25 years ago: Sixth-graders learn orienteering

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 12, 1987:

  • Donna Gorton, a custodian at Broken Arrow school, recently had volunteered to add something to the curriculum of the sixth-graders. When teacher Elaine Schmidt was presenting an advanced geography unit to some of her students, Gorton stepped up and offered to teach them orienteering. Gorton was a member of the local orienteering club and was enjoying sharing her learned techniques with the children, including pacing off specific distances, taking compass readings on distant objects, and using their new skills to go through a course using maps and compass readings.
  • A new rule at Kansas University, designed to regulate the flow of applications, was not slowing down the stampede of students asking for admission. For the first time this year, KU had issued deadlines for student applications — April 1 for out-of-state students and May 1 for Kansas residents. “We’re not seeing any kind of significant shift here,” said Bruce Lindvall, director of KU admissions. A flood of both in-state and out-of-state applications was leading officials to expect a total fall enrollment increase of at least 500. In the previous fall, enrollment had increased by about 1,100 students.