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Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Swine flu leads KU to make special arrangements for commencement

May 13, 2009

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Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

Following swine flu concerns, Kansas University is encouraging its commencement attendees to use hand sanitizers and not to attend if they are feeling ill.

Hand sanitizers will be available at events at the Lied Center, Crafton-Preyer Theatre and Memorial Stadium, and will be placed throughout the Kansas Union. Hand-washing stations will be available at portable toilets along Memorial Drive.

KU officials are continuing to monitor the situation, and will follow CDC recommendations.

At this time, those recommendations do not include ceasing handshaking, though KU encouraged those concerned about hygiene to nod, tip their caps or make other gestures of celebration they feel comfortable with.

Comments

DonnieDarko 5 years, 7 months ago

"KU encouraged those concerned about hygiene to nod, tip their caps or make other gestures of celebration they feel comfortable with."

I have a "gesture of celebration" that I'd like to extend to our departing provost. :-)

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 7 months ago

We just need to quarantine Wyandotte County, Marion. With you and your N95s in it.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

Leave your pigs at home. Containment suits are optional.

maxcrabb 5 years, 7 months ago

Marion, nothing the university is doing will be detrimental to the ceremony. It's a far cry to the cancellations and separate ceremonies going on at other universities.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 7 months ago

..."other gestures of celebration they feel comfortable with". Hee,hee,hee. It's a good thing my graduation days are long over, because I'm afraid I could laugh myself silly thinking of all the possibilities. I mean, there's the middle finger salute, mooning, flashing boobs, streaking, the wearing of a large foam slice of "cheese"instead of the mortar board, etc,etc. Ah relax-college kids these days just don't have the nerve.

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