Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998

WESCOE MEMORY

November 10, 1998

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To the editor:

I was saddened to read of the death of Mrs. Barbara Wescoe. It has always been a pleasure to see the Wescoes at various university events, their presence being an expression of their loyal and generous support of KU.

As a freshman (1966-67), I was a member of a discussion group that met several times with Chancellor Wescoe. He obviously enjoyed the interaction with students and, as a first-generation collegian, I was awed, but outspoken (of course). He announced his resignation during my junior year. Watkins Scholarship Hall had a tradition of throwing graduating senior women into the fountain behind our hall and I proposed the brilliant idea that we should "fountain" the chancellor since he lived in our neighborhood and was graduating too. The hall social chairman contacted Mrs. Wescoe, who thought it a great idea, provided some dry clothes and towels and only asked that we remember he had a bad back. As a faithful co-conspirator, she made sure he was at home the night scheduled for the kidnapping, and the women and men of the scholarship halls -- and the Wescoes -- had a fun evening. He even cited the experience in his last graduation speech.

Mrs. Wescoe will be justly lauded for her support of the arts at KU, but I will always cherish a special memory of her sense of humor.

Mary Ladesich Loveland,

747 N. 1500 Rd.

Voting reminder

To the editor:

I read with interest Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes' comments regarding low voter turnout in Tuesday's election. During the previous election, I called Ms. Jaimes to ask why certain voting sites in Lawrence displayed "vote here" signs and other sites did not. Ms. Jaimes quickly responded to my inquiry by ensuring that signs were placed where they had been omitted.

It is disappointing to see this trend repeating itself during Tuesday's election. Granted, registered voters generally know where to vote. However, "vote here" signs serve as a reminder to us all of our civic responsibility to freely choose officials who represent our values. The press has recently reported incidents of voter intimidation along racial lines at polls across the nation. While what appears to be occurring in Lawrence is not outright intimidation, it gives the appearance of bias. When certain portions of our city receive more visual cues than others, it is inevitable that inequality and under-representation will exist.

During the next election, I encourage voters throughout the city to monitor the use of visual cues at the polls and to make the county clerk's office aware of any oversights so that all voters receive the same prompts to vote on election day.

Gayle Elliott,

1600 Haskell.

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