From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 19, 1971:
- A crowd estimated at 15,000 to 18,000 gathered in Kansas University's Memorial Stadium to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 1971. Students and spectators gave a standing ovation to Chancellor Laurence Chalmers, who read greetings from the governor and then urged the class members to solve the problems confronting their generation. A representative of the Kansas Board of Regents also urged the graduates to "serve as an impetus for meaningful change."
- Pay increases for non-teaching employees of U.S.D. 497 had been approved at a recent school board meeting. Salaries for the high school and junior high principals would now range from $13,988 to $17,160.
- Lawrence businesses were feeling the pinch from a nationwide rail strike. John Anderson, manager of the CFCA plant, said that the strike was affecting delivery of necessary supplies. Also affected locally were the Stokely-Van Camp plant and the FMC Inorganic Chemicals plant. According to a spokesman from the Lawrence Post Office, the most noticeable local effect of the strike was a delay in parcel post. First-class mail, which moved mostly by truck and by air, was not affected.