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Scholars mark beginning of college with walk

About 200 freshman Mount Oread Scholars trekked up Mount Oread today, learning about the history and traditions of Kansas University. The scholars wore shirts with the phrase "What goes up, must come down," in reference to the KU tradition of walking down the hill during graduation.

August 22, 2011

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Mount Oread Scholars make their way up Campanile Hill on Sunday, August 21, 2011. More than 200 scholars made the walk up the hill which symbolizes the beginning of their college careers.

Mount Oread Scholars make their way up Campanile Hill on Sunday, August 21, 2011. More than 200 scholars made the walk up the hill which symbolizes the beginning of their college careers.

About 200 incoming Kansas University Mount Oread Scholars spent Sunday morning walking up Mount Oread and learning about KU history and traditions.

The walk was also physical training for a somewhat more informally known KU condition.

“Work on those ‘KU calves,’” said Heidie Grove-Tosaka, coordinator of the program.

For the past 15 years, scholars have engaged in a symbolic march up Mount Oread as a way to get acclimated to KU, Grove-Tosaka said. The scholars wore KU T-shirts with the slogan, “What goes up, must come down,” in reference to the moment years from now when they’ll walk down the hill to accept their degrees.

The walk, which was followed by a reception at Spencer Research Library, was beneficial to freshman Katie Ellsworth, from Mission. She’d only been to KU twice before and said she was in need of some KU historical knowledge.

“I didn’t know much about KU, quite honestly,” she said.

Ellsworth also had the chance to meet some of her fellow scholars, who will work together over the next few years during study groups and scholar support sessions.

To qualify for the program, incoming freshmen had to be in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class and boast high ACT or SAT scores.

Ellsworth, a pre-med major, showed she was all about academics when asked what she’s looking forward to at KU.

Partying? Tailgating? Games in the Phog?

“Just getting started on my major,” Ellsworth said.

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