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Seg. 1: New Chancellor Seeks To Renew UMKC Spirit. Seg. 2: How Kavanaugh Could Shift Supreme Court.

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Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal says he'd like see enrollment at UMKC increase by about 50 percent.

Segment 1: New UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is focusing on building community and investing in research.

Although the chancellor has only been at UMKC for a few months, his impact is already felt around campus. Today, he talked about one of his main initiatives, raising school spirit, which can be hard to do at a commuter school. Chancellor Agrawal also discussed possible solutions to issues the university currently faces, including housing, student safety and building a new music conservatory.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:00: After Brett Kavanaugh's controversial confirmation, what lays ahead for the Supreme Court?

Republicans and Democrats alike say they've never seen such a partisan confirmation of a justice, but how true is that? We considered the history of Supreme Court nominations, discussed how we got to where we are now, and asked what Justice Kavanaugh could mean for the future of our nation's highest court.

Colucci will discuss the future of the Supreme Court at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Kansas City Public Library's Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. For more information and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.