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KU Students To Vote On Ending Athletics Fee

Associated Press - March 10, 2014 6:58 am

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

The University of Kansas Student Senate will vote this week on whether to eliminate a fee students have paid to the athletics department for more than 30 years.

Students pay $25 in the fall and spring and $10 in the summer, with the revenue going to women’s and non-revenue sports. The fee raised $1.1 million for Kansa Athletics Inc. last year.

The fee began in the late 1970s to help the university comply with a federal law requiring universities to support women’s sports.

An advisory board suggested in February that the fee be eliminated or reduced, citing the athletic department’s increasing revenues and budget.

The Student Senate will vote on Wednesday as part of its regular review of all student fees.

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Associated Press information from: the Lawrence Journal-World

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