Archive for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Tales of the Rock Chalk ‘woo’ go far and wide; co-founder of KU School of Medicine-Wichita dies; journalist Candy Crowley to speak Feb. 10

January 10, 2012


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• I must admit I’ve really enjoyed the entire reaction to this whole bit about “woo” in the Rock Chalk Chant.

Before I started writing about it, the Facebook group dedicated to stopping the errant woo had about 275 people in it.

After a couple of Heard on the Hill mentions and a Journal-World article, the Associated Press picked up the story. It’s been on the television news in Kansas City, and in the Topeka and Wichita newspapers, too.

And now, the movement has grown as like-minded folks learned of it. It more than tripled, with more than 825 people on Monday afternoon, and was still growing.

But what will really be interesting is to see if all of this will have any effect. The next KU home game is Saturday against Iowa State. Should KU win, we’ll get the first chance to see what happens if the wooers keep it up.

• The co-founder of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita has died, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Ernest W. Crow, a retired cardiologist and professor at the school, died late last month at age 91.

A memorial service is scheduled for Crow for 3 p.m. Saturday at University Congregational Church in Wichita.

He and Cramer Reed founded the school of medicine in Wichita in 1973.

The Eagle includes this quote from Crow from a recognition ceremony in 1985, when he was recognized as the KU Medical Alumni Association’s alumnus of the year.

“What pleased me the most when the medical school was established in Wichita was the phenomenal cooperation of all the physicians in the area,” Crow said. “We started the Department of Medicine with no full-time faculty other than the chairman. I sent letters to all the area physicians asking for their help as clinical faculty. Nobody turned me down. Every physician volunteered to help in any way he could.”

• The KU School of Journalism has announced the time and place for this year’s William Allen White Foundation National Citation presentation.

The award goes to a top-flight journalist each year, with some pretty big names winning previous citations (such as Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, columnists George Will and Leonard Pitts, among many others).

This year’s recipient is CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley, whom I watched cover the Iowa caucuses last week.

She’ll be speaking at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union, if you’d care to hear what she has to say.

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LJD230 6 years, 4 months ago

It is terrific to see KU among the top 10 in both bball polls. Is there any compelling reason why KU could NOT be found in the latest iteration of Kiplingers "best value" schools? Just asking.

JHawker 6 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to add to the issue people are having with the "woo" in the Rock Chalk Chant. It's great that people are taking action on something they feel doesn't belong; however, why can't we have this reaction to the disrespectful "CHIEFS" shouted at the end of the National Anthem at Allen Fieldhouse? Why cheer on the Chiefs, at a KU Men's basketball game, in the almighty Fieldhouse? It's unnerving why people feel the need to do this and I feel that eradicating this will be much more useful and appreciated by everyone. Are there not more people disturbed by this?

Brent Cagle 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes, it irritates the living *$&@ out of me. It is moronic and disrespectful on so many levels, I really wish whoever started the anti-wooing campaign would have picked this one to go after first.

asixbury 6 years, 4 months ago

I could really care less about these issues. Sports are just games; can't we focus our attention and efforts on something that actually matters?

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