The case is open and police are seeking […]