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25 years ago: KU tries to find housing for incoming throngs

August 15, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 15, 1987:

  • Northeast Kansas crops looked promising for the year in spite of a midsummer dry spell. According to Jack Lindquist, Douglas County agricultural extension agent, close to 95 percent of the local corn crop had been planted early enough to reach the maturity needed to withstand the late July-early August mini-drought. The Lawrence area had received no precipitation between July 18 and August 4, with temperatures in the 90s and four days above 100. Rains earlier this week had done their part to save the soybean and milo crops, which were now maturing three or four weeks ahead of schedule.
  • Hoping to prevent a repeat of last year's housing crunch, Kansas University officials were asking Lawrence residents to "open their homes" to student renters as the fall semester approached. In 1986, about 225 students had been living in temporary student housing at the start of the school year. This year, with student enrollment increases of 1,000 or 1,500, "we're trying to find spaces for folks, because at some point, we'll fill up and they'll still be arriving," said Fred McElhenie, KU director of residential programs.

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