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August 17, 1996


A quiz tests your knowledge of Kansas University.

Stephanie Fite

If you have ever wondered what a Jayhawk is or why Kansas University students chant Rock Chalk at sporting events, here's your chance to test your knowledge of KU trivia. Turn to page 12 for the answers.

1. During the Civil War the Jayhawk was used as a patriotic symbol, synonymous with the impassioned people who made Kansas a free state.

a. True

b. False

2. What year did KU open and how many students were there?

a. 1866 with 55 students

b. 1900 with 400 students

c. 1990 with 45,000 students

3. When were there more women enrolled at KU than men?

a. Korean War

b. Vietnam War

c. World War II

4. Who is credited for drawing the first Jayhawk?

a. Stephan ``Skippy'' Jones

b. Henry Maloy

c. Christopher Babar

5. Harold D. Sandy drew the Jayhawk that survives today.

a. True

b. False

6. When was the term ``Jayhawk'' first coined?

a. 1900

b. 1889

c. 1848

7. When was the Rock Chalk chant adopted?

a. 1866

b. 1900

c. 1905

8. The original KU fight song was titled ``Rip City.''

a. True

b. False

9. The Rock Chalk chant was used by Kansas troops fighting in the Philippines in 1899, in the Boxer Rebellion in China, and in World War II.

a. True

b. False

10. The Rock Chalk chant was introduced to the King of Belgium at the 1920 Olympic games as the typical American college yell.

a. True

b. False

11. U.S. Presidents Grant and Hays visited KU while in office.

a. True

b. False

12. What were the Sour Owl, The Bitter Bird and Squat?

a. University cheers

b. Campus newspapers and literary magazines

c. Popular gin drinks

13. What is the oldest fraternity on campus?

a. Delta Chi

b. Beta Theta Pi

c. Sigma Phi Epsilon

14. Strong Hall was built backward, with the front facing the Campanile.

a. True

b. False

15. When did the first whistle blow to call classes on campus?

a. March 25, 1912

b. Jan. 1, 1900

c. June 12, 1880

16. How many stories was Wescoe Hall originally planned to have?

a. 9

b. 15

c. 27

17. What is the house that `Wilt' built?

a. Allen Fieldhouse

b. Joe's Bakery

c. 2230 Tenn., a tasteful little brown number at the end of the block.

18. Who is the artist of the paintings that hang in Allen Fieldhouse?

a. Michelangelo

b. William J. Bennett

c. Tedd Watts

19. Where can the Wilcox Classical Collection be found?

a. Dyche Hall

b. The Helen-Foresman Spencer Museum of Art

c. Lippincott Hall

20. Where can the Museum of Natural History be found?

a. Lippincott Hall

b. Dyche Hall

c. Strong Hall

21. Who is the only coach in KU history to have a career losing record?

a. Dr. James Naismith

b. Dick Harp

c. Phog Allen

d. Roy Williams

22. When was the last time KU beat Nebraska in football?

a. 1968

b. 1950

c. 1882

23. Where were KU basketball games played before Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1955?

a. Budig Hall

b. Strong Hall

c. Wescoe Hall

24. What KU athlete appeared in four different Olympic games?

a. Al Oerter

b. Bill Nieder

c. Igor Stravinsky

25. KU information center first started in 1970 as a rumor control center during the turbulent days of May and June 1970.

a. True

b. False


1. True. During the Civil War, the Jayhawk's ruffian image gave way to patriotism when Gov. Charles Robinson raised a regiment calling the Independent Mounted Kansans Jayhawkers.

2. A. 1866 with 55 students.

3. C. More women were enrolled at KU than men during World War II. In 1944 there were 1,428 women enrolled compared to 997 men. In 1945 there were 1,733 women enrolled and 1,679 men.

4. B. Henry Maloy, a cartoonist for the school newspaper, drew the first version of the Jayhawk in 1912.

5. True. It is student Harold D. Sandy's 1946 design of a smiling Jayhawk that survives.

6. C. The term ``Jayhawk'' combines two birds; the blue jay, a noisy quarrelsome thing known to rob nests, and a sparrow hawk, a stealthy hunter.

7. A. The University Science Club adopted the chant in 1866 when inspired by the click-clack of train wheels passing over rail joints which suggested the rhythm and cadence. Their first version, ``Rah Rah Jayhawk KU,'' was later replaced with ``Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU,'' a transposition of chalk rock, the name for limestone outcropping found at Mount Oread.

8. True. ``I'm a Jayhawk'' fight song replaced ``Rip City'' because officials thought the original title was unsuitable.

9. True. The cheer became know worldwide when Teddy Roosevelt pronounced it the greatest college chant he'd ever heard.

10. True. At the Olympic games in 1920, the King of Belgium asked for a typical American yell. The assembled athletics agreed on KU's Rock Chalk chant and rendered it for His Majesty.

11. True.

12. B. The Sour Owl, Bitter Bird and Squat were campus papers and literary magazines.

13. B. Beta Theta Pi, founded in 1873, is the oldest fraternity on campus.

14. False. It just looks that way.

15. A. March 25, 1912, and it has been startling students ever since.

16. C. The first drawing of plans for Wescoe showed the building at 27 stories.

17. A. Allen Fieldhouse was built in 1955 during the tenure of coach Phog Allen, which coincided with Wilt Chamberlain coming to KU in 1956.

18. C.

19. C. Lippincott Hall

20. B. Dyche Hall

21. A. Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

22. A. 1968. Coached by Pepper Rogers, KU beat the Huskers 23-13.

23. A. Games were played in Budig Hall, the former Hoch Auditorium, on beautiful hardwood floors.

24. A. Al Oerter, who competed and won the gold medal in discus in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics.

25. True.

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