Archive for Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Dropped wallet provides clue to Jayhawk vandalism

December 6, 2005


It wasn't hard to find the hooligans thought to have roughed up Kansas University's "Classic Jayhawk" sculpture over the weekend.

One alleged perpetrator dropped his wallet during the vandalism. When he returned to the scene, police were there.

"I hear that a Mensa membership card was not in the wallet," KU Spokesman Todd Cohen said.

Police arrested two 23-year-old men with no KU affiliation, said Chris Keary, assistant chief of the KU Public Safety Office. Keary would not release the men's names, but two men booked at Douglas County Jail in an incident with the same case number were Andrew H. Froistad of Lailua, Hawaii, and Matthew S. Lukevics of Pensacola, Fla.

Classic Jayhawk, one of the many stars of 2003's Jayhawks on Parade, is a favorite for KU visitors and students who often get their pictures taken by its side.

The fiberglass bird was ripped from its concrete base and rolled on the pavement.

It sustained lacerations to the head and wing, said Wayne Pearse, an engineer with KU Memorial Unions who will doctor the bird back to health. Classic Jayhawk also had both big yellow feet broken.

"He's grounded," said Pat Beard, building service director for KU Memorial Unions. "I don't think he's going to be flying for a little while."

KU engineer Wayne Pearse works on the "Classic Jayhawk" on Monday afternoon after it was torn from its roost in front of the Kansas Union on Kansas University&squot;s campus.

KU engineer Wayne Pearse works on the "Classic Jayhawk" on Monday afternoon after it was torn from its roost in front of the Kansas Union on Kansas University's campus.

"That's horrible," said Amanda Schwartzhoff, a KU freshman who relied on Classic Jayhawk for a union landmark when first learning the campus.

Amanda Turner, another KU freshman, also was stunned.

"It's a bit disrespectful," she said.

Classic Jayhawk is undergoing a facelift, and should be returned to its perch by Friday.

It's the latest act of vandalism for the state's largest university.

In another attack, a KU billboard on Interstate 70 west of Topeka has been sprayed with purple paint declaring "Go State!" with accompanying art of a male body part.

"It's good advertising for some of K-State's finest art majors," said Patrick Maxon, president of the Topeka Jayhawk Club, which put up the billboard.

Maxon said culprits in that case have not been found, but he suspected they were Kansas State University students.

"It always seems to coincide with when KU is going over there to play a football game," Maxon said. "The fans seem to be a little nervous about whether they can win or not. They take out their early frustrations out on our sign."

Fixing the sign is expected to cost between $800 and $1,000, Maxon said.

Maxon said he's been looking for a site in downtown Manhattan to place the sign, but hasn't found one yet. He said he thought a city site would be safer from vandals than the relatively quiet, middle-of-the-country location it currently occupies.

"There has to be some honest people in Manhattan," he said.


webmocker 12 years, 5 months ago

Actually, I heard that the Classic Jayhawk vandalized itself, in attempt to turn attention away from recent basketball woes.

cutny 12 years, 5 months ago

Wow...really on a roll with those metaphors, eh?

candi044 12 years, 5 months ago can u say dumb college kids or what.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

  1. why were these nymrods in town?

  2. I nominate walletman for the dumbest local crook of '05.

  3. now filling the feet with concrete (I hear elsewhere). guess it'll take more hands to knock over.

  4. should KU actually have a different, more perminent structure there, instead?

  5. use the one that got knocked down for a traveling exhibit, like going to KSU-land? it'll get a new decoration?

Steve Jacob 12 years, 5 months ago

Beer doesn't make you smarter, you know.

Harry_Manback 12 years, 5 months ago

"It sustained lacerations to the head and wing," said Wayne Pearse

LOL... they make it seem like it's alive or something...

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