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Students kick off new school year with KU traditions

August 18, 2012

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Kansas University students "wave the wheat" at KU Traditions Night, Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Kansas University students "wave the wheat" at KU Traditions Night, Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Hundreds of freshmen piled into Memorial Stadium for Kansas University’s Traditions Night on Saturday to socialize with their new Jayhawk comrades and learn the rituals of KU’s sporting events.

“I think it’s a good way to get involved and find out about Kansas,” said Jake Bruce, a freshman from Chicago. “I don’t really know much about it.”

Lucky for Bruce and other freshmen, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, KU football coach Charlie Weis and others were on hand to help out.

“Jayhawks have a lot of great traditions,” said Mike Anderson, host of the event, as well as the local television show “The Not So Late Show.” “Tonight we’re going to teach them to you.”

KU band members, the dance team and cheerleaders presented how to properly wave the wheat, sing the Rock Chalk chant, sing the alma mater and master the seemingly tricky claps to the fight song.

But the night wasn’t only about traditions — it was also about giving the new students some advice.

“Go to class,” Gray-Little said, addressing the crowd. “Talk to your professors, join clubs and activities, and go to class.”

Weis pounded home the point.

“I can’t think of a more important piece of advice.”

For at least one freshman, Chris Chipman, of Kansas City, Kan., the event also served as a way to help college sink in.

“I think it is kind of exciting,” he said. “It makes me feel out of high school.”

Comments

Kontum1972 1 year, 8 months ago

ooooh...feel the love....wonder how many D UI's went down last night...?

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Alceste 1 year, 8 months ago

@Renaissance who noted:

@Alceste- KU has actually taken large steps to get kids in and out in 4 years. For instance, freshmen now have to declare a major and tuition prices are locked for students for 4 years. KU even reduced their school of education program from 5 years to 4 years.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Another failed, lackluster KU job not well done by a very overpaid, top heavy administration, eh?

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

OK.,,so now it looks weird but the first post was one of those rotten spam post.

KU79, I'm afraid that train has left the station.

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

P.S. I would say our public schools must be doing a good job.

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

After watching the olympics this year I realized what great stock we have in our young people today. Cheers to all and I hope you all have a great life. Keep up the good work and make us proud !

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KU79 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope they didn't teach yelling "woo" during the chant. That's not the tradition and it's time to get it right.

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 8 months ago

@Alceste- KU has actually taken large steps to get kids in and out in 4 years. For instance, freshmen now have to declare a major and tuition prices are locked for students for 4 years. KU even reduced their school of education program from 5 years to 4 years.

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Alceste 1 year, 8 months ago

"....be sure to take 12 hours per semester so we can keep you here an extra year or three and soak ya for all we can.....we're worried about getting paid you know....."

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