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Archive for Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jayhawk statue and ATMs at Kansas Union damaged overnight

November 6, 2010, 9:11 a.m. Updated November 6, 2010, 11:14 a.m.

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Vandals unbolted the Big Jay at the Kansas Union. The damage was discovered Saturday morning around 7:45 a.m. by KU staff.

Vandals unbolted the Big Jay at the Kansas Union. The damage was discovered Saturday morning around 7:45 a.m. by KU staff.

The front plates on two ATMs at the Kansas Union were reported damaged Saturday morning.

The front plates on two ATMs at the Kansas Union were reported damaged Saturday morning.

The Classic Jayhawk sculpture in front of the Kansas Union was discovered damaged Saturday morning in what could have been a foiled attempt to kidnap the statue just hours before the Kansas University football team took the field against Colorado.

The damaged bird was discovered about 7:45 a.m. by a KU maintenance employee, who then notified emergency dispatchers of the incident.

Vandalism to Jayhawk statues has been an issue since the 30 pieces of art were put on display for Jayhawks on Parade in 2003. The various versions of the KU icon have endured much in the last seven years. They’ve been blown up, had legs removed, perches toppled, accessories stolen and even been left for dead, headless in a dumpster. Bolts were removed and the statue was moved slightly in this most recent act of vandalism.

The Classic Jayhawk outside the union is not even the original. The sculpture that now greets generations of Jayhawks is a replacement. The switch was made in 2006 after attacks on the original version compromised the statue’s structural integrity. A new, stronger version was put in its place to withstand the demands of the high traffic area.

Two ATMs inside a small alcove of the Kansas Union were also damaged. The front plates of the machines were reportedly opened but it was unclear if any money had been taken.

Reports late Saturday afternoon stated the targeted Jayhawk statue had been removed from outside the union.

A spokesperson from the KU Department of Public Safety said there was no additional information to release regarding the case.

Comments

shaunepec 3 years, 5 months ago

And then I somehow posted my post twice...an error-prone day...

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copyright 3 years, 5 months ago

Shaun. Thoughtful of you to take time to comment! Thank you for doing that.

The positive in all this is that people obviously read and enjoy your work. (And we have more time to catch glitches than you, the actual writer who lives in a world where stories now tend to get posted in "real" time.)

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shaunepec 3 years, 5 months ago

Copyright and others, Appreciate the corrections. Sometimes it's humorous to see people catch an error, then I correct it, then someone comments that there's nothing wrong...but yup, definitely a couple in there you guys caught.

Thanks

Shaun Hittle LJW

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shaunepec 3 years, 5 months ago

Copyright and others, Appreciate the corrections. Sometimes it's humorous to see people catch an error, then I correct it, then someone comments that there's nothing wrong...but yup, definitely a couple in there you guys caught.

Thanks

Shaun Hittle LJW

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copyright 3 years, 5 months ago

Ah, but you are reading the newly revised copy (changed after I sent the correction). Here's the original sentence that appeared:

         The 5-foot sculptures are made of fiberglass and only weighs (sic) about 100 pounds.

I was simply helping the author catch the error in case the piece went to hard copy for tomorrow's paper. :)

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SeaFox 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder why they weren't able to take it. They'd gotten it unbolted and it only weighs 100 pounds after all.

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copyright 3 years, 5 months ago

". . . sculptures are made of fiberglass and only WEIGH about 100 pounds."

or

". . . sculpture IS made of fiberglass and only weighs about 100 pounds."

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classclown 3 years, 5 months ago

Emergency dispatchers of vandalism?

Is that like some sort of S.W.A.T. team for vandals?

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maxcrabb 3 years, 5 months ago

There are three ATM's in that room. No cameras?!

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macon47 3 years, 5 months ago

at least they didnt poke big jay in the chest or swear at him of course he didnt have a cellphone , so he couldnt call for help

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parrothead8 3 years, 5 months ago

It's been a rough season. You knew Big Jay would try to escape at some point.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Big game, snce it's for the cellar..

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rorik23 3 years, 5 months ago

Just something further to pump up this high-stakes game between the Jayhawks and the Buffaloes.

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Danimal 3 years, 5 months ago

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TheOriginalCA 3 years, 5 months ago

Thinking that Big Jay walked over to the ATM machine and tried to make a withdrawl.

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