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On Are you looking forward to Kansas University students returning to Lawrence?


Abdu Omar 5 years, 8 months ago

They are a pain on the street. They don't follow the laws, they don't signal. and they think they are the only ones on the road. The police department has to be on the lookout for such behavior, but they dismiss it as just kids being kids. What will happen when someone dies?

Janet Cinelli 5 years, 8 months ago

I know! I live across the street from a frat...fine looking, this time of year!

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 8 months ago

If you form opinions based on a lot of comments on here you would have to assume that people here hate students at KU. Isn't forming an assessment of someone based on the group they belong to called prejudice? I enjoy riding the bus and listening to the different languages

costello 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't hate students, but the traffic gets markedly worse when they return. The question is do I look forward to the KU students returning. No. I don't. There are more cars on the road, many of them driven by relatively inexperienced drivers who apparently don't believe the traffic laws, the laws of physics, and the universal law of mortality don't apply in their case.

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

@Gotland Oh, we'd have roads. They would be less traveled and far safer. Do not forget to avoid both Tennessee and Kentucky streets for at least two months after their return.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 8 months ago

This includes the hippies, homeless, and bohemians. Remember dat!

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

When I drive slow I usually have a reason. Like slowing down hot-headed attorneys driving 30 mph over the limit. I hope they're still flippin' out when they get in front of the judge.


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John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

@autie Well dropping $500 at Payless and Walmart you might as well have spent it in Ottawa or St. Louis for that matter. Very little of that money is going to stay in Lawrence. There are, I might add, other locally owned stores with goods as good or better than for equal cost or a little more which would have been far less crowded and their profits would have stayed here.

Tony Kisner 5 years, 8 months ago

They add a lot of energy to town which is great. I also like it when they go home in the spring, they usually need a scrubbing come May.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm looking forward to the LJW style guide calling it the University of Kansas just like the folks at KU do.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

Just because people get confused and get it wrong doesn't mean that the people writing the newspaper need to get it wrong on purpose. Only reason it's KU is because UK was already taken by Kentucky.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 8 months ago

Looking forward to it might be a stretch, but collegians are generally wonderful with their youthful enthusiasm & aspirations. They can't drive worth a hoot, though.

ljwhirled 5 years, 8 months ago

When they come they bring their money. They are the whole reason this town exists.

Welcome back students, the old farts on the LJWorld blogs want you to get off their lawn, but the rest of us love you!

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

Lawrence has done a really piss poor job of keeping the students in one part of town. If they had done a better job the students and residents would both be much happier. Cue the moron with the stupid segregation comment.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Without students local business would be under severe stress if still in existence. The university is the primary attraction to Lawrence,Kansas.

If students are such a hassle why live here?

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

The 20 feet of shelf space dedicated to Ramen Noodles at Hyvee on Clinton Parkway is monument in their honor.

Lisa Rasor 5 years, 8 months ago

College students are the fizz in Lawrence's soda.

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

There is a difference between appreciating the impact of KU on the Lawrence economy and appreciating the calm that exists between classes. Lawrence is basically on par with a spring break tourist town. Instead of an ocean or mountains we have KU. In every spring break tourists town I've ever visited, there is a love hate relationship with the spring breakers. They love their money, they hate their attitudes, behavior and the congestion. One thing most spring break tourist towns much better than Lawrence is planning. The regular working folks shouldn't have to deal with the nonsense that comes along side living with overgrown children.

bevy 5 years, 8 months ago

I voted NO - does that make me a student hater? NO! The question wasn't "do you like KU students" it was "Are you looking forward to their return." The answer is - NO - I am not looking forward to crowds, longer lines, and more cookie-cutter-bleach-blonde-fake-tan-cell-phone-yakking-designer-clothes-wearing co-eds in stores and on the streets. For Gawd's sake - is it a requirement for social inclusion that you all look like Barbies? I do not look forward to sharing streets with those who can't seem to understand that driving is supposed to occupy all of your attention, or at least more of your attention than your cell phone. Not looking forward to more articles about drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and hazing, and not looking forward to worrying about how some of these kids will make it without their parents.

I do like young people, and I'm glad to see them getting their education. (Or one hopes they go to class now and then.) But it's nice to have the peace and quiet in town during the summer. It's a hard adjustment for us all that first month or so.

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