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March 5, 2004
Vol. 28, No. 12

KU mourns Clarke Wescoe
Fall events schedule unites Band Day, Family Weekend
Campus food services to blend operations
Wescoe Terrace to see expansion
Spring enrollment records set
Expo experiments
Wheat State Whirlwind plans Kansas expedition
Professor took road less traveled to field of study
Pulitzer-winning journalist comes to KU for lecture

Flock to be feathered, new plumage revealed
Faculty art to be featured in exhibit
Employees of the month honored
Lawsuit appeal dismissed

Judge rules for KU in Watkins Trust case

Drill to highlight safety procedures

‘Really Rosie’ reading
Experts to pour into water conference
Delicate dance

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Judge rules for KU in Watkins Trust case

Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy has denied plaintiffs’ final requests in a suit against KU and Bank of America regarding the operation of Watkins and Miller scholarship halls.

In a decision dated Feb. 26, Judge Murphy ruled that the student plaintiffs “do not have a right to control the day-to-day operations, maintenance, renovations or improvements made to the halls.” That responsibility resides with the university, and the trustee has the duty to review KU’s use of the trust income for appropriate expenditures, the judge ruled.

The judge also denied the students’ request that the court establish a committee of students and university administrators so that students would have direct input into decisions regarding hall maintenance and upkeep. The judge wrote that the court was convinced “students do have other avenues to voice their concerns about maintenance of the halls” through student proctors, the All Scholarship Hall Council and the Student Housing Advisory Board.

The plaintiffs, who filed the case in early 2001, had alleged that the bank and the university had mismanaged the trust, which was established by KU benefactress Elizabeth Watkins in the 1930s. The student plaintiffs in September 2003 abandoned all of their allegations and claims against the bank and university. The court has now dismissed the students’ petition at their cost.

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