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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

Alceste 2 years, 4 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....."

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 4 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.

kuguardgrl13 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh yes, they "shortened" the education program. Sorry, I was in the guinea pig freshman class that came in right at the transition in 2009. They are still finalizing what classes are required to graduate.

KU79 2 years, 4 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.

Alceste 2 years, 4 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?

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 4 months ago

How is a tuition lock a failure? Seems like you are complaining for the sake of complaining.

Alceste 2 years, 4 months ago

"tuition lock" is a joke when, in the final analysis so many take not 4 but 5 or 6 years just to get a simple B.A. KU FAILS at doing it's job and is getting even better at FAILING. Preserve the income for the overpaid. That's all there is to it....

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 4 months ago

taking 6 years to get a BA seems like a failure of the kid, not the institution. I went to KU and graduated with two separate college degrees in 4.5 years and tagged on a masters only two years later. If you take 6 years, that's on you, not the institution.

Kontum1972 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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