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40 years ago: Women to join KU Marching Band

August 24, 2010

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Auditions were coming up for the Kansas University marching band, which had historically been all-male. However, the KU Student Senate had decreed that the band must not discriminate against women. This move was proving popular among KU supporters. Regent Henry Bubb of Topeka, calling KU’s band “the most antiquated band in the Big Eight,” suggested some girls - particularly twirlers to replace the drum majors - would be more to his liking.

Lawrence residents were looking at a possible tax increase which would go towards improvements in the police department. City Manager Buford Watson said that no decision had yet been made, but that “we do recognize that we do have to increase the number of people (on the police force) and you certainly can’t do that without money.”

Lawrence city commissioners were expecting a full house when they opened a public hearing on the advisability of constructing sidewalks in the Indian Hills area. The $70,000 project was expected to draw opposition, as had many other sidewalk proposals in other residential areas.

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