News briefs – Nov. 1, 2012


Trustee Weiss resigns from board

The Board of Trustees approved the resignation of Don Weiss at their meeting Oct. 18. Read more online about the replacement process at


Overland Park Arboretum statue declared ‘art’

 A Johnson County grand jury comprised of 15 members determined the controversial statue at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens does not meet the legal definition of obscenity.

The statue in question, entitled “Accept or Reject,” depicts a headless, bare-chested woman aiming a camera at herself. Critics claimed the statue was inappropriate and should be moved, but city officials did not oblige.

 “I, and the City Council, and many in this local community, appreciate a jury of our peers reviewng the city’s International Sculpture Garden and concluding that the ‘Accept or Reject’ sculpture meets our community standards and is a form of expression when it comes to art,” said Mayor Carl Gerlach in a press release issued by the city.

Read a column on this topic by Jon Parton, managing editor, here.


Theatre department to present musical

The Music and Theatre departments will bring to the college “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” written by Rupert Holmes.

This musical number will depend on the audience determining if Edwin Drood was murdered, and if so, whodunit.

Chris McCoy, adjunct assistant professor, Music, directs and choreographs the play. Musical direction is provided by Ron Stinson, professor, Music.

Shows will occur at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18. All performances are free and open to the public in the Polsky Theatre.


Important date for students approaching

Thursday, Nov. 15 will be the last day students may drop a class and receive a “W” for withdrawal on their transcripts. It is also the last day students be able to request the pass/fail grade option for a full semester course.


Compiled by Mackenzie Clark,


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