Archive for Saturday, March 17, 2001

Winning partnership

March 17, 2001


Participants in KU's Rock Chalk Revue once again have contributed generously to Douglas County.

Congratulations and thanks to the hundreds of Kansas University students who played a role in the annual Rock Chalk Revue.

The student-produced variety show's three-day run last weekend brought in $50,000, which will be turned over to the United Way of Douglas County.

Too often, news stories about university students focus on drinking binges, classroom cheating or other reckless behavior. There are bound to be such situations each year, but more attention needs to be given to the many good projects in which college students participate. They serve as volunteers in tutoring, housing and social service programs throughout the community.

In addition to prizes for Rock Chalk performances, awards also were given to two individuals and two living groups for contributing the most community service. This involves thousands of hours that benefit local individuals, organizations and programs. This volunteer service was done in the limited spare time these students have away from their classwork. Consider how much this community service has contributed to the betterment of Lawrence and its residents in the 52 years Rock Chalk has existed.

Again, congratulations to the winners in the Rock Chalk Revue. Congratulations and thanks for the community service hours provided by members of the living groups, and thanks for the generous contribution to the United Way of Douglas County.

Lawrence and its residents benefit in many ways through the presence of the university and its students. The annual Rock Chalk Revue offers the most recent example. Community residents should remember such positive programs and, in return, try their best to be a superior host city for the university and its students and faculty. It can be a winning relationship for everyone.

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