College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between Feb.9 and Feb. 12, 2015
University of Kansas theater building houses Oscar treasure - Miami Herald
In the four decades since Oscar recipient William Inge's death, a statuette that symbolizes his success has resided in the building that houses the University of Kansas' theater program.
Inge, a native of Independence, Kansas, received the Academy Award in 1961 for best original screenplay for "Splendor in the Grass," a story of sexual repression. Inge was 60 years old in 1973 when he committed suicide after a decades-long struggle with depression. His Oscar went to live at his alma mater, where it is brought out several times a year.
"It serves as an inspiration, I think, to see someone from the Midwest who went through KU and did such important work," said Kathy Pryor, who is a caretaker of sorts for the Oscar in addition to serving as managing director and budget officer of theater at the university. "I think that's vital to students."
Still, "a couple times a year" on very special occasions, the Oscar comes out of hiding. Most recently, he made an appearance Wednesday night at a reception for KU Theatre's upcoming "A Raisin in the Sun," where he posed in pictures with students, faculty and staff, and theater patrons. Watching students interact with Inge's Oscar is the most fun, Pryor says.
With a "light in their eyes," the aspiring thespians hold "him" as if they had just won their own Academy Award, expressing their gratitude to the parents and teachers who made it happen.
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- Group will present tips to fight winter depression - The Hutchinson News
- KU professor compares Ferguson grand jury to KKK hearings - KSNT
- Kansas University Scholars - Salina Journal
- Chancellor’s report covers breakthrough research at KU - University Daily Kansan
- Meet four art students who received research grants - University Daily Kansan
- Study recommends better EPA labels on cost of traditional vs. hybrid, electric cars - eScience News
- Thu 2/19: Andrew Revkin: "The New Communication Climate" - LJWorld
- KU Theater Black Box Productions: Undergraduate Plays in Progress - LJWorld
- State Rep. Peck takes on critics in debate over university professor columns - LJWorld
- KU names this year's Humanities Research Fellows and Creative Work Fellow - LJWorld
- Q&A: New York Times columnist to speak on climate change, communication in journalism - University Daily Kansan
- Q&A with Goldwater and Gates Cambridge Scholar - University Daily Kansan
- KU announces fall 2014 honor roll - Hays Post
- CREES Spring Festival - LJWorld
- 53-year-old Oscar treasure stored at the University of Kansas inspires up-and-coming thespians - Daily Journal
- University of Kansas theater building houses Oscar treasure - Hutchinson News
- University of Kansas theater building houses Oscar treasure - KSL-TV
- University of Kansas Theater Building Houses Oscar Treasure - WIBW
- University of Kansas theater building houses Oscar treasure - Idaho Statesman
- 53-year-old Oscar treasure stored at the University of Kansas inspires up-and-coming thespians - Greenfield Daily Reporter
- University of Kansas theater building houses Oscar treasure - Washington Times
- KU Theatre Dept Houses Oscar - KSAL
- KU debate team qualifies for national tournament - Topeka Capital Journal
- University professor’s new book examines 1960s effect on contemporary racial issues - University Daily Kansan